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The vision of our church

is to make a difference wherever we are

as we share faith for life in Jesus.


In 2009 we collectively made a decision based on this vision (we have renewed this repeatedly)

...that in five years time we are living out our life at St Mary’s in the following five ways…


by celebrating our faith in Jesus

through our ‘worship’ in the widest sense;


by welcoming people and helping them

to belong to our church family;


by becoming a healing community

in which people find a place

where they are helped in their pain and struggles;


by equipping disciples

‘to make a difference wherever they are’;


and by delighting in sharing our faith

in relevant ways.



The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said,

'The church is part of the solution for building community blessing at a local level.

The common good of the community and justice

are absolutely central to what it means to be a Christian.

Loving God and loving neighbour go together like the warp and weft of a piece of fabric.'

(Good Neighbours. How churches help communities flourish. Church Urand Fund. June 2014)


One main outworking of our vision themes

has been to consider how we can provide 'Fit for Purpose' buildings.

A statement on the Chester Diocesan website encourages churches to provide,

'A quality, well-resourced and maintained church hall

which can be a tremendous asset to a church,

enabling a wide range of activities to take place

for the church and local communities'.

Our Faith Building inititive is exactly this;

we feel we can better serve in our community

with buildings that are better suited to our present activities.

  • Faith Building webpage



    Latest vision information


  • Apr 2017 Healing Hub
  • Dec 2016 Church Vision: Lead Acedemy
  • Aug 2016 Sharing Hub
  • May 2016 Welcoming and Sharing Hubs
  • Aug 2015 All Church Vision Meeting
  • Apr 15 Re:View Magzine Update of St Mary's Church Vision
  • Mar 2015 Re:View Magzine Update of St Mary's Church Vision
  • Mar 2015 A 'Where we are' letter from Graeme Skinner
  • Jul 17 Re:View Magazine: Vision: The Why of Church



    Previous articles and pages

    Through a Diocesan initiative called GAP (Growth Action Planning)

    we have been seeking to fulfil this vision by taking one step at a time.



    GAP 3 themes.


    1. 'Develop our Church Vision'


    Church Vision Update: All services on Sunday 22nd April 2102

  • Audio: Graeme Skinner : Update on four development areas so far: 12 mins


    'Wherever we are'

    A teaching and learning series linked to our vision using Paul's Letter to the church in Philippi.

  • Web page with articles on 'Wherever'

    All Church Vision Meeting: 28th January 2102

  • Audio: Sally Dowell : Strategic and Sustainable : 12 mins
  • Powerpoint linked to above talk
  • Audio: Graeme Skinner : Our Vision part 1 : 42 mins
  • Audio: Graeme Skinner : Our Vision part 2 : 15 mins
  • Audio: Graeme Skinner : Closing remarks : 4 mins
  • Powerpoint linked to above three talks

  • Lead Up 22nd Jan Noticesheet insert
  • Lead Up 15th Jan Noticesheet insert
  • Lead Up 8th Jan Noticesheet insert

  • Re:View Magzine article March 2012: Vision Day first report
  • Re:View Magazine article April 2012: The four Vision Priorities
  • Re:View Magazine article May 2012 Vision: Update
  • Re:View Magazine article July 2012: GAP3

    Our four themes as we 'Develop our Church Vision'

    20-40; Jesus; Sustainability; Discipleship.

    related magazine articles below.

  • Re:View Magazine article Jan 2013 Vision Development Update
  • Re:View Magazine article Jun 2012 Messy Church : our new ministry
  • Re:View Magazine article Jul 2012 Messy Church : starts October 2012
  • Re:View Magazine Oct 2013 20s-30s in church: Mark Montgomery

    Vision and Commitment Sunday 13th January 2013

  • 130113: Four Development areas : Various speakers : 18 mins
  • 130113: Vision 2013 : Graeme Skinner : 18 mins

    2. 'Develop our church buildings'

    We are continuing to explore the possibility of major building project

    that would ensure our buildings may be 'fit for purpose'.

  • Web page with articles on the building plans

    3. 'Develop Christians Against Poverty Wirral'

    St Mary's could be the 'lead church' in developing CAP Wirral

    We are taking active steps to promote the opening of CAP Wirral in late 2012.

  • Re:View Magazine article May 2012: Visit to Bradford
  • Re:View Magazine article June 2012 Update



    GAP 2 themes.


    1. 'Caring for God’s world together'

    Linked to our vision: ‘Worship in widest sense’, which includes creation care.

    We will work towards an eco-congregation status over the next two years,

    through specific targets of

    teaching and learning about the Bible and the environment,

    reviewing church property and management,

    and challenging individual lifestyles through 'Living Lightly’.

  • Web page with articles on CGWT

    2.‘Reasonable Faith’

    linked to our vision: '...delighting in sharing our faith in relevant ways'.

    We will base our studies on The Book by Tim Keller 'The Reason for God'.(Summer 2011)

  • Web page with articles on 'Reasonable Faith'.

    3. 'Discipleship' and stewardship of our time, talents and finances.

    …so that we can ‘make a difference wherever we are’.

  • Web page with articles on "Follow me"



    GAP 1 themes.


    1. To further develop our vision of ‘making a difference wherever we are’.

    We set out to explore ways of finding out where individuals are,

    their needs, gifts and passions and how they could be supported.

    (This theme ran though all our teaching and learning and will be picked up more specifically in 2011.)


    During the year the church set up a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) partnership.

    CAP is a national debt counselling charity.

    We ran seven courses and are now expanding into the area.

  • CAP Courses from St.Mary’s

    2. Learn to listen to God more

    We ran another 24/7 prayer week

    building on the experiences of the first 24/7 prayer week (in 2009).

  • 2009 24/7 Prayer Week
  • 2010 24/7 Prayer Week

    3. Learn to kindle a greater fire in our hearts for God

    During the summer term we made time to celebrate our faith

    and be inspired by God as revealed in the Bible.

  • ’God for Life’ Summer 2010 Small Group outlines


    Related Links on this website

  • Jan 2012 ReView Magazine: 'All Church meeting Saturday 28th Jan morning
  • Sep 2011 "In shape for mission" Two studies in preparation for vision meeting Oct 2011.
  • Sep 2011 ReView Magazine: The Vision from The Big Weekend
  • Aug 2011 ReView Magazine: Living the Vision
  • Jul 2011 ReView Magazine: Church Vision: Next steps
  • Jun 2011 ReView Magazine: The Big Picture of Vision
  • Mar 2015 ReView Magazine: St Mary's Church Vision
  • Mar 2015 A 'Where we are' letter from Graeme Skinner