Contact Details

St Mary's Church, Church Lane, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 5HW

Tel. 01507 525 600

Our Vision

Our vision is to model, develop and reflect upon what it means to be a truly collaborative church; this is a church which values the gifts of all and upholds the order of both the laity and clergy.

We aim to ensure the continuation of Christian Worship and develop a Church that is able and motivated to reach out into the community with our shared Gospel message of faith, hope and love. These are challenging times for the rural church; we endeavour to provide the support and resources required to enable church communities to survive and thrive.

We want to promote the Gospel, model the five Marks of Mission draw people to Christ and be an influence for good in our communities.

Through collaboration and consultation, we support the growth of healthy communities which we hope are characterised by hospitality, openness and honesty which is, effectively, communication.

We take our role as custodians of our church buildings seriously so that the ‘Church' is available for everyone and that each community has its own sacred space.

We also aim to have FUN!

Five Marks of Mission

  • To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  • To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  • To respond to human need by loving service
  • To seek to transform unjust structures of society
  • To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth

 

The long view

It helps, now and then, to step back and
take the long view. The kingdom is not
only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our
vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a
fraction of the magnificent enterprise
that is God's work: Nothing we do is
complete, which is another way of
saying that the Kingdom always lies
beyond us.

No statement says all that can be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No programme accomplishes the church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about: We plant the
seeds that will one day grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need
further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects
beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything
and there is a sense of liberation
in realising that. This enables us to do something.
and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is the
beginning, a step along the way,
and opportunity for God's grace to enter
and do the rest.

We may never see the results, But that is
the difference between the master
builder and the worker
We are workers, not master builders,
Ministers, not messiahs. We are
prophets of a future not our own.

Archbishop Oscar Romero, martyred
March 1980

 

© The South Wolds Group 2013