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June 16, 2005

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Bishop: Church 'should get out more'

-16/06/05

The Rt Rev Ken Good, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, has written to all parishes in his diocese urging Christians to 'get out more'.

Accompanied by a seven minute DVD which urges Christian presence at car boot sales, pub quizzes, and night clubs, his letter comes ahead of Church Army Sunday.

Church Army, the Anglican society of evangelists has made Get Out More the key theme for this yearís Church Army Sunday which will take place on 25th September.

A seven minute DVD has been produced to give churches an insight into how Church Army is reaching out with the gospel in relevant and effective ways, and special materials and fact sheets have been created on the Church Army website to help equip churches develop and effective Christian presence in a variety of situations.

"We all recognise the need for encouragement to be more outwardly focussed, and in this diocese we are well aware of how effective the Church Army is in helping our churches build valuable bridges into the community.

"The challenge which this yearís Church Army Sunday presents us with is not just an opportunity to give financial and prayer support (both of which are vital), but an invitation to enter into the spirit of the day by arranging an event that makes a meaningful link between church life and a real community need. So letís Get out there and make a difference! And letís thank God for the Church Army.

Church Army has around 350 evangelists whose aim is to share the Gospel through words and action. Their work can generally be described as pioneer evangelism- seeking to reach people that are otherwise outside the churchís influence. Church Army also finds new ways for parishes to be 'mission-shaped' enabling them to have a sharper cutting edge in their mission activities.

Find books now:

Bishop: Church 'should get out more'

-16/06/05

The Rt Rev Ken Good, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, has written to all parishes in his diocese urging Christians to 'get out more'.

Accompanied by a seven minute DVD which urges Christian presence at car boot sales, pub quizzes, and night clubs, his letter comes ahead of Church Army Sunday.

Church Army, the Anglican society of evangelists has made Get Out More the key theme for this year's Church Army Sunday which will take place on 25th September.

A seven minute DVD has been produced to give churches an insight into how Church Army is reaching out with the gospel in relevant and effective ways, and special materials and fact sheets have been created on the Church Army website to help equip churches develop and effective Christian presence in a variety of situations.

"We all recognise the need for encouragement to be more outwardly focussed, and in this diocese we are well aware of how effective the Church Army is in helping our churches build valuable bridges into the community.

"The challenge which this year's Church Army Sunday presents us with is not just an opportunity to give financial and prayer support (both of which are vital), but an invitation to enter into the spirit of the day by arranging an event that makes a meaningful link between church life and a real community need. So let's Get out there and make a difference! And let's thank God for the Church Army.

Church Army has around 350 evangelists whose aim is to share the Gospel through words and action. Their work can generally be described as pioneer evangelism- seeking to reach people that are otherwise outside the church's influence. Church Army also finds new ways for parishes to be 'mission-shaped' enabling them to have a sharper cutting edge in their mission activities.

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