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St Mary’s Cottingham used the season of Lent as an
opportunity to find out about the people and parishes who are part of the
Mustard Seed programme in East Hull.
Inspired by the stories of local people from St John’s
Bransholme, St Philip’s and St Giles, Marfleet and St Margaret’s
Longhill, who are part of the Mustard Seed Stepping Up programme, they decided
to raise money throughout Lent to support mission in these parishes.
Without the usual fundraising opportunities of Lent lunches and other events, they
wondered how much money they could raise. Amazingly even more money than usual
was given, because of the real and hopeful stories that had been shared. The
people of St Mary’s have given nearly £1000, which will be shared across the East
Hull parishes, to support mission in the local community.
Revd Nicola Bown, Rector of St Mary’s Cottingham said: ‘We’ve been so
inspired by the stories from Stepping Up, and wanted to support churches and
people in East Hull. We are really hoping that this can be a continuing
Stepping Up is the first step for a parish to be
involved with the Mustard Seed Programme. A year-long programme, where lay
people to come together once a week, with people from other parishes in their
deanery, to grow together as disciples of Jesus. Everyone who is part of Stepping Up will grow
as a missionary disciple, with greater confidence to share their own faith, and
to become involved in developing mission in their local community.
Each Mustard Seed church is rooted in the local
community, where life is often tough and finances are stretched. The generous
support of St Mary’s provides encouragement and practical support
for the churches as they seek to share God’s
love in their local community.
Revd Tricia Wick from St Margaret’s
Longhill said. ‘This is brilliant news and such an
encouragement. We have seen our worshipping community grow through lockdown and
have new ideas of how we want to reach out with God’s
love in the community. The gift from St Mary’s
will help to make this happen.’
We will be sharing stories from each church about how
they will be using the gift from St Mary’s
to live and share Christ’s story in different ways across East Hull.
This is the first example of the Mustard Seed
Ambassadors programme, people from across the Diocese who have a passion to
support mission in our parishes where life is tough.
The total raised now by St Mary's is almost £1,400, as of 11th May 2021.
- If you want to find out
more about the Ambassadors programme please contact Heather Black, Mustard Seed
Programme Leader Tel 07852 151740 Email email@example.com