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The good news is that many people come to church for the first time, or return when someone invites them. Specific invitation to a service, either in person or in writing, is a great way to re-engage a household that may have stopped connecting with worship and discipleship. To this end, the Mission and Comms Teams have been working together to serve the parishes of Southwark Diocese. We have created two simple template invitations that parishes can fill in with their name, details and the kind of service or event that people are being invited back to. (We have initially created 2 designs – one with pictures of adults and another with pictures of children and young people). You can download the document of your choice, and then fill it in and print it off using your chosen print method.

Download postcard (adults)

Download postcode (young people)

Jesus sends us out into the world to both be and share good news where he has placed us. The vision of the Mission and Evangelism Team is that every Christian in Southwark Diocese might have the confidence to sensitively communicate the difference that God has made in their lives.

We long to see every parish develop a clear strategy for communicating the Gospel so as to awaken faith in others as part of their Mission Action Plan. All these resources have been chosen to envision and equip us for that joyful task which belongs to us all.

Inspiration

Archbishop Justin Welby’s lecture on evangelism

Resources for exploring spirituality

Resources for conversations among Christians or those on the edge of Church

  • Faith Pictures is a free course developed by the Church Army to help Christians talk more openly and confidently about what they believe.

Books for inspiration and to shape material for a series of conversations

  • Unapologetic: why despite everything Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense. Francis Spufford.
  • Finding Happiness: monastic steps for a fulfilling life. Abbot Christopher Jamison.
  • Finding Sanctuary: monastic steps for everyday life. Abbot Christopher Jamison.
  • The Consolations of Philosophy. Alain de Botton.

Websites to explore Christianity

Enquiry courses on the Christian faith

Mission resources for churches

We welcome your feedback. If you wish to share your experience of using these resources, please contact us.

We are also in the process of building a small resource library at Trinity House so you can come and look at materials before purchasing – please e-mail to make an appointment.

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