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

Knebworth, St Martin version: 2

Our Details

Website

http://www.knebworthparishchurch.co.uk

Parish

Knebworth

Benefice

Knebworth

Deanery

Stevenage

Archdeaconry

Hertford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    23/01/2017
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    10/11/2017
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    30/09/2017

Our Looking

What progress have you made with the Goals from your previous MAP, and what do you want to celebrate?

  • Following the appointment of a children's/families outreach worker, we have seen a huge increase in the activities offered/outreach to parents/carers and babies/pre-school/children through Mustardseeds, Smarties and Messy Church
  • We have a clearer idea of how we are viewed by the outside community, following the survey carried out at St. Martin's Centenary Celebrations/Exhibition
  • We have embraced the opportunity for outreach and engagement with the community by offering the Church as a temporary home for the Library during redevelopment of the site

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

  • An overall Pastoral Care plan has not been fully implemented.
  • A regular time of corporate prayer has proved unsustainable. This is possibly because of a failure to find the right time/location, and possibly because of a lack of understanding of the significance of corporate prayer

Things seen about our local community

  • People are leading busy lives and Church is not a priority for them.
  • There is a lack of sense of community and integration.
  • We don't know how the Church is perceived by the community.

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

  • Through children's activities (see above) at different times during the week. Through the use of the church building for other activities
  • Through holding social and entertaining events for all
  • Through surveying the wider community

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

A Church at the heart of the community, with a heart for Jesus, the community and each other.

Current Situation

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

We are seeing an encouraging increase in the number of children and the overall number of people worshipping, but there is a gap in the 11-18 age range.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • To go deeper into God.
  • To transform our community.
  • To make disciples of Jesus.

Goals (for the next year)

  • Serve the community by welcoming and facilitating the library to use the Church
  • Organise outreach to coincide with the opening of the library, e.g. tea and coffee, second-hand Christian books
  • Continue to implement a pastoral care plan for young families, to include regularly reviewing attendance at events and following up with personal contact.
  • Invite some Christian agencies to talk about their ministry; have a retiring collection for them
  • Hold a review of the role of Housegroups in pastoral care
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities