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

Highfield, St Paul version: 1

Our Details

Parish

Hemel Hempstead, St Mary and St Paul

Benefice

Hemel Hempstead Team Ministry

Deanery

Hemel Hempstead

Archdeaconry

St Albans

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    19/03/2012
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    23/04/2012
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    31/03/2013

Our Looking

Things seen about our local community

  • Our part of the parish is small geographically and numerically; the deprivation feeds into a disjointed sense of community.
  • There are community facilities - shops, 2 community centres, 2 schools, doctor, dentist.
  • There are leisure facilities - rugby club, pub & open spaces including the Nicky Line.

Three things we have seen about our church

  • We are open and welcoming, warm and caring, which has led to us being diverse in point of origin and ability. Relaxed worship, not highbrow.
  • We work hard to maintain building and raise money for the parish, ourselves and outside giving. We enjoy each others' company and socialise and laugh together.
  • We are not only here for ourselves; we are outward and forward looking.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

We want to be growing - in faith, in diversity, in activities and outreach. We want to continue to dream dreams and not limit ourselves. We want a vicar who will continue to encourage and actively participate in our growth.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Children and families: Open Doors for parents, Toddler Church, Holiday Club, Messy Christmas & Celebrate - should be built on.
  • We should consolidate our ministry to members of our church family who are housebound, ensuring they continue to feel included through visits and home communion.
  • That another monthly Bible study continues in addition to the two currently running.

Goals (for the next year)

  • New noticeboards to make ourselves more visible - in 2012.
  • Explore better publicity and awareness of our activities via welcome leaflet to newcomers & new residents - 2013.
  • Use our school and Surestart contacts to encourage more parents to Open Doors for parents - 2012.
  • Identify leaders for Celebrate and other children's work - 2013.
  • Identify needs re: extra Bible study by personal contact 2013.
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