The Tolladine mission was launched in 2009 following a joint decision by the three PCCs whose Parishes touch on the Tolladine area.
The mission’s values encompass Love, Compassion, Justice and Freedom. We believe that God’s love is for all people and therefore have an ‘open door’ policy (literally for the church) and accept all people especially children. We believe that God’s love for the world is revealed in his creation, which therefore demands reverence. We respect the spiritual experiences of all who engage with us and seek to bring them alongside the Gospel. We work ecumenically.
We have received funding from the Church Commissioner to explore experimentally different ways of engaging with people, especially young people, who might have viewed the church with suspicion.
Over the years around 40 children and young people have come to an understanding of the value of the Christian message. Some have been baptised and some confirmed. As they mature into teenagers, they continue to return at key moments in their lives. They have all come to understand the liturgy of the Eucharist, and many participate in leading it.
On Sunday afternoons we regularly bring together a broad spectrum of local people from toddlers to great grandmothers for a church event involving craft work, prayer, a shared meal and games.
We offer an opportunity to all the people of Tolladine to come to experience the Gospel in ways that are meaningful for them. We have found that opportunities for mutual sharing of spiritual experiences occur best when people are engaged in a communal activity. We offer many such opportunities ranging from litter picking to meditation. We celebrate the seasons of Christian year. We offer hospitality and the sharing of food.