2016 is the year of Come&C in Dublin and Glendalough. The initiative is designed to equip people for discipleship and deepen their understanding of their own faith. Come&C is centred around the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion which have been distilled to the Five Ts: TELL – To proclaim God’s Kingdom; TEACH – To teach, baptise and nurture; TEND – To respond to human need; TRANSFORM – To transform unjust structures; and TREASURE – To safeguard creation.
Since the Year of Come&C began a series of Songs of Praise type events have been held in locations around Dublin and Glendalough. Each service focuses on one of the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion but also bears the hallmark of the host location.
In the autumn the Camino of Glendalough will be launched which will offer participants points of reflection to consider while walking a selection of routes in and around Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains.
The original Come&C Report which gave rise to the Come&C Project can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE. It contains analysis of the material contributed by parishes the length and breath of the dioceses in response to the Vision and Mission Survey initiated by Archbishop Michael Jackson in the spring of 2014.
The Come&C 5 Marks Challenge is designed to affirm different discipleship activities within Dublin and Glendalough and to encourage a deeper reflection on discipleship, linked to the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion.
The 5 Marks Challenge was inspired by the example of Gaisce (the President’s Awards). To receive a Gaisce award, a recipient must engage in a combination of learning or service activities over a sustained period of time. The Come&C 5 Marks Challenge is based on the idea of recipients being engaged in some form of discipleship, but more importantly, reflecting on that experience in the light of God’s call to us to ‘Come and See’ and to ‘Follow Me’. The criteria for each award includes a strong emphasis on reflection.
The award for each challenge is in the form of a different coloured ribbon and a certificate. The Blue Challenge relates to the first Mark of Mission – To Proclaim God’s Kingdom (Tell). The Yellow Challenge is for the second Mark of Mission – To Teach, Baptise and Nurture (Teach). The Red Challenge is To Respond to Human Need (Tend). The Purple Challenge is To Transform Unjust Structures (Transform). The final Green Challenge is To Safeguard Creation (Treasure).
To find out more about the 5 Marks Challenge and to learn about the criteria for the awards email Caoimhe Leppard at firstname.lastname@example.org
The guidelines for participation in the Come&C 5 Marks Challenge can be downloaded by CLICKING HERE.
A series of reflections on the Five Marks of Mission has been prepared and is available to download by CLICKING HERE.
Archbishop Michael Jackson designated Sunday September 18 2016 as Come&Celebrate Sunday – a day of celebration to mark the success of the Come&C initiative and launch the Come&C 5 Marks Challenge. A special Order of Service has been prepared for use in parishes throughout Dublin and Glendalough with the permission of The Ordinary. It is available to download by CLICKING HERE.
The Come&C Camino takes place on Sunday November 6 (but the walk and reflections can be undertaken at any time). The Camino arose out of the Come&C project but it also celebrates 800 years of the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough.
The Camino de Glendalough on Sunday November 6 will begin at both ends of St Kevin’s Way with services taking place simultaneously in St Kevin’s Church, Hollywood and St John’s, Laragh at 9.30 am.
Following the service in Hollywood, pilgrims will have the choice of making the 30km journey by foot, bicycle or car. A booklet will be provided to aid the journey. Those that travel by car will be able to stop at certain points in their journey where St Kevin’s Way meets the R756. Walkers should expect to take at least six hours to complete this route.
Those attending St John’s, Laragh, on the day, will be provided with a booklet outlining walks around the Monastic City and along the Green Road. There will also be an opportunity to take a shorter walk along St Kevin’s Way from the Wicklow Gap to Glendalough. This is approximately 12km and will take approximately two hours to complete. A bus will be provided to take walkers to Wicklow Gap. There are many other opportunities for short walks in the area around the Monastic City.
St John’s, Laragh, will act as an information base on the day and participants are free to join in activities at any time that is suitable to them.
Weather permitting, the day will conclude with a gathering at the Upper Lake in Glendalough for a service of praise and thanksgiving at 3.30 pm.
A beautiful booklet has been produced to accompany those who undertake the Camino de Glendalough – either on November 6 or at any time. The booklet details the route of the Camino, which follows St Kevin’s Way from Hollywood to Glendalough, but also gives an insight into why people undertake pilgrimage and the story of the life of St Kevin. A brief history of the Monastic City of Glendalough is also outlined.