TM St Austell
PHASE 2 TRANSFORMING MISSION
The locations chosen for Phase 2 of Transforming Mission all have large populations, both within the towns themselves, but also in the surrounding parishes. There will be a sustained drive to share the learnings and experiences so that the surrounding areas will also benefit. These towns will all be home to substantial new housing developments in the next five years. Each of the towns has significant levels of deprivation and is home to significant populations of children, young families and, in all but one case, students.
We have been applying what we have learned in other comparable places, and to growing pioneering and prayerful leaders to minister in these and other contexts.
The strategy following the phase 2 funding is to create ‘resourcing churches’ in each of these new urban hubs. Each of them will deliver a mix of new projects aimed at revitalising existing church communities, a large number of both religious and social outreach projects.
In St Austell, the Holy Trinity Church has already purchased a redundant, town centre pub is being refurbished and reopened as a café and meeting space, and will also be the location for the first new worshipping community. Christians Against Poverty have opened a presence to help people who may be struggling, and there will be links to other community initiatives in partnership with other churches in the areas. The scheme will also build on current work to engage with clubs and all schools in the area, and create new opportunities to engage with 18-30 year-olds in the area through work in colleges, music and social events. It will also develop the depth of discipleship within the area through courses and the training of lay leaders and interns.
TRANSFORMING MISSION ST AUSTELL:
- Revd Howard Flint, Vicar St Austell Parish
- Heather Batho, Operations Manager
- Jonny Dant, Pioneer Minister
- Lesley Lawther, Associate Minister for Community and Discipleship