Now to be known as 'Mustard Seed', the Diocese of York’s strategy to reach ‘People in Poverty’ initiative is moving forward following agreement by Archbishop’s Council and Diocesan Synod, the church’s ‘parliament’.
While it is hoped that the Church Commissioners will approve a £1.35m funding application for the ‘People in Poverty’ strand of the diocesan strategy later this year, Council and Synod members have backed plans to go ahead and begin implementing the initiative from November 2019 with the appointment of a Programme Leader who will be based for part of each week at three centres in Hull, Middlesbrough and Scarborough.
More than a quarter of the population of the Diocese of York live in 49 parishes facing very high deprivation. In these places the proportion who attend a Church of England church is around half of that for the rest of the Diocese.
‘Mustard Seed’ is focused on making disciples and growing worshipping communities in our most deprived areas through two key interventions which are intended initially to facilitate one primary outcome: