The underlying vision for St Tom’s for almost 20 years is based on an understanding of a ‘sacred district’ that is defined by the shape and layout of the biblical tabernacle or temple, with four constituent parts:

Our personal encounter with Jesus and one another is the heart of the church, and is understood as the
‘Holy of Holies’.

The different gatherings of the Church represent the
‘Holy Places’ for our community to likewise encounter Jesus, through His people,

The church serves the community within the
‘Outer Courts’ of everyday Parish life.
Additionally, the church supports the mission of Jesus, through establishing trusted partnerships with those called to the serve outside the Parish, defined as the

This temple ‘shape’ is summed up by the mission ‘strapline’ for St. Toms’ of
“knowing Jesus better and making Him better known”. This is the underlying vision that underpins day-to-day church ministry at St Tom’s and also continues to inform our 3-year pMAP cycle.

We strive to achieve this vision through being a welcoming, thriving and growing Christian family that is visible and active in our local community. We recognise God's power to transform our lives and the lives of people who live in our two villages, through the Holy Spirit. This vision continues to inform our ministry through our

• ‘know Jesus better’ - growing in God through our prayer life, deepening our knowledge and understanding of scripture through Bible study, worship and times of fellowship; and to

• ‘make Jesus better known’ - in imaginative and creative ways, through a strong focus on outreach and community involvement actively seeking opportunities to love and serve our neighbours. We believe in living out our faith through action, through seeing spiritual gifts released. Alongside our own outreach, we continue to support local Christian mission-orientated charities (Miracle Street, Ark Eastleigh, Eastleigh Basics Bank, CAP Eastleigh debt centre and Bishopstoke, Fair Oak and Horton Heath Street Pastors and School Pastors) and international mission partners in France, Burundi and Israel through prayer, giving and physical help for those in need.

Applying the theological insights gained from looking at this way of the mission of extending God's Kingdom, we also were greatly influenced by Bishop Tom Wright – Canon Theologian at St. Andrew's, Edinburgh – when he spoke at the Winchester Diocesan Conference "Living the Mission of Jesus" at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick in September 2013 where he confirmed the temple as a key theological paradigm for the Mission of God through the church. Please spend a moment hearing an extract of his presentation in the video to your left.