Important annual meeting on January 26
Much has happened since we began our Interim journey in September. The most significant accomplishment has been the writing of three important statements: Vision, Mission, and Values. At our parish meeting on January 26, we will be asking you to affirm these statements and then use them for tabletop discussions about our parish and the process of calling a new rector. It important for you to be present at the parish meeting following the 10:30am worship service on January 26.
A Mission Statement that tells what St. Martin-in-the-Fields does, while necessary, is incomplete. By adding the Vision Statement that explains why we are doing that ministry – where it is aiming – and the Values Statement explaining how the we will do that work, a new Rector and any staff members, the vestry and this faith community will have three solid tools to serve as a barometer, regardless of who is on the vestry or a part of this faith community and serves on the staff.
By creating these three statements, and by committing to have those statements guide our organization’s work, we will have three simple yet powerful tools for ensuring continuity of our efforts to create a better future for St. Martin-in-the-Fields.
The three statements were put together over a four month period by members of this parish who participated in adult Sunday school.
Here they are…ponder them…and come prepared to share your thoughts and dreams about our future.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields is an open and accepting community where the love of Jesus lives and transforms through worship, education, fellowship and service in our church and in the world.
Our mission is to be Jesus Christ’s hands and feet to our neighbors no matter where they are on their journey of faith.
To accomplish our mission, St. Martin-in-the-Fields bases its decisions and actions on the following core values:
We see the purpose of our service as sharing the abundance of our resources, talents and love with each other in our community, country and around the world.
We provide Christian education for all ages throughout the week and on Sundays allowing us to deepen our understanding of God’s word and actions in history and in our lives. Our day school provides an exemplary and nurturing Christian learning environment.
With God’s grace we welcome with respect, empathy and awareness all whom God has created. We extend hospitality and compassionate understanding to all people and their ideas.
We are committed to trusting in God, inspired by the Spirit, persevering in hope, enriched by the Sacraments and worship style of The Episcopal Church.
We belong to an evolving and diverse community that expresses forgiveness through the generosity of the Holy Spirit, carrying out Christ’s work of reconciliation.