In October 2013 St Simon’s met so parishioners could articulate their dreams for the future. 18 dreams were shared. We agreed to meet again to choose the dreams we wanted to pursue – and in the meantime to pray and ask for the Lord’s leading . In February 2014 we met, and after prayer & discussion, the parishioners chose 7 dreams to pursue. The dreams have a volunteer co-ordinator, and a ‘Dream Team’ of people who want to pursue the dream. In 2014 the Dream Teams have pursued Turning Dreams into Reality alongside other ministries that have continued apace. People at St Simon’s care for one another, and for others in our community, and demonstrate that in very practical ways.
Our Rector, Paul Cohen, says “I am ‘living the dream’, amongst godly folk who are also living the dream – and I’m enjoying ministry at St Simon’s every day!”
And so we continue together with the Lord in 2017 with these dreams:
Lawson (one of Canberra’s newest suburbs): The Team have been visiting people as they move in to their new homes in Lawson, with a gift to welcome them; we held the inaugural Christmas Carols in the park at Lawson in December 2016.
Mainly Music An outreach ministry with 30 minute sessions of music, movement, rhymes and action, for young children from birth to school age, with their parent or carer.
Visiting & Listening A ministry to those living in the Kaleen aged care units to build relationships with some our nearest neighbours.
Kaleen High We are delivering 2 large bags of bread on Wednesday mornings for the School Breakfasts (bread from our ‘Bread Run‘), and continuing to explore other ministry options at Kaleen High – including providing a Lunch once per week, and Mentors for students.
Visibility Improvements to our general visibility to the community through new signage and a new website.
Hospitality A ministry to organise events such as lunches in each others homes, especially for folk without family to be ‘church as family’.