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

Bedford, Christ Church version: 5

Our Details

Website

http://www.ccbedford.org

Parish

Bedford, Christ Church

Benefice

Bedford Christ Church

Deanery

Bedford

Archdeaconry

Bedford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    24/01/2018
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next

Our Looking

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

  • 1. Equipping the church people for intentional living rooted in Jesus: • Use testimony slots in all main services, sharing God’s daily stories in our lives. In morning service re: mission partners, local & global outreach projects. Evening services are more informal re: to personal testimonies. • Inspire Home Group members with the aim and purpose of the Mission and Identity Strategic Review. Sermon Series re: GRACE with Home group follow on questions. Although the groups may not be grasping the theory behind the Vision they seem to be practising the principles. Home Group leader’s meetings are a good place to encourage and reinforce Vision principles. • Use the Mission and Identity Strategic Review to shape our desire to make disciples in all areas of church life. Good use of sermon series, new youth minister with reconfigured job description to fit in line with MAP, increase in baptisms and confirmations in both adults and young people.
  • A long term presence on Devon Park with us being seen as an essential part of the Devon Park community, by increasing our number of activities rooted within that community and highlighting Christ Church as the parish church (eg. Carols in the Orchard). Continued presence in Devon Park with a great local response to the September “Apples in the Orchard” event along with up and coming Carols event. There is also a deepening of relationships with residents and an open invitation to see and be part of the new halls. Some residents have strengthened links to Morning Out and have attended Sunday mornings.

    Apples in the Orchard

    24 September 2017 The Orchard, off Seaton Drive Bedford, Apples in the Orchard event. A free family fun afternoon organised by the church for local residents - bouncy castle, games, apple tasting, lovely atmosphere, cake and drinks, brass band and a chance to meet and talk to neighbours.

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

    Transforming Communities


  • Halls Redevelopment – complete fund-raising and start construction. Work well underway. We now have a team established who are working towards the implementation of our vision for the halls.

    Foundations for the new halls

    29 October 2017, Christ Church Bedford view from the bell tower, preparing the foundations for the new halls

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

    Transforming Communities


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

  • Walking with Castle Newnham school children and their families by engaging with the Federation leadership to discern how we can serve the School and its needs, and formulating how we plan to do so. Richard Hibbert is now on the Federation Governing Body along with Martin Hamilton. Becky has approached the school asking in what ways CCB can help. This has led to a team running “Open the Book” and Becky running a “values” club. We are still looking for opportunities to further develop links with the Newnham site.
  • Identify mutually beneficial partnerships with Bedford and North Bedfordshire churches and allowing their responses to shape our joint mission and ministry. Partnerships with Other Churches - a continued work in progress with a strong desire to strengthen relationships with other local deanery churches. Awaiting consideration of Deanery MAP.

Things seen about our local community

  • Diversity of household arrangements (single, single parent and two-parent families). Family/household pressures leading to potential relational loneliness and work patterns that reduce community/church involvement to weekends only.
  • Increasing secular and morally diverse approach to life, work and relationships with church seen as being irrelevant.
  • Strong sense of identity to the community of Castle Road, but less with the Devon Park Estate.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

1. A Church where everyone (church member or not) can be a maturing follower of Christ, who experiences and lives out God’s love in every part of their lives. 2. A Church where’s God’s transforming shalom* is modelled and shared within our community, church family and wherever we find ourselves day by day, by being: • Open to new people and places • Growing in faith and service to others • Accepting and not judging • Connecting with each other in a meaningful way • Real in a way that allows us genuinely to share our lives, ‘warts and all’

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Loving people intentionally towards salvation: our desire is to love others unconditionally, and longing for others to know the love of Jesus that compels us.
  • Balancing the messages of abundant life and costly discipleship.
  • Developing a collective identity: our interdependence; giving and receiving; vulnerability and sharing are all characteristics which will increase our growth as ‘one body’.

Goals (for the next year)

  • Equipping the church people for intentional living rooted in Jesus: • Use testimony slots in all main services, sharing God’s daily stories in our lives. Action: service leaders • Inspire Home Group members with the aim and purpose of the Mission and Identity Strategic Review. • Use the Mission and Identity Strategic Review to shape our desire to make disciples in all areas of church life.
  • A long term presence on Devon Park with us being seen as an essential part of the Devon Park community, by increasing our number of activities rooted within that community and highlighting Christ Church as the parish church (eg. Carols in the Orchard).
  • Walking with Castle-Newnham school children and their families by engaging with the Federation leadership to discern how we can serve the School and its needs, and formulating how we plan to do so.
  • Identify mutually beneficial partnerships with Bedford and North Bedfordshire churches and allowing their responses to shape our joint mission and ministry.
  • Halls Redevelopment – complete fund-raising and start construction.
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