Bedmond, Church of the Ascension version: 1
Previous MAP adopted by PCC
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Things seen about our local community
- Local residents positive about living in friendly villages & communities, although some concern about disruptive youth presence.
- Churches seen as a significant and valued part of the villages.
- No community forum/focal point in the villages (other than the churches).
Three things we have seen about our church
- Creative tension between different expectations of those who value tradition and those wanting to welcome newcomers.
- Many in the congregation are engaged in the communities and willing to engage in new ideas.
- Generosity of the churches within the communities and the parish within the local area.
Vision (for five years' time)
Our vision is to offer worship to God which nurtures Christians of all backgrounds and ages, which attracts and inspires newcomers, and encourages them on to the path of discipleship. We want to be able to communicate more effectively within the communities and within the congregations, providing teaching to build people's confidence in the Good News of God and to challenge the assumptions and anxieties of a secular age.
Priorities (for the next five years)
- To draw people, especially the regular congregations, deeper into worship.
- To bring more school families, baptism families and wedding couples into regular worship.
- To find ways of providing more for the needs of the elderly in the community.
Goals (for the next year)
- To improve confidence of those who take part in worship - readers, intercessors, servers, choir members, Sunday Sch leaders, etc
- To offer another course together with Langleybury - possibly 'Worship for Today' - & invite members of other churches.
- To look at the timing and type of services we offer.
- To reach out to the residential homes (eg offering friendship & leisure activities).
- To set up a working group to look at a possible extension to St Lawrence Church.