St. Thomas Epicopal Church
 
S.W.E.E.P.
 

What is the mission of the Church?  The Episcopal Church’s definition of mission is set forth clearly in the Catechism of The Book of Common Prayer (p. 855)

Q.

What is the mission of the Church?

A.

The mission of the Church is to restore all people to
unity with God and each other in Christ.

   

Q.

How does the Church pursue its mission?

A.

The Church pursues its mission as it prays and
worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice,
peace, and love.

   

Q.

Through whom does the Church carry out its mission?

A.

The church carries out its mission through the ministry
of all its members.

In order to perpetually and honestly evaluate the mission of St. Thomas Episcopal Church, we utilize the S.W.E.E.P. model.  This is very effective because it ties us to our Baptismal Covenant; holding us accountable, both individually and collectively, to living out our vows that were witnessed by God and others.

Service:                Candidates for Baptism are asked; “Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?”  The Christian community engages in SERVICE because it is called to serve all humankind as brothers and sisters in Christ.  As Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Worship:              Candidates are asked in the Baptismal Covenant, “Will you continue…in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers?”  The congregation in its WORSHIP declares its praise and glory to God.  Our worship involves offering ourselves to God so that we might be transformed and empowered to do His will.

Evangelism:         At Baptism we are asked, “Will you proclaim by word and example the Good
News of God in Christ?”
 Declaring the Good News of Jesus by word and deed for all to experience is a basic task for the Christian community of faith.

Education:            The Christian promises to, “continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship.”  EDUCATION undergirds this commitment.  Educational efforts in the Church help to strengthen the community of faith, and equip members to serve in various ministries.

Pastoral Care:      Our Baptismal covenant calls us to, “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?”  We are to honor and nurture one another, and care for one another through life’s entire journey.

These are the promises we made at Baptism; promises that we vowed to keep “with God’s help.”  The question now must be, “how are we doing in these areas of ministry?”  We are dedicated to offering worship, ministries, and service opportunities that will address each of these vital aspects that constitute St. Thomas Episcopal Church.


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