Turning concern into action with the SVP Our Lady and St. Kenelm Conference, Halesowen, hosted a development workshop for both new and existing SVP members of 11 March 2017.
Bob Service the Birmingham SVP Central Council Member Development Officer led the workshop. He certainly made sure our time together was well spent.
The first part of the workshop concentrated on the Vincentian vision, mission and values underpinning the essential spiritual vocation of the Society:
To bring the love of Christ to the suffering and those in need within our own and wider community; and
To seek and find those in need and to serve and support them through person to person contact, irrespective of age, colour, creed, gender or ideology.
We learnt how our service is non-judgemental - respecting the dignity and wishes of the individual at all times. We discussed what it meant to be generous with our time, our possessions and ourselves. Through the Society, Vincentians seek a closer union with Christ and the mission he gave us ‘to love one another’.
The vital importance of prayer was stressed. At Conference meetings we pray for the Holy Spirit’s help us carry out our work. We pray that our Vincentian vocation will affect all aspects of our lives and become a key part of our spiritual formation
The second theme of the workshop focussed on the practical implications of these spiritual foundations. We spent time in small groups considering the value of spiritual readings for individuals and Conferences.
Through several mini case studies we then explored the possible situations that can be faced when visiting and alternative responses. This led to a session on the essential features of excellent safeguarding procedures, risk assessment and record keeping.
Finally we touched on the organisation and management of Conference affairs. We considered how best to sustain Conferences, encourage new recruits, and plan for office holders to share the leadership load. We reflected on how we could undertake an effective annual Conference review.
Our workshop was time well used and we were inspired and encouraged to take the next steps in our Vincentian journey.
Mike Weaver Our Lady and St Kenelm SVP Conference President
The Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Kenelm Siviter Street, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3JU Parish Priest: Rev. Fr. Bruce Dutson The Presbytery, 22 Cobham Road, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 3JZ Telephone 0121 602 1972 Email firstname.lastname@example.org