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

Chalgrave, All Saints version: 2

Our Details

Parish

Chalgrave

Benefice

Toddington and Chalgrave

Deanery

Dunstable

Archdeaconry

Bedford

Dates

  • Previous MAP adopted by PCC
    21/03/2012
  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    26/09/2014
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    26/09/2014
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    30/09/2015

Our Looking

Things seen about our local community

  • Small rural community of two hamlets.
  • Many families go back generations, mostly working on the land.
  • People appreciate the church and want it there for baptisms, weddings & funerals, but don't necessarily want to be involved in its life or responsible for its future.

Three things we have seen about our church

  • We are welcoming and hospitable and eager to share our faith.
  • We are now open to change and ready to adapt to today's needs.
  • We have very limited financial resources and struggle to look after our well-loved ancient Grade 1 listed building.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

We would like to be known as a vital part of community life, building strong relationships and sharing our faith with generosity and joy.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Develop and grow our faith individually and together.
  • Share our faith in the village by being more visible in our worship, outreach and pastoral care.
  • Build stronger relationships with local people - taking the church out to them rather than expecting them to come to us; being more involved in village events.

Goals (for the next year)

  • To continue to re-introduce worship which is in tune with our traditional rural life, ie. Rogation tide, Lammas, animal / pet services of blessing.
  • Make greater use of beautiful churchyard by addressing conservation issues, ie. bee & insect populations, wild flower protection, and also offering it as a quiet garden and haven of peace.
  • Ensure we take part in village social life, ie. panto, fete, quiz nights, etc. PCC meetings to take place in The Plough whenever possible.
  • Take full advantage of learning opportunities offered locally and within diocese.
  • Use our church building more widely, offering it to the community as a venue for concerts and fundraising events, as well as promoting it as a place of historic interest.
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