#MoreThanSunday explores what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ beyond church in our work, education, community and family contexts. In 2020 ten groups of people across the Diocese took part in a year-long learning journey to develop discipleship in the lives of their parishes, school and chaplaincies. Eight parishes, one chaplaincy and a school took part in the pilot project with the aim of encouraging everyone to see that following Christ Monday to Saturday is as much about being Church as what we do on Sundays.
The pilots were: St Paul’s Blackley, All Saints Langley, St Peter & St Mark Levenshulme, St Thomas’ Delph Friarmere, St John’s Atherton, Holy Family Failsworth, St Martin’s Norris Bank, St Mary’s Ellenbrook, Manchester Minstry2Business and Trinity High School. Watch our video above featuring a conversation with the participants from St Mary's, Ellenbrook.
Following the 10 Pilot #MoreThanSunday groups, five Mission Communities began the programme in September 2022. Taking part this year are Rochdale Mission Community 4, Salford and Leigh Mission Community 2, Oldham and Ashton Mission Community 4, Bury and Rossendale Mission Community 2 and Manchester North and East Mission Community 3. All Mission Communities across the diocese will be invited to take part in the #MoreThanSunday programme over the next three years.
The project team has written a course book called Seven Shifts to Inspire Sunday to Saturday Faith. This material is taken from the national Setting God’s People Free initiative, which we have renamed #MoreThanSunday here in Manchester.
Find out more about the progress of the Discipleship Pilots here.
For a review of the learning of the year-long pilot and the next steps, click here.
For more information about #MoreThanSunday contact the Head of Lay Development and Discipleship, Kim Morgan-Jones at KimMorgan-Jones@manchester.anglican.org