The pcc met on two occasions in 2015 to explore their vision for the parish and develop some priorities for its mission and ministry. The following is the result of those meetings.
St Mary’s Charlbury: sharing faith in our community.
- To proclaim the good news of the kingdom
- To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Where we are doing:
1 To proclaim the good news of the kingdom
We understood this to mean the missional activity of the church.
We have updated our website to be more accessible and user friendly, and will be keeping it as current as possible.
We have developed the Leaflet (link here to latest edition) to give more information about the work and worship of St Marys and All Saints.
We are hosting some Mindfulness events which will offer a different way of looking at Christian life and prayer. These will be advertised elsewhere on the website.
2 To teach, baptise and nurture
We understood this to mean the worship and teaching of St Mary’s.
We are constantly working to develop and improve our worship to include the whole community of the church and beyond.
We are in the process of discerning the discipleship needs of congregation through means of questionnaire – suggestions for different courses/groups/sermon series
We will develop teaching from results of the questionnaire
3 To respond to human need by loving service
The Pastoral and Prayer teams have responsibility for visiting parishioners, taking Home Communion to the sick and housebound, and praying for the community in general and specific people on request. The prayer team are available at the end of the main church service each Sunday
4 To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation
A collection of bicycles in January 2016 for the charity Re-Cycle resulted in over 100 being sent to Ghana for repair and distribution
The World and Environment Committee is currently discussing additional action St Mary’s can take in this area.
5 To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.
Our Living Churchyard Project is focussing on improving our knowledge of the fauna and flora which inhabit this churchyard, and devising strategies for managing the area for their benefit, as well as for visitors and members of the church community.