Vision and Values statement
- What we believe
At the heart of who we are is a set of beliefs which form the bedrock upon which our lives are founded and from which all else flows in our individual and common lives. These are set out in the creeds which are rooted in scripture, interpreted in the light of the historic wisdom of the Church and the informed application of our God-given intelligence.We are followers of Jesus Christ by whose life, death, resurrection and ascension we are redeemed and our lives given meaning and value. We rejoice in the work of the Holy Spirit amongst us whose fruits are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
We seek to shape and mould our lives around these beliefs which are the basis for our vision and our values
- Our Vision
Our vision for St Andrew’s is that we should be a compassionate, imaginative and confident church, growing from a prayerful community which reaches out to offer the love and good news of God in Christ to all in the parish and beyond.
- The Values we hold dear
Our fundamental values follow directly from our beliefs, for example our belief in the God–given dignity of all human beings; a conviction that we are called to be people of peace and reconciliation; and a commitment to human flourishing. Amongst our values are some that we hold especially dear and which we wish to emphasise in our attitudes and in our daily life at St Andrew’s at the present time. These are:
- In our Worship
We are committed to the open hearted and prayerful offering of the sacraments and of worship which attracts and draws people closer to God
- In our Welcome
We are committed to demonstrating by our practice the generous hospitality of God in all aspects of our life together.
- In our Parish
We are committed to being light, salt and yeast to all in our parish in our desire to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ about spiritual and physical flourishing
- In our Worship
- Our Attitudes
We will constantly be alert to ensure that all those who gather at St Andrew’s, and especially the members of the Church Council and leaders of our groups and teams, demonstrate these values by our attitudes, by our actions and by the way in which we conduct ourselves.
St Andrew’s, Fulham Fields
Objectives for 2014
Learning and teaching
- We will put in place a renewed approach to teaching and learning about the Christian faith and life
- We will develop further our Children’s church and Young people’s programmes
- We will arrange regular welcome events for newcomers: banns couples, baptism families and others who come to St Andrew’s
- We will consolidate the development of the Star Centre cafe
- We will raise sufficient funds to employ a pioneer minister to launch a programme of mission and ministry from 70 Lillie Road
- We will add glass entrance doors to the Greyhound Road entrance of St Andrew’s
- We will raise funds for the repair of the spire
- We will seek to raise funds for the repair of the damaged windows
To support and enable these objectives:
- We will increase our congregational giving to the church’s work by 10% and our income from other sources by 10%
- We will provide training and equipping to all who lead the church’s ministries