St Jude’s M.A.P.
St Jude’s began praying for our mission, asked our parishioners for their views, undertook a range of community consultations with the key stakeholders outside the parish, reviewed the data we had and worked for months to get a sense of what God might be asking of us this year. We found that there were several areas that were inviting us to grow as a parish, and some areas that the community looks to us to offer more consciously. After all that we were able to discern our mission vision for this season:
St Jude’s seeks to provide a generous and authentic welcome to all,
to encourage children and young people to grow in faith,
and to sustain and renew the environment.
The parish is devoting our energy and resources into some exciting and life-affirming projects in these areas and we would love you to be part of it all. If you would like more information on our MAP or want to get involved, please speak to a member of our Parish Council, a Warden or Priest.
St Jude’s Mission Action Plan is still evolving.
Please keep praying for St Jude’s and the community we serve
Each stage of the MAP process has been rooted in prayer. I warmly encourage you to continue praying that St Jude’s will be hungry to take up Jesus’ invitation to follow him in our next mission season.
Please find below the prayer Archbishop +Geoff Smith has invited us to pray as we open ourselves to mission growth, not simply numerically but also as heralds of God’s vision for all creation, as evangelists and as those working to bless our community.
Prayer for growth
Living God, we thank you for your vision for the whole creation
and that you call us to share in your mission.
We pray that you grow your church:
Bring more people to faith in Jesus
Deepen our trust in you and knowledge of you
Help us to serve and bless our community
And strengthen us to be generous with the money and resources you give us.
May we grow as disciples of Jesus and make disciples of others
for the blessing of the world you love.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
New Mission Action Plan Related Projects in 2019
A generous and authentic welcome to all: revamping our welcoming procedures, undertaking welcoming liturgy as well as rejuvenating our foyer space and a new website!
to encourage children and young people to grow in faith: reception of first communion classes, confirmation classes, YAGS group, JUNIOR JUDE’S.
and to sustain and renew the environment: commitment to responsible waste management on our site, council supported waste management talks, eco-theology winter course, eco-Sunday worship, large scale recycling of cans TBA.
More MAP projects are currently in development and will be announced later in 2019.
“St Jude’s is… my second home, my friends, community and adopted family.”N.J Ohlson