At Sittingbourne Saints we have a threefold mission; Up (connecting to God), In (connecting to each other) and Out (connecting to the world).
We remember this using the image of a triangle to remind us that all three must be held together in balance and focused on equally.
UP (connecting to God):
This is all about worship, prayer, praise, sharing Holy Communion, listening for God’s voice through the Bible and our daily experiences…
It is about being God-focused and prayerful.
Connecting to God was something Jesus never went a day without. It is what he expects of his people: the greatest commandment (part 1), is this “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
Before his departure, Jesus’ final (Great) Commission to his disciples at the end of Matthew (28): Go into all the world… teaching, making disciples and baptising… in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
IN (connecting to each other):
This is about community and being welcoming to each other, about friendships, discipleship, fellowship, teaching, sharing meals, tea and cake, home groups, Lent courses, Little Saints, choir, socials …
Connecting to each other was a part of daily life for Jesus’ disciples. He invested in close friendships, and expects it of his people: the greatest commandment (part 2) is to “love your neighbour as yourself”.
The Great Commission: Go into all the world, teaching, making disciples and baptising.
OUT (connecting to the world):
This is about mission, evangelism, justice, the town, people hearing good news/ finding faith, Alpha courses, Busy Bees, Lent lunches, Age Concern, school assemblies, civic service …
It is about being welcoming and outward-looking. When Jesus said “…love your neighbour as yourself”, he was asked, “and who is my neighbour?” His response was a story about a Samaritan – the ‘others’, the people ‘out there’ are our neighbours.
The Great Commission: Go into all the world…