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

Rye Park, St Cuthbert version: 2

Our Details

Website

http://www.ryepark.com

Parish

Rye Park, St Cuthbert

Benefice

Rye Park, St Cuthbert

Deanery

Cheshunt

Archdeaconry

Hertford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    20/03/2018
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    12/04/2018
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    20/03/2020

Our Looking

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

  • 1 Worship Review Autumn 2013 - Spring 2014 We followed through on a thorough review of our worship supported through: a ‘Mystery worshipper’ visits and learning from feedback. b Sermons and home group studies on the following topics: What is Worship ? Worship as Experience of God; Worship that Embraces; Worship and Scripture; Worship and Creativity. Out of this, we wanted to have more of a focus as a church on prayer and listening, and on having opportunities in our worship for the congregation to share their stories through ‘Open Mike’ times. The prayer took a long time to materialise, but in Jan 2017 we started a monthly Sunday evening - Exploring Prayer, using a variety of ways of praying together. Numbers vary from just a few to 15. In September 2017 we started a Monday mid-day time of prayer with a particular focus on listening and praying through what we feel God is calling us to pray about. Our focus - the ministries of St Cuthberts.  Prayer Diary. We also introduced (in 2016) a 30 day Prayer Diary with bullet points for prayer for each day which has been well received and used. This includes each day - church members named, streets of the parish, a church activity, a community focus, something beyond the parish. This is used for private prayer and available to those leading intercessions. The Open Mike has been sporadic, but a fairly regular feature of our worship.
  • 2 Open Church We open the church on a Tuesday morning in school term time, in addition to other times the church is open. We use this time on a Tuesday to have a Bible Study and prayer group.
  • Men’s Discipleship Group started Autumn 2016.

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

  • 1 Prayer visiting. No progress.
  • 2 Questions of faith. Group for those struggling with questions of faith. The group met just a few (2 or 3 ?) times, and but did not carry on. 3 Sunday evening Worship - no initial movement, but we did start a monthly ‘Exploring Prayer’ from January 2017. (See earlier).

Things seen about our local community

  • Increased diversity in ethnic background. Possibly also increased inequality with a spectrum from the fairly well off to those struggling, and needing e.g. Food Bank.
  • Isolation and loneliness. We notice people newly moved in to Rye Park who seem adrift and needing to belong. Often from other countries, or moved out of social housing nearer London into eg Housing Association Housing here.
  • There is a sizeable (20%?) settled Italian population dating from WW2 who are catered for by Local Roman Catholic Church and Community.

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

  • Through focussing considerable resources on: Toddler Group; Messy Church; allengage monthly worship; JAM (Jesus and Me) after school club to reach a more diverse group, especially young families.
  • Through the work of our curate and outreach team: eg "Everybody Welcome course"; Outreach events for the whole community: Big Lunch, Quiz Nights, Barn Dances, Family Treasure Hunt etc; International Language cafe (Jan 2018).
  • Through the 'A Bit of What you Fancy' initiative: Self selecting groups that meet for e.g. Table Tennis in the Church Hall, Cinema Visits, Walks etc, all with the aim of: Encouraging everyone to own responsibility to initiate and share; Getting to know one another better, and be more relaxed and open about sharing faith with one another.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

The people of St Cuthbert's Rye Park are known for being energized by their Christian faith, and for living out that faith so that St Cuthbert's has become a beacon of light in this community. They are a community who care for one another, and share in the joys and sorrows of life together. They are a Jesus centred church, who are seeking to grow deeper in their faith, and welcome everyone to discover more of the goodness of God in their lives.

Current Situation

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

From our Parish Statistics for Mission, we see that we are steadily growing, with 84 adults and 7 children regularly attending on a Sunday. 33 of these adults and 5 of the children regularly attending at the present have joined St Cuthbert’s during the last 5 years. Of the adults, 6 are new Christians, 7 had attended another church in the past and are returning to active church membership after a lapse, 6 are ‘Cradle Christians’ discovering lively adult faith for the first time, and 14 are church attenders who have transferred from other churches, or who have moved into the area. In addition, we have seen another 7 new adults attending regularly for a period of at least 6 months at some point in the past 5 years, but who are currently not attending regularly. (4 ‘cradle Christians’, and 3 unchurched) Funerals: Steady with numbers of funerals around 12 a year; Baptisms are very few.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • One: Cohesion with Diversity. To maintain a unity of purpose for mission at St Cuthbert’s, whilst giving permission for, and encouraging, a variety of ways of working in mission and in worshipping. Holy: Integrating worship, life and faith. Growth in faith for all. Opportunities to share faith with others. An example of this would be the ‘Lyfe’ material (Bible Society), which has formed the basis of our worship (Sep 17 - July 18).
  • Catholic: To recognise diversity, and to be welcoming to all; Acceptance and inclusion; Recognising the church is a ‘messy family’ Being a beacon to the community; being generous and non judgmental. Work with groups and individuals in our community to use our resources including our buildings to build community. Recent examples of this would be: Using opportunities to use our hall to benefit the community through: Inviting SPACE, a local autism support group to use our hall, and granting them funds to pay for their use of our building. Hosting a ‘Teaching English to speakers of other Languages (TESOL)’ course run by the Three Parks Children’s Centre. And from Jan 2018 running our own ‘International Language Cafe’ to provide more opportunities for informal English language conversation.
  • Apostolic: Mission. 'Sharing the love of God, especially with the people of Rye Park'. To build on the work done by Alison during her curacy. To develop and strengthen links with our community, with a focus on families with school age children.

Goals (for the next year)

  • Holy: Integrating Worship, Life and Faith: To see four people from the congregation equipped in the next year to lead our all engage service. This inter-generational worship service aims, among other things, at helping people discover their preferred style of worship (as in learning style - Word, Image, Symbol focussed etc) through a range of options each month to engage with the Bible passage for the day. In addition: In all our worship, but especially in our all engage service Making our worship more accessible - in terms of those who are differently able, and also recognising differing learning & worshipping styles. In all our worship Making the ‘Open Mike’ sharing to be a more regular feature of our worship, and for e.g. all ages to be encouraged to take part. For the whole of church life Exploring ways to be more intentional in encouraging a ‘Whole Life Discipleship’ approach to our lives as Christians - linking what happens when we gather for worship with out day to day lives. (Of which ‘Lyfe’ was an example).
  • Apostolic: To appoint a Family Missioner by September 2018 to continue the work led by our curate Alison Jackson (2014-2017). The focus would be our work in the two primary schools, (Forres and Cranbourne), the Nursery School and the Children’s Centre. Working with our own Dots and Tots and Messy Church, and increasing our contact with our parish - especially families and children 7-11. (Building teams where appropriate).
  • Apostolic: To see 5 adults confirmed in the next 2 years through routes other than Sunday worship. Through working with Messy Church and other ‘New Ways of Being Church’ to develop further opportunities for growth in faith, and to grow the proportion of our ‘Non-Sunday’ community.
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