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

London Colney, St Peter version: 2

Our Details

Website

http://www.stpeterslondoncolney.co.uk

Parish

London Colney, St Peter

Benefice

London Colney, St Peter

Deanery

St Albans

Archdeaconry

St Albans

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    04/10/2017
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    04/04/2017
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    04/10/2018

Our Looking

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

  • We have continued to do the basics well and have built on the success of our previous MAP. We now have all aspects of ministry covered by rotas of volunteers, who give freely and generously of their time, talents and finances freely.
  • Our database is working well and is updated monthly. This is used to communicate at least monthly with all regular members of the congregation and those who have signed up for updates. There is a system in place to ensure that all new contacts are added to the database in line with Data Protection law. Some use is made of the church's Facebook page and website. An annual baptism celebration has been held during Pentecost for the last two years, and this has been very successful. Noticeboards are very important and need updating. Some older members of the community may be more able to come to events if we could arrange transport. The men’s evening out before Christmas worked well and there are plans to repeat it
  • There have been several nurture groups and study groups, along with a Prayer and a Pint service. Lent Groups continue to be well attended and there have been several (adult) candidates for Confirmation recently. An Ordinand from the Parish is currently undergoing training with ERMC. An Ecumenical Alpha Course is planned for next year. 'Knit and natter' is attracting more people. Again – communication and noticeboards are key to this goal

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

  • We have maintained, rather than increased, our presence in the community. We continue to be actively involved in village events, such as the fireworks display, and have established a presence in another of the primary schools. We have had a number of successful concerts in the church and are actively establishing links with some of the uniformed organisations.
  • Numbers of children in Storykeepers (on Thursdays and Sundays) have plateaued and we have still found it difficult to maintain contact with those whose children have been baptised.

Things seen about our local community

  • London Colney is a large village, with population of around 10,000. Recent demographic changes have led to a decline in the proportion of residents who would describe themselves as Anglican. There is a general feeling that there is less community cohesion than has been the case in previous years.
  • The church is well loved and is a valued presence at important times of life. There is a desire to attend occasional services.
  • There have been several indicators of increased deprivation evident, such as the number of pupil premium children in schools, and an increased use of the village's ecumenical foodbank. Groups of young people can be intimidating to older villagers.

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

  • We are in the process of replacing our (highly visible) noticeboards to make them even more a focus for church activities. A number of events, such as the band concerts, have been very successful in getting people into the building. We have developed links with another primary school in the village, which was much appreciated by all.
  • Attendance at occasional services still continues to flourish and we will probably have to split the Christingle service next year into two. Our welcome to occasional visitors has become much stronger and more information about church events is visible to occasional attenders. Information about newcomers is logged and updated on the database. The quality of refreshments after services has increased, encouraging people to stay for fellowship.
  • We have started a men's Prayer and a Pint service, part of which involves discussing contemporary events and some fringe members have been attending these. Also our links with primary schools are very well appreciated by all concerned. Congregation members have continued to play an active role at the foodbank.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

To be a place of worship for everyone at all stages of their lives where people feel they belong and where everyone has the opportunity to use their gifts and skills to participate in the life of the church. To be a God-centred community that does the basics well, where all people are welcomed and valued and where newcomers are encouraged and nurtured to become passionate about Christ. To be a visible presence in the local community and to provide opportunities for social gathering.

Current Situation

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

seen a decline in weekly attendance, although much of this is due to core congregational members attending less regularly (e.g. once a fortnight).

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Going deeper into God - being a place of worship for everyone at all stages of their lives, encouraging a sense of belonging.
  • Transforming communities - a welcoming and accepting community where all are valued. Regular provision for young people.
  • Making new disciples - create opportunities to welcome new members and to encourage and nurture newcomers.

Goals (for the next year)

  • Doing the basics well - continue to seek ways of making our worship fresh. Celebrate the contribution of service by members by holding an annual commissioning service.
  • Increase our social media presence by regularly posting on the Facebook page and updating the website. Installing wifi in the church hall to enhance live streaming of events.
  • Use the opportunity of more capacity available in the Parish Centre and church to reach out to community groups for events and regular bookings. Continue to be represented in village events, such as carol singing and the village firework display.
  • Create a strategic plan for Messy Church to ensure a regular pattern of delivery. Investigate good models of Messy Church in similar settings. Ensure that all children's workers are fully trained.
  • Nurturing faith - Undertake a review of all study groups (regular and ad-hoc), house groups and prayer groups to ensure they meet current discipleship needs. Offer two quiet mornings a year where clergy will be available for spiritual guidance.
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities