Living, Loving, Serving
at the Heart of Romsey
Living – Life
- Called by God to live life in all its fullness.
- Supporting and seeking the life of our town, our local environment and the wider world.
- Enabling people to live God’s life to the full in their daily lives as much as within the church.
- ‘I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.’ John 10.10
- We worship and respond to God whose life is present in people and events outside the church as much as inside, through the Holy Spirit.
Loving – Love
- Called and transformed by the love of God made known in Jesus Christ.
- Having a heart and compassion for the people of Romsey
- Loving God with all our heart and loving our neighbours as ourselves. Mk 12.30-31; Matt 22.37-39; Lk 10.27
- Growing in the love of God through inclusive liturgy, worship and common life.
- Recognising God whose love is close to everyone but especially those facing adversity.
Serving – Service
- Called to the service of others and putting God’s Kingdom before self.
- Serving the needs of our local community and contributing to the wider good.
- Thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven.
- Following Jesus who came not to be served but to serve. Mk 10.45; Matt 20.28; Jn 13.1-17
- Recognising the signs of God’s Kingdom in the world and in the church.
THE FOUR C’s : a framework for living out our vision and mission (from the HeartEdge Network of Churches)
- Day-to-day communal life, liturgy and worship
- Congregations developing open, hospitable, welcoming approaches to day-to-day communal life, liturgy and worship.
- We think it’s possible to be a church without being defensive or closed-minded. The Holy Spirit works as much beyond the church as within it - we look for God at work and join in.
- God wants us to live before death as well as after.
- HeartEdge is about deepening and widening the congregation.
- Partnering with others in forming relationships, releasing the gifts of strangers
- Engaging local need and addressing social justice.
- We do unbelievable things when we start with our assets rather than deficits.
- It’s possible to be compassionate with those excluded or in trouble, in a way that enhances community.
- Care comes not from altruism but recognition of our own need, and desire to be transformed by the strangers God sends us.
- Re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present
- Visual and performing art and ideas, re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present moment.
- Exploring new avenues of arts from expand and encourage new cultures within church and the community.
- Finding income streams to achieve financial sustainability and grow flourishing programmes
- Commercial activity generating finance, creatively extending and enhancing mission.
- We think it is possible to have commercial activities available within Church that demonstrates a wider understanding of the Faith.
- By allowing our assets - likes buildings and facilities - to broaden and appeal to a larger market we remain at the centre of our community, valued and considered by all.