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

Sawbridgeworth, Great St Mary version: 4

Our Details







Bishop's Stortford




  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
  • 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?

  • Introduce final form of Family Service/All Age Eucharist
  • Compile a Welcome Pack for those new to Great St Mary’s
  • Complete the heating project

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

  • Prepare suggestions for developing south aisle of Church to meet needs of congregation and wider community
  • Develop our engagement with the people of our town by increasing our participation in community events

Things seen about our local community

  • New housing developments since 2011 and future plans
  • School children and uniformed organisations keen to know about Church
  • Wider community not always aware when community events are run by worshippers at GSM

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

  • Recognised need for personal engagement
  • Ministry team encouraging & responding to requests
  • Exploring how to improve communication

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

Walking in humility with God, loving one another and sharing God’s love with the wider community

Current Situation

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

In the past omitted to record data for our Fresh Expression (Tiny Tots Service)

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Growing in personal faith, spirituality and loving relationships
  • Welcoming and providing for all generations and needs
  • Sharing God’s love in service and healing within the Church family and the wider community

Goals (for the next year)

  • Achieve good participation in 3 activities designed to grow commitment to faith (by 2020)
  • To pilot Messy Church and assess its long-term sustainability (by 2019)
  • Greeting new residents to Sawbridgeworth by taking Welcome Packs to their homes (by 2019)
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