From Survival to Abundant Life
A Glimpse into where the community of Fairfield United Church is headed
The Vision – a sacred, authentic and inclusive Christian community where spiritual lives are deepened so that individuals and the congregation of Fairfield United will engage the world and their lives with strength, faith, hope and joy.
We are called to this by God:
a) to serve people – in this time of rapid disruption a sacred community of Christian faith can support individuals to live with strength, faith, hope and joy and to provide a platform for action in and with the broader community;
b) to develop and sustain a (United) Church presence in the Fairfield community.
The community of Fairfield United Church is growing, spiritually and as a community. We are at the stage where we need to become more intentional about our direction, roles and responsibilities.
During the summer, your Council and leadership have been working to identify key areas, activities and outcomes which are strategic to our health and growth.
The identified areas include:
- Spiritual Deepening
- Decision-making and administration
- Community Relationships
- Congregational Growth
- Finances and Stewardship
Within each key area strategic goals and particular outcomes were identified. The list was extensive and varied. Here are the priorities for the next six months.
Staffing To be responsive in our staffing plan to support the growth and changes needed to carry out the work of the church. Ongoing
Community Relationships To partner in hosting celebrations that involve the Fairfield community: Easter Egg Hunt (great success), Summer Solstice Family Dance, Fall Fairfield Gonzales Fair, Animal Blessing, Cook St. Street Festival. Ongoing
Facilities To listen to the congregation’s needs, wants and desires for our new home. Present to the congregation May 5 2019.
Community Relationships/Finances and Stewardship To seek funding to explore further the possibilities of partnering with James Bay United Church, June 2019.
Facilities/Communication/ Decision-making and administration To complete our move out of the church, and to find storage for needed items and furniture, June 2019.
Decision-making and administration/Communication To decommission the church. Late Spring-Early Summer
Congregational Growth/Finances and Stewardship To establish a fund-raising committee whose goal is to develop a cohesive fund-raising strategy September 2019.
Congregational Growth/Finances and Stewardship/Community Relationships To attract business partners/leaders who share our vision of giving back to the Fairfield community who are ready, willing and prepared to engage in the business activities necessary to create a business plan for reintegration into our new space. September/October 2019
- To establish a vibrant, flexible, accessible, respectful culture within the Council
- To foster interactive communication between the Council and the congregation
- To approve the 2019 budget by December 2018
- To move congregational systems towards STABILITY by formulating clear processes and lines of accountability. To develop further communication systems that operate with transparency and predictability
- To revise and update contracts
- To develop “Letters of Understanding” with many of the community organizations with which we are in partnership, e.g. Fairfield-Gonzales Community Organization; Moss St. Market; Greater Victoria Acting Together (GVAT); Schools, Our Place Society, etc.
- To partner in hosting four major celebrations that would involve the Fairfield community: Blessing of the Animals; Christmas Eve; an Easter egg hunt; an event to be determined
- To seek funding to explore further the possibilities of our initial efforts with missional work in our community such as the Women, Wine and Wisdom project
- To establish and train a Hospitality Group that will lead us to become a more intentional and skilled welcoming community
- To encourage spiritual deepening through relationship and partnerships that help us to define our call in the neighbourhood
- To develop comfort with at least two specific spiritual disciplines so that matters of the spirit become deeply integrated into each dimension of congregational life, including the practices of decision-making
- To become even more intentional about the possibilities, challenges and use of various communication platforms
- To be strategic with financial resources and volunteer time.