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

Letchworth, St Mary version: 4

Our Details

Parish

Letchworth (St. Michael the Archangel with St. Mary the Virgin)

Benefice

Letchworth

Deanery

Hitchin

Archdeaconry

St Albans

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    16/10/2018
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    04/02/2019
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    31/07/2019

Our Looking

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

  • 1. The roof was coated with a protective coating last year. This work has now been completely paid for through fundraising, donations and grants. There is still some water ingress on occasions. Attention needs to be given to this.
  • 2. We have been encouraging older people to attend Messy Church. Flyers have also been produced and distributed. We have established Messy Church at St. Catherine’s Nursing Home. This is now a bi-monthly service which is well established and received.
  • 3. We have had various fundraising events throughout our 50th Anniversary Year, including the Raise the roof 2017 appeal, quiz nights, concerts, and the flower festival. These have all helped to raise the funds for repairs to St. Michael’s Roof. 4. New glass doors to the porch at St. Mary’s have been installed. These were blessed on Sunday 8th July.

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

  • • The goal to repair the ceiling, carry out internal decoration and improve the lighting in St Michael’s church was over ambitious at this moment in time. We have done as much as we can to seal the roof from water leaks. Our people resources and financial situation have contributed to this.
  • • The goal to explore Messy Church with Jackie’s Drop-in has not been achieved due to lack of people resources.

Things seen about our local community

  • Spiritually, we strive to be a ‘parish family’, where our congregations enjoy a sense of belonging to the whole, and where there is mutual acceptance and affirmation of all.
  • Our parish hall is well used by the local community, and other groups from further afield. It is also used by our own church groups.
  • Within the parish, there are areas ranging from least deprived through to more than average deprived, as identified on the Church Urban Fund poverty map.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

We are very positive and excited abut our future. The churchwardens and members of the PCC are united by a fundamental desire to be supportive of one another, and to take seriously the true meaning and breadth of inclusivity and diversity. We strive to create worship in which God touches and changes our lives. We include a variety of styles so that all ages can share in prayer, worship and spiritual growth. We may be divided into two physical congregations, each with different styles of worship, but our overriding and binding passion is for our Parish to work together as Jesus would want - as one, with one aim - to live God's love and make our Parish relevant to today. We wish to develop and broaden our outlook, grow in discipleship and mission to meet the needs of our Parish and community.

Current Situation

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

Fairly stable, but with a slow decline in attendance.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • 1. To explore ways of engaging with the town centre, and to keep our churches open during the day.
  • To develop Messy Church, by encouraging older people to attend, and to take Messy Church to our local nursing home, thereby going out into the community. Christ is alive in everyone, and we seek to serve him by ministering his love to those in the wider community.
  • 4. In St. Michael’s: repair the ceiling, carry out internal decoration, and improve the lighting, so that we can make greater use of the Church during the week.

Goals (for the next year)

  • 1. To get through the vacancy by growing the relationships between PCC members and between parishioners.
  • Continue to develop Messy Church, both in our church and at St. Catherine’s Nursing Home. This will be done by strengthening and growing our existing Messy Church teams, and by developing our relationship with St. Catherine’s Nursing Home and Muddle Tots, who use our church hall.
  • Maintain the fund raising momentum achieved during the past year to raise funds for local community needs, and additional repairs at St. Michael’s. This will strengthen relationships within the church.
  • At St. Mary’s: Install removable handrails between the knave and the chancel, to enable all parishioners to come to the alter rail independently. New noticeboards to replace existing ones, and to be more informative.
  • 5. To open our churches during the day.
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