St Thomas, Werneth


Mission Action Plan

This page contains the parish Aims and Objectives.

Traffic Lights

This part uses a "traffic light" colour scheme for the objectives.

  • Not yet agreed
  • Agreed but not yet completed
  • Agreed and completed
  • We will probably never complete this objective.
SUMMARY: Develop building use to achieve:
  • Improved wellbeing of people who live in the area, and congregation members.
  • A building whose heritage is accessible to more people, so that they can gain a better appreciation of the Christian faith.
  • More flexible worship
  • Witness to and engagement with the local community
  • Stronger relationships with other faiths.
  • Sustainability
Support the growth of Farsi-speaking and other congregation members in faith and ministry, both within the church and outside.
  • Encourage new people into ministry in the church, and a sense of belonging to it:
    role \\ our responserecruittrainsupport
    Deputy WardensX
    Sunday School Assistants (2)XXX
    PCC Members (5)XX
    Money Counters (1)XX
    Interceders (1)XXX
    Cleaners (2)XXX
    Coffee Servers (6)XX
    Sacristan (1)X
    Gardeners (?)??X
    Communion Assistants (1)XXX
    First Aiders (5)XXX
    School Governors (1)XX
  • Continue to support Farsi-speakers in their journey of faith, through:
    • Farsi Discussion Group
    • Provision of 10 copies of "Shagherd" (Disciple)
    • bi-lingual Farsi-English liturgy and music
  • Encourage 5 congregation members to attend Foundations For Ministry, to help them discern their ministry, and broaden their understanding of the Church of England and British culture
  • Encourage the children to participate in the 2nd Sunday All-Age Service
  • Encourage people to look out for each other, and provide pastoral support to each other.
  • Strengthen the lines of communication so as better to ensure that those in need receive pastoral support.
Develop our working relationship with St. Paul's, Oldham, and other local churches and denominations in Mission and Ministry.
Support and develop our partnership with local schools in service of the community, and especially with St. Thomas' CE Primary School.
  • Work with them to submit a funding application and develop the building as a centre for community support.
Support Christian Missionary Societies and Development Agencies at home and abroad.
  • Kimbilio - through occasional visits from Kimbilio staff.
  • LifeShare - through our Harvest Collection
  • The Children's Society - through boxes, and the Christingle Service.
  • Interserve / The Whethams - through visits when they return home
  • Word of Life - through annual purchase of calendars
  • Additional Curates Society
Become an Eco-Church
  • Set up a small group to help us work towards becoming an Eco-Church
Develop the Church Grounds
  • to increase the biodiversity of the church grounds;
  • to make the church grounds a more positive, sensory experience: colours, smells and textures (but nothing toxic);
  • to enable the church grounds, by their nature, to communicate a vibrant, dynamic, growing church
  • to engage congregation members, community members, and local families in growing and caring for the earth - whether in the church grounds or at home;
  • to promote healthy eating and wellbeing;
  • to explore the creation of very different kinds of spaces in the church grounds;
  • to use the compost to enrich the soil.
  • interested parties to be invited to the first part of annual PCC meetings, to review goals and set objectives;
  • all changes to be made slowly and incrementally, to test what works, bit by bit;
  • to try and work in a way that reduces the risk and potential impact of vandalism
  • turn the two or three meters nearest the wall of the SE quadrant (under the trees) into a wildflower meadow. This will require seeds, and scarifying. This is a trial to see if we can extend this to the whole quadrant.