We have posted a number of ideas to help you with evangelistic activities this autumn ranging from Harvest to Halloween, All Saints, Remembrance and Advent. Take a look here.

Evangelism Year News

Easter Greetings from the V4L Steering Group!

This is just a short email to ask you about a couple of things.

What did you do for Holy Week and Easter?

We set a challenge to V4L participant churches to do something evangelistic for Holy Week and Easter. So did you? We would be glad to hear from you with news, pictures, articles, or just a short email outlining anything evangelistic that you did and also how it went. Feedback at any time would be useful to hear, but if you have anything you can send immediately in readiness for the next Vision4Life Steering Group meeting next Tuesday 10th May, that would be especially good and earn you extra Brownie points!! Please email the V4L co-ordinator Janet Lees on admin@vision4life.org.uk

Summer Activities

Do you have any summer evangelistic activities planned? It might be a cream tea or barbecue, a holiday club, or absolutely anything at all. If you have ideas or plans, again please email Janet on the email above and we may well share your idea to encourage other churches and inspire them to do something similar. Email Janet at admin@vision4life.org.uk

Finally as always…

Check out the website.

More resources are accumulating there all the time and beyond the booklet, Exploring Evangelism. It is the place to go to find more ideas, thinking and resources. Click this link www.vision4life.org.uk

With every blessing

The Vision4Life Steering Group

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Who are we? The Vision4Life Steering Group is made up of members and ministers of the United Reformed Church who work in a variety of situations from local churches to serving on other URC committees, either in a full time capacity or as volunteers. Some are working in other ministry situations such as chaplaincy, and some are retired. They come from a broad variety of theological backgrounds and traditions. We only have one part time paid employee who works to coordinate the Vision4Life process and all are offering their time to this work alongside other, often very demanding workloads. The materials are produced by a variety of people in different situations. The materials are developed as the process continues and this means that sometimes materials are not available when some churches would like them to be. However we are finding that as God leads us through this exciting process, we are discovering new approaches to prayer, bible study and evangelism which we offer as they become available.

Back to Church Sunday is now the largest single local-church invitational initiative in the world. It is based on the simplest and shortest step in evangelism – that we should invite someone we already know to something we love; invite our friend to our church. If you want to be a part of this September’s campaign, you need to have signed up by 30th June. You can download our document about BacktoChurch Sunday here Download back2church sunday.pdf or you can link to the official website here http://www.backtochurch.co.uk/

A new SEASONS section for SUMMER has now been published. It will grow with ideas to use over the summer period to help you plan ahead. Take a look via the top menu.

TLS gateways into evangelism course is a standalone one year course or a follow on from the TLS foundation course.  Starting in September you will be led into exploring biblical and theological insights into evangelism in the context of practical experience and contemporary culture with the aim of equipping people for an evangelistic life-style and ministry. Closing date for applications for all TLS Classic courses was 30th May but you can still find out more details on the HELP page.

We are pleased to announce a small reprint of the Exploring Evangelism booklet and limited numbers are now available again. Please contact Tracey Hardingham for details or to order copies.

Welcome to the Evangelism Year of Vision4Life, the third of three years that we hope will start to transform the United Reformed Church, and our partners, for mission. We began with the Bible Year, and continued with prayer year. Re-engaging with the Bible and prayer have not stopped, but equip us for evangelism as we discover fresh ways of sharing God’s story with our friends and neighbourhoods.

The Evangelism Year runs from Advent 2010 to December 2011.