We are passionate about making connections between church and community life and the for the church to be able to see the whole community as its parish. It is important for people of the wider community to be able to get to know their local church – with its doors open wide, and to feel a sense of belonging. We are committed to go out through the open doors of the church – to share God’s love in the world through our words and actions. We recognise the need to build a culture of invitation, welcome and hospitality where all may be touched by the friendships they encounter and come to know the rich blessings of God.
We believe in a church which
- Invites, welcomes, accepts and serves people where they are along their journey of life and faith.
- Helps those who wish to explore the possibility of faith.
- Attempts to be scripturally faithful which means being open to the possibilities of challenge through the study of the Bible.
- Seeks to proclaim and be witnesses to Christ’s risen presence in the world with the help of the holy spirit.
- Is innovative and creative but recognises the importance of tradition.
- Helps to equip and recourse all Gods people of ministry.
We hope and pray that all who are invited and welcomed may grasp how wide and deep is the love of God and may grow as followers of Jesus. In the spirit of invitation and welcome, we believe in a church that does not discriminate on any level including economic power, gender difference, mental or physical disability, race or sexuality.
A Safer Church
The care and protection of children, young people and adults is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of our churches. Our commitments are as follows.
- To promote a safer environment and culture.
- To safely recruit and support all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults.
- To respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.
- To care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons.
- To respond to those that may pose a present risk.
- The Church communities of the team ministry seek to be Inviting, welcoming, friendly, loving and hospitable.
- We cater for both modern and traditional styles of worship.
- We expect all members of our community to practice compromise in relation to taste or tradition in worship and ways of being church.
The logo itself portrays an image of what looks like five tents. In other words, we are reminded within the logo, that the team ministry is not static, that we are on a pilgrimage of discovery – that, although there are grade one and two listed buildings within our benefice, we are not tied into the past and we seek to meet the needs, both spiritually and socially, for 21st century community life. To this end, we aim to be welcoming and hospitable, but we also hope that people will enjoy fellowship within the churches and feel a sense of belonging, indeed want to come back again and join us on the pilgrimage. The tents in the team logo also remind us of a bigger picture – that we have a building from God – not made with human hands but eternal in the heavens; in other words that God’s Kingdom is bigger and greater than our ancient buildings but at the same time that our places of worship are ‘fit for purpose’ and used as a base for the purposes of God’s mission.
Penistone & Thurlstone Team Ministry
1 Shrewsbury Road, Penistone, S36 7XY