“Together – for everyone – for Christ” – these words, based on Colossians 1vs 28-29, sum up our mission as a local church to glorify God by introducing people of all ages to Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and by helping them to grow to maturity in Christ. They are also words that we should keep in the forefront of our thinking as we launch Connect 2014 – the first phase of our five year plan for St James. ‘Connect’ has three key objectives in view:
Objective 1 is to re-establish St James as a gospel influence in our immediate neighbourhood seeking to carry the message of God’s grace in Jesus Christ into every home in the area bounded by Wetton Road, Lansdowne Rd, the railway line and the M5 motorway.
Objective 2 is to maintain and strengthen our ministry to our many commuters, particularly by providing a network of well-run home groups that can themselves become centres for growth, encouragement and outreach.
Objective 3 is to establish St James as a centre for training and resourcing for our own congregation and denomination but also for our co-mission partners.
Connect 2014 will involve a number of exciting initiatives centred upon our midweek meetings, Sunday services and special events. Watch our website, facebook page, Connect newsletter and regular notices for more details. Be part of the action – ‘get connected and help others connect’!
Pray daily for Connect 2014 in the words of Psalm 90vs17: “May the favour of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes establish the work of our hands”