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

Dunstable, St Fremund the Martyr version: 1

Our Details

Parish

Dunstable

Benefice

Dunstable Team Ministry

Deanery

Dunstable

Archdeaconry

Bedford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    13/06/2012
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    17/09/2012
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    30/09/2013

Our Looking

Things seen about our local community

  • The Beecroft area has changed drastically since St Fremund's church first opened in 1968 - those living in the area then are all very much older and more limited, though some of these still recognise St Fremund's as their church for funerals, etc.
  • New people moving in since are much more diverse, there are many single parents, transient families not staying very long and children with English as a second language (Beecroft Lower School has similar experience). The Beecroft is now one of the more deprived areas in Dunstable.
  • While Dunstable as a town has real problems with empty shops, there are good open spaces, facilities and activities for all ages. Action taken by local Churches Together, such as Street Pastors and plans for a food-bank is well received.

Three things we have seen about our church

  • St Fremind's has a reputation for being friendly and welcoming, there is good support from the community for our Summer and Christmas Fairs, but it has proved very difficult to welcome in new people and families on a regular basis. This has made it difficult to maintain groups like a Sunday School, Mums & Tots etc., which we are very concerned about.
  • Our congregation are getting older and less able, several have died in the last year or two. We do offer activities for our older members, like Music & Movement, Handicraft and Carpet bowls.
  • We have been working to encourage prayer for our church, community and future. (4) Our building is unusual, not very well built or efficient, and needs work to keep it looking attractive. There has been real concern about finance and maintaining ministry in the future.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

Lively, friendly and welcoming, growing and nurturing and recognised as part of the community. A more prayerful church, seeking God's guidance for the future. An increasing membership, especially with more young families and children, with more activities for the younger age group.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • To encourage a growing church in the community, focusing particularly on young families and children.
  • Continue to encourage prayer, and make it more relevant to us and to the lives of our community.
  • Encourage our church to be more lively and nurturing for existing members and new ones, ensuring it is more visible and offering activities that will be supportive and helping.

Goals (for the next year)

  • Work to increase the number of families attending mid-week services by 50% and explore other activities for this age group.
  • Hold another morning to talk about prayer, continue to develop the prayer sheet and make our intercessions in worship more relevant.
  • Take part in Open Church Sunday with activities and refreshments arranged in the afternoon, and Back To Church Sunday, encouraging people to pray for this, to invite and bring along someone to church.
  • To hold a Stewardship activity this year to encourage giving of money particularly, and to hold a programme of fundraising events.
  • To improve publicity through more up to date posters and flyers delivered around the area. Set up a 'God wall' in the hall, telling hall users what we get up to.
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