The Diocese of Exeter is encouraging all churches to form new Mission Communities, to take forward the Gospel message and the work of the church. The Church of St Luke in Countess Wear Road was originally part of the parish of Topsham, so there was good historical precedent for linking the two parishes. The Mission Community of Topsham and Countess Wear, comprising St Margaret’s Topsham and St Luke’s Countess Wear was formally commissioned by the Diocese in 2010.
OUR VISION: To witness to the Gospel, through worship and fellowship, prayer and teaching, pastoral care and services to the community.
MISSION ACTION PLAN – click here to download.
The creation of a new Mission Community is a great opportunity to bring together talents, experience and energy to the advantage of both parishes. Examples of joint working include:
- monthly joint worship
- prayer ministry
- home groups & bible study groups
- outreach and mission
- shared social events
The Mission Community offers a powerful and visual affirmation of the unity of purpose to which God is calling both parishes. It recognises the movement in the wider church towards every member ministry, as the mismatch between clergy numbers, church finances and ever-increasing need continues to grow. With the fall in the number of stipendiary clergy available to the diocese it is no longer possible to have a vicar in each parish, but with the help of retired clergy and lay ministry we have maintained our pattren of services in each parish. There are many challenges, but we believe that it is a journey of faith that we are called to make together.
For more information please contact us.