St Mary's Values - Small groups study

You can read below from Catherine why this small group study has been compiled - I hope you are as excited as the PCC and LEAD Team are in talking and thinking about the values that emerged through this seasons prayerful work and how connecting them with scripture, by studying God's word, will enhance our understanding of ourselves, our community and the vision for St Mary's and how we can all be God's people for Market Drayton at this time. 

Click on the underlined link to download/read the study on St Mary's values in A4 or A5 formats. They can be used in conjunction with a series of sermons which can be heard via our YouTube channel.

From Catherine

I hope, like me, you love being part of St Mary’s Church and want to see it continue to grow and thrive and reach new generations of Draytonians with the good news of Jesus. So how do we make sure we have the right things in place to help us to do this now and in the future?

Last October, St Mary’s were invited by the Diocese to take part in a team coaching programme for market town churches wanting to grow in faith and mission. The training and coaching are delivered by an organisation called LEAD Academy and focus on a number of key areas of church life:

  • Values & Vision
  • Church Structures
  • Mission
  • Discipleship

The team that represented St Mary’s as we started this process comprised: Lindsay Bashford, Laurina Rushworth, Sue Frankfort, Ian and Keren Macfarlane and myself. At the Autumn Meeting last year, we shared what we had been learning about the importance of establishing the right values within our church; values that will act as a strong foundation for growth and without which our hopes and best laid plans will come to nothing. These are the characteristics of our church family that will underpin all that we do.

At the Autumn Meeting many of you took part in an exercise to help identify the positive characteristics and values of St Mary’s Church, as well as those areas that we find more of a challenge. The team have prayerfully considered this feedback and consulted with the PCC and used your and their input to articulate the values we feel describe the kind of church we are and want to be. These have been presented to the PCC and now we want to begin the important process of communicating and embedding these values within our wider church family.

As mentioned in the St Mary’s newsletter and at recent online services, we are starting this process with a sermon series looking at our values and to accompany this sermon series we have developed some studies designed to help us explore these values more deeply and think about how we put them into action within the life of our church family. The material is linked above.

The studies can be used in conjunction with recordings of the sermons, which will be uploaded to our YouTube channel each week. They can be used in your own private devotions and/or used in your homegroups. If you are not already in a homegroup, but would like the opportunity to study and discuss the material with others, then please let me know and we will explore the possibility of setting up a Zoom group to do this.

I hope you are encouraged, challenged and blessed in equal measure as you take time to read, discuss and pray through these values.

God bless,