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

Henlow, St Mary version: 5

Our Details

Parish

Henlow

Benefice

Henlow and Langford

Deanery

Ampthill and Shefford

Archdeaconry

Bedford

Dates

  • Previous MAP adopted by PCC
    04/02/2015
  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    17/02/2016
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    12/05/2016
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    28/02/2017

Our Looking

Things seen about our local community

  • Broad age range and social mix in the village. The village is growing rapidly with extensive new building.
  • Church schools, plenty of employment and commuters.
  • Lots of clubs and good community spirit.

Three things we have seen about our church

  • Mostly elderly & families with young children. A larger number of children at special services such as Christingle. Schools now visiting the church more frequently.
  • Middle class, variety of worship, very welcoming, with teaching groups. Coffee mornings are a great success.
  • We are now seeing previously missing age groups (30-50 year olds) and different ethnicities.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

St Mary's continues to be a welcoming, friendly church, which provides a range of services expressing sincere and uplifting worship for a broader age range.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Reaching out to show people what the church is about.
  • Getting more children and young parents involved.
  • Services for those who use the church to mark special events in their lives, but don't attend regularly.

Goals (for the next year)

  • To open the church at least three mornings a week, making it available for all who wish to spend time there.
  • To develop the Junior Dolphin group - the group, for young people of all ages, currently meets every Tuesday evening from 6-7pm. Members of the group sat in the choir stalls on the first Sunday of February, having been taught one of the hymns on Tuesday.
  • To continue the development of ecumenical links by supporting the Methodist Church in their half-termly 'Wacky Wednesday' children's activity session. We will provide support in the planning stages, and practical help for each session.
  • To hold evensong on the second Sunday of each month.
  • To ensure that the fabric of our church provides an adequate resource for the community. This will involve fund-raising to support our ongoing plan of repair and maintenance within the church.
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