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

Lemsford, St John the Evangelist version: 1

Our Details

Parish

Lemsford

Benefice

Bishop's Hatfield Team Ministry

Deanery

Welwyn Hatfield

Archdeaconry

Hertford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    25/03/2012
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    15/04/2012
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    31/03/2013

Our Looking

Things seen about our local community

  • St John's School is a vital and valued part of parish life.
  • There is diversity through church, school, small businesses, pubs - all support community integration.
  • Parish has multiple links with Lemsford, Welwyn Garden City, Bishop's Hatfield Team, Hatfield Garden Village & further afield.

Three things we have seen about our church

  • A friendly and welcoming church with a variety of services, opportunity to explore faith and good integration of children.
  • Main growth in recent years has been with younger adults through the choir, all-age worship, baptisms & marriage ministry.
  • Been deficient in providing for ministry by challenging members for ordained, lay, reader or missionary service.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

Growing Together in Christ. Our vision is to be people who worship God enthusiastically; who are growing in faith and numbers by being rooted in the teaching of the Bible and Christian attitudes; who reflect the love of Jesus in our lives and our service; and who are guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit in all we do.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Commitment to deepend our faith by regular Sunday worship, by teaching sermons and other opportunities of Christian study.
  • Commitment to nurture those in contact through the regular church services or baptism, weddings, funerals and confirmation.
  • Commitment to sharing our faith to make new disciples through outreach and evangelism within the parish & new communities.

Goals (for the next year)

  • Develop plans to help and equip members to foster their gifts in ministry.
  • Re-establish at least two Tots Praise services.
  • Invite residents of Hatfield Garden Village to church events/services at least two times a year.
  • Strengthen follow-up plan for people: weddings, baptism, confirmation, funerals, etc.
  • Offer and promote two sermon series through the year.
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