"Our vision is to be a growing, Christ-centred fellowship, bringing glory to God, serving the community and holding God's world in prayer."
St Laurence Church
A GROWING FELLOWSHIP
is spiritually based, actively involved in mission and outreach, and enabling others to come to faith in Christ;
works towards an increase in membership;
values and encourages individual ministries and helps to develop leadership qualities;
takes the stewardship of money, time and talent seriously;
shows a willingness to change in an effective and meaningful way.
A CHRIST-CENTRED FELLOWSHIP
acknowledges Christ as Lord and Saviour and displays the love of Christ and Christ-like qualities;
is bible based and encourages biblical understanding;
is active in proclaiming the gospel and deepening personal faith;
welcomes and accepts people as they are, is supportive and, where possible, ensures that members live in peace and harmony with one another;
promotes integration, togetherness and social activities.
BRINGING GLORY TO GOD involves
ensuring that our worship and life together, as Christians, is governed and directed by the Holy Spirit;
enabling everyone to recognise and value the gift of God in every person;
growing in Christian maturity;
personal and collective responsibility for the environment, Church buildings and grounds.
SERVING THE COMMUNITY means
loving our neighbours, understanding their situations and working to meet their needs;
working with others, where appropriate;
holding the community in prayer;
having a visible presence within the parish;
furthering mission and evangelism;
making effective use of Church buildings and grounds.
HOLDING GOD’S WORLD IN PRAYER entails
sustained prayer, both individually and collectively;
listening to God and expecting that prayers will be answered according to his will;
developing a genuine concern for humanity and the whole of creation;
identifying need and responding to situations and events.