Proclaim15 is “a significant evangelisation initiative… being launched to support, inspire and encourage new expressions of parish evangelisation. A project of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales“.
We had the first session in our parish this evening – quite well attended (certainly more than I’d expected). And there was plenty of discussion to fill the hour and a half allocated to the meeting; and some ideas, and some momentum.
I was caught by the story of Danny, given in the discussion starter leaflet. He describes going to Church weekly, despite it being a bit of a chore, until one day everything changed; he experienced the love of God; like someone had switched a light on.
What struck me about the story, though, was not so much the sudden change, the experience of God. I think all those at the meeting had had that experience, in one form or another. No, what struck me was the years of attending Church, in a vague hope, and as a chore. Perhaps that was a greater faith than mine.
Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.