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Forward Diocesan Celebration Service in the Slieve Russell Hotel on Sunday 16th September 2012

Forward Diocesan Celebration Service in the Slieve Russell Hotel on Sunday 17th May 2009

Photos taken at the Forward Service in the Slieve Russell Hotel on Sunday 20th May 2007

Photos taken at the Forward Service in the Slieve Russell Hotel on Sunday 12th June 2005

Growing Healthy Parishes
2005 - 2008 & 2009 - 2012

The Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh


A Word from Bishop Ken

I’m delighted to commend the Forward! Project to each person in the dioceses of Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh. Over the next four years this important initiative aims to help our parishes to grow healthier and stronger.
Each of us wants to see our parishes growing into more healthy vibrant communities, where God is honoured and everyone finds a welcome. But if this is to happen then all of us must share the vision and be ready to play our part. We cannot simply assume that there are others who will do the work for us. As parishes and as individuals we will need to look at ourselves and the way that we do things and ask if we could serve God and his people more effectively. If each one of us can respond to the challenge then I am sure that we will see real spiritual growth in ourselves, our parishes and our dioceses.
I am asking every parishioner to consider carefully what part you might play in helping to make sure your parish is growing and moving Forward!

Your friend & bishop,

+ Ken

Bishop Ken Clarke


Despite some of the challenges we face

We believe…

  • that God has us here for a purpose;

  • that the local church is the hope of the world;

  • that we have a great resource in the people of this diocese;

… and that we are making progress!


is designed to promote growth in every parish

+ Growth in the involvement of parish members
+ Growth in cooperation between parishes
+ Growth in the financial support we give to help make things happen

Forward!’s Aims . . .

Forward! in Worship
- Making our services more relevant and attractive
- Increasing attendances
Forward! in Building Church Families
- Helping every congregation to be a friendly, welcoming, confident and supportive community
- Involving and listening to children and young people in every aspect of church life
- Encouraging every congregation to share its gifts with the wider church family
Forward! in Reaching Out
- Being ready and eager to share the Good News of the Gospel with those around us
- Sharing the love of God in practical ways with all
Forward! in Service
- Developing ministry teams in every Parish
- Encouraging every member to play their part in the life of the church

… giving our best




We intend over the next four years to:
- Provide training in Worship & Leadership Development
- Continue to develop a programme that will specifically involve the Post-Confirmation age group
- Encourage parishes to run a spiritual development programme such as Alpha, Christianity Explored, etc.
- Aim to achieve a 20% increase in direct financial giving to parishes in 2005
- Encourage Parishes to have two people under 25 years on their Select Vestry
- Work towards the provision of a Kilmore Youth Officer



will work when YOU…

PRAY for it!

PAY for it!

PLAY your part!



Your response 2005           (Click here for printable form)

        To help my parish grow I would be interested in:

o Attending a group to learn more about my faith

o Joining a parish organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

o Assisting with a parish organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

o Helping at Sunday services

o Speaking with the clergy about how I can serve God more fully

o Help to discover my gifts

o Increasing my weekly giving to €/£. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .per week

o Finding out more about tax efficient giving

o Other (please give details in the box overleaf)

Examples of a 20% increase in giving
Current weekly giving
Increased amount




Please return this form when completed to your church on “Forward! Sunday” - 17th April 2005.
Thank you.

An information evening will be held at the Templeport Community Cenrte on Friday 8th April 2005 at 8.30 pm. This evening will begin with a period of entertainment and praise followed by a short presentation by Revd Geoff and closing with a bite of supper.

By now all parisioners should have received the leaflet. Please fill in the responses to the questions above which will be completely confidential and only seen by Revd Geoff Wilson (and not by any other member of the group / diocese) and retun them at the Forward Sunday Church Service in Tomregan Church Ballyconnell on 17 th April.

If you need additional copies of this form for other members of your household please ask your Rector/ clergy-in-charge for them. You may also click here to open a response page which you may print yourself.


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