Vision

At St John's Shiphay the following vision statement encapsulates what we are about and each aspect of the vision statement has some specific detail to work with. So we have the following vision statement :-

Growing in God

Giving to God

Going with God

GROWING IN GOD is addressed by our growing in prayer, worship, the Bible and in fellowship with other church members. We have offered opportunities to model different styles of prayer, encouraged and resourced bible reading and study and emphasised how the scriptures point us to Jesus Christ and encourage us to grow in discipleship. We have an engaging youth ministry which explores the scriptures. Our Sunday worship offers a range of styles so that as a parish church we may lead a diverse membership into encounter with The Living God. Our lively home group structure is the place in which our faith in God may grow in the company and support of others.

GIVING TO GOD results from a life of prayer, worship, Bible study and fellowship. We begin to give our time, talents and money to the work and ministry of God's kingdom. It is by discovering the grace of God towards ourselves and our neighbours that we come to rely on the strength of God's Holy Spirit to risk giving ourselves away in serving the needs of others. Our pockets and money management get converted too!

GOING WITH GOD As we learn and experience the ways of God in our lives so we discover He is best defined as the One who gives Himself away, endlessly going out from Himself to share with others. We discover He desires that we adopt this outward pattern of movement so that others who do not yet know Him may be drawn into His family, the church.