Our Vision

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our vision

  • The Chaplaincy of St. Mark's and St. Paul's exists so that individuals can grow in their knowledge of, and relationship with, Jesus Christ learning to share His Life with the world.
  •  We seek to be moulded, strengthened and equipped, through the power of God’s Spirit such that God’s love may flow through us and draw others to Jesus.

As such, the goals set by the Chaplaincy cover congregational growth, the development of the prayer and healing ministries, our home groups, ties with other English-speaking churches in the area, and ongoing and new community initiatives.  There is also the wish to see the pastoral and outreach ministries becoming more effective and hopefully to see additional worship, praise and teaching evenings. One other goal is to support the recent small influx of young families to the ministry at St Paul’s and to encourage St Paul’s Church growth in this way.

core values

    Corporate Worship
  • In coming together to worship God we proclaim the orthodox Christian belief as contained in the articles and creeds of the Anglican Church [click here to find out more] and refined in the Evangelical Alliance Statement of Faith [click here for more detail] .
  • In corporate worship we emphasize both the truth in the Word of God and the power of the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • Our corporate worship will be expressed in a variety of styles aiming for the best in music, liturgy, drama and dance etc., incorporating contemporary forms alongside the traditional.
  • Prayer, both corporate and individual, undergirds all our activities.
  • Preaching based solidly on Biblical truths is an integral part of our corporate worship.
  • Every time we meet together for worship, we will invite the Holy Spirit to work amongst us, bringing healing and wholeness through personal Prayer Ministry.
  • We welcome the prophetic word during times of corporate worship from those of our fellowship who attend regularly.

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    Fellowship
  • The Church family of today consists of all those in fellowship at every stage and age of life, from the new born child onwards.
  • We aim to draw people into committed membership of the Church through a sense of belonging to the family.
  • We value family life and seek to educate, encourage and provide good role models for husbands, wives, parents and children.
  • We support and value those who live a single lifestyle.
  • We aim to provide pastoral care for all those in fellowship, leading to healing and wholeness in every member.
  • We value social, sporting and entertaining activities as means of growing together as the Church family, celebrating life together in a joyful expression of the body of Christ.

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    Discipleship
  • We seek to enable members to mature in Christ through teaching and training, exhorting, rebuking and challenging individuals as appropriate.
  • We encourage church members to develop a regular pattern of personal devotion and Bible study.
  • Membership of a home group is encouraged for all members for the purposes of mutual support and accountability.
  • As disciples of Christ, we endeavour to speak the truth to each other in love at all times.
  • We aim to equip all those in the fellowship for life in the world and particularly the workplace.
  • We submit to the Lordship of Christ in every aspect of our lives – our time, money, relationships, family life, inner life and sexuality.
  • We value and promote the planned giving of finances
    including tithing, according to Biblical principles (click here for more details).
  • It is our expectation that disciples of Christ will:
  • • pray regularly for the Church
    • worship regularly each week,
    • join a home group,
    • plan their giving, and
    • find their own field of active service.

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    Service & Ministry
  • We encourage every Christian to use their God given gifts and talents in His service – every member ministry is integral to the functioning of the Church.
  • Every ministry embodies a servant role – we model Christ in “empowered servanthood” – and no ministry is for personal gain, glory or power.
  • Each member and each ministry matters equally  - none is superior or inferior to others.
  • Each member is uniquely shaped for a specific ministry through their:
      • • spiritual gifts,
        • heart,
        • abilities,
        • personality, and
        • experiences.
  • The fellowship is committed to helping every member to discover their own ministry and to provide the resources to fulfill it through networks of contacts and support mechanisms.

  • Ministry involves both service within the Church and service to the community around us.
  • The workplace is a key area within which members exercise their ministries as salt and light.
  • We aim to send members out in the power of the Spirit to live and work for the glory of Christ.

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    Administration and Support Structures
  • We value the teamwork, mutual accountability and practical support provided by administration staff and volunteers – without their enabling function the work of the Church could not happen.
  • We value the efficiency and effectiveness of support staff in carrying out their functions as responsible stewards of time, gifts and talents.
  • We aim for high professional standards in office equipment and facilities, and in the safe use of these resources.
  • Staff are to be given opportunity for development, training and growth in the use of their own gifts and talents and will be supported appropriately in this area.
  • Funding for all ministry, support and administration work will be provided out of direct giving from the Church membership.
  • The church buildings are a means to an end – they serve the membership in providing appropriate accommodation for corporate worship, teaching, meetings and administration staff.
  • The Church has a duty of stewardship over all the physical resources in its care. High professional standards are required in the development, use and maintenance of all buildings and facilities.
  • Financial resources and other assets are to be used responsibly to achieve the foreseeable and tangible objectives of the Church.

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