CHARTING OUR FUTURE WITH CHRIST
For the past eight months our Christ Church Deer Park has been working diligently to set a creative and faith-centered direction for its future. The results are twelve initiatives and a new Vision/Mission statement. As we grow and develop this community, the planning work of these months will be our guiding principles.
As disciples of the risen Christ, we strive to follow his great commandments — to love God and our neighbour. We express that love, deepen our faith, and grow our community through worship, caring for one another, and by acts of service to our neighbourhood and the wider world.
VALUES (guides for our behaviour)
- Diversity and inclusion
- Exploration and questioning
- Welcoming, affirming, safe
- Joy and celebration, empathy and compassion
- Embracing change, grounded in Anglican tradition
AREAS OF FOCUS (that support achievement of our vision/mission)
Community Life at CCDP: We are an intentional community hub working inclusively and compassionately in small groups and on projects to express our faith through varied activities and interests such as the arts, theology, and social and educational events.
Worship and the Life of Prayer: Our worship is a Christ-centered experience where people feel like full participants, offered in an informal setting where everyone can grow as disciples and encounter the living God.
Teaching and Learning: Actively engaged in relevant, non-dogmatic conversation and Christian spiritual exploration.
Compassionate Care: We are not alone: compassionate care involves us all.
Outreach and Social Justice/Living the Gospel in Action: We the parishioners of CCDP will serve society's marginalized and future generations by challenging ourselves beyond our comfort zones to create a better world by working with and engaging with people of all faiths/races/gender/orientation/creeds, etc.
Sharing Faith with Others: As individuals, we exist to connect people with God — enabling them to grow their faith in a safe place