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

Sarratt, Holy Cross version: 1

Our Details




Sarratt and Chipperfield




St Albans


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Our Looking

Things seen about our local community

  • Church building not centrally located in the village.
  • Expensive housing makes it difficult for young people to remain or move into the village.
  • Perceived lack of relevance of the Church in our Parish.

Three things we have seen about our church

  • Lack of younger generation - under 40s.
  • Good variety of worship and church-generated activities.
  • Spotlight magazine seen as a good vehicle for information about church and village life.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

A vibrant Christian community characterised by its unity in Christ and self-giving love whee all are welcome and inspired to become disciples of Jesus. A thriving body of people with an outward focus who are living out the love of God and truly integrated in the local community.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Develop intentional stepping stones to inspire and encourage people in the parish to faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Nurture and develop people's faith and unity in Christ in order to become a church characterised by love and self-giving.
  • To provide opportunities for families and children to encounter the love of Jesus.

Goals (for the next year)

  • Run the Diocesan Welcome course for church members by Autumn 2015.
  • To substantially increase church member participation in the existing open events - e.g. Bike and Hike, Village Picnic, Open House, Open Air Service.
  • To review and develop the Benefice website and explore the use of Social media in order to fully promote what we are and what we are doing.
  • To have a preaching series focused on Unity in Christ in the Autumn 2015.
  • To develop and strategy to built better and stronger links with Sarratt School in order to improve engagement with families and children starting by September 2015.
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