UPDATED FEBRUARY 2022
This is the mission statement of Hedge End Methodists:
The Mission of our Church is to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, God’s Son and to promote and enhance the work and growth of the Church.
To this end we will continue and improve upon our church activities which cover all age groups and which aim to cater for the social as well as the spiritual needs of society today.Hedge End Methodist Church
Yuck! This could be so of any Christian Church, but what about this one? There are no measurable objectives here, just generalities. Can we measure from the above, whether we are doing well? Have we “promoted” as much as we’d intended when we wrote the statement? What is the difference between yesterdays spiritual needs compared with “today”s?
We like this poem with thanks to Ann and Tony, although as a Mission Statement, its not clear how these goals might be reached.
A People Place
If this is not a place where tears are understood
Where can I go to cry?
If this is not a place where my spirit can take wing
Where do I go to fly?
If this is not a place where my questions can be asked
Where do I go to seek?
If this is not a place where my feelings can be heard
Where do I go to speak?
If this is not a place where you will accept me as I am
Where can I go to be?
If this is not a place where I can try to learn and growWilliam J Crocket
Where do I just be me?
We were reading an interesting blog about bringing babies into church (references on the Saturday School Facebook page and linked in our Visitors Welcome Guide) and we suddenly thought of this, loosely based upon it.
At our last prayer group, we prayed about all the people in our wider church, who use or pass through our church group, but are not regular Sunday morning sitters. We pray that our friendship shines in the way that God would like, without imposing human timescales or agendas. The Son of God did not live on earth to implement Sunday church service, but to included us all in the grace of his pastoral care without exclusions or limits.
Yet another idea:
We give everyone the opportunity of an earthly job in the community of love;
So that God’s family may seek fruitful pilgimage with Jesus together
Yet more ideas:
Our objective: to put “method” back into methodism by being:-
* open and free to all
* project lead
* class / study / house group based
* teaching & learning focused
* needs inclusive
* ideas enabling
We pray for us to have:-
* The wonder & awe of God in our hearts
* The temperance of Jesus in our mouths
* The Spirit as of youth in our souls
* Humour and spontaneity in our actions
* The flexibility of the Tiger in our bodies
Our current website tagline:
encouraging faith, learning together, trying out new things, making social opportunities day by day … friends, families and visitors INCLUDED with JOY!Hedge End Methodists
A word about Mission Statements
Writing statements that are both Specific, and Objectively Measurable is not at all easy, but failing to write them is a clear warning sign, for any organisation. We shall see?