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

Luton, All Saints version: 4

Our Details

Website

http://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
    09/07/2018
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    13/09/2018
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    09/07/2019

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. The number of allotments has been increased in the last 12 months and more local people engaged as a result.

    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 2016 are partly met ; Increase use of allotments and appoint co-ordinator, supported 1 person to help with home communions. ( We also have one person successfully accepted onto Reader Ministry training starting September 2018)
  • 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 visiting and offering them support. Those individuals involved have had other challenges and pressures limiting their capacity this year.
  • While we delivered Advent and lent courses, we have not delivered a nurture group to "explore and deepen christian faith". We met with Directors of Training and Mission ( separately) this year to discuss the particular challenges of this parish. We haven't yet identified the best approach for our needs.

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. Lack of English language is a major issue for a significant minority of the older population.
  • 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. New housing on brownfield sites is being developed in our parish proving an opportunity for us to communicate our presence to those newly arrived.

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. In parallel with our allotment work we have been delivering ESOL classes.
  • By hosting congregations of the new African churches, we are providing a base for these Christian communities. This provides significant challenge in hosting and relating to Christian groups who have practices that are concerning and or difficult to understand from a different cultural perspective.
  • 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. We are planning to become a "place of welcome" under the new CUF scheme.

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. Large numbers continue to attend Caribbean ( especially) funerals and other events ( e.g. Windrush celebration). Hall / church rentals are our biggest source of income.

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
  • Revamp website
  • Open the church(es) for 3 hospitality afternoons - and create a weekly Place of Welcome to operate on Thursday mornings.
  • Assess options for current heating at All saints and make changes to maximise the output of the current aged system.
  • Re launch Messy Church with a "Godly Play" style focus to begin each session. Keep under review especially timing and regularity.
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