Review of Diocesan Plan May 2012
St Mary's and Mission action
St Mary's has now adopted its Mission Action Plan, having completed the Casting the Net process.
The Mission Action Plan is based on Sharing our Faith and Working with Young People. The plan commits St Mary's to actions over
the next three years.
The Plan was launched at a special service conducted by Bishop David Chillingworth
on 5th February 2012. The plan was reviewd by the Vestry in 2013, with some minor changes being adopted. Bishop
David visited St Mary's in October 2013 to review our progress.
The plan will be
reviewed by the Vestry on a regular basis and reviewed as circumstances change and targets are met.
You can see
a copy of the Plan here by clicking on this link.
St Mary's Mission Action Plan
the Net is a new initiative that will help us to grow as congregations which are strong in faith
and attractive to people who are seeking answers to deep and spiritual questions. What’s
Casting the Net is
a simple but powerful approach to congregational growth. It asks us to think about our congregations as living communities
of God’s people. It asks us to explore practical steps which we can take along the path towards growth.
asks each of our congregations to do three things:
o Reflect together on what the spiritual and community life of a healthy,
growth-oriented congregation should be.
o Apply that thinking to their own congregational life, identify the most
important areas for development, and build a coherent 3 year plan to address them.
Act upon the plan, with regular monitoring
and review of progress. Why is this
A move from decline to growth is central to the new Vision and
Strategy for the diocese. From the review process during 2006/7, however, it became apparent that many of our congregations
don’t have a clear picture of ‘where they are going’. It was also obvious that we lack
an integrated picture, spiritual and organisational, of the whole life of our congregations.
o Casting the Net is a natural development of the MYCMI
and Mission 21 programme, but it goes much further. We know that to thrive and grow on a sustained basis
we now need a comprehensive framework for congregational life, with a strong orientation towards mission and growth and one
simple but powerful process to work with it.
is a healthy, growth-oriented church?
Within the Casting
the Net programme, the framework that congregations throughout the Diocese will be asked to use is based on
“The Nine Marks of a Healthy Mission-Shaped Church”.
The Nine Marks of Missionembracing the rich variety of our traditions
At Pentecost 2009 all parishes were asked to launch the Casting the Net programme,
which encompass the Nine Marks of Mission. The Vestry, the Congregation and the Rector considered at length
how to 'make a difference, by implementing a meaningful and effective programme. Mark 4 and Mark 7 were considered
to be the most relevant to St Mary's.
The Nine marks of Mission are :
1. Worship that renews and inspires,
lives and communities, through receiving the
Good News of Jesus Christ |
Christian nurture:deepening the knowledge of
God in our lives |
|4. Reaching out to children and young people, because mission-shaped churches seek to engage with children and young people |
|5. Rooted in prayer, word and sacrament: experiencing God and his will for us |
welcome of newcomers and celebration of life events: helping
newcomers become part of the life of the church and making the most of special occasions |
|7. Sharing faith by confident and sensitive
to God’s presence and power |
|8. Serving the community in practical ways,
reaching out to others, especially those in need |
|9. Ready to seek growthand Cast the Net|
St Mary's Church
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