We share the vision of The Church of England Diocese of Ely.
Our Vision: We pray to be generous and visible people of Jesus Christ.
Unpacking our vision
We ... This word is the foundation on which everything else stands. Central to the gospel and to the Church of England's life is the transformation of human relationships by God. He calls us into community with himself and with one another. We are people of Jesus Christ. The church is the primary way in which we are visible; as a society, as a 'we'.
Pray ... Our life as a society is made possible by God's life in us through prayer. Prayer is the beginning, middle and end of all things. We do things and we undertake work not in our own strength but under God. All our activity and interaction needs to be underpinned in prayer.
Generous ... Generosity is a summary word for our response to the gospel. As God gave himself generously, unstintingly to the world He loves, He calls us to reflect His nature. The gospel commands, 'Freely you have received, freely give' (Matt 10:8). Its implications run through both our relationships with others in the church, with those outside the church, our use of money, and time, and so on.
Visible ... Daring to be out and about in the places where God has put us – working as salt, light and yeast. Not taking refuge in our buildings, or always remaining where we are comfortable, but being present where people are. Serving our communities, working with others for the common good.
We are also very visible through our buildings. Often they cannot be ignored. As Bishop Stephen reminded us, they are 'sacraments in stone'; visible reminders of God in our midst.
People of Jesus Christ ... We do not belong to ourselves, but to the God who bought us at a price (1Cor 6:20), the death of His Son. So we do not live for ourselves, but as disciples of the one who died and rose again. We are His witnesses as we call others to join us to follow Him.