Merton Priory Team Ministry: Mission Statement
In Merton Priory Team Ministry we aim to be a community:
Faithful to God
Sharing with those in need
Caring for one another
Being 'Faithful to God' is the basis of Christian life. But it doesn't start with us.
The centre of Christian faith is the conviction that God is faithful to us. Jesus shows us
that God sticks by us, even when we get it wrong. And we stick by God in response to his
commitment to us. There are some everyday ways we live this faithfulness: by worshipping,
praying, seeking God's will. So we should ask ourselves: What will we do to stay faithful
to God each day and for the rest of our lives?
Sharing with those in need also starts with God: Everything belongs to God and
he's sharing it with us: we say 'all things come from you and of your own do we give you'.
Learning to share is to allow this message not only to be in our minds but also touch our
hearts. There are lots of ways to do this; for example, this winter we'll be sharing with
those in need by offering our buildings and perhaps time and money to a Night Shelter project,
in collaboration with other churches and community groups. How will you join in our mission
to share with those in need?
Caring for one another. The phrase 'one another' is important. Being a church is not
simply about the vicars caring and everyone else being cared for. Everyone needs to do the
caring and everyone needs to be cared for. So we need to make sure we're part of a network
within our parish – a home group, a choir and so on – where this caring becomes real. Where
is your group where you are responsible for caring for others and know they will care for
So that's our mission. We know we don't always get it right, but we seek God's grace to
fulfil this mission.