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

Offley, St Mary Magdalene version: 2

Our Details

Website

http://www.kingswaldenoffleylilley.com

Parish

Offley

Benefice

King's Walden and Offley with Lilley

Deanery

Hitchin

Archdeaconry

St Albans

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    02/04/2019
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    12/04/2019
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    30/03/2020

Our Looking

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

  • Development of Messy Church with teenager's group and coffee and pastries for adults.
  • Local for Lent initiative in caring for the community.
  • Christmas Carols at the Green Man Pub.

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

  • The Alpha course. It is difficult to say for certain but the timing of the sessions may have been a factor.

Things seen about our local community

  • It seems that the Church is seen to be irrelevant to people's daily lives.
  • We are fortunate in having a diverse business profile in the village.
  • We are a community of groups rather than a cohesive village unit.

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

  • Local for Lent showing the Church caring for the community and local businesses.
  • Increase in involvement in the village school.
  • Social activities to offer hospitality (e.g. Patronal Festival celebration)

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

A Church for everyone that shares the faith, grows in our own faith and brings the community together.

Current Situation

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

Continue to make new contacts through Messy Church but struggle to transfer these into traditional Church worship and community.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • To widen the scope of our care for the community.
  • To provide more stepping stones on the journey of faith.

Goals (for the next year)

  • To increase caring for the community (e.g. through Pastoral Cards)
  • To explore alternative worship including Cafe Church
  • To offer Youth Alpha for the Messy Church young people.
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