Our strategy sets out a map for how we might realise our vision for the Diocese by 2025. The RENEWED part of the strategy aims to maintain as a first priority a real reliance on the Spirit of God in prayer and worship and in the consecration of our lives, as individuals and communities.
Under this part of the strategy, the diocese will seek to recruit and resource a prayer community of 2025 members who will:
- say the Lord’s Prayer daily;
- read at least one verse of the Bible every day;
- say the Diocesan Vision Prayer daily; and
- pause daily before God at 20.25 (or at any hour between 20 & 25 past) to seek the renewing power of God’s Spirit for the Diocese, praying for 2.5% of the population of the diocese to be part of our worshipping community, and that other Christian denominations will also grow in size.
In addition to this, the diocese will commit to host 25 prayer gatherings a year, each to be attended by a bishop, two in every deanery and one in the Cathedral.
The prayer community will be made up of adults and young people from across the diocese. Anyone can be a part of it, but please note that membership implies a level of commitment - as outlined above, and for the duration of the strategy. If you would like to be a part of this you can sign up below.
Even if you feel that the commitment of the prayer community is too much, you can still get involved in many ways. You might still want to use the vision prayer card (see below). This web page will have a range of resources available for anyone to use, which will be updated over the coming months. All are welcome at the deanery and Cathedral events.
Diocesan Strategy Prayer
Living God, Jesus calls his followers to seek first your Kingdom.
Renew us as we make your love known;
Release us to share freely together in mission;
and Rejuvenate us to be fruitful in your service.
Give us courage, wisdom and compassion,
that strengthened with the grace of the Holy Spirit,
we may, as the Diocese of Sheffield,
both flourish and grow through Christ our Lord.
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