In January and February this year Rev Mike Talbot organized a series of workshops on the theme of Imagine Church. Colin & Judith attended the day at Penrith along with nearly 100 others from around Cumbria.
Mike is part of the Reach team working for the ecumenical God for All strategy. He lives locally, in Thrlekeld, and worships at Crossthwaite Church when he’s not out preaching elsewhere, so he’s part of our Mission Community here in Keswick.
At Imagine we reflected on our calling as individuals and as church communities to follow Jesus as disciples. A disciple is someone ‘learning to live the way of Jesus’. God’s love is for every aspect of creation: the environment, social justice, human flourishing, for young and old. Discipleship is about the whole world and the whole of life. Church is the plural of disciple.
We are disciples every hour of every day not just for an hour or two on a Sunday. We see this through the week in homes, schools, at work, and in all the places we engage with others. Our calling is to follow Jesus in sharing the love of God. We don’t always get it right but our hope is to show this love in our actions.. As we see on the page describing Who We Are the people of Thornthwaite, Braithwaite and Newlands are involved in all sorts of groups and organisations – these are some of our frontlines as disciples.
More about Imagine in later posts. The day and the ideas come from LICC (London Institute of Contemporary Christianity). Two books provide more insight into this whole of life view of discipleship: