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

Ridge, St Margaret version: 2

Our Details

Parish

South Mymms

Benefice

South Mymms and Ridge

Deanery

Barnet

Archdeaconry

Hertford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    24/07/2017
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next

Our Looking

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

  • Lay people taking more responsibility and growing in confidence
  • A Cockpit team has been formed and is now managing the day to day concerns of the Church
  • Greater flexibility in the style of services being accepted by everyone

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

  • The previous goals were not being used and there was little engagement with them by the congegation as a whole

Things seen about our local community

  • This is a rural area with some very large landowners. The housing is either tied to the farms or extremely expensive.
  • Very few young families can afford the local housing
  • There is little connection between the church and the village community, most of the congregation travels in from beyond the Parish boundaries

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

  • I have had a meeting with the Parish Hall Chairman which may be helpful in developing further opportunities for joint working
  • Discussions with the largely elderly and very small congergation as to what is possible, practical and may be helpful

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

The church is still open and a congregation that is able to continue worshiping at St Margaret's

Current Situation

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

...that we have sound finances in investments but a danger of inadequate current funding because of a small but dedicated congregation.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Development of the 'cockpit team' in order to step beyond day to day management and look to a vision for the future
  • To maintain the succesful, (annual) services and to dvelop more oppportunities for the community to attend.
  • More social activities within the village for everyone, not just 'church people'

Goals (for the next year)

  • Development of the 'cockpit team' in order to step beyond day to day management and look to a vision for the future
  • To maintain the succesful, (annual) services and to develop more opportunities for the community to attend.
  • More social activities within the village for everyone, not just 'church people'
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