Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage
Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage

Aldbury, St John the Baptist version: 2

Our Details



Tring Team Parish


Tring (Team Ministry)




St Albans


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Our Looking

What progress have you made with the Goals from your previous MAP, and what do you want to celebrate?

  • We are an active, lively, thriving but small village church. The congregation cares about the building, the community, their faith, and each other.
  • As a church community we are getting younger. We put a lot of effort into encouraging young families and young people with Worship for All being a real strength especially with the Junior Choir. We need to keep a balance between the traditional (which has fed our established members) and the new to encourage others to join. It is expected that there will be children at every service including BCP
  • The link with Aldbury School remains a crucial part of our identity.

Things seen about our local community

  • They are both predominantly affluent, middle class and well educated with very high house prices. There is a cyclic pattern of young families (Stoney croft currently has many) however there are no facilities of any kind for preschool children in either community. There is no mother and toddler group (secular or church) and there is no preschool. Aldbury and Tring Station are adjacent communities with separate identities but which hold some things in common (eg Parish Magazine, Parish Council etc). Aldbury often features in lists of villages to visit / 10 ten villages. It is a tourist attraction and a film venue.
  • There remains a good community spirit, with the church seen as being central to events such as May Day and Carols on the Green. In Tring Station the TSRA work hard at building community and use the Iron Room which is owned by the church for community events. However behind this façade there is another proportion of the population which does not get involved in any of the community life, including a more transient community of people who move in and move out again without anyone having got to know them. There are also more holiday homes.
  • The school remains very small but is growing again. There was a new head teacher in 2015. An increased number of the children do not come from the village and parents don’t have the same attitude to community events or don’t want to come back into the village for extra events.

How have you begun to engage with these concerns / needs / issues?

  • We have started a toddler group in the church twice a month. This will not be worship, more a service to the village community.
  • Focus on the church as a place of welcome to all within the community (including the many tourists who visit). Drawing up plans to redevelop the area as you enter the church to make it more engaging.
  • Develop the links between Worship for All and the School. School find readers, intecessors and practice the hymns in week before the service.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

“A church at the heart of the local community and open to all”

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • To focus on being an inclusive church that provides worship for a broad range, especially focusing on: a. Services that are appealing to those who do not already regularly worship b. Services that appeal to all ages, including making provision for pre-school children.
  • To focus on our welcome, especially to: a. newcomers to the community b. those who visit the church in times of need c. tourists who visit the church
  • Serve the local community and involve them in the life of their church

Goals (for the next year)

  • Produce a variety of welcome literature a. Develop a welcome pack to give to all new members of the community b. Develop prayer resources and welcome information for those who visit the church c. Maintain a database of contact addresses of both the church community and the wider village community to better invite them to services and to inform them about what the church actually does. d. Review what is said about St John the Baptist on the parish website e. Be more structured in our approach to communication through Outlook
  • Form a pastoral team a. Identify a group to receive appropriate training from the diocese's lay ministry courses b. Come up with terms of reference for a pastoral committee to give clear purpose for the group c. Identify individuals to be “street wardens” and to give out welcome packs to new neighbours / distribute invitations to special events d. Identify individuals to be responsible for maintaining contact with baptism, wedding and funeral families.
  • Greater engagement with local community a. Involve the wider community in our Mission / Charity activities and give them the opportunity to join us in our service to wider world b. Involve the community in the maintenance of the churchyard c. Plan a service (at least once a year) which taps into what is going on in the world / community in the same way that the WW1 commemoration did.
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