Some observations [signs] that speak of who we are...
From the Rector
We are seen as alive, developing/unfolding and a breath of fresh air in relation to more traditional Anglican (Church) communities.
We have a progressive orientation and encounter with our spirituality
Our Church precinct makes visible something that draws others to us, and we ‘give’ much to the community by maintaining the functionality of the community hall.
We are still very much followers of tradition and many of us, like most Anglicans still have a “Sunday only” appreciation of church.
We voice a desire to ‘seek’ and ‘journey’ toward the fullness of our faith/life.
Some considerations for realising [making real] A New Creation
We acknowledge our responsibility for “Maintaining ourselves as Church in community”. And we commit to giving from our abundance so that our church community is a reflection of (and an icon of) abundance.
If we all take responsibility for ‘maintaining’ the expenses for our ‘being here’, then we open the potential of the reality of our ‘faith’ and the opportunity to grow in Christ.
We believe that “It is in Giving that we Receive” and that it is our ‘giving’ that will take us beyond where we are. As we ‘give’ so too we create an opportunity for others to share, and that is a counter-cultural message that can bring about “A New Creation”.
Our commitment to community is given a ‘real’ expression in practical terms through continuing to maintain a precinct that welcomes all, especially those service groups that could not otherwise operate.
Our services, our corporate expression of faith/worship, can be further developed (integrated) to make real our journey and our understanding that has grown beyond some of the traditions of the past.
For us to “grow” we need to give more time to sharing the story of our faith, developing our understanding of God, opening ourselves to ‘other’ faith traditions/understandings; and we need to give more time to each other and the ministry of the Church
We (all of us) have a responsibility for the children of the world, and a responsibility to share/teach them the insights we have that make real life’s fullness.
The value and potential of the “Elders” in our community again asks us to consider a counter- cultural valuing and realising and sharing of their gifts.
We should acknowledge and further develop the gifts and contribution of our “lay ministry’ into a ‘New Creation’ of team ministry.