Report back from CVTA’s October 2018 Symposium held in Worcester

Report back from CVTA’s October 2018 Symposium held in Worcester

We are  very pleased to be able to make available summaries of the presentations given at the October 2018 CVTA  Symposium in Worcester.

The theme was Partnering: we cannot do it all on our own. Who is the ‘it’ and what is the ‘all’

These are either summaries of the Presentations as provided by the presenters themselves or in one instance in particular a summary of notes taken by CVTA’s Canon John Brown.  If there is the desire on the part of any reader to seek further information from any of the presenters then we will gladly supply the relevant e-mail address.  If there is any desire to quote from any of the Presentations then please ensure that reference is made to the source of the submission.

Worcester Cathedral in Partnership working with Others by Dean Peter Atkinson

The Re-medievalisation of our Churches by David Gambier 

Spiritual Tourism by Simon Lumby 

Marketing Methodist Heritage Internationally by Keith Cheetham 

Partnering within Rural Ministry by Robert Barlow

St Mary’s Church, Lydiard and the Arts Society by Clive Deverell and Janet Cooper

Bricks, Mortar and Mission:  Charles Palmer, a chartered surveyor who had been working on behalf of the Methodist Church with regard to what he called ‘Bricks, Mortar and Mission’, made a very personal Presentation which he was prepared to share with those present at the Symposium but did not want to be broadcast outside it since it was a contribution towards an on-going debate within the Methodist Church, as it considers the use of its buildings for mission interpreted in a wide context of partnerships with other religious and secular organisations.

For further information and developments please contact Jo Hibbard, Director of Engagement, at


Open Discussion

The afternoon ended with open discussion regarding a number of key topics some of which had arisen as a result of the presentations earlier in the day, some as a result of the Worcester City Centre churches walkabout.  Delegates were sent away with the invitation to reflect on these within their own contexts:

 The importance of listening to the stories of why people attach themselves to their church;

  • Bearing in mind the strength of peoples’ attachment to place;
  • Distinguishing between peoples’ aspirations of how they ought to behave rather than
  •  merely  being aware of how they actually behave;
  • Noting carefully the pressures on young people and the anxieties and opportunities
  • produced by social media;
  • The size , breadth and depth of experience, skills, and awareness of  lay resources within
  • congregations and communities:  encouraging the harnessing of these resources;
  •  Holding a fetish with regard to Sunday:  thinking imaginatively and creatively about the days of the week and their times for providing opportunities for the gathering together of the people of God in groups of varying sizes and for varying purposes.  The Church really seriously engaging with any and every aspect and expression of society within a theological, learning and liturgical framework.