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

Bedford, St John the Baptist version: 1

Our Details

Parish

Bedford, St John and St Leonard

Benefice

Bedford, St John and St Leonard

Deanery

Bedford

Archdeaconry

Bedford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    12/03/2014
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    31/03/2015

Our Looking

Things seen about our local community

  • Growth in numbers because of increased building plans in the borough
  • Growth in diversity of culture and language
  • Growth in economic difficulties, unemployment, etc.

Three things we have seen about our church

  • Decline in church membership and changing commitment levels
  • New culture of sharing God's work in our lives
  • Focus on sharing God's love in our parish so that we are seen to be relevant

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

As the local church which reaches out with God's love into the community and lives out its vision statement of: Showing Love, Giving Hope, Bringing Peace.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Continue to use our church sites to attract, support and encourage our local community
  • Extend our presence in the parish so that we are seen and known as a vibrant community with Jesus at the centre
  • Maintain and strengthen our partnership with other churches in Bedford, becoming a beacon of light and salt for all

Goals (for the next year)

  • Through a series of sermons on 'Chosen' reinforce our sense of calling individually and corporately
  • Actively support the outreach work at Faraday Square through prayer, resourcing and forward planning
  • At St Leonard's hold a regular Youth Outreach during school holiday periods, building on community contacts
  • As a church, to inform, encourage and support participation in both local and national HOPE 2014 activities
  • Encourage all church members to think about our giving to mission in the parish and elsewhere - prayer & discussion
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