Deacon Rita Bullworthy is Distinctive Deacon for the North Tawton group of churches, Whiddon Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter.
She is developing creative ways of linking church and community through putting on musicals that bring everyone together and enable the gifts of others. She says:
‘Our productions of Oliver! and Mamma Mia! have brought together our local and church communities. It is also a great way of getting people into church! Previous productions have seen hundreds of people coming through the doors of St. Peter’s church, North Tawton.
People have discovered hidden gifts, whether on stage or backstage. In addition, lasting friendships have been made.
These musicals offer the opportunity to convey stories full of the problems still relevant to our world today – poverty, abuse, human trafficking, loneliness, trust and love. In fact, we based a Lent course on these topics under the heading of Oliver’s song, ‘Where is Love’. Nearly all of us can identify with the spirit of that song – yearning for love and acceptance, of belonging to someone, and to community – thirsting for God.
St Peter’s was transformed into a theatre for these productions and involved over 100 adults and children. It was a wonderful opportunity for spreading the good news of the Gospel and God’s love.’
Revd Rita Bullworthy
Distinctive Deacon for the North Tawton group of churches
Whiddon Mission Community