Scartho Methodist Church

Three Year Plan - Updated May 2013
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WORSHIP*

AIM: To increase the awareness of God’s presence and to celebrate God’s love.

*NB: At Scartho we believe that everything that happens in the church body is part of our worship.  However, for the purposes of this document, worship refers to corporate acts of worship.

 

Now

·         We are always looking at ways to incorporate special services into our church worship life.

·         We have members of our congregation who are willing to be involved in leading worship.

·         We have seen an increase in young families in Morning worship.

·         We have a relaxed atmosphere during Morning Worship which leads to members feeling free to participate.

·         Evening worship is shared with other congregations in the area, and attendance has increased.

·         Early morning communion services cater for a growing congregation.

·         Our communion services are inclusive for all ages .

·         We have a regular MATCH service planned for all ages.

·         Our Saturday Prayer meetings are an established and valued part of our worship.

·         The Meditation group meets monthly.

·         A dedicated Prayer room is available.

·         Regular use of projector in services.

·         We are a member of the Family Friendly Churches Trust.

·         We have structured our evening worship to give various new forms of worship as well as a “normal” service.

·         Prayer boards are available in the church and in the corridor to allow prayers to be requested and to show answers to prayer.

 

Next

·         To continue to provide worship in different styles and develop further.

·         Involve more people in the leading of worship eg. drama, music, prayers etc.

·         To continue to develop the role of worship leaders.

·         To further develop a multi-media approach to worship eg. use of I.T., artwork etc.

·         To continue to create an atmosphere in which people feel free to respond during worship.

·         To further develop the prayer life of the church including increasing the number of prayer meetings at a wider variety of times.

·         To continue to develop our links with other local churches and those within our section.

 

  

FELLOWSHIP AND DISCIPLESHIP

AIM: To help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care.

 Now

·           We have a strong house group system and a growing Sunday Club. We have 2 Yi Pi House groups which meet regularly, one twice a month and the younger age group meeting monthly

·           We regularly participate in linked individual study, house groups and preaching.

·           We have a pastoral system for church members.

·           We recognise that lots of informal pastoral work also occurs.

·           We have a Men’s Fellowship as well as other established groups.

·           We are in the process of identifying areas in which teaching is required and providing this as necessary.

·           A yearly Church Family weekend away to Bawtry Hall takes place.

 Next

·           To continue to encourage joint house group teaching sessions to enable specialised teaching from visiting speakers to aid our growth and development.

·           To continue the promotion of house groups.

·           A structured programme for the teaching of the major Christian doctrines in mainstream worship.

·           To continue to monitor and further develop the pastoral system to cover non-members.

·           To continue to develop systems of ensuring that new people are made welcome in church and afterwards at coffee time.

·           To continue to provide opportunities to share meals together.

·           To continue to seek other ways of having fun as a church family

 

SERVICE

AIM: To be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice.

 Now

  • Saturday coffee provides a valued service to the community.
  • Youth Club provides a meeting place and structured activity for the older children in the community. 
  • ‘Parents and Toddlers’ provides a place for parents to meet up with others in similar circumstances.
  • As a church, we tithe (give away one tenth of) our income, supporting a variety of charitable causes including inter-national, national and local concerns.
  • We have established links with a church in the Ukraine which we support financially. We are also regularly supporting the charity Kenya Kids.
  • We contribute regularly towards the Daily Bread Food Larder and doorstep along with other local charities for those in need.
  • We have a Community Fund for immediate financial response when appropriate.
  • Events in the community Garden and others such as the cake stall encourage links with the local community.
  • The ‘Open Door’ provides a space for people to talk and opportunities for prayer as well as fellowship and refreshments.  We also host an art group.
  • We provide space for community activities.
  • We are a Fair Trade church.
  • We are members of the Evangelical Alliance which brings national and international affairs to our attention with an evangelical.
  • We have a prayer page in our notices that focuses on our local community as well as more national and worldwide issues. 
  • We have an active prayer chain, a prayer box with public access and a telephone prayer request service.
  • We lead regular acts of worship at a local residential home.
  • We have recycling facilities for our rubbish.
  • We regularly go into the community to litter pick.

 Next

  •  Find ways to offer more practical support to members of the community.
  • As a church, increase our awareness of world issues and the wider church.
  • As a church, increase our awareness of, and our involvement in, political issues including those which may affect our positions as Christians.
  • As a church, become more aware of our responsibilities towards our youth activities.
  • Continue to improve our ecological awareness.
  • Actively develop closer ecumenical links so that we can work to serve our community with others.

 EVANGELISM

AIM: To make more followers of Jesus Christ.

 Now

  • We have a welcoming building and attractive worship area.
  • Our services and facilities are accessible as possible to all e.g. provision of disabled toilets, large print books etc.
  • We are developing a higher profile in the village through our community activities.
  • Church website, weekly newsletter and magazine are used to communicate information.
  • Many members are involved in one to one evangelism showing Jesus through word and action.
  • Provide summer Holiday Club each year.

 Next

  • Maintain and develop the fabric of our building.
  • Develop a more focussed approach to promoting the church through use of the local media, church website etc.
  • To develop better communication within the church.
  • To develop the use of our advertising both inside and outside the building, especially on noticeboards.
  • Develop a more structured approach to evangelism so that outreach events are planned at regular intervals.
  • To get to know people who come onto our premises through Saturday coffee etc.
  • Provide teaching on evangelism within mainstream worship and through other methods.
  • Encourage people in one to one evangelism in their everyday life.
  • To use national and local events as a tool for evangelism and reason to get out into our community.
  • Put notice sheets out on the tables at Saturday Coffee and at Open House.