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

Rickmansworth, St Mary the Virgin (LEP) version: 3

Our Details

Contact Name

Gill Gowing

Parish

Rickmansworth

Benefice

Rickmansworth

Deanery

Rickmansworth

Archdeaconry

St Albans

Dates

  • Previous MAP adopted by PCC
    01/04/2013
  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    21/02/2014
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    28/02/2014
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    28/02/2015

Our Looking

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.

Our Discerning

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.
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities
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