St Peter’s Litchfield Park Vestry present sense of Mission & Vision
Mission Statement: Invite, Support, Encounter
Vision Description of living out our mission:
We invite people into relationship, to share their giftedness from God, and to share their gifts for service and leadership. We welcome and act in love with all people wherever they are in their journey of faith. We embrace the diversity of each person, knowing that we each are uniquely created as a child of God. We recognize the complexities, divisiveness and loneliness of our current society and seek that all people would know and experience God’s love. Christians come in all political and theological stripes. We all find unity in the politics and spirit of Jesus. We will be the hands and feet of Jesus to those we meet inside and outside our doors. We invite people we don’t know well to share hospitality in our homes, at church, and dining out. We invite people into service and leadership roles. We invite school families to discover our church community. We invite all children regardless of ability to pay to grow in our Montessori community.
We support one another as fellow members of Christ’s body; our Montessori School children and families, the community of Litchfield Park and the needs of the West Valley. We want to reconnect with those who have been impacted and isolated by the pandemic and strengthen our faith community. We honor the Indigenous Peoples of Arizona, all people of color, and those who identify in the LGBTQIA spectrum of orientation. We come alongside the underserved, those experiencing social injustice, or living below the poverty level in the West Valley, and we partner with others serving them. We support funding for global disaster relief through Episcopal Relief and Development and orphanages in Nigeria & Kenya. Over half of our congregation is involved in some kind of service ministry to others. Our school families are across the income spectrum, with vigorous scholarship programs as appropriate for access, with students of diverse backgrounds thriving in our learning community.
A joyful encounter with the Holy Spirit awaits us as we find a place of peace and commitment to reconciliation with all people at St. Peter’s. We pray that each person will encounter God’s love, divine purpose, and their own calling in the body of Christ at St. Peter’s. As we encounter more of God together, we engage to serve together for God’s glory and kingdom in heaven and on earth. We grow as learners, those engaged in following the spiritual path of Jesus. All our leaders are committed to a personal spiritual discipline to facilitate our ability to lead and serve as Spirit-led servant leaders of the Lord. We have many groups meeting to facilitate growth, sharing, support, and encounter with God.