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Our Vision Priorities for 2020

Special announcement from our vicar, Revd David Cattle, on Sunday 3rd November 2019

 

PCC/MLT Retreat Day – what we decided

 

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) and the Ministry Leadership Team (MLT) went away for a Retreat Day on Saturday 12th October. We spent the day at Margaretting Village Hall.

  This day was, first and foremost, about worship. Over 4 worship sessions, we read all the way through Paul’s letter to the Philippians, with prayers, hymns and reflections. In our last worship session of the day, we shared Communion together. It was wonderful to take a day out of our busy lives to be together, as the leadership of St Michael’s, to worship God.

  In the context of worship, we did some thinking and talking about the church – where we are now, what we want our vision to be, and what our priorities for the coming church year should be (the new church year runs from Advent Sunday 2019 to Christ the King 2020). And we decided two big things:

  First, we decided to keep our current vision prayer: “Jesus, teach us all to love”, as this really does say what we are about. And we are going to make sure that this is used consistently on our letterheads, invoices, website, and publicity. All older vision statements (some of which are still to be found in various places!) will drop out of use.

  Second, we decided to set 4 top priorities for the current church year. Having priorities doesn’t mean that we stop doing all of the other things we do, but these are the things that the PCC and MLT really need to focus on for the coming year. These 4 priorities are:

 

  1. Renew Sunday worship: Renew the structure of the 10am Sunday service by (a) dropping the language of “rolling worship”, together with its associated strapline “come when you can and leave when you like”; and (b) trialling the removal of the breakfast break, to make one continuous service.
  2. Develop a strategy for homegroups: (a) Promote homegroups across the church and encourage people to join one (including those who are new to the church), (b) provide support for homegroup leaders, (c) strengthen the connection between homegroups and the rest of the church, and (d) ensure accountability for homegroups and their leaders to the vicar and the PCC.
  3. Respond to the Quinquennial Report: Act on the 2019 Quinquennial Report (i.e., make the repairs on our building that we have been advised to make), together with any necessary fundraising.
  4. Renew stewardship: Renew our regular giving and our volunteering, through some kind of stewardship campaign.

 

In due course, we will issue more details about we will start these things.

  These are exciting plans for the coming year, which will help us to move confidently into the future as a church family, and which will help us to better serve our community here in Galleywood and beyond.

  If anyone has any questions or concerns about any of this, please speak with me or one of the PCC or MLT members.

  May God bless us and make us a blessing.

  David.