• 31 August 2013

It’s not too late to plant forHim

On the last night of the Bible Week we lifted the offering for our new church planting appeal, ‘plant forHim’. Thank you so much to all who gave towards the target for the week of £100,000 – we will give you an update on the total in the next few days. 

This seed funding will be used to train church planters, diocesan evangelists and to enable new church plants to be set up in the areas that the diocese has already identified. There are immediate plans for The Braniel and Moneyreagh and other locations will unfold in the future.

It’s not too late to give

If you have not been able to attend the Bishop’s Bible Week or missed the offering on Friday evening, we will be making appeal envelopes available at other diocesan events and on request. Please contact the office: dco@down.anglican.org. 

If you are unable to contribute or don’t feel prompted to do so now, please keep this appeal prayerfully in mind – we are in this for the long haul.


Why church plant now?

We realise that as a church we have lost touch with many working class areas and the problems they face. The tragic riots in our diocese at the turn of the year have been a powerful reminder of our calling in some of these areas, and our calling is to engage with and serve a new generation, not least of the people who used to own the title ‘Church of Ireland’. 

We are also aware of new housing springing up which has no Christian witness in its midst. Our response to the fledgling community in the Titanic Quarter is one example of what can be done with faith, imagination and determination. 

Our church planting must be intentional and long–term as we commit to the role of the church in the transformation of our society. We need your help.

Please pray

We will endeavour to keep you abreast of developments so that all our efforts are undergirded with prayer.