Riseley, All Saints version: 2
Riseley with Bletsoe
This MAP was adopted by PCC
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What progress have you made with the Goals from your previous MAP, and what do you want to celebrate?
- A series of events and church days/weekends away have focussed on our mission to 'know Christ and make Him known' and 5 members of the church completed the Growing Leaders course which has discipleship as its' core
- Routine administration has been strengthened and communications have improved. The MAP and a summary of highlights for each year was displayed in the church and shared with Deanery Synod
- The church has run and participated in a number of events that engage the wider village. This included an alternative style of service called 'Now that's what I call Christmas' that attracted new people and having a stand at the annual village show. The annual holiday club; youth clubs; monthly 'All Dads and Me' breakfasts; and monthly ABC for mums and toddlers have enabled us to establish contacts with young people and families
What Goals did you set where you saw less progress than you would have liked?
- There are still members of the congregation who feel that communication needs to improve further, and would like more 2-way flows of information. This is because Sunday worship services are not appropriate for dissemination/discussion of day to day matters and wider issues. The church prayer meetings, which could provide such a forum, are currently not well attended
- Some members of the congregation would like to become more engaged in the church and would like more opportunities to discuss their calling and possible roles in the church as individuals
Things seen about our local community
- People need God, but don’t look for him in the church building – our increasingly secular society makes the church building seem irrelevant. However, in our village, people still value the church at key life moments.
- People are more receptive to exploring Christianity and the gospel due to uncertainty in secular life and the wider world. There will be more challenge in the future both for young and older people, coping with debt and fewer employment opportunities.
- The establishment of the new Riseley Church of England Primary School, as the only school in the village, provides new opportunities to engage with a large number of young people for longer with Christian teaching and within a Christian ethos.
How have you begun to engage with these concerns / needs / issues?
- Many activities now aim to be more intentional at engaging the wider village community. Christianity Explored is offered wherever possible/appropriate
- We are seeking to put greater emphasis on smaller groups e.g. Home Groups
- The church is strongly represented and takes a leading role in the Riseley Church of England Primary School through the chair and several other governors who are church members
Vision (for five years' time)
A church congregation which is focussed on the clear proclamation of the Gospel and seeing numerical and spiritual growth across all generations. More people are coming to faith, growing in faith, being moved on in faith. A welcoming outward looking fellowship that joyfully welcomes people while fearlessly and determinedly teaching and upholding the Word of God.Current Situation
From our Parish Statistics for Mission, we see that we are / have...
a congregation that is becoming older with less young people attending services on Sundays.
Priorities (for the next five years)
- Communication and leadership (particularly over the coming year, 2018, a period of vacancy as we await the appointment of a new incumbent).
- Taking faith into the community, particularly leveraging fresh engagement with the new CofE Primary School.
Goals (for the next year)
- Identify and clarify the scope of the roles that are needed to make the church function smoothly e.g. Home Group Leaders; help individuals to discover their gifts/talents/calling and match them to the needs; and recognise, equip, support and encourage them in those roles by providing or referring for appropriate training.
- Develop more ways for people to explore practical application of the Gospel to real life issues, particularly through greater recognition of the importance of Home Groups; and through more emphasis on both individual and corporate prayer.
- Each year to ensure that at least three events take risks to proclaim the Gospel to the wider community, taking opportunities to make links with the real life issues that are relevant to the community.
- Make positive steps towards the ambition of appointing a further full-time worker within the next 3 years, perhaps with a focus on young people, families and young adults.
- Further develop our close relationship with Riseley CofE Primary School to engage young people with the Gospel through assemblies, special services and Christian clubs (in-school, holiday club, youth clubs), and continue to ensure a strong contribution through foundation governors.