Mapping out the way ahead was the order of the day when members of the Llandaff Diocesan Conference gathered for their annual conference in Cardiff.
More than 300 people packed into the main hall of St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School during the day-long conference on Saturday, September 30, which focused on deanery based brain storming sessions to help plan the way forward.
Following the opening service, which involved pupils from St Teilo’s School, a presentation from the Diocesan Youth Forum was delivered by the Revd Dr Sarah Rogers, which posed questions about Jesus, faith and church.
The conference then broke into eleven deanery groups which were tasked with gathering information about what they celebrated, hoped for and what made them distinctive.
In reporting back on the day they were all asked to come up with three words to describe their deaneries and these varied from intrepid, diverse and friendly to rural, serving and collaborative.
Information from these sessions and that gathered over the coming months during Bishop June’s visits to all the deaneries will be used to help draw up a common map of the diocese, the conference was told.
Hustings for candidates for the Governing Body of the Church in Wales opened the afternoon session, followed by the business of the day including the presentation of reports.
Before the closing Eucharist the Bishop of Llandaff, June Osborne, delivered her first presidential address to the diocesan conference in which she invited clergy and lay people to help her ‘draw a common map of the diocese.’
She explained how she was getting to know the diocese with the help of a large geographical map which showed where the boundaries and buildings lay – but didn’t yet show where people placed themselves in relation to being part of the diocesan family.
She explained that the aim of a ‘common map’ was to ‘agree who we are’ and ‘how the Diocese of Llandaff does things.’
“I’ll be listening carefully to what you think ought to be our priorities because they’re writ large on your maps of how church should work,” said Bishop June.
- Various stalls were set up in the ‘street’ outside the conference hall for members to visit and gather information, included Safeguarding, Mothers Union, Messy Church, Open the Book, Calling Llandaff, Christian Aid, Churches Together Bookshop, Mae Cymru and the Community Mental Health Chaplain.