Eversholt, St John the Baptist version: 2
Woburn with Eversholt, Milton Bryan, Battlesden and Pottesgrove
Ampthill and Shefford
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Things seen about our local community
- Eversholt is a small, pretty, rural village - approx 387 residents. Range of character - church, pub, school, leisure facilities.
- Eversholt has several working farms, a few local businesses. No shops, residents without transport very dependent on bus service
- Few Eversholt residents have lived in the village for generations, people have been drawn by its beauty and tranquillity. Also good commuter links to London.
Three things we have seen about our church
- The Church has a vision statement and a faith and identity statement. We are placed in the heart of the village near the church, pub, cricket ground and school.
- Monthly family service seen some decline. Increased attendance by young 'marriage' couples and congregation from Woburn, but less from villagers.
- Church and churchyard are in good repair, the church having recently had restoration work inside and out. A Bells restoration project is underway.
Vision (for five years' time)
A vibrant, caring Christian church with a heart for the community and at the heart of the community: led by God's Word, inspired by the love and teaching of Jesus and resourced by the Holy Spirit, to give: Glory to Jesus Christ the only Son of the Father, Growth to his church in the power of the Holy Spirit, Good News to the community of Eversholt and beyond.
Priorities (for the next five years)
- To raise enough funds to restore the bells.
- To bring numerical growth.
- To seek new PCC members from the congregation.
Goals (for the next year)
- The congregation to personally invite more village residents to Events and Services.
- Establish a local bell ringing team through providing lessons.
- Develop further links with the school, taking more assemblies.
- Run a Flower Festival with new leadership and involvement from the village.
- Restore the bells.