When and where is ‘Come and See’?
Come and See is taking place between 12th and 15th March 2020, all around York Diocese.
What is the aim of ‘Come and See’?
To proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to those who come to worship services and events. ‘Come and See’ builds on the Archbishop’s pilgrimage and the Deanery missions.
Who is Come and See for?
It is for every local church worshipper in York Diocese and their family, friends, neighbours and contacts. It is for members of the general public who attend or pass by any events that are held in town centres and marketplaces.
Who will be coming?
About 30 Bishops, both serving and retired, from across the Northern Province will be allocated to Deaneries. Each bishop will bring a small team with them, lay or/and ordained, from their own Diocese. The Archbishop and our York bishops will allocate the visiting Bishops to each Deanery. From the early autumn, the bishops will make a visit to their Deaneries.
How evangelistic will each service or event be?
Each event will have its own style from a simple testimony and lots of conversations (level one) through to a full service where those present are invited to pray a prayer of commitment to following Jesus Christ (level three).
What are the things we should remember when holding an event or service?
• That there is a proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
• It is not fundraising.
• That the event and proclamation connect with the people we are seeking to invite.
• Send out invitations. Giving a personal invitation works best.
• At the event have an invitation to the next event/activity/service.
• Have follow up courses, e.g. Start or Alpha, for people to attend later on.
• Make the events as easy to organise as possible.
• Big is not necessarily beautiful. Sometimes smaller events work better.
How is the Diocese going to help us prepare for ‘Come and See’?
In October we will be running training sessions in each Archdeaconry for clergy and lay leaders from each Deanery who will take their learning back to their Deaneries. The training will use the three keywords from the York Diocesan strategy – ‘Reach’ (a look at the weekend and invitations and events), ‘Grow’ (how do we help our parishes to become mission shaped), ‘Sustain’ (how do we help people become deeper disciples?)
The Diocesan Planning Team are also ready to visit each Deanery and Parish as required. For more information, please contact John Day (email@example.com).
When do Deanery programmes need to be completed?
It would be useful to have an embryonic programme ready for Bishops’ visits in late October/November following the training in early-mid October. Draft programmes need to be ready for the end of December and final programmes for the end of January.
Who organises the programme in my parish?
The Deanery Leadership Team facilitate the range of events across the Deanery and each Parish is asked to run its own programme. The Deanery Leadership Team is asked to provide a champion to liaise with the Diocesan Planning Team and each Parish is asked to appoint a champion to liaise with the Deanery.
What are the costs?
The Bishops and their teams come free of charge – they pay their way – but you will need to find them accommodation with parishioners for the weekend.
Other costs will be carried by the Deanery or the parishes, such as printing invitations and posters, buying food, hiring venues.
Where can I find more information?
Take a look around this site and visit it regularly, as we’ll be keeping it up to date right up to, across and after the mission weekend. In the coming weeks, you’ll begin to see resources, training sessions, events and news being posted here and also being publicised on Social media and in the eNews.