Developing the Mission
of the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury
The Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury has had a prominent place in the history of this region, and of our nation. As a Church established before 1732, we have been around for a long time by American historical standards, and we continue to take a leading role in worship, ministry, and justice for our community.
A deep sense of Ecumenical and Interfaith connectedness also guides us. Since 1957, we have been partnered with the Monmouth Reform Temple, which began by sharing our sanctuary space. To this day, we alternate the annual Thanksgiving service with the Temple (photo is of joint service at the temple), and enjoy a strong personal relationship.
Here are some past highlights:
A Heritage Celebration and Conversation. This follow ed our Outside Worship, in the grove just outside the Fellowship Hall. Over a fine brunch, we had conversations about those memories and events that, for each of us, uniquely represent the best of PCAS at ministry over many years.
A People of Salt and Light – a series of four-session, in-home small group Bible Studies that focused on what it means to be Christ’s People called to bring “spice” and “illumination” to our community and world. This provided congregational input for the Mission Study process.
Online Survey - Church Leaders (Elders, Deacons, Mission Study Team) took an online survey to see what values and directions guide our sense of calling to ministry as a congregation. This info was collated by CPD and be the focus of conversation for a follow-up meeting of leaders.
November – Congregational Vision Event – Around worship and a common meal, the Congregation will discuss where our Interim Journey has taken us, and what excites us about the future God plans for PCAS.
November – Leadership Retreat – the Elders, Deacons, and Mission Study Team pulled all of the foregoing events together, along with demographics provided through the Presbytery, to identify priorities and ministry focus into our 2018 Mission Statement.