A Vision for Growth and Growth Action Planning: St Mary's, Bowdon, Chester diocese

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A vision for growth at St Mary’s, Bowdon, Greater Manchester, has led to the development of a growth strategy identifying pathways of belonging and believing, appropriate to its context.

Vicar, Revd Roger Preece explains: “People make connections to church life in different ways. We aimed to help every parishioner move closer in their journey of faith by making increased connection with the church community; some of our activities are purely social while others introduce the faith which is at the heart of our church.”

This strategy has led to increased connection with the community and significant growth. The church has also made changes in the pattern and style of worship; in addition to the traditional services, there is a new all age worship service on Sunday mornings and a café style church – Café Sundae – which is popular with younger people.

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