Aims

Aims

Our goal is that people encounter Jesus and be sustained and grow in that encounter.

To achieve this goal we have aims divided into six areas:

Leadership and Organisation

We aim to:

  • Establish an organisational structure that supports leadership, administration, discipleship, mission, pastoral care, youth, finances, property, ministry, and community.
    • Create an online shared Address Book and Calendar for the church.
    • Continue to develop the Church Website IN PROGRESS
    • Create Life Groups for all church attendees (and relevant members).
    • Create Groups (subcommittees of the Vestry)
  • Develop an every member ministry and enable everyone to exercise their vocation or calling.
    • Identify and encourage those called to licensed lay or ordained ministry.

Buildings and Spaces

We aim to:

  • Maximise the usability, functionality, flexibility, and accessibility of our spaces to bless both the congregation and the wider community.
    • Develop the Sanctuary and Hall to facilitate the use and hire as a wedding venue.
    • Develop the pre-school facility to use the classroom and rear rooms to enable the hall and kitchen to be hired out.
    • Create a ‘Youth’ space for our young people.
    • Install a permanent audio/visual facility in the Sanctuary.
    • Repair and/or replace electrical outlets in the Sanctuary.
    • Replace the fluorescent Sanctuary lighting with LED lighting.
    • Repair and repaint the damp parts in the Sanctuary.
    • Develop the St. Francis Chapel to be a used (as well as usable) worship space.

Parish and Community

We aim to:

  • Reach and connect with young people in the parish through church-based activities and schools work.
  • Provide relevant opportunities for people to meet and gather in both church and non-church locations.
    • Start small groups to enable discipleship to take place. IN PROGRESS

Finances and Stewardship

We aim to:

  • Encourage people to donate or tithe through providing transparency and communicating about how our money is allocated.
    • Communicate how people can pay our Clarien Loan account directly
    • Implement a stewardship (giving) campaign to increase monthly giving – “Investment in my church family” IN PROGRESS
    • Encourage Legacies though a page or section in the church website
    • Set up a system where people in the USA can offset donations against tax
  • Be good stewards of our finances and resources through developing a culture of careful management and procurement.
    • Seek to repay 100K of our debt (loan) in 2021:
      • Install a Voucher Board in the sanctuary porch
      • Seek to refinance our Clarien loan with a private loan at a lower rate of interest
      • Set up a charity shop – initially via Facebook
      • Set up a fun business scheme for children and young people (Aspire)
      • Start a monthly Diners’ Club – £25 (international) meal with a plan to sell 200 tickets

Mission and Ministry

We aim to:

  • Respond appropriately to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people in both our congregation and the wider community.
    • Initiate a grocery delivery scheme to support the most vulnerable.
    • Ensure the non-email members receive a copy of our weekly newsletter
  • Invite both church and non-church members to join God’s mission through participation in our outreach projects.
  • To provide opportunities for ongoing discipleship and spiritual growth both online and in person.
    • Provide digital platforms for social connection, prayer, and Bible study.
    • Use digital technology to help the house-bound/non-Internet folk engage with our wonderful digital offerings.

Worship and Prayer

We aim to:

  • Encourage people to encounter God by providing relevant worship that embraces both traditional and contemporary elements.
    • Make use of projected liturgy, modern worship songs, and video.
    • Extend WI-FI into the church Sanctuary
    • Develop a reflective and quiet worship opportunity
    • Encourage existing members and non-members to join the St. Mark’s Church family IN PROGRESS
    • Provide opportunities for Prayer Ministry after our worship
    • Invite contributions from our online/overseas members
  • Ensure our worship is accessible and seeker-friendly through removing barriers that might impede or hinder people connecting with God.
    • Ensure our worship is all-age and accessible to those with learning difficulties.
  • Extend God’s love to the wider community by inviting groups to participate in our worship and receive God’s blessing.