Here to Serve: Jesus, each other and the community”
Gleneagles Anglican Church is a growing congregation of about 140 adults with 20 children and teenagers with another 20 children and teenagers attending our mid-week groups. Our Electoral Roll has grown from 42 in March 2007 to 135 in March 2017. Our Vision, which we believe is based on God’s word to us, is to continue to grow and the constituent parts of our long term Mission Plan are based on an expectation of God’s continued blessing on us resulting in spiritual growth and an increasing number of people enjoying that blessing. Our Mission plan is…:
1 – To have a purpose built Church and Community Centre constructed.
The land has been purchased, all planning has been done and Planning Consent was given in December 2013. The new building includes a worship area, multi-purpose hall, large kitchen, café/foyer area plus other rooms. Such a building will facilitate our worship, enhance our ministries to serve the community and be available for the use of community and the wider church.
2 – To develop all our existing ministries particularly those that serve our community.
3 – To develop new ministries that will serve the community and maximize our engagement with the community.
4 – To develop pioneer ministries in the form of one or possibly more fresh expressions of church.
5 – To work in partnership with other agencies, sharing our facilities and resources, so that Gleneagles Anglican Church becomes a strong and active part of community life.
6 – To continue to grow spiritually and numerically so that within 2 years of moving into our new building, we are making full use of all the space and facilities available.
7 – To increase our staffing levels as the opportunity arises and resources can be found.
Reasons to believe…
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain.” Psalm 127:1
Other than our faith in God, strengthened as He speaks to us, who is clearly building something significant amongst us at Gleneagles, we have several reasons to believe that the above plan is credible and plausible i) The example of other similar churches that have grown as described above in various parts of the UK. An example in our own locality is Christ the King Church in Kettering. ii) Our current growth whilst meeting in a school hall.
iii) Plans to build 3000 homes adjacent to the Gleneagles Estate between 2018 and 2028, which will more than double the population of our parish.
iv) Significant increases in our giving as our annual budget has increased from £25000 in 2007 to £80000 in 2017, plus over £180,000 given to the Church Building Fund since November 2011. v) The potential of both existing ministries and new ministries to grow and develop.
vi) Our current growing people resources.
vii) The active partnership with Gleneagles Social Club / Vicarage Farm Social Club of which Rev Pereira is a Committee Member. The church continues to run events at the Social Club, including Wellitots. The development of Gleneagles Community Action Group activities, events and projects where church and community are working together effectively. Our Pioneer Curate, Ali Middleton is Chair of GCAG.
And we know that God’s Got More!
Last year we wanted to explore ways to reach many individuals and families in our community with love, support and care, bringing the message of God’s love. We listened to our local community and to God and there were some developments including, our work in Redwell Primary School which has increased, we embarked on Carol Singing giving away goody bags instead of collecting, the Mutual Support Group has started and we continue to try to make a difference through Gleneagles Community Action Group and our partnership with Gleneagles Social Club.
We have still a long way to go to really make inroads in our communities.
Key to achieving this is building relationships within the community.
So our Vision 2018 is for us to put focus and emphasis on working to…
In church – We have always been a growing church so it is important for us to build relationships amongst ourselves. Friendship is key to living out the gospel.
In areas of our community – As individuals we want to make friends wherever we are and develop those relationships. We aim to do this through:
1/ Leaders inspiring others so that we all participate together.
Many of us are in leadership roles and we want leaders to be an example to others. We want to be able to share stories that inspire so that every member of our church knows the importance of making friends of those with whom we are in contact.
2/ Perseverance – not giving up, keep plugging away at it.
It can take a long time for friendships to grow and it can be even longer for people we befriend to be ready to respond to God’s message of love in Jesus. And we don’t want to drop friends who show no sign of interest in Jesus. We must persevere in our friendships so that they are genuine and authentic not just so that ‘we can work the gospel on them.’
3/ Listening – to God developing intimacy with God as we hear from Him.
to people developing friendships.
We want God to lead and guide us. We want to really listen to people so that we can genuinely care for them in relevant and appropriate ways sharing God’s message of love through our actions and through our words as God directs.