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

Bourne End, St John version: 3

Our Details

Contact Name

John Marshall

Website

www.stjohns-bourne-end.org.uk

Parish

Bourne End

Benefice

Sunnyside with Bourne End

Deanery

Berkhamsted

Archdeaconry

St Albans

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    17/09/2014
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    07/10/2014
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    31/01/2016

Our Looking

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

  • Lent lunches have been established and are well received with an average attendance this year of 15

    Enjoying Lent Lunch

    5th April 2017; Parish Room, St John's Bourne End; sharing a simple meal of soup and bread followed by a Lent Reflection.

    Which Living God's Love theme do you think it represents?

    Going Deeper Into God


  • Re-established contact with Westbrook Hay School and they have visited the church for two Christmas concerts.
  • Second Sunday at Six (SS@Six) has settled into a format of informal services, both communion and evening prayer and is a positive way to explore new orders of worship.

    Informal Evening Service

    10th July 2016; St John's Bourne End; SS@Six; Informal Worship

    Which Living God's Love theme do you think it represents?

    Going Deeper Into God


What Goals did you set where you saw less progress than you would have liked?

  • The website has not been maintained or updated regularly as it is no longer fit for purpose. A new one is in the process of being designed.

Things seen about our local community

  • The lack of children is still an issue and it was suggested that an occasional event, e.g. messy church, could be organised to invite them in.
  • New housing is in the pipeline - 45 in Bourne End Lane and about 1100, 600 of which might be in the parish. The Village Association is very separate from the church which is a shame in such a small community.
  • The churchyard plan is in need of checking and updating as it is quite difficult to locate the position of available burial sites. Seating in the churchyard would be appreciated and there is a possibility of writing a "churchyard trail".

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

  • Each road is prayed for during the course of six months. One road each month. A prayer-board in the church porch is quite well-used. A quarterly newsletter from the church goes to every house in the village.
  • Awareness of the implications of new houses in the parish and potential new church members.
  • Church members will be encouraged to take part in more village activities, such as quiz evenings and carol singing. This will require better communication.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

We would like to see more people from the parish coming to the church so that the church was seen more as part of the village. We would like our new incumbent to be more part of the community. We would like more diversity and development of our service formats and a return to the occasional informal Morning Service.

Current Situation

From our Parish Statistics for Mission, we see that we are / have...

From our parish statistics we see that we have maintained our numbers (no increase or decrease although there are now more people from outside the parish attending) and this gives a stable platform on which to build.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Spirituality - encourage people to engage with new aspects of spirituality and forms of worship.
  • Community - the church to become more "of the parish" - the centre of the life of the community.
  • Mission - to reach out to the expanding community as the new housing is built.

Goals (for the next year)

  • As a church, to take part in more village activities.
  • Improve communication by developing a new website; better communication with the Village Association and set up church social media, e.g. facebook, and training for the congregation in the use of these.
  • Finish tidying up the graveyard, sort out occupancy, put in a bench, make the churchyard more user-friendly and write a trail.
  • Introduce new orders of service for different types of service (e.g. Morning Prayer and Communion) and occasions throughout the year (e.g. Easter, Christmas, etc.).
  • Explore opportunities for prayer. Open the church once a month for prayer and re-introduce prayer ministry after the services.
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