Inclusive Church 10th Birthday Celebrations.
2013 marks the 10th birthday of Inclusive Church, and through the year there will be a number of events marking our birthday.
To start the year off, Inclusive Church will be hosting the 4th ‘Partnership Day’.
Groups taking part in the Partnership Day range from campaigning (e.g. Changing Attitude, WATCH, GRAS) to groups that encourage liberal theology.
The 2013 Partnership Day will be led by the Bishop of Buckingham (Alan Wilson) with The Rev’d Canon Rosie Harper. Also contributing to the day will be Nathan Ward – a Christian magician!
The partnership day seeks to provide an opportunity for lead officers/staff from the participating groups to network, update each other about priorities and needs, as well as be encouraged in their work.
Inclusive Church is committed to finding ways to articulate a coherent theology of inclusion. In 2013, as part of our celebration year Inclusive Church will inaugurate the ‘Inclusive Church Lecture’ News of the first lecture will be available soon.
Inclusive Church has over 180 churches registered with us across the UK, as well
in different countries. These churches form the basis of what Inclusive Church essentially is – a network of churches, representing a large body of individuals and congregations who are seeking to make the Church a more welcoming and inclusive place.
During our 10th anniversary year we shall be making contact with each and every one of our registered churches. This may be by email, phone call or visit. The purpose of this is to renew our relationship with such an important part of Inclusive Church. Many of those churches registered with us 10 years ago – this will be an opportunity to say thank you, and hear something of what is going on in these different churches.
A key part of our 10th anniversary celebrations will be ‘Inclusive Church Sunday’ which will take place on Sunday 15th September 2013. Using common liturgical material that Inclusive Church will resource you with – we would encourage all of our inclusive churches to celebrate with us. Make sure that you write this into your church’s calendar and start making plans for a party!
Already we have churches beginning to make plans!
St Bride's Liverpool will be having a weekend celebration - along with The National Coordinator - The Rev'd Bob Callaghan.
Let's hear about your plans!
With 44 Dioceses in the Church of England, Inclusive Church is looking to have an ‘ambassador’ in each one by the end of 2013. In fact we would like to have 2 in each diocese – representing Inclusive Church AND Young Inclusive Church.
The task involves being the main point of contact for Inclusive Church in a particular diocese. If you would be interested in being an ambassador in your diocese – please get in touch with the National Coordinator, Bob Callaghan. email@example.com 07935 37487
IC out and about in 2013
Inclusive Church will be out and about during 2013 celebrating our anniversary at a number of key events. We shall be at General Synod, London LGBT Pride in July – where Jeffrey John will be preaching at the Pride Service at St Martin in the Fields, and as Greenbelt prepares to celebrate its 40th birthday – we shall be there to mark our 10th!
IC ensuring the future.
Inclusive Church has only been able to be around for 10 years because of the generosity of individuals and churches who have financially supported IC. To ensure its continuing work – why not mark the 10th anniversary year by giving a birthday present to Inclusive Church.
Here are some suggestions:
Give a one off gift of £10?
Pledge to give £10 a month through this celebration year.
Have a fund-raising event – specifically for Inclusive Church.
Get your church to make Inclusive Church part of its ‘away giving’ this year?