In these communities people face many challenges and that is why we want churches to be present, walking alongside people in the ups and downs of life. Providing places of welcome and support, reaching people with God’s love, creating opportunities to discover faith and growing disciples of Jesus.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

What is the Kingdom of God like? The parable of the mustard seed inspires us that even from very small beginnings, something amazing can grow!

"It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up
and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

Mark 4:31-32 NRSV

Growing the vision

There are three main areas that we hope and pray will grow as part of the Mustard Seed programme:

  • Stepping Up: learning communities based in Middlesbrough, Hull and coastal communities, where lay people can grow as disciples of Jesus and in their confidence and ability to share their faith within their local community.
  • Community Hubs: worshipping communities developed as places of welcome, hospitality and support for local people in the challenges they face. Whether in church or other community buildings, they offer opportunities for prayer, experiencing the love of God, exploring faith, and encountering Jesus.
  • Ambassadors: people from across the Diocese who have a passion to support mission in our poorest communities. Ambassadors will be catalysts, growing generosity of prayer, support, and financial giving. They will share good news stories of ‘faith where life is tough’ to inspire others and help to change the culture of the whole diocese.

Bishop of Hull, the Rt Revd Alison White, talks about our Mustard Seed Programme

Planting the first seeds!

Heather Black has been appointed as programme leader and began work in February 2020. She is working to develop the Mustard Seed Programme across the Diocese. Initial plans are for the Stepping Up programme to begin in Middlesbrough and Hull from September 2020, and our coastal communities from January 2021.

The Mustard Seed Team Leader