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

Cotton Mill, St Julian version: 1

Our Details

Parish

St Albans, St Stephen

Benefice

St Albans, St Stephen

Deanery

St Albans

Archdeaconry

St Albans

Dates

  • Previous MAP adopted by PCC
    12/03/2012
  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    23/04/2012
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    23/04/2012
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    23/04/2012

Our Looking

Things seen about our local community

  • We are richly blessed to live in a peaceful and very pleasant part of a beautiful world.
  • Our parish is situated in an affluent area, but has a diverse population, including people who face considerable hardship.
  • We live in a place where there is a lot going on. People are busy with work, family & other commitments - pressure.

Three things we have seen about our church

  • Our people are gentle, friendly and faithful Christians, who are often rather shy about sharing their deep, quite faith.
  • Majority of our church community worship in a building that has been active for 1,000+ years - blessed resource, with challenges
  • Our church community is constantly coming into contact with many new people.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

We hope that we will be described as a friendly, welcoming, church community which does all that it can to mediate God's love to the people of the parish and the surrounding area.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Looking Out - improving our ministry of Welcome.
  • Looking In - encouraging more confident disciples.
  • Looking Up - improving our Worship.

Goals (for the next year)

  • To revise & increase usage of Welcome Pack, set up system of street wardens to welcome newcomers to parish & assist with care.
  • Identify and use resources to build people's confidence in using their gifts in God's service.
  • Develop strategy for keeping in touch with those we encounter through Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals.
  • Consider establishing greater links with Schools, Children's Centre and uniformed organisations of the parish.
  • Consider improving the main entrance to St Stephen, and explore keeping church open for private prayer mid-week & during Advent.
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