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

Digswell, St John the Evangelist version: 2

Our Details

Website

http://www.digswellstjohn.org.uk

Parish

Digswell, Christ the King, Digswell Village Church Hall, St John the Evangelist

Benefice

Digswell

Deanery

Welwyn Hatfield

Archdeaconry

Hertford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    09/06/2018
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    18/02/2019
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    10/05/2019

Our Looking

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

  • Spiritual growth. There has been a discernible grappling with the complexities of being a faithful Christians community in an increasingly difficult Christian context. We have prayed hard and studied the books of the Bible to gain in confidence in order to articulate our faith better.
  • Numerical growth. Our Parish Church has seen a significant increase in midweek and Sunday services but also in the number of people who have a “fresh expression” kind of link with us through our schools’ outreach and cafe. Digswell Village Church has also seen numbers remain strong whilst Christ the King has endured a number of challenges in this regard and we are praying and working hard there.
  • Stewardship. After decades of financial problems we have worked ceaselessly towards being able to fund ministry in Digswell and God has been good through the generosity of so many people to enable us to be more confident in the renewal of ministry for mission.

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

  • Relationships between our Church School and the Parish have been complex in the past. The reasons are not easy to distill. But we are working collaboratively with a new headteacher to improve parental awareness of the distinct Christian ethos and to encourage families to support the life of the parish.
  • Children and Young people’s work is difficult enough when you have good numbers of adults through the week but starting from a low number means that this has been even more challenging. We are working hard at raising awareness of our engagement with young people across the parish and hope to develop this further in the future.

Things seen about our local community

  • Loneliness and Dementia
  • A demographic detachment from the Christian faith
  • Lack of community activities in “new Digswell”.

How have you begun to engage with these concerns / needs / issues?

  • We have taken steps too become a dementia friendly Church and have opened the parish church on Friday mornings urging people not to be “home alone” when they can meet with others.
  • We have discussed this with others in the community. One teacher at the local Academy who teaches RE said she had never come across anywhere with less of an interest in spiritual things? So we work slowly but surely to advertise key events in the life of the Christian year.
  • Digswell Village is a discernible geographical area around Welwyn North Station but “new Digswell” - some quarter of a mile away is neither really “Digswell” nor “Welwyn Garden City”. There is still a job to be done to arrange community interest events which engage with the various age groups.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

A parish which actively engages with all in the community in communicating the words and works of Jesus in a language that people understand so that the Christian faith is both relevant and pertinent.

Current Situation

From our Parish Statistics for Mission, we see that we are / have...

we see that we are moving in the right direction with a great deal of work still to do.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • To be a place where everyone is welcomed
  • To be a community which has the capacity to care for all
  • To live and share God’s love by example.

Goals (for the next year)

  • Create a flexible space at Christ the King for hospitality and meetings.
  • Identify an individual to manage and improve our web presence
  • Launch Digswell Coffee Pot, January 2019
  • Run two themed activity days for primary age children during the year.
  • Develop a regular pattern of home groups.
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