Knowing Christ and Making Him Known
Our benefice Mission Statement is that we aim to Know Christ and Make Him Known.
The Apostle Paul wrote I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ, my Lord. (Philippians 3:8) The churches of the benefice want to know more of Jesus and his love, but not to keep for themselves. By word and deed, in big ways and in small, the churches attempt to make known Jesus’ love to the communities which they serve.
We are determined that our knowledge of Christ should not remain merely intellectual. We want to allow God’s Word to challenge and transform our hearts that we might entrust ourselves more and more to Jesus and lean on God rather than our own strength and understanding.
This aspect of our mission is closely tied to the first strand of the Diocesan Vision, Living God’s Love, namely, “Going Deeper Into God.”
Making Him Known
Jesus is good news, so we don’t want to keep him a secret. We are committed to passing on our knowledge about him and the benefits we have received from him to our friends, families and neighbours.
At least once a year we run a Christianity Explored course for people who would like to know more about the Christian faith. We also have opportunities for parents who are Considering Christening their children and, because we believe Marriage Matters, we support couples who are planning their weddings or seeking to strengthen their relationships with their spouses.
We have a committed network of people from each parish who meet each week at Parish Prayers to pray for the villages and their people. In Hunsdon, there are Prayer Boxes in the school and village shop. You can also leave prayer requests via the Prayer Box on this website.
We also host various activities through the year, like the Carol Singing with the Salvation Army or our celebratory meals at harvest-time.
Our FOCUS events where we look in detail at what the Bible says about an issue which faces us in our daily life are open and beneficial to all.
Individually, church members are involved in many of the other organisations in the villages, from the amateur dramatics to badminton, Parish Council to gardening, history to village hall management. Church members co-ordinate the activities for the Hunsdon Over Three-Score Club and the Flying On Your Own group for widows and widowers.
This aspect of our mission is closely tied to the other strands of the Diocesan Vision, Living God’s Love, namely, “Transforming Communities” and “Making New Disciples.”