The Parish of St. Thomas, Werneth
Mission Action Plan
This page contains the parish Aims and Objectives.
This part uses a "traffic light" colour scheme for the objectives.
- Not yet agreed
- Agreed but not yet completed
- Agreed and completed
- We will probably never complete this objective.
Develop use of the building to achieve:
- Improved wellbeing of people who live in the area, and congregation members.
- A building whose heritage is accessible to more people, so that they can gain a better appreciation of the Christian faith.
- More flexible worship
- Witness to and engagement with the local community
- Stronger relationships with other faiths.
- Repoint the church, and renew the rainwater goods. [NICK]
develop a new, post-pandemic pattern of services, across the two parishes: [NICK, CATH]
proposal: a more traditional Holy Communion, alternating with a more multi-media Morning Prayer;
- Holy Communion / Morning Prayer in each church on the same day (except for the fifth Sunday)
- As before, combining the best of traditional with the best of modern music
- Train congregation members up to support the delivery of these services
- child-friendly services until Sunday School restarts; but consult the children about the way forward
- proposal: a more traditional Holy Communion, alternating with a more multi-media Morning Prayer;
- Continue to offer online services [NICK, CATH]
- Recruit and develop groups to use the building who can serve the local community - for example, partnering with others to run English classes (e.g. the Whethams). [NICK]
- Support a women's group in organising activities for community support. [CATH]
Support the growth of all congregation members in faith and ministry, both within the church and outside.
recruit, train, support, and encourage new people into a range of ministries in the church, increasingly taking responsibility:
- Deputy Wardens
- Sunday School Assistants
- PCC Members
- Money Counters
- Coffee Servers
- Communion Assistants
- First Aiders
- Fire Marshalls
- School Governors
- Authorised Lay Ministry
- Reader Ministry
- Ordained Ministry
Continue to support Farsi-speakers in their journey of faith, through:
- Farsi Discussion Group
- more Farsi/Dari music in services.
- Encourage the children to participate in the Services
- Encourage people to look out for each other, and provide pastoral support to each other.
- Strengthen the lines of communication so as better to ensure that those in need receive pastoral support.
- As a Mission Partnership - see our Mission Partnership Action Plan for more information.
- As a Mission Unit / Mission Community
- Work towards establishing the new working relationships and patterns of the proposed Mission Community
- Work with St. Thomas', and local schools, to submit a funding application and develop the building as a centre for community support.
- Kimbilio - through occasional visits from Kimbilio staff.
- LifeShare - through our Harvest Collection
- The Children's Society - through boxes, and the Christingle Service.
- Interserve / The Whethams - through visits when they return home
- Word of Life - through annual purchase of calendars
- Set up a small group to help us work towards becoming an Eco-Church
- Improve insulation in porch
- Complete the repointing of the church - this will reduce drafts and preserve the building going forwards
- to increase the biodiversity of the church grounds;
- to make the church grounds a more positive, sensory experience: colours, smells and textures (but nothing toxic);
- to enable the church grounds, by their nature, to communicate a vibrant, dynamic, growing church
- to engage congregation members, community members, and local families in growing and caring for the earth - whether in the church grounds or at home;
- to promote healthy eating and wellbeing;
- to explore the creation of very different kinds of spaces in the church grounds;
- to use the compost to enrich the soil.
- interested parties to be invited to the first part of annual PCC meetings, to review goals and set objectives;
- all changes to be made slowly and incrementally, to test what works, bit by bit;
- to try and work in a way that reduces the risk and potential impact of vandalism
- plant modest beds around the noticeboards with low-growing, colourful plants - with stepping stones to the noticeboards
- create a "bluebell wood" under the trees, close to the trunks in the SE quadrant, ferns irises and mimoza near the wall; plant in the Autumn
- daffodils, crocuses, snowdrops into the lawns around the main paths in the Autumn
- cut down the dead ones
- leave standing for insects and try putting up bird boxes and bug hotels
- gain permission to put removable or hinged bollards instead of the gates to the church grounds (being wary not to encourage motorbikes)