DISCOVERING OUR CHURCH AT IT’S BEST
On January 28th, 2018, Calvary Episcopal Church met for over 4 hours to complete the process of connecting as a parish community and providing feedback on the strengths that Calvary has as a Parish, and what Calvary envisions as a future for our church in Christ name. The event was a culmination of a joint partnership between the Way of St Paul team, the Discernment Team, our Vestry Leadership and our Interim Priest, Drew Kadel. The hosted conversation resulted in the following affirmation for Calvary’s identity and future:
Calvary Episcopal Church’s Core Essence is …expressed through the Joy We Feel as a Parish Family, worshiping God and Jesus together with Music and the Book of Common Prayer, welcoming and supporting new members of our community in God’s name.
Calvary Episcopal Church’s Wishes and Dreams…are to continue to grow our congregation through confidence in our mission as a church in our larger community, with ever increasing faith and spiritual leadership of our Parish Leadership.
Calvary Episcopal Church’s Stories…are filled with moments that include sharing multi-generational fellowship events, showing Calvary’s faith in our float in the holiday parade and or giving back through our community outreach like our participation in the Crop Walk.
DETAILS ON THE CORE ESSENCE OF CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Joy in our Parish Family
Worship – Liturgy & Music
Friendly & Welcoming
Engage Members in Ministry & Worship
People are Welcomed and Not Judged
Sharing God’s Love
Sharing Excitement of Being
Welcomed with Outside Community
Being Something Bigger Than Ourselves
Book of Common Prayer – Gives Shared Community
Providing Structure & Guidance
WISHES AND DREAMS
Become More Confident in Our Mission
Grow Our Congregation
Priest to Provide Spiritual Leadership
Priest to Listen and Be There For All Manner and Ages of People
Cropwalk Where Calvary Shined as a Parish Who Made Others Excited to be Part of It
Sense of History and Humor
9/11 Service on 2001 ESP Feeling of Support
Coming Together When Needed
Halloween: Christmas Parade – Celebrating Who We Are with An Outward Face
Order of St Luke with Prayer for Healing
Active Social Programs Captured Group Spirit
Confirmations – Participation with Diocese Reflection on Diversity in Episcopal Church
This feedback will be used to both shape our Discernment Process and also to provide key feedback to the Vestry on our plan going forward for Calvary’s future.