So much has occurred in the last months figuring out how to carry-on in this moment of Covid-19. While we all learned new protocols, practised new skills, and found new ways to worship and stay connected, the Session did not lose sight of the big picture -- more specifically, the future of our church. Discernment regarding the future is particularly important as we begin the search process and will helps ensure strong alignment between the congregation and prospective ministers. The session has captured its initial thinking in a statement called 'Vision for the Future of VAPC' found at the end of this post.
A strong vision that drives our future decisions and actions, requires broad consideration and input from many with diverse experience and perspective. VAPC voices are needed. Session asked Glenn Stewart from Stewardship to set-up and moderate a discussion on this vision.
Core to our congregation’s sense of Christian community is the value of caring for others. Care, to us, is
We believe expressing love to others is one way we express our love for God, for we are called to do
both (Luke 10:27). Care has been central to our congregation’s identity since its early days. Moving
forward, we wish to develop as a missional congregation with care at its core.
Within the congregation, care can and will take many forms. Moving forward, our goals are to:
We will express care in the wider neighbourhood. As a missional congregation we will give witness to
Christ through our acts of care, both in word and deed (1 Peter 2: 9 - 12). Moving forward, our goals are to: