Network Introduction Meeting for Pastoral Assistants and Interested Parties

As a result of the Deanery Mission and Pastoral Plan produced in 2006/2007, our Synod and Standing Committee have thought to establish ways by which good practice within the parishes of the Deanery may be shared more widely. After initial soundings from Synod as to the mission and pastoral areas where sharing may take place, we have begun to set up informal networks, which so far have been well appreciated. And now the part that will interest you: the next network we are looking at is for Pastoral Assistants!

We have planned a very interesting introduction event for you, to take place in the hall of St Peter's Church, Chertsey on 12th May 2010 from 8pm.

"Pastoral Assistants in Runnymede Deanery"

The evening will feature:
Sue Lawrence, Senior Tutor for Pastoral Assistant Training at Diocesan House, Guildford, and Revd Liz Boughton, who is responsible for all Pastoral Assistants in the Diocese once they have been authorised, will speak on the importance of PA work as well as all the ins and outs of becoming and being a Pastoral Assistant.
This will be followed by clergy testimony on the value of having a PA in the parish, as well as hopefully a testimony from a PA currently in training on the commitment as well as the rewards of her work and studies.
Keith Malcouronne, Lay Chairman of Runnymede Deanery, will introduce the system of Deanery networks and explore with you how a PA Network could help you share resources and good practice.
The evening will then be rounded off with a Q+A session on all the topics above for which Sue Lawrence, Revd Liz Boughton, Keith Malcouronne and Revd Chris Pattinson will be available. The evening should draw to an end around 10:00pm with refreshments and nibbles, and room to get to know each other on a more personal basis.

We hope to meet you at this informal yet informative introduction evening at St Peter's, Chertsey, and considering the dual programme of the presentation we hope you may bring an interested friend, too, with a view of recruiting some new PAs or at least making the work and value of pastoral assistants more widely known.

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