NOW is the time for us to imagine a further purpose and future mission for our churches and communities in the West Wight.

The first call of the church is to be missional; to go out to the people in the name of Jesus. That was the way of the earliest Christians and it is still the way that Jesus calls us today.

Church was never meant to be just a club where members meet because they have the same or similar interest in God.

Church is where people encounter the presence of God, learn about the teaching of Jesus and are encouraged to invite the Holy Spirit into their lives. They can then come to know the fullness of God’s love and purpose and follow his plan for their lives. Church can be known as a gathering in a building or as a group of people who go beyond church walls, reaching out in their communities.

I have met so many incredible Christians across our churches and within our communities in the West Wight who are following the plan that God has set out for their lives. They are people of faith who have a deep passion for God and for others. They reach out in a creative, practical, and purposeful way to build relationships in the name of Jesus through loving their community. They love people with a fullness of grace experienced nowhere else in life. This is where mission begins.

Being missional is about meeting people where they are with the Good News of Jesus in their everyday need and life, but it is also an opportunity to share in both word and deed the story of how Christ changes hearts and lives.This can be an invitation to others to make space for Him to do the same for them.

In July and August our churches will be thinking about how we can continue to prayerfully meet, teach and share the Good News in our communities and churches. I invite you to get involved in this first step of the new missional journey ahead of us, by joining in with our missional prayer…..

SO we pray…

God of Mission who alone brings growth to your church, send your Holy Spirit to give vision to our planning, wisdom to our actions, and power to our witness.

Help our church to grow in numbers, in spiritual commitment to you and in service to our local community, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.