Local Ministry Development Group (LMDG - "Lay Team")
What is the LMDG?
It is a team of lay people, nominated by the
congregations of our four churches, plus the incumbent -
originally Rev'd David Howell, but now our Interim
Minister Rev'd Dawn Hyett. It reports to the Parochial
Church Council of Greater Whitbourne, and was commissioned
by Bishop Richard Frith on 7th June 2015. Follow this
link for the commissioning service.
The current members are Brenda Allan, Gordon Bailey
(originally our Advisor from the Tenbury group), John
Bland, Sylvia Bland, Chris Evans, William North. Sadly,
Jackie Evans and Susan Wyatt have stepped down for
personal reasons. In addition, we have been supported from
the beginning by Rev'd John Daniels, our diocesan
Terms of Reference - its "Remit"
Originally, our remit was as follows, but we look forward
to updating it with Rev'd Hyett, our Interim Minister,
once she is fully in post.
To hold services to which more people will come.
To provide church activities which will attract a greater
range of people.
To plan to help those who need help in the parish.
To try to help in a peace and reconciliation process
To consider the environment in everything we do.
To assist the Rector when he is overloaded with daily
To seek training where necessary so that we can do a
Taking into account the Mission Action Plan of 2009, it
will consider where we want to be in five years’ time and
produce a new plan accordingly.
What does it do?
The team overall covers the general development of Lay
Ministry in the four parishes of Greater Whitbourne, but
most of its work is accomplished by two sub-groups. The
complete team, and the two sub-groups, each meet about
- The Worship Group, comprises Brenda, John B, Sylvia,
William, Gordon, and Doiran (temporarily), plus Dawn.
This group concerns itself with the development of new
forms of worship in the Greater Parish, particularly
"Family" services, and leads these and some other
services as the need arises. We are authorised to
"preach", provide home communion to the house-bound, and
in exceptional circumstances lead "Public Worship with
Communion by Extension".
- The Pastoral Care Group, comprises Brenda, John,
Chris, Doiran, and Dawn.
This group operates in a very confidential manner
assisting the clergy in the pastoral care of
parishioners as the need is understood. This is always
with the full knowledge and support of the clergy.
- The Parish Magazine Contents Group. Set up by the PCC,
it is a five-person group, of whom three are LMDG
members. Its remit is to help the church, through the
magazine, to be:
- at the service of the community;
- in the consciousness of the community;
- accessible to the community.
What are its plans?
Overall, to do better as we gain experience and
confidence, but particularly:
- To reassess and reinvigorate in 2017, as we work
closely with our new Interim Minister.
- Further develop new forms of service that help us grow
the church, particularly considering the demographics of
the Greater Parish population.
- Help and encourage others to take a more active part
in the worshipping life of our churches.
- To continue to address the Remit.
Contacting the LMDG
You can telephone any member, of course - details in the
We also have the email address LMDG@whitbourne.org.uk
that can be used to submit suggestions and comments to the
Lay Team. This will be checked by Chris Evans on a regular
basis, and shared with the whole team. You should NOT use
it for confidential matters.