Evangelisation - The Joy -The Challenge -of the Gospel?
"Go out to the whole world" Mark 16.16
This Group meets on the first Saturday of every month from 10.30 - 11.45 in the Parish Lounge. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings.
Currently we are studying Evangelii Gaudium - The Joy of the Gospel . The proclamation of the Gospel in today's world by Pope Francis.
Also we are preparing for the National Pilgrimage and Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool 7-9 September 2018. Two Delegates will attend the Congress on behalf of the Parish .
Evangelisation is the parish's job description. It is the reason we are here.
Evangelisation has two doors:
(1) Internal (2) External.
The internal door opens directly into our own families, homes, friends, neighbours and colleagues in the work place. It is a constant challenge to be what we are called to be - ambassadors for Christ.
The external door is a challenging reminder that we cannot keep the Gospel to ourselves. We must share it with the people we meet, smile and let the love of Christ shine through. The mission is to reach out to who are searching for God, connect with those to whom the church is no longer relavant, and tp be compassionate to those who do not know the most imporant person in history. Evangelisation happens when we celebrate wuth joy the gifts of welcome, friendship, stewardship and time. Communication lies at the heart of the heart of EVANGELISATION in the Parish.
On 27 May 2015 there was one of two Diocesan EVANGELISATION Conferences held at Richard Challoner School New Malden when 19 parishioners from Sacred Heart attended. Canon John lnvited us all to meet afterwards and to form an Evangelisation Group. A number of Parishioners have been meeting monthly since then.
We have prayed, discussed, looked at different methods of Evangelisation, had the occassional speaker, as we struggled to find ways and words to promote Evangelisation in the parish. We promoted the formation of two Gospel discussion groups on the basis that the way forward is to get to know Jesus Christ better. Sadly only a small number of people came forward to take part in them. For those of us who were able to join in they have been very fullfilling and so inspiring.
Meanwhile, in the parish, we are aware of the numerous prayer groups already meeting regularly, some only known about by those who attend, Rosary groups, other bible groups and Ignatian inspired groups. We also have the very well established RCIA, Landings, CLC and a very active (well attended) Charismatic group.
We are very aware of the importance of communication and are looking at ways to improve it.
We are also looking at ways of working with the other groups to draw up a vision for the parish together.
Some of us have attended the "Called and Gifted" day at St Elizabeth's Church Richmond in March 2016. We have done some work with the programme in our group. One of our group has furnished us with the complete CD set to follow at Parish Level.
In January 2017 five of us attended the "Apprenticeship in Discipleship Day" at St Patrick's Church, Soho Square, London. This was based on Sherry Weddell's "Forming Intentional Disciples". This has given us a lot of confidence in our preparation for running a Parish Evangelisation Course.