Mission and Vision
Our vision for St Mary’s is a church rooted in God and in the community.
We keep our doors open to all-comers, no matter where you are on your journey of faith. As the parish church of Linton village we welcome everyone to join us at our regular worship on Sundays and during the week.
We are glad to celebrate with those who rejoice at weddings and christenings. It is our privilege to mourn with those who grieve, through funerals and remembrance.
St Mary’s is always open during the day for anyone who would like to slip in for quiet prayer and reflection or to light a candle. Many children like to come in with parents and grandparents and play in our children’s corner.
We value our special link with Linton CE Infants’ School, and love having its children, their teachers, parents and carers join us weekly in term-time for the Friday School Service. We warmly welcome other schools in the village when they come on visits, or for special services. We serve our village community through our regular visits and services at Symonds House Care Home and Nichols Court sheltered housing,
We run Tots in Tow in the Village Hall, a weekly group for babies and toddlers with their carers. We are joint partners in The Beacon Youth Trust which employs a youth worker for the village. We also support Haverhill Food Bank. Behind the church is our Peace Garden, a quiet place for anyone to visit and enjoy its beauty and tranquillity. Our church and Pavilion buildings are available to members of the wider community for special events at reasonable charges. We are always looking for new ways to serve Linton and its people.
We work hard at building the quality of community within our church and beyond, through a varied programme of social events. We have a lot of fun together! There are also a number of smaller groups where people meet to deepen their faith and prayer, getting to know and support each other better, and come to understand more of Christianity’s meaning. We welcome everyone at our social events, our fellowship groups and the Mother’s Union, even if you don’t worship with us.
Everything we do comes from the awareness that the Church doesn’t belong to us, or even to Linton, but to God. We believe that everyone is potentially on a journey of faith towards God through Christ, and that it’s our responsibility to invite, encourage and accompany each other on that journey, trying to see where God’s Spirit is leading both individuals and the community. We take the riches of the Bible and the Church’s inherited tradition of wisdom and worship as our inspiration and guidance, and warmly invite people to accompany us in discovering more of the God who loves each one us, and of his purpose for us and the world.
Mission Action Plan
This Mission Action Plan seeks to build upon the Vision Statement adopted by the PCC during the interregnum of 2014/15, ‘Being Church in the Community and being Community in the Church’. Its development began during the summer of 2016 when members of St Mary’s met together in groups to consider 4 ‘Levers for Change’ (as suggested by the Ely Diocesan strategy, People Fully Alive):
1. Nurturing a confident people of God
2. Developing a healthy church and leaders within it
3. Serving the Community
4. Re-Imagining our buildings
The full Mission Action Plan can be downloaded here.
With further plan details: MAP 5 Year Timeline revised May 2017
Mission Action Plan Timeline revised 2018.