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Sandon, All Saints version: 2

Our Details

Parish

Sandon

Benefice

Clothall, Rushden, Sandon, Wallington and Weston

Deanery

Buntingford

Archdeaconry

Hertford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    20/07/2016
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    15/02/2017
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    31/07/2017

Our Looking

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

  • Started a short service of the word on Sunday afternoons preceded by refreshments. This is now established with a congregation of 8-20 including young families who have approached the church about baptism or have recently been baptised.
  • After a visit from the DAC work commenced on restoring the main nave flooring and heating and reordering that part of the church to enable more interactive services, school celebrations, occasional offices and social events.
  • The seasonal liturgy has been created and received a positive response from both the congregation and visitors.

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

  • Introduction of new worship songs is under way with the purchase of CDs to accompany the songs without the organ. However, this is taking longer than we would have hoped to build up confidence in using new material.
  • Interaction with the school is good and progressing but still tends to be at a tentative stage - but hopefully an imminent change of management may bring opportunities - together with the new layout in the church

Things seen about our local community

  • Sandon is a widespread village comprising of a medium sized development around the village green balanced by an equal number of dwellings in hamlets such as Roe Green, Mill End, Green End, Gannock and part of the hamlet of Redhill. It has good access to the A10 and the A505 and easy access to local market towns. There has been some new building in the village.
  • We have seen the growth of other cultures and religions, but do not feel that this is reflected in the 'ownership' by many of the residents of their Christian heritage. Christianity needs to continue to be evangelical if it is to act as a balance in the world.
  • The village has a stable and relatively affluent population with a good sense of community; there is a lot of goodwill towards the church, but this is not reflected in regular attendance.

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

  • The ministry of the Rector and Asst Curate along with the established congregation and parishioners is creating an increasing number of opportunities for engagement with the local community and this is now deepening good relations with the wider community.
  • It has been noticed that attendance at special services has attracted a wider cross section of the village and some people who had not been to the church before or many years.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

A welcoming church that offers a range of services to suit the needs of a diverse community whilst retaining a sense of a united community in worship, prayer and learning. A church that retains and increases its integral role of witness to the love of Christ both inside the church and out in the community at large, and especially to the local primary school. As a church that is growing and developing in learning about the life and teachings of Christ through prayer groups, bible study and shared discussions and is committed to developing lay input and individual vocation.

Current Situation

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

1. we have had an increased number of baptisms in the church, including parents coming back with a second child - now feeling that we are their parish church. 2. A marked increase in attendance at special services during the year

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • To achieve a more mixed age congregation through providing witness and appropriate services. Also through talking to the young families in the village to discern their needs and views.
  • To build on the existing good relationship with the village school. Meeting with the Headteacher and offering assemblies and class visits with a view to increasing the partnership and encouraging the school to use the church more.
  • To work towards providing opportunities for spiritual enquiry, growth and development through witness, bible study and prayer groups that lead to a united and informed community of worshippers and may also lead to an increase in vocations and lay leadership.

Goals (for the next year)

  • To start a new short welcoming service on Sunday afternoons aimed at families with young children and to advertise this through pew sheets, the gazette, posters and via baptisms and wedding services.
  • To begin the process of investigating the installation of kitchen and toilet facilities - talk to the congregation and the DAC.
  • To liaise with the local school to open up opportunities to visit classes and take assemblies alongside the existing visits to church for Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas.
  • To create seasonal service booklets which make the liturgy accessible to visitors, this to include baptism and other occasional offices.
  • To find ways of learning and using more modern worship songs/hymns (where appropriate) and providing accompanying music if they are not suitable for the existing organ, whilst continuing to maintain the traditional hymns and musical peices which form an integral part of the worship of the church.
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