Our sixteen PCC sub-teams have identified Bible verses which sum up their mission, and have set the following targets for the next three years (as at 19 March 2016)
God of Mission, who alone brings growth to your church, send your Holy Spirit to give vision to our planning, wisdom to our actions and power to our witness. Help our church to grow in numbers; in spiritual commitment to you; and in service to our local community and beyond. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
‘That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;’
1 Timothy 6:18 (KJV)
- To keep information up to date and distributed to the right people.
- To appoint a Press Officer and build relations with the new local paper.
- To promote the Church in the Community.
- To inform our congregations of what is happening in the Parish
SJ Fabric & Property Committee
‘O Lord our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.’
1 Chronicles 29:16
To provide a safe and comfortable home for our congregations today, which preserves and reflects upon the work and dedication of those going before us, and to maintain a sound domain to hand on to those following.
3 year programme (October 2015)
- Deal with any arisings relating to the repair and maintenance of St James domain. This includes the church, Church Centre, Flats, 43 McCarthy Way and grounds including access roads
- Work through the recommendations of the recent Quinquennial Church Inspection
- Complete the re-pointing and making good of the upper car-park north wall
- Survey and follow-up maintenance of the Manor House roof
- Upgrade and re-decorate the flats’ entrance way
- Manage the regular service arrangements for the security system, fire extinguishers, lightning conductor and portable appliance testing
SMSJ Buildings Management Committee
‘Let them construct a sanctuary for ME, that I may dwell among them.’
Exodus 25 v8
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Finance & Stewardship
“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever and a crown is not secure for all generations”
- We need to ensure that we operate within our resources, ensuring we do not as a matter of course fall back on reserves. These are necessary to deal with unexpected needs arising. We should reach this positon within 3 years
- Communication of the financial position of the parish needs to be widened
- Aim to increase voluntary income from giving by 10% over 3 years
Mission, Charity & World Concern
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.”
“Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”
- To raise awareness amongst all church members of the charities and missions we support , and to be better informed ourselves on each of our chosen charities, with a named person championing each.
- To consider holding a Mission Sunday.
- To build involvement by encouraging each person in the Church to do at least one thing each year to support one of our missions or charities
- To encourage an increase of prayer for our main charities/missions both privately and/or through intercession, prayer diary or prayer group.
- To encourage inclusivity within mission across our youth population and within our schools
Growing Living Faith
‘So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. ‘
Priorities for the next 3 years
- Family Service at SJ
Continue active response to 2015 Survey; Establish role of FS Co-ordinator *; Establish FS Steering Group*
Aim for continuous improvement in: Service provision and support*; Supporting activities*; Other opportunities for growing faith; Social activities; Trial electronic media programme
- Other congregations
Consider Surveys for SJ 11 and SMSJ 9.30 congregations; Respond to these; Actively seek opportunities for Small Groups
- Maintain variety of courses and lectures
Lent Lectures; Christianity Explored; Faith and Fruitfulness on the Frontline; Growing Leaders; One-offs; New courses as appropriate
- Enhance services, worship provision and prayer*
Tackling Big Issues; Integrated programmes; Alternative Services; Encourage development of a sustainable prayer life
- Annual focus on Growing Living Faith
Special service at start of year; Follow-on focus (eg prayer)*
* = In conjunction with Ministry Team
Youth & Children Outreach Committee
For our young people : ‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.’
1 Tim 4:12
For the team : ‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.’
1 Tim 4 : 12 – 15
Overall Targets (reviewed Oct 2016)
- To ensure that our Family Services and provision for children at both worship centres are the best that we can make them – the best hour in the week.
- To gain 10 new families for SMSJ
- To engage with age-appropriate technology and use it to maximum advantage to advance the Gospel.
- Plan outreach into Arborfield Garrison development – schools etc
Age related targets
The first target in each section is about nurturing those young people we work with at present; and the second is about outreach.
