Responding to Context: St Elisabeth's, Harraby, Carlisle Diocese
Much of Revd Sue Wick's first year as Vicar of St Elisabeth's was spent finding out about Harraby's context. “It’s about sussing out the area, and its needs and deciding where you’re going to put your efforts.” she says.
In this urban priority area, Sue saw a need to prioritise young families with babies and toddlers. Named after a teddy bear called Betty (short for Elisabeth), the Betty Bear weekly baby and toddler group began in November 2003 and continues today.
As the very young children have grown up, a decision in 2012 to opt for church-sponsored uniformed organisations – Beavers, Cubs and Scouts for boys and girls - was particularly appropriate for Harraby’s context. Children and parents have welcomed the chance to get involved and Sue’s team runs the groups with a Christian ethos providing fun, friendship and Bible teaching while modelling this by example.
75 children are currently involved in the groups and over the years, adults and young people have been confirmed through this connection.