Mission

The PCC did considerable work in late 2018 to develop a Mission Action Plan for the parish. This was presented to the church at the APCM in April 2019. A link to this is included in the final section of this profile. This established five key areas of priority that were to be the focus of mission within the church. These were:

Since then a central place has been given to continual review and revision of the MAP in the life of the church. For the next year (until lockdown interrupted so much of our church life) time was set aside at each PCC meeting to review the progress on one of the five action areas. Completed actions were recorded and new actions and priorities agreed in each area.

The intention was that this would be a rolling programme for three years, before a review of the whole MAP would be undertaken, but the constraints of the pandemic meant that this process was paused in 2020. The past year has seen much re-evaluation, particularly in the area of Children and Youth. We have already brought these plans before the PCC, but the MAP has not yet been revised to reflect this. During the first lockdown the church used the opportunity to revamp the website, which had remained in place since the previous incumbent.

The PCC is now conscious that the incoming incumbent should rightly be part of the discussions of priorities going forward, and their own gifts and passions reflected in that also - so no major revision is planned before then. However, particularly in the light of our lent focus of 2021 on Creation Care, there has been a growing awareness that the church would seek to align itself with the five marks of mission:

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom

  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers

  • To respond to human need by loving service

  • To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation

  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth

Photo: Volunteers at the homeless project during the pandemic.