Here is the second “Outreach online” article of the Summer 2018 series. Many thanks to Janine Hunter Hall for this contribution! (Please click the image below to download the article).
Our Vision for St James the Less
God calls us and gives us grace to use the gifts He has given us to grow as a loving and Christ-centred people, faithful in worship, rejoicing in differences, open to the gifts of the Spirit and working as His servants in our communities
Celebrating our vision!
God calls us and gives us grace,
We will be open to God’s voice however it may come to us. Through His strength, not our own, we will do His work.
To use the gifts He has given us,
We rejoice in the many gifts that God gives us. We will use our individual and collective talents to reach out, to serve and to communicate the Christian faith to others in ways sensitive to their needs.
To grow as a loving and Christcentred people,
We will grow in our common worship, deepen our understanding of our faith and draw others into our Christian fellowship. In our relationships we will affirm one another’s gifts and strengths. We will be mutually loving and trusting, accepting our own and others’ weaknesses. We will foster good relationships with other Christians in sharing our journey of faith and we will
do all of this with God’s help and grace.
Faithful in worship,
We worship the one God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As the only Episcopal church in Penicuik, we will offer worship for all age groups in Liturgy and Sacrament, in Praise and Prayer. We wish to encounter God fully in many forms of worship, with dignity, with joy, with humility, with reverence and with enthusiasm.
Rejoicing in differences,
We acknowledge and value our different experiences of God and the varied routes that our spiritual journeys take, all towards the one God. This diversity is a strength to be cherished and supported. We will explore and embrace the richness of faith as understood in a variety of ways in the Scottish Episcopal Church. We rejoice that we are loved as we are, with all our imperfections and at every stage of faith, forgiven and enabled to fulfil our potential as God’s people.
Open to the gifts of the Spirit,
We wish to be bound together and guided by the Holy Spirit to ever greater understanding of God’s word and purpose for us. We rest our faith on three pillars – the Bible, a living, growing church tradition and our ability to reason.
Working as His servants in our communities.
We will serve our communities humbly and to the best of our abilities, as Christ served. We expect no reward beyond knowing that we are partners in God’s work on earth. We will offer service that respects all people as children of God, irrespective of differences, doubts and disadvantages. We will give our time, talents and resources to help to meet the material, emotional and spiritual needs of people, wherever they are. We will work with other churches to bring as many as possible to the loving mystery, majesty and friendship of God as revealed to us in Jesus Christ.
CHANGING THE WAY IN WHICH WE WORK TOGETHER
We will realise our vision by:–
- Worshipping God in a variety of ways. Our worship will be consistent with our talents and character in style, music, timing and duration.
- Being open to God’s guidance, in particular by improving our ability to listen to one another
- Improving the ways in which we communicate amongst ourselves and with the local and global communities in which we engage.
- Creating and supporting collective leadership that enables us to live out God’s purpose for us.
- Committing to the effective and sensitive management of change.
- Reaffirming and embracing our natural diversity of opinion, practice and individual experience of God.
- Seeking out and helping to meet the most pressing needs in our communities.
- Recognising, “owning”, celebrating and pursuing this new vision. We will shoulder these responsibilities together, from clergy and leaders, through vestry, to every member of the congregation.