The Growth and Learning Working Group


The Growth & Learning Group aims to encourage and facilitate just that. We try to ensure the provision of home / bible study groups, an Emmaus course, Lent reflections, prayer groups, occasional talks etc. We hope to encourage both greater numbers of people to know God’s love and a greater depth of relationship with Him. Our thoughts currently focus on encouraging prayer and sustaining & growing leaders.

Members are currently: Sue Sheppard, Gail Whalley, Sue Browne, Beccy Birch, Peter Farmer & Steve Rendell [Facilitator]. 

Click here for the minutes of the latest meeting of the group

Working Groups

This Mission Community commits itself to maintaining a worshipping, witnessing community within all our parishes, making the gospel known to people of all ages and backgrounds within our communities.

Five working groups (listed below) are established to assist in the achievement of the aims of the Mission Community and its day to day management. More information about the purpose each group and a copy of the minutes of the latest group meeting can be found via the menus on the right of this page.


Children & Young People Focus Group

Growth and Learning

Pastoral Care and Service to the Community



The Children and Young People's Working Group



The Children and Young People’s Focus Group gathers representatives from all the churches in our team and aims to encourage the involvement of children and young people in the whole life of the church.  It helps to resource all age Services and Baptisms and provide training for reaching out to the wider community and touches the lives of children and their families with the love of God in relevant ways. The group also works in partnership with the four schools in our Mission Community.


Members are Currently:  Bridget Boxall [Facilitator], Pita Burt, Sarah Martin, Fiona Thompson, Allison Toogood & Lisa Clapp.

Click below for:

Latest minutes of the working group


The Resources Working Group

The purpose of the Resources Working Group is to co-ordinate the financial operation of the Mission Community beyond our PCCs, to organize internal communication links within our community and external links to local communities, to organize and fund the administration of the Mission Community and to help and support the development of our community through the Mission Action Planning process.

Members are currently:  David Fursdon, Jean Brown [Facilitator], David Marshall, Brian Please, Valerie Mills, Brian Trump [MC Treasurer] & Rosie Paskins.

Click here for the minutes of the latest meeting of the working group

Risk Assessment Guidance

Churches Legislation Advisory Body: Circular 01/2012 Occasional Events

Netherexe Parishes Risk Assessment Pack

Below is the Netherexe Parishes Risk Assessment Guidance Pack as a series of PDF files.  If you would like a spiral bound version of the guide please contact email administrator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cover and introduction

HSE Five Steps guide

EIG Risk Guide [including self assessment tool ]

EIG Risk Assessment Template [small churches]

Netherexe check list



The Worship Working Group


The Worship Working Group is responsible for worship in our 11 churches.  In conjunction with the clergy, it arranges the service pattern ensuring that there is minimal duplication and that there is a variety of worship opportunities across our parishes every month.

In a grouping of 10 churches and only one full time priest, with some help from some in other employment and some retired it is now impossible to have services led by a priest in each of our churches every week, therefore every parish now has to have some services led by lay people; the Worship Working Group helps with identifying suitable people, training and encouraging them.  It provides resources for worship leading and we will be putting documents and links on this part of the website to make things easier to access.

There are a variety of services on offer in these parishes, our regular services include a traditional Book of Common Prayer, more contemporary Communion services, less formal all age worship (with & without Communion) along with Morning and Evening weekday prayers some of which are reflective and contemplative.  On a more occasional basis there are Taizé services, Compline, Songs of Praise and others.  We hope that there is something there for you, no matter where you find yourself on your spiritual journey.

Members are currently;  Katie Cross, Peter Colebrook, Laura Ford [Facilitator], Catriona Fursdon, Gwynneth Keehner, Jan Davey, Clive Lawrence, Guy Sheppard & Pheobe Taverner.

Click below for pdf copies of:

Latest minutes of the working group

Church of England Collects

Church of England Topical Prayers

Other useful documents include:

Worship Resources in the Netherexe Parishes

Preparing for Worship

Checklist for Mission Community Services

Constructing Prayers of Intercession

Leading Intercessions

Let us Pray handout (July 07)

Writing and teaching Intercessions