“Setting our spiritual compasses together”

Throughout 2020 St Mary’s is examining the path that we are taking as a church and clarifying our vision. We invite you to be part of this season of praying, thinking, and talking together, listening for what we hear God calling us to be and to do as St Mary’s Church in Ross-on-Wye today…

On the St Mary’s Vision Day on 25 January, over 40 people were able to spend the day together to listen to God and to one another, praying, imagining, picturing, sharing.

Here’s the latest update on our emerging vision:

For centuries Christians in Ross on Wye—and across the world—have passed on the love of God and faith in Jesus Christ from one generation to another. They’ve done that with courage and imagination, responding in different ways to the challenges and opportunities of the times they’ve lived in. Now it’s our turn.

Jesus has given us a huge vision as Christians, teaching us to pray with one heart and one mind for the coming of God’s kingdom “on earth as in heaven”. We all have a part to play in that—each Christian, and each church in Ross on Wye. The question is how we do that in our generation, with the
particular challenges and opportunities of the 2020s impacting the lives and of young and old alike?

So in the run up to Easter this year we’ve begun a process of listening to God and to each other to hear what we hear God calling us to be and to do.
St Mary’s is the only Church of England church in Ross-on-Wye. So what is God specially asking of us today?

You are the only person with your special gifts and talents. What is God
specially asking of you today?

As you read on, what resonates for you? What prayers, thoughts, pictures, hopes, dreams, are coming to you? We hope that you will be a part of the process of a vision emerging, and coming to life.

Emerging vision: Who matters to God?

“God cares about people of all ages and backgrounds And we do too!”

What sort of church do we want to be?

We want to be a church “where all ages and backgrounds can find a welcome and a home”

“A church that goes out and doesn’t wait for people to come to us.”

“A church where all can hear the good news.”

“A church where there are a range of ways to explore faith.”

“A church which cares about, and brings together, people of all sorts and needs – being supported, and supporting each other.”

“A church that is good news to the suffering, disadvantaged.”

“A church of healing love and loving courage – in the messy reality of life.”

“A church where God’s light is shining at the heart of its life – and in our daily lives.”

Our Rector, Sean, writes:

I am beginning to hear a positive vision emerging. Here are some of the ingredients I am hearing:

  • A vision of a warmly welcoming and inclusive community which values everyone and values excellence, welcoming of those we know and those we don’t, at every stage of their lives…
  • That we feel that God is calling us… to learn how to share our faith… To be a church that celebrates… and celebrates a “mixed economy” of worship – traditional and non-traditional. A church that is open to the transformation that has begun here.
  • A church that supports one another, shares faith with one another, and outwardly…
  • A church ‘passing on the light’, inspiring this generation…
  • A church enabled by God – not in our own strength, but with the confidence that God will supply what we need…

You can download Sean’s Candlemas Sermon which focussed on Vision 2020.

Please keep praying, listening, sharing, asking God to fill us with faith, hope and love as we “set our compasses together” to pass on the light of Christ in this generation. Sean

We’d love to hear your thoughts. Please send us an email to vision@rawchurch.org.uk. By using this link your message will go straight to all the people coordinating our vision.