HINCKLEY METHODIST CIRCUIT - MISSION POLICY
We are called as Methodists to be a people who express and experience their interconnection in the Body of Christ, for purposes of mission, mutual encouragement and help (Standing Order 500), to share “scriptural holiness” and the radical life-transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The vision of the Hinckley Methodist Circuit is
‘To make and grow disciples of Jesus Christ’
everything which we aspire to do needs to have this vision as the goal.
We will strive to be:
A mission focused church outward and forward facing.
Actively and positively involved in the life of the community.
Encouraging a wide use of our premises
Having a sense of Circuit and shared mission.
Encouraging ecumenical links and a sharing of resources.
OUR PRIORITIES CONTINUE TO BE
A sufficient number suitable premises to enable people across the circuit to worship in a variety of styles
To encourage opportunities for learning and to grow in discipleship
To develop resources to care for church members and the wider community.
To equip and empower people to live lives where the love of Jesus shines through.
We will continue to develop our Mission Document (February 2015) and to encourage our various congregations to discuss and take action on the “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations (Robert Schnase).
Trustees have had regard to the guidance issued by the Charities Commission on public benefit
In order to achieve the principal objective above, the Circuit provides a variety of activities both to its membership and to the community generally. Central to the work and witness of the Circuit is the provision of regular public services of Christian worship. These services usually take place each Sunday. There are also occasional services midweek. Examples are Carol services, prayer days and café worship. The churches seek to be a friendly and welcoming community and anybody is free to attend these services.
Some churches provide a full programme of childrens and family based activities during services and to the wider community through Messy Church and Holiday Clubs. Four churches in the Circuit are home to Scout and/or Guide groups. The Circuit plans to extend its children and families work in the future, both in the churches and in the community, through the part-time employment of a Children and Families Mission Enabler.
The Circuit places an emphasis on youth work in the towns and villages served by our churches, employing a full time Youth Worker to plan and oversee youth work around the Circuit, including youth clubs, school discussion groups, day trips and outreach work among young people in the community. The Youth Team works closely with local schools, Earl Shilton Street Pastors, and the Reality Youth Project based at St. Martins House in Leicester. The Circuit also employs a full time Early Intervention Worker (EIW) whose role is to provide support, information and advice to young people on issues such as drug and alcohol dependency and anger management. The EIW is based at Heath Lane Academy in Earl Shilton, and works largely among the students there, but also provides support in other high schools and local youth initiatives.
Several of the churches provide opportunities during the week for local residents to meet and socialise via coffee mornings, mens breakfast, craft groups, lunch clubs etc. Those churches with hall facilities provide a venue for a wide variety of community groups, with four churches in the Circuit providing accommodation for playgroups during term times.
The circuit acknowledges the invaluable contribution of its many volunteers to its work and mission.
Mission has many aspects from local to the whole world.
- Home Mission
- Overseas Mission
These were the old split for mission.
- On-going mission accompaniment with your church or circuit to help you develop a focussed mission in your area;
- Training with the local church to help local people feel more confident (perhaps using the Talking of God course, the Happiness Course, the ecumenical Mission Shaped Ministry training or devising our own to fit your situation);
- Input on redevelopment and building schemes, to develop the full mission potential of premises;
- Leading and/or preaching at Sunday worship;
- Help with enabling churches to diversify and relate to a broader section of the community;
- Support, advice, and encouragement on any aspect of mission, evangelism or Fresh Expressions;
- Personal support for circuit lay and ordained staff in becoming more mission-focussed with your work.