Across the Diocese of Truro, local churches faithfully share the good news of Jesus every week through their worship, through acts of loving service, and through creative outreach. In June 2022, we are invited to give special focus to this task, as Archbishop Justin joins us for a weekend to lead us in a diocese-wide evangelistic mission.

From June 17 – 19, the Archbishop and a small team of evangelists will roll up their sleeves and join in with a wide variety of local initiatives and events, particularly aiming to meet those who don’t go to church and don’t consider themselves Christians. He, and all those who come to join us in mission, will seek to share some of their own stories as followers of Jesus, and invite others to begin a journey of faith in Christ.

Every church in the diocese has a part to play: we are all invited to take our Sunday service on 19 June outside the buildings and into our communities, making worship accessible to those who wouldn’t normally come to church.

Ideas and resources will be available for all who would like to host a community outreach event over the three days. If your parish, benefice or deanery would like to enlist the support of an experienced evangelist to do so, contact the mission team leader Rev’d Li Selman on Workshops will be offered to help equip and prepare congregations to share stories of faith in their own contexts – look out for details in the coming weeks.

Most of all, in preparation for this time of intentional evangelism, it is vital that the whole diocese unites in prayer, asking God to be at work before, during and after this event. There will be chances to pray during the weekend itself. Additionally, all are welcome to join short weekly prayer gatherings on Zoom every Wednesdays from 9am. Finally, do make use of the prayer below in your personal prayers as well as in congregations.

Loving God,

as you have reached out to us with the good news of Jesus Christ,

help us to reach out across Cornwall with that same good news.

Inspire us for this fresh opportunity;

equip us with creativity and courage;

unite our churches in prayer,

with Archbishop Justin and all who will join us in mission.

We ask for the joy of seeing people come to know Jesus,

in whose name we pray.