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St Alban´s Signs Up To Mission Plan

Ven Colin Williams, Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe and the Eastern Archdeaconry of the Diocese in Europe, was in Copenhagen to launch the “Saint Alban’s Mission Action Plan 2015-2018” after the Sunday morning service celebrating the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple.

The plan, which is entitled “God Gives the Growth”, outlines a series of objectives and accompanying new initiatives for the Anglican Church in Denmark in the coming years. Grouped under a number of priorities, the strategy commits Saint Alban’s to building up the body of Christ, fostering growth, and sharing in God’s mission in the world. It also sets out proposed actions in relation to promoting reconciliation, striving for the creation of a just society and a sustainable environment, and resourcing the work and witness of a growing congregation.

Preaching at the Eucharist on the Feast of the Presentation, Archdeacon Colin spoke of the connection between endings and beginnings. Candlemas, he said, is both the end of the season of Christmas, but also the beginning of Christ’s revelation to the whole world as King and Lord. So too, the launching of a Mission Action Plan is, on the one hand, the end of a process of preparation and planning but, on the other, the beginning of a renewed commitment to proclamation and service.

A recording of Archdeacon Colin’s sermon is available online at: http://www.st-albans.dk/services/

The Chaplain of Saint Alban’s, Rev Darren McCallig (pictured below with the Archdeacon - and the mission document), says “For us at Saint Alban’s, this Mission Action Plan is our carefully and prayerfully considered attempt at planting and nurturing in this place at this time. We commend it to all those who wish to see the continued flourishing of the Anglican Church in Denmark; but most of all we commend it to the One who alone gives the growth.”

Photos by Bev Lloyd-Roberts