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Campton, All Saints version: 2

Our Details

Parish

Campton

Benefice

Campton, Clophill and Haynes

Deanery

Ampthill and Shefford

Archdeaconry

Bedford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    19/09/2016
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    18/11/2016
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    19/09/2017

Our Looking

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

  • As a PCC, in common with Haynes and Clophill we have resolved to offer suitable services of celebration and thanksgiving for couples living in the parish who have or who are about to form a same sex marriage.
  • One member of the congregation has trained as a Lay Leader of Worship.
  • Several members of the congregation (approximately eight) have in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Society trained to be Dementia Friends. We are a dementia friendly congregation.

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

  • The older members of the congregation are not so keen on study groups as they once were.
  • Two young families stationed at Chicksands who worshipped with us have been posted elsewhere, we miss them.

Things seen about our local community

  • Approximately 400 homes in the parish are situated outside of the base at Chicksands, the rest are within the perimeter fence. Most of those resident in the parish are serving members of HM Armed Forces or their dependents.
  • Good relationship with Campton Lower School, judged to be outstanding by OFSTED.
  • We do not have a shop or Post Office in the village. The church, pub and village (church) hall are the only community facilities.

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

  • Given the nature of the intelligence work undertaken at Chicksands it is necessarily a closed, security focussed community. It has its own chapel and part time Methodist chaplain. There are a great number of single people stationed here who are allowed home at weekends. As with all military bases their postings there rarely last more than a couple of years. Our welcome to LGBTQ people reflects our own commitment to inclusivity but recognises that HM Armed Forces are particularly committed to diversity and equality.
  • We have a monthly coffee morning which attracts many people from the village the majority of whom are not regular churchgoers.
  • The bell ringers train local young people to ring and have won regional and national competitions.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

As the Body of Christ at the heart of the village, committed to living the Gospel in an inclusive way in all our interactions with those who live here. As vibrant witnesses to the power of God's love for his world.

Current Situation

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

.... simply doing our best against a backdrop of diocesan and national decline. cf. https://www.churchofengland.org/media/3331683/2015statisticsformission.pdf

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • To enable the use of the church building as a resource for all who live here.
  • To maintain and enhance where possible the excellent relationship with the local lower school.
  • To encourage vocations to all forms of ministry.

Goals (for the next year)

  • To maintain the links with JITG at Chicksands.
  • To use the Oakley Room and the worship space in the church building for the benefit of the wider community.
  • To make welcome those living with dementia.
  • To explore the possibility of setting up a Messy Church group.
  • To set up a Knit and Natter group.
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