Newsletter OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017

Dear Merewether friends,
throughout the newsletter you will find news of recent events and a reminder about the L’Arche film fundraiser on Thursday 26 October. Funds from this night are going towards the renovation of 180 Glebe Rd which began on 1 October and is progressing well.
I have collated the results for our congregation from the National Church Life Survey (see below). The results confirm who we are, what we value, how we relate to each other and the wider community and that we are growing! I am encouraged by these results and our recent survey. They both confirm Merewether UCA is a welcoming, accepting congregation focused beyond themselves. I am grateful for each one of you,
Peace,
Rev. Jennifer
0411 133 679
minister.merewetheruca@gmail.com

NATIONAL CHURCH LIFE SURVEY RESULTS
MOST VALUED:
Wider community care or social justice emphasis 52%
Practical care for one another in times of need 52%
Openness to social or cultural diversity 43%
Sharing in Holy Communion/the Eucharist/Lord’s Supper 33%
WANT TO GIVE ATTENTION TO:
Supporting social action and aid 48%
Ensuring new people are included 38%
Building a sense of community 33%
Encouraging people here to discover/use their gifts 33%
Note: Attenders could select up to three options so percentages may not add up to 100%.

CHURCH BACKGROUND and ATTENDANCE
56%have attended for more than 5 years & 44% are new arrivals to this local church in the past five years. 87% attend church worship services at least monthly
ESTIMATED CHURCH ATTENDANCE: In 2011- 15. In 2016-30
HOW PEOPLE RELATE TO GOD. 40% of attenders said that they had experienced much growth in faith in the previous 12 months. 40% spend time in prayer, bible reading, meditation everyday or most days
IMPORTANCE of GOD in people’s lives: “God is more important to me than almost anything else” 42% “God is the most important reality in my life” 33%
During church worship services here, 86% appreciate music, 68% experience growth in understanding of God, 68% are challenged to take action.
HOW PEOPLE RELATE TO EACH OTHER. 100% of people have a strong sense of belonging to this local church. 92% found it easy to make friends within this local church
HOW PEOPLE RELATE TO THE WIDER COMMUNITY
68% of people reach out to the wider community through activities of this local church. 64% of people participate in wider community groups

VISION, INNOVATION, LEADERSHIP CULTURE
52% of people are both aware of and strongly committed to the vision and goals or directions for this local church
64% agree that they would support the development of new initiatives in the ministry and mission of this local church
92% agree that this local church is always ready to try something new
54% are fully confident that this local church can achieve the vision, goals or directions set
42% of attenders perform a leadership or ministry role
82% agree that this local church has good and clear systems for how it operates
Attenders agree: 74% Leaders encourage me to find and use my gifts and skills to a great or some extent 91% Leaders take into account ideas of people here to a great or some extent 80% Leaders here inspire me to action