Rickmansworth, St Mary the Virgin (LEP) version: 3
Previous MAP adopted by PCC
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Things seen about our local community
- The cost of living and housing in particular, is high. Many families rely on two incomes in order to live.
- There are many people who commute to Rickmansworth to work, and there are many who live in Rickmansworth, but work elsewhere.
- There are many widowed and elderly people, living on their own, in the parish.
Three things we have seen about our church
- What we do we do well: we are inclusive and work together as a church community.
- The church community depends on a dwindling number of older people to get things done. May also active in community.
- The church community does not visibly reach out to the local community or engage as a church, in community events.
Vision (for five years' time)
To be a spiritual, prayerful and dynamic church. To be a welcoming, inclusive and joyful church. To be a church serving the whole community.
Priorities (for the next five years)
- Going deeper into God: to encourage each person to develop and grow in their relationship with God.
- Transforming communities: To become more involved, as a church, in the community.
- Making new disciples: To explore the whole area of welcoming and nurturing and growing of all our church family.
Goals (for the next year)
- Establish a teaching course on prayer and/or offering a course on Leadership of small groups.
- Review, and seek to improve the welcome offered to everyone, with particular focus on: (i) establishing the welcoming team, (ii) progressing the plans for the North Porch, and (iii) reviewing the arrangements for coffee after Church.
- Form a new Events Committee, to plan an active programme of events throughout the year.
- Compile a comprehensive database of our personal skills, and our links with the local community.
- Continue and where possible increase the Church's involvement and visibility in the community including St Mary's School, and specifically to: (i) to celebrate the work of St Mary's people in the community during Volunteering Week, and (ii) to introduce a regular article in Link featuring the work of St Mary's people undertake in the community.