In 2015 the Liverpool South Pastoral Area Ministry Team was established to promote collaboration between our parishes and to allow for a deepening of ecumenical partnership and cooperation. Building on the collaboration that had developed within the Pastoral Area Working Group which steered the Leaving Safe Harbours process, the Pastoral Area Ministry Team has been working towards meeting the need for evangelising the individual and for establishing a mission without frontiers by sharing knowledge, resources and personnel between the various parishes of our Pastoral Area.
Sharing of ministry has increased with the ‘Living Christ’ retreat and ‘Christ Lives in Me’ reflection days, in addition to a spread of the Messy Church activity and a programme to build on and promote lay ministry.
In order to further the inter-parish collaboration and extend the skills and experience of the Team, we would welcome additional members. With adequate numbers of committed people on the LSMT, we will be able to achieve our aims to:
- Focus on the real needs of people in terms of personal and spiritual growth, always mindful of the needs of the marginalised.
- Promote collaboration between parishes and allow for a deepening of ecumenical partnership and cooperation.
- Encourage new models of pastoral involvement.
- Improve the quality of life for those burdened by ministerial overload.
- Enshrine a deeper understanding of the lay vocation.
- Encourage collaboration between members of the clergy and lay people.
In 2019 the six parishes that had initially made up the Pastoral Area successfully wrote a bid to employ one of the new Pastoral Associate’s on the Archdiocese of Liverpool’s pilot programme. The LSMT were delighted that Helen Jones was appointed to take up the position for Liverpool South for a three year term from 2019 – 2022. Helen supports the LSMT as well as the six parishes that she serves (Our Lady of Mount Carmel & St Patrick, St Anne & St Bernard, St Anthony of Padua, St Charles & St Thomas More, St Clare & St Hugh and St Wilfrid.
If you are interested in finding out more about what the LSMT does, please see your Parish Priest or contact Margaret Thelwell on firstname.lastname@example.org.