Vision for Greyfriars and New Hope
God has placed us in the heart of Reading – a key population centre in the UK, which is growing in its stature as a hub for business, education and transport. Whilst Reading is now home to the largest concentration of information and communications technology companies in the UK, it also has some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the whole of the Thames valley.
Greyfriars and New Hope have a heritage of proclaiming the Gospel and serving the poor and disadvantaged. The poor includes those living on the streets and those in poverty, but also the poor in spirit – those who hide behind the comforts of financial security, who need the Good News of Jesus. Our call is to build on that heritage, to step into the purpose God has for us now.
The vision for Greyfriars and New Hope is to see Reading changed by the love and power of Jesus – including those in business, those studying at University and schools, the lonely, the poor and the needy. We are here to take the message of Jesus out to Reading, so that lives are changed and those who hear the Gospel come to know and put their trust in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
Our Vision involves us focusing on three things
Resourcing our people through teaching, preaching, pastoral work, and theological study. All that we do is founded on prayer and worship and we will equip our congregation so they are constantly growing in their faith in Jesus.
We exist as a church to reach out to those who live and work alongside us, to proclaim the Gospel, to serve the poor, to meet the needs of our town and to show the love of Jesus to those in Reading and beyond. We can’t do this on our own, so we partner with different organisations and churches to fulfil God’s purposes in Reading.
Part of our unique calling, thanks to our location and our people, is to resource the wider church through sending teams, sharing expertise, church planting and sharing resources. We do this with a spirit of generosity. Our primary call is to do this here in Reading, but it also includes overseas mission.