In 2015, The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, with the leadership of the vestry, engaged a process one-on-one meetings with members and small gatherings in homes and at the church. Through this listening process we identified three “core values” that we share as a congregation:
Welcome, Diversity, and Community
At our Annual Meeting in January 0f 2016, we gathered the whole congregation in discussion of these values, and based on the conversations and surveys the Vestry adopted the following Mission Statement:
Holy Communion Mission Statement
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion is a welcoming and diverse community seeking to walk in the way of Jesus and to reveal Christ’s reconciling love in our city, nation, and world.
We had a very successful first program year, meeting or exceeding the goals we set for 2016/2017. You can read about those goals in our summer newsletter.
The vestry agreed to new goals through June 2018.
Enhance infrastructure for Newcomer’s welcome
- Create a physical “welcome space” or “table”
- Establish a rota with assigned greeters after each 10:30am service
Increase our visibility in the neighborhood
- Add 2 outdoor festivals, parades, or music events.
- Update signage inside and outside the building.
Create system for guiding newcomers from welcome to engagement
- Grow and track growth for “threshold” events and ministries (egg Theology on Tap, Laundry Love, Trinity Meal, Music Festivals, Adult Forums, Parents’ Group etc.)
- Track the progression between joining the church for worship and joining these groups or events.
Grow average Sunday attendance to 140 by December 31, 2017.
Finalize the Diversity Statement and host conversations with various groups and ministries about the meaning of this statement and value for the congregation.
Explore and bring to the congregation resources from worship in other cultural traditions.
Convene at least two interfaith gatherings of more that 25 people.
Ensure opportunities for fellowship and participation across all generations.
Community (Inside our walls):
Create better systems of tracking attendance/engagement.
Add at least two events, one being youth focused
Average 25 or more children and youth in regular participation.
Community (Outside our walls):
Implement “Laundry Love” as a ministry of Holy Communion.
- Strategy: Host 10 “Laundry Love” events over the course of the program year.
Provide Space for the work of God’s kingdom done by other organizations
- Strategy: Complete construction on Gannon House and have a Community Partner begin using the space.
Strengthen Relationship with Cristosal and El Salvador
- Strategy: Host a gathering for at least 80 people and involving academic institutions and other partners.
Establish relationships with at least two other (non-Christian) faith communities.
Establish a new community partner relationship related to youth around music and/or contemplative prayer that expands beyond our walls.