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

Apsley End, St Mary version: 4

Our Details

Parish

Apsley End

Benefice

Langelei Team Ministry

Deanery

Hemel Hempstead

Archdeaconry

St Albans

Dates

  • Previous MAP adopted by PCC
    19/03/2012
  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    27/04/2014
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    25/06/2015
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    11/06/2016

Our Looking

Things seen about our local community

  • Loss of Apsley village community - now a dormitory of Hemel Hempstead.
  • Fragmentation of family life.
  • Significant new housing development - commuter population.

Three things we have seen about our church

  • Absence of 18-25 year olds but good number of young families
  • Changes in peoples' lifestyles.
  • Two successful initiatives – Saturday Café and Messy Church

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

A vibrant Christian community with a raised profile in Apsley and Nash Mills.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • St Mary's to become the centre of the new Apsley.
  • To help Apsley become a community once again.
  • To develop resources to enable 1. and 2. above to happen.

Goals (for the next year)

  • To host a community forum to help the church better understand and serve its community.
  • To produce an audit of church life and activities.
  • To explore the possibility of establishing a communications group.
  • To explore together with the congregation ways of developing home groups and other ways of Going Deeper Into God.
  • SMART goals’ progress 2014-15 – Monthly Messy Church well-established; various fundraising events with church and community focus; continuation of events/services in the community e.g. carol singing outside Sainsbury’s, in local pub, in newly opened care home and occasional eucharists in church school; various nurture programmes – PILGRIM course, Lent film course, 5 adults preparing for confirmation and annual Quiet Day at Douai Abbey.
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