Our Vision and Values
At Huntingdon Parish we believe that our purpose is to share the love of Jesus across Huntingdon. We spent considerable time in 2022 thinking about how we can best do that. As part of our reflection, we have set out the values which we hold as a church. These are below.
In early 2023 we are following a sermon series which explores our values. In the first sermon in this series Jon, our Vicar, gave an overview of our values which you can watch below.
Huntingdon Parish Values
Christ-centred – we love God and seek to demonstrate our love of God and our faith in him by caring for those around us of all nationalities, economic and social backgrounds – in the name of Jesus.
Worship – we seek to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our mind, all our soul and all our strength.
Missional - all believers, irrespective of gender, nationality or background are called to share in the Missio Dei – the mission of God, to join with him in loving those around us and inviting them into the Kingdom. We are a priesthood of all believers.
Word and Spirit - we believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. We encourage openness to the power of the Holy Spirit and the exercise of the gifts of the Spirit.
Relationships – Positive relationships enable all the rest of the ministry to happen. Building positive relationships is foundational in all aspects of our ministry.
Accompanying – we are interested in people, and being with them on their journey, engaging with who they are and accepting them as they are rather than setting expectation of what we think they should be.
Nurturing – we need to invest in people’s growth, in all areas of their lives, but particularly nurturing faith development, appreciating the power of prayer and spirituality and seeking to grow in the fruit of the Spirit.
Empowerment – we want to show respect to those with whom we are in contact, support them taking responsibility for their lives, and build their confidence to access support for them to regain control over areas of their lives that might have felt hopeless.
Advocacy – we are committed to be advocates for the poor, the vulnerable and the oppressed.
Family* – the family is the primary support network for a child, so strengthening families will support healthy child development.
Community – there is a saying, "it takes a village to raise a child". It is so important to support the development of people’s networks. As their networks are extended, so too is their capacity to cope with new situations, as they have more people to turn to for support.
Intergenerational – we are called to be an example to other generations, and to tell other generations of what God has done for us. To do this, the generations need to interact.
*We recognise that ‘family’ can take many different forms depending on circumstances and affirm that all family units are valued.