Who we are
Vision and Values
Over the course of 2021 we spent time considering what our vision and values are. Our vision is to be: ‘All ages, all cultures, living together in Jesus’.
We have four values:
- Centred on Jesus: our lives are rooted in God’s Word, prayer and worship of him.
- A people of generous welcome: we listen to, learn from, and value all ages and cultures.
- Sent out: we share God’s Good News in our words and actions.
- A people of service: we live out God’s justice, compassion, and care for all creation.
For the next couple of years we have three areas of focus:
- Growth: in numbers, depth of relationship with God and each other, community engagement.
- Intercultural Worshipping Community: we are continuing to work on being an intercultural, intergenerational, missional church.
- Families: we want to help our children and families encounter God, serve families in the community, and work closer with Hope Hamilton and Kestrel Mead schools.
Vicar: Ed Down
Ordinand: Ailsa Hunt
Intercultural Worshipping Communities Enabler: Suzanne Hanson (currently on sick leave)
Churchwardens: Jude Donald and Clare Cole
PCC: Churchwardens (see above), Debbie Chaloner, Mayo Jolaoso, Wai-Wing Wan
- Members of the church act as Foundation Governors on the Local Governing Body and Members on the Board of Trustees
- There are regular visits to the school by members of the church
- Collective Worship on a Tuesday is led by Rev. Ed
- We work closely together to support members or families of the church and the community during times of need
- We pray for each other
- Members of the church enable the school to role model the Christian ethos and what it is like to be in a Christian community founded on love and acceptance
- The church upholds and supports the vision and values of the school
- The vicar fulfils an important pastoral role for children, staff and families
- Support the delivery of the RE curriculum and deepening children’s spirituality
- Enrichment activities e.g. Thy Kingdom Come week, attending school special events, support with prayer activities, holiday clubs, after school clubs, family events
The relationship between the church and school is supportive and mutually beneficial. The connection is widely valued and acknowledged by all members of the Hamilton community.
Fiona Brooks: Headteacher of Hope Hamilton School.