“Here to Serve: Jesus,
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 119 in March 2018. 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.”
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 £25,000 in 2007 to £90,000 in 2018, 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!
In the short term, that is, for the next year, the next step of our Mission Plan is expressed as “Vision 2019”
Vision 2019 – “Living stones”
1 Peter 2: 4-6, 9 The living Stone and a chosen people
As you come to him, the living Stone –
rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him –
5 you also, like living stones,
are being built into a spiritual house
to be a holy priesthood,
offering spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 For in Scripture it says:
‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone
and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.’
9 But you are
a chosen people,
a royal priesthood,
a holy nation,
God’s special possession,
that you may declare the praises of him
who called you out of darkness
into his wonderful light.
God has already said “Build my people” – now He is emphasising that we are “living stones” – individually being shaped and built up, holy, accepted by God, being built together into God’s temple:
Each alive in Christ
Each being refined, honed, shaped to fit our role
Each an essential part of the building
Each in right relationship with each other
All coming together to form one building to bring glory to God as –
a chosen people, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, God’s special possession,
the Kingdom of God amongst us.
Through God’s grace and to His glory, this is what we are and will increasingly be in 2019 as we, ‘living stones’, submit ourselves into the hands of the Master Builder.