Worshipping Wholeheartedly | Growing Whole-Life Disciples |
Reaching Out Locally, Regionally and Across the World
We believe that evangelism is a call laid on the whole Church and finds expression through a variety of means. We’re committed to showing God’s love in the wider community and are continually seeking new ways to meet people in their everyday lives. We want to equip our congregations to live for Jesus in the workplace, at school or at home, so that the rest of Aldridge and beyond can discover the incredible grace and love of God that we ourselves have experienced.
We’re committed to helping one another grow as disciples of Jesus and to discover the gifts and ministries God has given us, to be used in the church and in the wider world. We believe it’s important to worship God wholeheartedly, both when we meet together and also as we live for and serve the Lord throughout the rest of the week. We believe it is essential to be prayerfully dependent upon the Lord as we live, serve and seek his will and, as a church, we want to discover how to live out the truth of the Bible, which we believe to be God’s Word. We want to encourage all Christians to encounter and live by God’s power and grace available to us through the Holy Spirit and we believe that the quality and depth of our fellowship is vitally important to the health and growth of the Church.
As leaders and members of God’s Church we’re committed to working and serving the Lord together. We seek to be an open and welcoming church that provides a place of healing, where people can find restoration and discover a fresh sense of God’s calling on their lives. We’re engaged in ministries of social justice and compassion both locally, as well as across the world, and we encourage our members to be the hands and feet of Jesus as they go about their daily lives.
We believe that children are very special and much loved by God, so we’re committed to promoting a Christian approach to education in local schools to enhance the Christian presence and witness among young people in our community. We have good links with a number of schools in the area, and we continue to seek to support both pupils and members of staff.
We believe our God-given vision is to become:
A vibrant and contemporary Anglican Church wholeheartedly worshipping and serving God as King, faithful to Scripture and empowered by God’s Spirit to live as growing disciples of the Lord Jesus as people whose faith transforms the whole of life. We will give expression to this life of worship and discipleship by reaching out in ways which impact our local community through education, evangelism, compassion and care. We want these ministries to extend beyond our parish becoming a resource within the Diocese demonstrating a commitment to generous giving and missionary outreach to the wider world.
This can be further summarised as:
Living under God’s reign
Worshipping God wholeheartedly
Growing as whole-life disciples
Reaching out locally regionally and across the world.
This vision is addressed through our Mission Action Plan which is currently:
We are continually seeking to develop our worship to the glory of God and address its weaknesses through prayer and discernment of how it can be enhanced to honour the Lord and bless his people as they gather in his name.
Our worship work group will consider ongoing ways of developing worship for all ages. We will use interviews and testimony to recognise God’s work in our lives.
We will continue to discover what it means to be a disciple-making Church
We will ensure our new Church Centre so develops its use not only to support our ministries but also to establish a priority for mission through this resource. A PCM policy will secure this and a management group will facilitate the good stewardship of this resource.
We will continue to find ways of paying off all loans in relation to the building project in the shortest possible time while ensuring we are not distracted from our regular giving and missionary activity.
We will pay a tithe on the monies given to our Building project to support local and world mission and have a partnership with TEAR Fund about a sustainable development programme which would enable us to broaden our engagement with the mission of the world Church alongside existing missionary support and engagement.
We recognise the special responsibility and privilege we have to children and youth in our parish. We will diligently review and seek to strengthen our existing ministries to young people in the parish.
We have a work group from the PCM to oversee these ministries and to address through the staff (paid and voluntary) areas for development and discipleship across the age range.
We will seek opportunities to continually pray for and minister in all schools in the Parish, especially Cooper and Jordan School. The appointment of a Head Teacher and Deputy Head-teacher from Aldridge congregations has been of vital significance for our developing engagement with Cooper and Jordan School. We are currently addressing the Admissions Policy by adhering to Diocesan and National guidelines.
In addition to our core MAP activity we have undertaken the Welcome Course through small groups and held a feedback evening. A training evening for a new hosting team has been undertaken and we will, after careful consideration and prayer discern how to learn and implement the key points around welcome, hospitality and embracing newcomers into the heart of APC.