The first of three Archdeaconry meetings to update clergy on the Connor Vision Strategy process and to provide an opportunity for feedback took place in Cloughfern Parish Hall.
These are a follow up to recent clergy training day on engaging culture with guest speaker the Rt Rev Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield, held in Lisburn Cathedral. Engaging culture is one of the three strands of the strategy, along with empowering ministry and effecting change.
Clergy from all parishes in the Archdeaconry of Belfast were invited to attend the archdeaconry meeting on Wednesday May 22. They were welcomed with cream teas and refreshments before a short act of worship was led by the rector of Cloughfern, the Rev David Lockhart.
The Rev Barry Forde, chair of the Vision Strategy group, outlined the process so far and said the meeting was a chance for parishes to highlight areas in which they needed support and outline where the diocese could help.
During the meeting, which was attended by the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, and Connor Parish Development Officer Trevor Douglas, clergy had the opportunity to discuss their concerns and aspirations within the realm of the Vision Strategy.
The meeting for the Archdeaconry of Connor will take place in Ballymacash Parish on June 6, and the final meeting for the Archdeaconry of Dalriada will be held in St Patrick’s Parish, Ballymena, on Thursday June 13. Both meetings will run from 10am–12noon.