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

Luton, All Saints version: 3

Our Details

Contact Name

David Kesterton

Website

www.allsaintsluton.org

Parish

Luton, All Saints with St Peter

Benefice

Luton, All Saints with St Peter

Deanery

Luton

Archdeaconry

Bedford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    17/07/2017
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    07/08/2017
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    17/07/2018

Our Looking

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

  • Our peace Garden and allotments have become a visible sign of our engagement with and service to the community around All Saints

    All Saints Allotments

    Produce growing in our Allotments - reclaimed from waste ground around the church. Bishop Alan visited the site last year and met some of the residents using the allotments.

    Which Living God's Love theme do you think it represents?

    Transforming Communities


  • Our SMART goals in 2015 are largely met ; once a month evening service, Move accounts onto a computer package, complete works on peace garden, paint radiators ( partially) and insulate behind these.

    The opening of our Peace Garden in 2016

    The annual Luton peace walk in September 2016 ended at All Saints with a celebration and unveiling of our Mosaics which speak of peace between Muslim and christian communities

    Which Living God's Love theme do you think it represents?

    Going Deeper Into God

    Transforming Communities


  • Partnerships continue to develop with African churches both at All Saints and St Peters

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

  • Rota for new sidespeople and other ministry roles. We trained and commissioned 3 people for visiting ministry but have not developed a system for linking them up with those who need visitng and offering them support

Things seen about our local community

  • The make up of our community continues to change. There is evidence of more E European people in our community as well as minority groups such as Roma. These groups along with the S Asian community bring larger families putting pressure on the number of school places.
  • Community relations are generally good. Tensions are present at times e.g. reaction to far right demonstrations but much behind the scenes work is done e.g. by police cohesion team - to build trust and confidence.
  • There is a lot of pressure on the (often) poor quality housing stock. Private landlords and short tenancies contribute to a lack of investment by residents in the community and its physical environment.

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

  • Over the last 2 years we have begun to run a number of projects (most funded through Near Neighbours) to play our part in the building of cross community relations
  • By hosting congregations of the new African churches, we are providing a base for these Christian communities
  • Our presence as the Church of England in our community is well regarded and respected and we continue to build on this in all that we do.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

The parish offers a rich variety of worship and spirituality and a positive engagement with those of other faiths who are in the majority in our parish. We reach out to those of other faiths and especially our Muslim neighbours and seek to work together on local initiatives where possible. We have retained or increased the numbers attending and active in the life of the church and are making full use of the church buildings and grounds. We offer opportunities for the Christian nurture of families, children and people of all ages. A strong partner in the North Luton Group of Parishes and of the Beech Hill and Bury Park Council of Churches. This is an Inclusive church – all can find a welcome and join us on our spiritual journey in the steps of Jesus.

Current Situation

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

We are gaining some new members but this is offset by those we are losing. We have very few baptisms and weddings but we sometimes attract new members through funeral ministry. Our Electoral roll has been trimmed to more closely reflect the wider worshipping congregations and occasional attenders

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Offer nurture opportunities for all and engage the young / middle age members - especially those on the fringe.
  • Maximise hall income at both churches by managing our resources more effectively.
  • Develop our partnerships so that hosted churches can flourish and also contribute to the life of the anglican congregations

Goals (for the next year)

  • Deliver a nurture group(s) to explore and deepen Christian faith
  • Increase the use of the Allotments and Peace Garden by appointing a co-ordinator and establishing a user group
  • Open the church(es) for 3 hospitality afternoons
  • Support those commissioned to regularly visit a set number of parishoners
  • Within 6 months we will have researched and considered the need for and range of options for children's work in our church and community with a view to reviewing the MAP in the light of our findings.'
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