“Big Day Out” 2015 was a time for our Anglican family to come together and swap stories and wisdom from around the diocese. This past Saturday, 140 lay people who serve in parish ministries convened at St Paul’s in Kapiti. Imaginations were awakened as we heard about what God is inspiring others to do — including initiatives like Messy Church, The Radical Tea Party, 3DM, and the new online handbook. Our lay leaders carried a treasure trove of possibilities, inspiration, and tools back home to their parishes and mission units.
The morning began with a beautiful time of music worship. Reverend Mark Johnson, Tertiary Chaplain and Priest in Charge, challenged us with a call to Christ-like, Good Shepherd leadership. Then Bishop Justin introduced us to a few of the “idea people” around the diocese. He connected the diocesan dots from family to mission to discipleship to infrastructure. Meanwhile, lollies and laughter, games and conversation abounded. Tools, like the Movement website; opportunities, like the Diploma of Anglican Studies; and models, like Pioneer Ministry were all featured.
In the afternoon, attendees got to hone in on their favourite ministry areas. They each chose three workshops; and, with 11 choices on offer, there was something for everyone.
As the day drew to its end, our lay leaders were commissioned to go and put all that they’d discovered into practice. Bishop Justin spoke a benediction over the group, which included the words, “May God bless you with just enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you will do those things that others say cannot be done.”