Pastoral Letter and Vision Statement

A PASTORAL LETTER FROM TWO OF OUR ELDERS

 

“Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)

 

As discussed in last month’s newsletter, change can be unsettling but it can also be a positive experience.

On Sunday 3rd March, the members of both Hoole Methodist Church and Hoole United Reformed Church voted in favour of becoming one new church together by forming an LEP (Local Ecumenical Partnership).

As Easter approaches with its promises of hope and renewal, this is indeed a new beginning for us all. There will be challenges ahead but with fairness, kindness and grace an energised new church should emerge, ready to better serve the community of Hoole.

Both churches have been very brave in their decision making. They have taken a leap of faith in choosing what they feel God is asking of us. A real reflection of the Easter Message.

 

Easter Feeling

The Easter feeling does not end.

It signals a new beginning,

Of nature, spring and brand-new life,

And friendship, peace and giving.

The spirit of Easter is all about Hope, Love and Joyful Living.

Lorraine and Sophia

 

 

Hoole URC and Methodist Churches

ONE CHURCH FOR HOOLE

On Sunday 3rd March 2019 both congregations agreed very favourably (over 70%) to Hoole United Reformed Church and Hoole Methodist Church forming a Local Ecumenical Partnership to become one Pastorate, to better serve the community in Hoole. The URC building and site is deemed to be the most suitable location with some possible alterations. Transformation will take considerable time, certainly not this year, maybe hopefully completed by 2020. In the meantime we will continue getting to know each other and deepen our relationship.

 

Our vision:

That we should worship God with the whole of our lives, always keeping in mind the Five Marks of Mission

1. Proclaim the good news of the kingdom.

2. Teach, baptise and nurture new believers.

3. Respond to human need by loving service.

4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society.

5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth.

We seek to achieve this by:

Our worship of God, whom we know in Jesus Christ, through what happens each Sunday and throughout the week.

Service and witness and our involvement in the local and wider community.

Our growth in faith.

Our quality of life as a Christian family.