“About the Borderlands Mission Area”
“A community living well with God, where our Christian faith enables us to work together for the good of all.”
This marks the beginning of an exciting and fresh way of proclaiming the good News of Jesus Christ. Our 19 Churches have come together so that our resources, skills and good practice can be shared, and most importantly, so that we can encourage and inspire one another in service God and all his people in this place
Bishop Gregory commissioned us to work together as a mission Area; in the Eucharist, and in our prayers, we ask God’s blessing upon us as we step out in faith, ready to meet the challenges of sharing his gospel and his love.
About the Borderlands Mission Area
Mission Areas are being created all over the diocese, and indeed throughout the Church in Wales. Some dioceses are calling them Ministry Areas, but they will be the same a new way of orgarnising our churches and our people to better serve God’s purpose.
The Borderlands Mission Area has been created from the original deanary of Hawarden, with the addition of the parishes of Connah’s Quay and LLanfynydd. We are the biggest Mission Area in the diocese, because we have felt that in our case, we will be strengthened by supporting each other rather than dividing along a line and separating those have already being working together.
Why do we need to do this?
“The review team found the Church in Wales very warm and welcoming and there are many good things happening. But in order to server the people in Wales effectively, particularly it’s young people, we believe some radical thinking is necessary”
From the Harries Report on the CinW
Standing Still is not an option, new initiatives are vital
We must think seriously about the best ways of carrying outs God’s mission in this place. In 1980, the Church in Wales held a service in Cardiff Arms Park and each church sent a representative because there wasn’t room for them all. But in 2016, the Church in Wales would fit inside
What are we doing about the situation?
Many of our churches already connect with their communities in good and fruitful ways. But now, more than ever, those around us need to know the love of God. It is up to us to show this love with a passion!
How was the name ‘Borderlands’ chosen?
It received the highest number of votes from a shortlist. A voting paper was sent to each church for several weeks for everyone to make their choice, and the result was announced on Easter Sunday 2016
How are we improving Communication?
A Mission Area administrator will be employed to look after all the paperwork, and to help us connect all the work we do. And leaflets will be published so everyone can stay up to date.
Are all the clergy going to be moved around?
Our clergy will still be routed in a worshiping community; there are many very clear strengths in doing this. At the same time, clergy and licensed ministers will be able to share their particular skills and gifts more readily across the Mission Area, contributing to a greater sense of the whole.
Everyone, lay and ordained, has a vocation to ministry! We hope you’ll fell able to grow and share your ministry as much as you can, supported and enabled by the Mission Area and Diocese of St Asaph.
How does the Mission Area actually operate?
Each church is represented at the Mission Area Conference.There is also a MA Executive, essentially a ‘Steering Group’, made up of the MA Leader (Revd Martin Batchelor), the MA treasurer, two lay chairs who are the wardens and a small number of others from the conference. The Executive will be kept up to date by Finance and Property Sub-Committees, made up of people from our churches.
How will the finances work?
A Finance Sub-Committee is being formed to look after the finances of the whole Mission Area for the work we do outside one particular church or as a whole. At the same time the day-to-day finances of each church will not largely change remaining at the hands of those who look after them now. Legacy that have been made to a church will remain their, as will current reserves or parish shared debts, until or unless a decision is made to share this, in support of one another and our shared mission.
What happens next?
Now is the time to start looking for new opportunities to serve God and share his love and grace with everyone around us; those we know, but also the forgotten areas of society. Where are they oppressed, powerless and lonely? We must build each other up as the Body of Christ: stronger together.
So let us go forth in peace. In the name of Christ, Amen!
Who is our Mission Area?
These are our churches: Brothers and Sisters in Christ, working and praying together.