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

Graveley with Chivesfield, St Mary version: 2

Our Details

Parish

Graveley with Chivesfield (otherwise Graveley)

Benefice

Stevenage, St Nicholas and Graveley

Deanery

Stevenage

Archdeaconry

Hertford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    17/05/2017
  • 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?

  • We now have more people staying for refreshments which are served after 2 services each month
  • We have updated our sign to inform people of the church and produced a new welcome leaflet
  • We amended our range of services to be more welcoming to children

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

  • We haven't yet launched a home group in the village
  • Exploring faith courses have generally not been well attended

Things seen about our local community

  • A lack of interest in the gospel
  • A lack of awareness of the Church - it's activities and even location - for many in the village
  • A lack of willingness from church attenders to serve in anything but very simple ways

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

  • We have increased our village newsletter to bi-monthly
  • A pastoral letter to church attendees to try to stir up a willingness to serve and workshops are being offered to help with leading intercessions and Bible reading in conjunction with St Nicholas Stevenage
  • A door to door visiting campaign by the rector has begun

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

We want to be a church which offers a warm welcome to all, that teaches the Christian faith clearly from the Bible, when we grow life-long disciples of Jesus who, with the church, reach out in love and witness to the people of our village.

Current Situation

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

Grown slightly over the last few years.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Growing in active serving discipleship within the church
  • Making an impact on the village and beyond
  • Making changes to our building to be more flexible and welcoming

Goals (for the next year)

  • Establish a monthly Bible study group in the village
  • Raise up a team of people willing to commit to lead intercessions in services
  • Develop links with an overseas missionary
  • Strengthen links with the Village School via assembly team
  • Revise North aisle to make church more flexible
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