In the past year much has been completed in terms of Mission Action Planning:
- A MAP group met regularly, with the help of diocesan facilitators, to develop the initiative and seek discernment.
- A number of Sunday morning services were given over to raising awareness of Casting the Net.
- The group met with local people to gain an understanding of the needs and perceptions of the local community.
- A congregational ‘Workshop’ took place on 28th April which was attended by about 40 members of the congregation – a worthwhile and illuminating day.
- Following this it was decided to adopt two of the Nine Marks of Mission to focus on………
Mark 2. Transform Lives and Communities: through receiving the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Mark 9. Ready to Seek Growth and Cast the Net.
- During the course of the summer a Mission Action Plan was drawn up by the group and presented to the Vestry for discussion and approval.
- It was formally accepted by the Vestry and handed over to them on 13th September. Bishop David came to launch the MAP as part of 130th Anniversary celebrations on 30th September.
- A copy of the MAP has been made available to all members of the congregation
Our Mission Action Plan is a LIVING and WORKING document which will be reviewed regularly by the Vestry and which we pray, over the course of time, will move St James’s forward both in term of congregational growth and interaction with the local community. It contains a ‘Mission’ statement, a draft congregational ‘Vision’ and some very specific aims in terms of ‘work to be done’! It has the potential to be exciting and challenging, and should encourage us all to become prayerfully aware of what each of us might contribute to the life of St James’s in the year ahead.
As you have spoken to and touched the hearts of so many down the years, we seek your presence to guide, challenge and strengthen your people of St James’s to a deeper and passionate embrace of your love for all people and creation.
Help us to build your kingdom by being channels of your love providing a place where people find sanctuary for body, mind and spirit, for your mercy’s sake, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen