Our Vision

As a church we have for some time been reflecting on our vision and mission priorities for the future. This Vision and Mission Action Plan is the fruit of over two years of prayer and reflection in the church.

In November 2013, during the vacancy, the church held an open meeting to pray and discuss the vision of the how the church should go forward in preparation for the parish profile.

Three key areas were agreed:

  • Building up the fellowship of St John’s spiritually and socially focusing on discipleship and developing relationships.
  • Reaching out and developing our work with children and young people.
  • Increasing our witness of Christ in the community.

In addition to this, the Bishop of Chelmsford had already launched Transforming Presence - strategic priorities of the diocese. These priorities are titled: inhabiting the world distinctively, evangelising effectively, serving with accountability and re-imagining ministry.

As our response to this and to move forward with our mission and ministry the PCC held an away day in 2015 to begin to formulate our own vision and strategic plan building on the discussions that took place in 2013 and the wider strategic plan of the diocese.

Our Values

Values are what underpin our choices about what we do. They help us discern what is really important. These are the values that we as a church agreed should underpin our behaviour, choices and actions as we move forward together in mission and ministry:

  • Worship - Worship should be central in all that we do.
  • Prayer - We give praise and thanksgiving to God for all he has done for us and seek God’s will in prayer for our lives individually and for what we do as a church.
  • Love - We will love each other and those outside our church community showing compassion, grace, support and care.
  • Growing in faith - We desire to grow in our faith, knowledge and love of God
  • Outward-focused - We are outward focused, looking at ways to reach out to the community to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • Commitment to being a disciple - We take seriously God’s call on us as disciples, this includes sacrificial giving.
  • Open and honest communication - We always try to honest and open with each other demonstrating grace in all the ways we communicate with each other.
  • A commitment to making new disciples - We are committed to making new disciples, especially children and young people.
  • Serve - We will serve each other and the community as Christ served us.
  • Stewardship - We will maximise the potential of the resources that God has given us especially the fabric of our building.

If you would like to know more about our Vision and Mission Action Plan, please click the button below to download a PDF copy of the complete document.