Our Vision

A Vision for Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church

The Vision Statement:

Our vision is to be a Bible-based, Christ-centered, Anglican tradition congregation that earnestly seeks (1) to grow in our maturity as disciples of Jesus Christ; (2) to become more effective in leading people to faith in Christ; (3) to become a church that sends out disciples of Christ into ministry; and (4) to embody Christ more visibly in our community. To fulfill this vision, Prince George will focus on five areas – Learning, Loving, Worshiping, Serving, and Proclaiming Jesus.

Five Emphases:

1. A Learning Church: Prince George is committed to in-depth study of scripture, Christian theology, and church doctrine as foundational to all we do as a Bible-based congregation

2. A Loving Church: We are committed to loving one another with God’s love, to praying for one another, to helping one another in times of need and to celebrating with one another in times of joy.

3. A Worshiping Church: Prince George is committed to growing in our passion, discipleship, joy and intimacy with the Lord through times of corporate worship and individual devotions.

4. Serving Church: Prince George is committed to giving our financial and personal resources to help needy or vulnerable people in our community and beyond our state and nation, always in the context of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ

5. A Proclaiming Church: Prince George is committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed as we witness to God’s grace and love and Christ’s redeeming sacrifice to one another, to friends and neighbors, and to people we encounter in ministry.

The Strategic Plan: Translating the Five Emphases into Plans of Action

Within five years, we hope to see the following major initiatives become operational as the presence of the Holy Spirit empowers the staff and congregation to embody Christ in word, thought, and deed. To prepare for the vision to unfold, a core group of 12 members of the congregation will participate in the first of annual immersion experiences of study, prayer, service, and proclaiming the Gospel. These annual immersion experiences will equip active laypersons to serve with the staff both in implementing the initiatives below and in fostering a more pervasive indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the congregation.

1. A Learning Church: Prince George is committed to in-depth study of scripture, Christian theology, and church doctrine as foundational to all we do as a Bible-based congregation

a. Bible Study (men, women, couples)

b. Sunday Adult Education Programs

c. Diocesan Church Women (DCW) programs

d. Weekday Book Study (men, women, couples)

e. Youth groups and Tweeners Groups

f. Children’s Sunday School

g. Vacation Bible Study

h. Home Prayer and Discussion Groups

i. Dioceses Conferences (men, women, families)

j. Immersion programs for in-depth study and discipleship

2. A Loving Church: We are committed to loving one another with God’s love, to praying for one another, to helping one another in times of need and to celebrating with one another in times of joy.

a. A broad variety of Fellowship Dinners at Church

b. Small group monthly dinners at homes

c. Home prayer and discussion groups

d. Monthly Breakfast between 9AM and 11 AM Service

e. Prime Timers (70+) monthly luncheon

f. Shepherd’s Ministry or Outreach ministry to congregation members in need or crisis

g. Funeral Guild Ministry (providing food and support to congregation members who lose a loved one)

h. Men’s quarterly Steak Dinner

i. Women’s quarterly heavy hors d’oeuvres evening event

3. A Worshiping Church: Prince George is committed to growing in our passion, discipleship, joy and intimacy with the Lord through times of corporate worship and individual devotions.

a. An evening service which includes increased opportunity for worship in song, prayer,

including prayer teams, the operation of the gifts of the Spirit, and fellowship

b. Instruction, encouragement and prayer for increased participation in worship on

Sunday mornings, including most singing – and for private devotional practice

c. Development of an “every Sunday” worship culture/ethos

4. Serving Church: Prince George is committed to giving our financial and personal resources to help needy or vulnerable people in our community and beyond our state and nation, always in the context of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ (examples below are illustrative of potential outreach ministries):

a. Continued financial support of several outreach ministries in our community and the Diocese of South Carolina

b. Local project or partner with local organization in a consistent outreach project with a potential focus on the West End neighborhood

c. Outreach ministry to youth such as a mentoring program at Prince George or possibly a Tara Hall Men’s Ministry (a group of men spend one night a month eating with the boys at Tara Hall followed by Bible study and mentoring)

d. Men’s Fix-Up Ministry (monthly Saturday Habitat-type fix up of houses in the area)

e. Mission projects (team goes outside the area – including out-of-the country – on a service ministry)

5. A Proclaiming Church: Prince George is committed to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed as we witness to God’s grace and love and Christ’s redeeming sacrifice, to one other, to friends and neighbors, and to people we encounter in ministry (examples below are illustrative of potential proclaiming ministry).

a. Concerted effort by staff and congregation to invite friends and neighbors to attend worship or Bible study or social functions as evangelism outreach

b. All outreach ministry and service projects will include witnessing to God’s grace and proclaiming the Gospel

c. Offering a worship service beyond our sanctuary, perhaps at Morningside Home or a downtown location

d. Adding a proclaiming element to the Plantation Tours