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

Cardington, St Mary version: 5

Our Details

Website

http://www.elstow-abbey.org.uk/welcome/cardington.html

Parish

Cardington

Benefice

Elstow Team Ministry

Deanery

Bedford

Archdeaconry

Bedford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    18/07/2016
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    28/09/2016
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    31/07/2017

Our Looking

Things seen about our local community

  • The population is living longer with associated health needs.
  • New housing developments.
  • Increasing numbers of families with diminishing income.

Three things we have seen about our church

  • New housing developments generating new families in the congregation.
  • Significant deterioration in the health and income of a number of our core congregation.
  • Greater co-operation within the benefice and other churches sharing resources.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

The parish we serve is a mix of rural and urban areas; we strive to continue to go deeper into God's love; we hope to become actively involved in transforming the community around us; also to encounter new disciples in St Mary's ministry.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • To establish St Mary's Church as a community resource - focus for the extended community.
  • To be responsive and supportive of the needs of the parishioners.
  • To continue to develop the church's ministry within the neighbouring community.

Goals (for the next year)

  • To continue the work establishing the Memorial Garden. The Memorial Garden Sub Committee to establish a formal Memorial Garden within St Mary's closed churchyard.
  • To continue the monthly Soup Lunch for both the congregation and the neighbouring community.
  • To continue St Mary's quest to expand its' ministry within the local parish and beyond.
  • The choir continues to be used outside the parish and within. Visits to Care Homes and outside events.
  • Greater co-operation within the benefice: Social Thursday, Soup Lunch and Tuesday Youth Club.
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities