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

Hitchin, Holy Saviour version: 2

Our Details

Website

http://holysaviourhitchin.org.uk

Parish

Hitchin

Benefice

Hitchin & St Paul's Walden (Team Ministry)

Deanery

Hitchin

Archdeaconry

St Albans

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    27/02/2019
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    27/02/2019
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    31/03/2020

Our Looking

Things seen about our local community

  • Our church is situated in a multi-faith, diverse socio economic area. Our giving currently favours USPG & a college in Zimbabwe.
  • The church is known throughout the town and surrounding areas for our Christmas Tree Festival - visited by 2-3,000 people.
  • The church is socially active by providing the area with the Good Old Day Lunch, Baby & Toddler sessions & other projects.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

We would like to be seen as a visionary church that provides a place for worship and prayer with services that encompass and meet the needs of the whole age range, is active in the community and whose mission is to enlarge the congregation we currently have by making new disciples.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • To be the church at the centre of the community, where the Gospel life is seen living in practical, prayerful & worshipful ways.
  • To have in place a programme of refurbishment - and promote it as a place of historical & architectural interest, both locally and nationally with links to other Butterfield buildings.
  • To be part of a growing church community to which the people of our district have a sense of belonging. To be a place where they can find care, nurture and where their spiritual needs can be met.

Goals (for the next year)

  • We intend to hold children and young families at the heart of our mission. To that end we will continue to develop our monthly Children’s Praise Service, whilst considering ways of ministering to school-age children. Alongside this we will seek to further build up our all-age Family Holy Communion service on the third Sunday of the month.
  • We shall continue to work to nurture the faith of adults in our church family, continuing with our weekly Bible exploration group and consider the introduction of a ‘Pilgrim’ study course or some other such programme suitable for relatively new Christians or indeed others who would like to look afresh at the fundamental tenets of Christian belief.
  • We will seek to improve communication within our church family and within our local community, building upon lessons learned from fellow church communities and with a particular focus upon the use of our weekly notice sheet, our church website and the display of information and notices in and outside of the church building.
  • We will minister to the most frail and vulnerable of our community, encouraging the individual gifts of people in our Pastoral Care Support Group. We will pursue the mission of the Gospel with a particular emphasis locally upon support of North Herts Sanctuary and the Hitchin Food-bank and globally through our witness to environmental sustainability and to world development issues, continuing a specific relationship with USPG.
  • Following the successful installation of new glass inner doors, the refurbishment of our church organ and creation of a new children’s area, we will seek new ways of improving our church building for the benefit of our church family and the wider community. In the next year we want to focus upon projects designed to enhance the internal lighting and the sound system of the church.
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