The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.
It does this through:
– increasing awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love
LEARNING & CARING
– helping people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care
– being a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice
– making more followers of Jesus Christ
Marlborough Road Methodist Church is an open and diverse congregation of Christians set near the centre of St. Albans. Our mission is to live out our calling, and our plans and targets are:
- To be a good neighbour to people in need, to challenge injustice and to be friends with people of other cultures and faiths
o working with and supporting local groups such as Centre 33, the Living Room, Open Door, FEED, interfaith networks;
o supporting Christian Aid and Action for Children;
o collaborating with the other city centre churches on Severe Weather Emergency Protocols (SWEP) rough sleepers shelter;
o organising Holiday at Home seniors’ holiday club;
o developing our Justice and Peace group and its activity.
- To show and tell the good news of Jesus Christ to make more followers for Him
o our refurbishment project has made our presence more visible with views into church from the hall and the street;
o take advantage of the opportunities thus presented to demonstrate and share our faith;
o continue and extend our Chatterbox coffee morning and Toddlers outreach;
o increase our engagement with our local community, making use of our building and social media.
- To help people grow and learn as Christians through teaching, spiritual development, mutual support and care
o continue our current pastoral care system;
o train and nurture and encourage pastoral visitors in their work;
o continue informal gatherings and fellowship groups to help people to get to know one another better;
o support our young people and the Junior Church;
o encourage our small groups e.g. bible study group, IBRA Fellowship, Prayer & Praise;
o support Lent groups and Circuit Study and Quiet days; look at new ways in which we can enhance the spiritual development of the congregation and the community, such as Faith and Film nights and Thursday Thinking Lunches in our refurbished worship space.
- To build partnerships with other churches and groups who share some of our mission aims
o Build on our relationship with St Peter’s;
o Develop our relationship with Hatfield Road Methodist Church;
o Develop our relationship with the Church of God of Prophecy, who worship in our building;
o Work with the other city centre churches;
o Support our Circuit and its churches;
o Examples of activities: services in local supported accommodation, ‘Grill the Clergy’ public meeting, united services, joint stewards meetings, pulpit swaps, city centre rough sleepers project.
- To increase awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love in worship.
o regular morning worship at 10.30am;
o regular and seasonal opportunities to worship at the Cathedral, St Peter’s and Hatfield Road;
o our refurbishment has made our building a more visible presence – use this as a base to increase the awareness of worship and God’s love;
o develop our online profile.
We are demonstrating our commitments:
- We are a Fair Trade Church
- We are researching Inclusive Church
- We are investigating Eco-Church
Adopted by Church Council February 2017. The stated actions will be regularly reviewed and updated as we implement them.
June 2017 statement of belief in an inclusive church
We believe in inclusive Church – church which does not discriminate, on any level, on grounds of economic power, gender, mental health, physical ability, race or sexuality. We believe in Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturally faithful; which seeks to proclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.
Updates since 2015:
- rough sleepers project with city centre churches;
- social media presence – Facebook and Twitter accounts;
- refurbishment project underway and due for completion spring 2017;
- developing a closer relationship with Hatfield Road Methodist Church through youth fellowship, pulpit swaps, shared services, joint stewards meetings;
- Chatterbox special events;
- Holiday at Home;
- support for Kos refugee project;
- church youth going to 3Generate (Methodist Youth Assembly).
Approved by Church Council February 2017, next formal update due February 2020