Benefice Vision & Mission

Jesus said ‘I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly!’. (John 10:10)

Our mission is

 Connecting people to God and one another through the transforming love of Jesus Christ

Situated between Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham we are a group of six parishes (with seven churches) bounded by the River Severn and the M5. Our benefice family is made up of all ages, backgrounds and situations in life. Everyone is valued for who they are and encouraged to use the gifts and talents they have. We do lots of things together and with our communities.  We have a vision to do still more things, to do what we already do better and to move forward in faith as one benefice.

There are home groups, men’s and women’s breakfast groups, Messy Church, a Local Ministry Team and a range of other benefice initiatives. A strong interest in the local and global community, and for mission, is lived out through imaginative projects and active involvement with local and international groups through whom we can demonstrate our faith in action.

Each year we select a Bible verse to encourage us. For 2020 we have chosen  Colossians 3 v 15 and 16: “Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. Cultivate thankfulness. And sing, sing out your hearts to God!”

In our benefice everyone is welcome and every individual counts.

It is our hope that all of us together can be partners with God in bringing this about so that our communities may be signs of this life and fill people with hope for the future.

To help give us a focus and a plan, in 2015/16 we worked together to develop a vision for our benefice. As people have come forward to offer their talents and time, in 2017 we started to live our vision out and to put our hopes and dreams we have for our communities into practice. Our hope and prayer is that we can grasp the moment to re-imagine ‘Church’ in our own context and in the wider contexts of the benefice, Diocese and the world.

          

Our vision has six separate strands – Expressing our faith in worship, Belonging and sharing, Developing our Christian faith and the Christian faith of others, Welcoming and encouraging children and young people, Learning and developing and Connecting to the kingdom. Click on the logos above to find out more about our vision strands.

Our hope is that our whole benefice family will be motivated by the vision and our aim is to see every church member play their own part in developing the life of our benefice.

We all have God-given gifts and talents. Working together and sharing them, and living generously, brings joy, fellowship and understanding of our needs and those of others. If you would like to find out more about the vision or to offer your gifts and talents to support our vision values, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any of the clergy, churchwardens or the benefice office.

Read about how we are responding to the Diocese ‘LIFE’ Vision.