We have a Mission Action Plan...
The church of Jesus Christ is dynamic and seeks to respond to our local situation and needs. Here is a PDF of our Mission Action Plan - the ways in which we seek to develop the church of St Mary and its ministry to West Moors and the wider world.
The Five Marks of MissionIn 1984 the Anglican Consultative Council began to develop a “mission statement” for the worldwide Anglican communion, and the bishops of the Lambeth Conference adopted these “Five Marks Of Mission” in 1988. They were then adopted by the General Synod of the Church of England in 1996.
|The Anglican Consultative Council notes, “The first mark of mission… is really a summary of what all mission is about, because it is based on Jesus' own summary of his mission (Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:14-15, Luke 4:18, Luke 7:22; cf. John 3:14-17). Instead of being just one of five distinct activities, this should be the key statement about everything we do in mission.”|
The Seven Marks of a Healthy Church
|1.||Energized by faith
rather than just keeping things going or trying to survive
and sacramental life: moves
people to experience God’s love
motivation: energy comes
from a desire to serve God and one another
with Scripture: in creative
ways connect with life
faith in Christ: helping
people to grow in, and share their faith.
with a 'whole life' rather than a 'church life' concern
in the local community, working in partnership with other
denominations, faiths, secular groups and networks
|-||passionate and prophetic about
justice and peace, locally and globally
|-||makes connections between
faith and daily living
|responds to human need by
|3.||Seeks to find out what God wants
discerning the Spirit’s leaning rather than trying to please everyone
seeks to explore what God wants it to be and do
develops and communicates a shared sense of where it is going
priorities: consciously sets
both immediate and long-term goals
|-||able to call for,
and make, sacrifices, personal and corporate, in bringing about the above
and living out the faith.
|4.||Faces the cost of change
and growth rather than resisting change and avoiding failure
|-||while embracing the past, it dares to
take on new ways of doing things
and admits when things are not working, and learns from experience
responds creatively to challenges that face the church and
|-||positive experiences of
change: however small, are affirmed and built on.
|5.||Operates as a community
rather than functioning as a club or religious
are nurtured, often in small groups, so people feel accepted and are helped to
grow in faith and service
lay and ordained work as a team to develop locally appropriate expressions of
all seven marks of a healthy church
the different gifts, experiences & faith journeys of all are valued & given
expression in and beyond the life of
|6.||Makes room for all
being inclusive rather than exclusive.
works to include newcomers into the life of the church
|-||children and young people:
are helped to belong, contribute and be nurtured in their faith
are encouraged to explore and experience faith in Christ
different social and ethnic backgrounds, mental and physical abilities, and
ages, are seen as a strength.
|7.||Does a few things
and do them well focused rather than frenetic.
|-||does the basics well:
especially public worship, pastoral care, stewardship and administration
offices: make sense of life
and communicate faith
news as a church in its
attitudes and ways of working
what it does and is relaxed
about what is not being done
|Source: The Healthy Churches’ Handbook Robert Warren Church House Publishing 2004 (Appendix 4)|
What We Believe - The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Aldhelm Pilgrimages 2005-11
Andrew has taken one week per year to support the Aldhelm Pilgrimage. Parish Missions have now taken place in six Dorset parishes.