DSC00103It was a full house in The Public Hall, Liskeard on Thursday evening as 120 people took part in the Diocese of Truro’s third Roadshow.

The Roadshow proved to be a lively affair with those present able to see three videos showing what people think of church and the good work and initiatives taking place across the Diocese. It was also an opportunity for those present to share their views and ideas.

Bishop Tim said: “This evening I am here, with Bishop Chris and the Archdeacons, to update everyone from our perspective and to hear what you have to tell us.”

Archdeacon Audrey Elkington invited two local parishioners to tell their story on being involved in the Prayer and Spirituality module and this was followed by Archdeacon Bill Stuart-White who announced a brand new programme which will enable every parish across the diocese to have its own professionally presented website. He also talked about ‘doing church differently’ projects, such as e-waves, Uncover. There was also a short video about the highly successful Filling Station programme.

There were further updates on the Accompanied Ministry Development initiative from Bishop Chris who explained how the project is enabling the sharing of good practice across the diocese.

The evening finished with a question & answer session which elicited some challenging questions around the subjects of how to bring more people to the church, fundraising and finances.

Bishop Tim said: “We are in a very difficult financial situation and, unless we take the appropriate action now, within the next three years we will be in real trouble. There are three options: we can cut costs, we can donate more or we can invite more people to the church. I think we now have a real opportunity to make some hard, but realistic, changes that will set us on the right path for the future.”

The next Roadshow will be in the Zennor Refectory, Penwith College, Penzance on Tuesday, October 21 from 6.30pm. All are welcome.