- To ensure continuing support for Fledgelings to enable and facilitate its growth
- To start up ‘Tea and Toast’ at 8:45-9:30m on a Tuesday morning at SMSJCC, after Oct half term
- Organise and deploy a biennial Labyrinth in every primary school in the parish
- Review restarting ‘in school club’ in 1 primary school in the parish
- Successfully rebranding Sunday morning groups
- Find more ways of keeping this age group coming to church and engaged with their faith– volunteering as Sunday club helpers
- Organise ‘aciivities’ to promote numbers at Contrast
14 – 18s
- Grow Voyagers
- Organise more social events in order to reach out to young people in this age group
Wish List to help us achieve our goals
- Continue to fund the Youth and Family Worker post
- Have designated and respected space for Children and Young people
- To fund i-pads/tablets to further our ministry to young people
- To convert ‘The Loft’ either to house a Youth Worker or to expand our ministry to Young People
Community & Outreach
‘He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”’
This Committee endeavours to Listen, Seek, Support and Serve, namely discerning or anticipating needs within our community(ies); thereafter devising the best ways & means to support and serve our community(ies) in Jesus’ name, sowing the seeds of Love.
‘Remember to welcome strangers in your homes. There are some who did that and welcomed angels without knowing it.’
To try to encourage as many people of all ages, to attend the various functions we put on in order to raise much needed funds not only for our own parish, but also for the wider charitable giving both at home and overseas, and at the same time helping to provide fellowship.
To make sure events are well advertised in both centres, and the wider community and have a variety of functions to interest people, in the hope that people who would not normally attend will give us a try.
To encourage more folk to support our social and fundraising evenings, as they are not only important fundraising events for the church, but are also a time of fellowship and friendship.
SJ Worship & Liturgy Committee and SMSJ Worship Group (Jointly)
‘Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.’
‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.’
a) Nurturing and Developing Faith
Joint Cttee : To use creative acts of joint worship to provide a basis to bind the parish together
SJ : To offer the widest variety of worship opportunities but ensuring that every act of worship however large or small is ‘the best that we can offer’.
SMSJ : To aim through worship to meet the needs of as many members of the congregation as possible, whilst maintaining the ‘family’ atmosphere of SMSJ.
b) Outward Looking
Joint Cttee : To offer as many acts of worship as possible on an annual basis to reach out to the wider community and to ensure that these are well supported by each church
SJ : To ensure that when SJ hosts such services as many members of the wider community as possible are personally invited and involved.
SMSJ : To continue to focus on and develop those services e.g. Harvest, Christingle, Crib that involve uniformed organisations and wider community.
Joint Cttee : To ensure that joint worship events are publicised as widely and as well as we can manage – excellent communication is what we are striving for.
SJ : To try to promote our focus on worship better – through web-site, posters, advertising
To try to ‘up’ our profile in Finch North
Joint Cttee: To continue to aim for joint welcome teams at joint services
SJ : To provide training for our welcome teams, especially at family service
SMSJ : To try to find more welcomers to add to the current team
e) Enabling diversity but singing from the same Hymn sheet!
Joint Cttee : Giving permission and encouraging members of each worship centre to support the other
SJ : Encouraging ‘cross-over’ between different congregations
SMSJ : Finding new ways to reach out to different age groups/stages of faith within the same service.
‘The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.’
‘The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it’.
Psalm 24 v1
- To raise awareness of and encourage recycling and reducing energy consumption, both in the church and domestically
- To raise awareness of and promote the encouragement of the wildlife that we have in the churchyard and surrounding area
- To grow the Green Team with a view to being in a position to make an Eco-congregation award application in due course
“Come unto me……and I will give you rest”
- To complete the churchyard extension and have it fully operational within a year
- To make the lower churchyard as low maintenance as possible.
- To extend the gardening clubs for their therapeutic benefits (Wellbeing)
- To promote prayer walks and other uses of the churchyard
Friends of St James’ Finchampstead
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SJ Pastoral Team
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.…”
Three Year Vision
It is acknowledged that Pastoral Care takes place within our Church and community all the time, and is part of what might simply be called being a good neighbour. Pastorally the Ministry Team recognise and work with our congregation who already do much to support others in their day-to-day lives and often this takes place spontaneously, quietly and anonymously, and is of great value.
Based on the acronym C A R E
- Commit to meeting the needs of the sick, lonely, bereaved and housebound
- Attain the highest standards in listening, confidentiality and response to the needy
- Respect for those being supported regardless of religion or faith values
- Encourage by example, members of the congregation to make St James’ Finchampstead a Pastoral Church
We need to develop the community of church goers to recognize where and when care is needed using friendship, observation (e.g. people not at services for a period of time) and the prayer list as platforms for the development of a Pastoral and Caring Parish.
Through workshops and training programs, we would develop and put in place a team of people, to work with the Ministry Team in the care of the sick, dying and the bereaved.