Two Associate Programme Leaders are to join the Mustard Seed team, supporting the development of its programme, and leading the Stepping Up learning communities growing across Hull, Middlesbrough and our coastal communities.
Liz Holdsworth and Angela Bailey join Programme Leader Heather Black in the Diocese of York’s project growing disciples in places where life is tough; part of the Diocesan Goal to ‘Reach those we currently don't’.
Stepping Up is the first step for a parish to be involved with the Mustard Seed Programme. Lay people from several parishes in a Deanery come together once a week to grow as disciples of Jesus, exploring what mission looks like in their parish and supporting each other to Step Up into what God is calling them to do in local mission. The vision is for each Mustard Seed parish to create a place of welcome, hospitality and support where people can be listened to and receive support with the challenges they face and also have opportunity to explore faith.
Heather Black, programme leader said:
“I am delighted to welcome Angela and Liz into the Mustard Seed team; they are a great gift to us. They both bring years of experience and skills, and share a huge passion to work with local lay people. I am looking forward to working with them, in serving the churches and communities along the edge of our Diocese, where people face many challenges and life is tough.”