Submission to Plenary Council Discernment and Writing Group Theme 1
This document represents responses from a group of parishioners from the Parish of St John the Evangelist MITCHAM who gathered to address the first of the National themes, "How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church that is Missionary and Evangelising"?
After reflecting on Scripture (Acts1:8-9) and discerning our response to the above question we believe that:
We are called by virtue of our baptism to be a missionary and evangelising people.
Mission/evangelisation are the responsibility of each one of us.
The Holy Spirit gifts us with the ability to reach out to others and spread the Good News of God's love and mercy through our witness in both words and deeds.
Thinking nationally we believe we need to:
Be more dynamic in how and where the sacraments are celebrated.
Makes changes in student and teacher education and formation in faith.
Reach out to rural Australia.
Use technology to better communicate.
Be an authentic church of witness, action and hope.
Thinking locally we need to:
Plan and undertake parish outreach projects.
Make family and family time a higher priority.
Reach out and care for the disabled and homeless in our local communities.