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.
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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
'Wherever we are'
A teaching and learning series linked to our vision using Paul's Letter to the church in Philippi.
All Church Vision Meeting: 28th January 2102
Our four themes as we 'Develop our Church Vision'
20-40; Jesus; Sustainability; Discipleship.
related magazine articles below.
Vision and Commitment Sunday 13th January 2013
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'.
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.
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’.
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)
3. 'Discipleship' and stewardship of our time, talents and finances.
…so that we can ‘make a difference wherever we are’.
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.
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).
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.
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