We’re passionate to know God and to make God known.
That’s our vision, plain and simple. But despite its simplicity, it’s huge! It will require a great effort to fully grasp the impact of that for ourselves, while at the same time building a church that reaches and serves the many thousands in our community.
To help we’ve broken it down into four streams:
- Love God. Our desire is, together, to be fully committed to growing as disciples of Jesus. That means we’re going to be committed to nurturing, sustaining and inspiring an ever-closer and deeper personal and collective relationship with God.
- Love one another. Our desire is to create environments where authentic relationships can flourish and where we can encourage one another to grow as disciples. We know that growing as disciples is not something any of us can do on our own. We recognise our need of others for support, guidance and encouragement, and their need of us.
- Love our neighbours. Our desire is to equip, encourage and enable each other, both individually and together, to share the incredible news of Jesus in all that we do, wherever we are.
- Love our world. Our desire is to enable and equip disciples to bring hope to our world. We want to look beyond our own immediate surroundings and be champions and catalysts for justice and mercy throughout the world.
Want to know more?
We’ve put together a Vision Booklet which goes into a lot more detail, as well as inviting you to consider how you can get involved. Pick up at copy from St Stephen’s or St Eanswythe’s, or contact the church office.
In the meantime, helping one another to grow as disciples is a big part of our vision, so we are currently running two preaching series looking at discipleship; at our 9am and 10.30am services we are looking at discipleship through the book of Philippians, and at our 6.30pm services we are studying discipleship through 1 Peter. You can catch up or listen again to these here.