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

Chorleywood, St Andrew version: 4

Our Details

Parish

Chorleywood, St Andrew

Benefice

Chorleywood, St Andrew

Deanery

Rickmansworth

Archdeaconry

St Albans

Dates

  • Previous MAP adopted by PCC
    07/04/2014
  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    29/04/2015
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    30/04/2015
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    31/03/2016

Our Looking

Things seen about our local community

  • Ours is a relatively affluent, privileged area, populated by people who are (apparently at least – see below) financially successful; and who express strong commitment to community life and facilities. Walking around the town during the day might suggest our local demographic is predominantly white middle aged or white retired. However, ONS statistics show more varied age and ethnic mix across our local area, which is more readily evident in schools, among rush hour station commuters, and in some geographical areas within our community.
  • This is a relatively affluent area, but financial problems do exist, sometimes to a catastrophic degree, and often hidden below the surface. So too are many relationship issues. This is reflected in concerns expressed by key contacts in our local community, including: impact of ongoing economic uncertainty; high level of family breakdown; growing gap in understanding between parents and teenagers around problematic issues young people encounter; need for more activities and facilities for teenagers; changing needs of pre-school children and parents, and of an ageing population.
  • There are several thriving churches in this area. Our own church has a long history of a high profile presence, and a few in our community hold (mixed) views about our church, Christians, and Christianity based on previous history and reputation.

Three things we have seen about our church

  • We perceive our strengths as including: (i) emphasis on being church of Word and Spirit; (ii) quality of our Biblical teaching; (iii) availability of prayer ministry; (iv) scope for church family to get involved; (v) available support e.g. to parents with small children, and for the elderly; (vi) culture of very generous and sacrificial giving, financially and/or with time.
  • Our church membership has a higher proportion of active or retired professional and highly educated people, mostly middle aged or older; with an under-representation among younger adults and families.
  • As we have experimented with different formats for connecting with our local community, we have found church members find it easier to invite friends and neighbours to events and activities that contain either low key Christian content or none at all, than they do to a church service or an overtly evangelistic event.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

See attached document

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • See attached document for key priorities

Goals (for the next year)

  • See attached document for goals
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