DISCIPLESHIP – “inwards”

Imagine what a community would look like where everyone was full of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience? Where people were quick to forgive, and prioritised love above everything else?

Imagine...

a community where everyone was committed to growing...

...in their relationship with God, and with each other. Who worshipped passionately, prayed with sincerity, and listened intently to each other’s preaching? Imagine if no one was ever in need. If people gave not simply because they felt they had to give, and people served not because they were co-erced into it.

a community that did all it could...

to emulate the picture of community found in the Trinity, where three co-equal members of the God-head are perfectly embraced in love and harmony?

Throughout Widcombe Parish...

we strive to pursue an authentic expression of community. Where each member takes ownership for their role in the church’s calling to be Upward, Inward, and Outward focused.

We encourage all members of the churches of St Thomas à Becket and St Matt’s to seriously consider the following aspirations and commitments:

Commitments

  • God is continually extending a welcome to all those who are seeking spiritual refreshment: Isaiah 55v1a (‘Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!’) We encourage members to make being part of the family a weekly priority. It’s a fantastic place to join your voice with other Christians in sung worship (and indeed churches around the world, and heaven itself), to learn from the sermon as the preacher teaches from the Bible, to receive prayer ministry, to build relationships and friendship, and to be challenged, inspired, and equipped as your next week commences.
  • St Matt’s is a growing community, with around 100 people attending each Sunday. St Thomas à Becket equally has a vibrant and strong community of some 50 members. But Church is so much more than a service and there are lots of ways to connect with the church community outside of a Sunday. Each week St Matt’s meets in Life Hubs or the Pastorate in various locations around the parish. We work through what it means to be community; to learn more about God, to pray, to worship, laugh and live. Real people living out real faith, in a real world, together. Pastorate and the Life Hubs are at the heart of our church community, and as St Matt’s grows, they help you not to get lost in the crowd. On a Wednesday morning, several members of both congregations meet for coffee, and midweek prayer and bible groups are also offered for those who prefer a more traditional form of service. On Tuesday mornings, a group meets from 7.30-8am at St Matt's for early morning prayer, and on alternate Thursday afternoons a group also meets for prayer at St Thomas' between 12 and 12.30pm. If you have any questions regarding any community meetings, do not hesitate to get in touch.
  • This involves both the financial and the practical. It’s good to begin by remembering that God is a gracious and generous God, and that every good and perfect gift comes from Him. The most generous, perfect, and good gift was when he ‘gave His only Son’. Regarding financial contribution. the Bible teaches to give ‘in keeping with your income’. We want to recognise that different members of the parish are in different financial situations, and if you want any advice or further information on giving please contact us. You can also give practically. Serving is so important in any community, and we should all do our part. There are so many ways that we can think of for you to serve at our churches, but we want to draw on your strengths, passions and gifts. So if there is any way in which you think you can serve, please get in touch.
  • As Christians and as a church we are called to be imitators of Christ; to be his disciples; to obey him – to see his life reproduced. Mentoring is part of the process of discipleship; Discipleship is centred on Jesus, learning to obey his teachings and the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is also discipleship happening on a 1-to-1 level. This is an opportunity for those who want to grow in their faith to be encouraged and challenged; to explore and be accountable. Your mentor will encourage you as you follow Jesus and become mature in him, help you to identify your gifts and strengths, help you identify and address weaknesses, encourage you to reflect upon your life; to set goals/plan and keep you accountable. If you are interested in being mentored or being a mentor, please see Peter and Victoria Jones.