EXCITING TIMES in CUMBRIA
Four denominations in Cumbria - Methodist, United Reformed Church, Salvation Army and Anglican - have joined together to form an ecumenical county in Cumbria. Other denominations have given their support.
Now they are working towards Mission Communities, as part of "Better at Being Church in Every Community", Mission Communities. Email and web addresses are on this leaflet. A series of workshops is getting the vision clearer and down to the level of local church involvement. The report, written as notes, from the last of 3 workshops is available here. Workshop October 2017
Should the Kendal district be divided into 3 or work as a single entity? After many months of discussions a good compromise has emerged - both! Some activities and administration are best done as a whole, but other events and levels of administration need smaller groupings. With that decision made we now move on to implementation. Nothing is to be "carved in stone" and all will be reviewed by September 2019.
The Anglican churches, of which there are 18, are already grouped into Helm, Beacon and Two Valleys (details are listed on this website) so it seemed sensible to start by using this existing system with KURC and the Salvation Army initially joining the HELM group for geographical reasons.
An important aspect of mission communities is getting to know each other, both person to person and church to church. It is acknowledged that Manna House, the bookshop and the food bank are already amongst joint activities.
We are not there yet, but we have come a long way in the six years since that first meeting in Ambleside, when Cumbria pledged to become an ecumenical county.
The iniative God for All has a comprehensive web site. "By 2020 every person in Cumbria of all ages and backgrounds will have had an opportunity to discover more of God and God's purpose for their lives."
Recently leaders of 8 denominations in Cumbria signed a pledge about social justice.