Diagram of Dreams

diagramofdreamsEarlier this year, a group of young people gathered alongside the East Midlands Synod Meeting. After enjoying a visit to the Cinema in the morning to see ‘Storks’, they spent the afternoon discussing the Theology they could find in the film and the implications this had for them, their lives, their faith and their relationship with the Church.

This family comedy, which follows storks as they decide to stop delivering babies and start delivering packages instead, which they think, initially, to be a better business move, had much for the young people to pick out, consider and explore.

Over the course of the day, the group discussed respecting others, treating everyone how they wanted to be treated, loving each other and supporting each other along the way. They also spoke about listening to what God is calling them to and, very importantly, doing it! Even if God’s plans are not the same as our plans, seeming strange, uncertain and questionable, we are not on our own. We always have guidance and support as we move along the journey of life, even when we don’t think we’re going in the right direction.

They then went on to discuss the question ‘What are your hopes and dreams for the Church?’.  After much deliberation, they came up with lots of ideas, and reported these back to the Synod meeting.

They produced the diagram above, sharing many of their hopes and dreams. Click here for a more detailed copy.

What are your hopes and dreams for the Church? Do they match those of the young people? How might we make the Church a better, more accessible and relevant community for ALL God’s people?

Challenge your local church to look at these questions and come up with your own ‘Diagram of Dreams’. Who knows where it may lead?!