What matters in our community, who cares about it, and what can we do to support them?
We are bringing together the communities around Ilminster and Chard to see how we can all help each other more.
Please join us whenever and wherever you can. We encourage everyone to share their views and opinions with other people from right across the community.
We’re building a week of free events in May 2018 to bring together the individuals, groups and communities who make up the life of Ilminster and Chard. We are showing that we care about what matters. We’re carrying forward everyone’s ideas from What Matters? Who Cares? on March 5th into Telling Our Story.
In the words of Bishop Ruth, Bishop of Taunton: “When we gather again in May, during the Bishop’s Mission, we’ll continue sharing stories and finding moments of connection between the church and local communities. That way, we’ll grow together to become healing, loving and caring communities of worth, learning about and from each other, and further establishing our commitment to mutual wellbeing.”
“This is what it means to live and tell our story. It’s a shared story about what matters in our communities. And because we all care about what happens where we live, we’ll work together to find new ways of being and doing that bring hope and joy.”
We’re organising a week of events across the Ilminster and Chard area and we hope to see you there!
Here are some tips on how to get involved:
- To review all the great suggestions made on March 5th, click here.
- To see some of the events we already have planned, click here.
- To download free resources for the Telling Our Story week, click here.
- If you would like to volunteer, or to make a suggestion for an event, please contact us here. It’d be great to hear from you!
- Best of all, just turn up during Telling Our Story week, 14-20 May, meet some new people and new ideas and have some fun!
HOW WE STARTED
We started with a big community evening on March 5th in The Shrubbery Hotel, Ilminster, called What Matters? Who Cares? We asked some very different people to speak to us to start off the evening. And by inviting all members of the public for free, we brought together the widest selection of people that we could from our community. We listened to the speakers and then to one another and drew out the key community issues we are facing in Ilminster and Chard. We had a lively and energetic evening and you can read a full report on the evening, and a note from Rev Nigel Done here.
WHO WE ARE
Telling Our Story week is being facilitated by the parish churches of Ilminster Deanery, supported by the Right Reverend Ruth Worsely, Bishop of Taunton.
To learn more, please visit: Telling Our Story