St Albans, Cathedral and Abbey Church version: 3
St Albans Abbey
St Albans Abbey
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Things seen about our local community
- St Albans is a thriving, prosperous community with rich diversity of faith groups & religious communities, especially Christian
- We live in a society which is searching for its spiritual roots
- Economic, personal and environmental challenges have an impact on all our lives
Three things we have seen about our church
- Regular congregational numbers are high. Numbers of young people (12-18 years old) have declined. Special services are packed.
- Long term financial sustainability cannot be taken for granted.
- We have a responsibility to enhance, conserve and develop our heritage for future generations.
Vision (for five years' time)
St Albans Cathedral exists to glorify God and proclaim Christ’s message of love. Our Mission is to: • be a community that reflects Jesus’ teaching; • share the faith and grow in faith; • deepen our unity with fellow Christians; • stand with St Alban for truth and justice; • offer a warm welcome to all; • serve the Bishop and Diocese of St Albans as their Cathedral Church; and • enhance, conserve and develop this holy place. In five years’ time we aim to have made St Alban and his shrine better known both nationally and internationally; to have achieved further growth in numbers and in depth of faith; to have better facilities for welcome and for teaching, and to have improved our strategies for nurturing children and retaining them in their teenage years.
Priorities (for the next five years)
- To raise the profile of Alban, Britain’s First Saint, so that everyone might be inspired by his story and his faith.
- To grow and develop our congregations with a particular focus on our youth section, especially the 12-18 year age group.
- To improve and extend our facilities to provide a fitting welcome to all who come.
Goals (for the next year)
- Deliver the Cathedral’s development strategy over the next 5 years. Key outputs being : • a national profile for Saint Alban and St Albans Cathedral; • a richer visitor experience and increased levels of engagement through new interpretation and activities supported by better facilities; • an increase in the number and diversity of visitors to the Cathedral from 160,000 per year to 220,000; • in five years and to 300,000 in the five years beyond, delivering the St Albans Visitor Economy Strategy; • the specialist restoration of the Shrine of Amphibalus focussing visitors on the origins of the Alban story; • new opportunities for individuals to volunteer and learn new skills; • new high quality learning opportunities for children, adults, informal learners and scholars through improved learning spaces and activities; • a stronger relationship between the Cathedral and the local community by making the Cathedral attractive and open to all; and • increased sustainability, both financial and environmental.
- To grow and develop our congregations through: • delivering an action plan for Congregational learning; • work with new Youth Chaplain to delivery activities and alternative worship for young people.
- To deliver the Cathedral’s Strategic priorities and goals for Welcome, including: • producing a marketing flier for distribution nationally; • improving signage and interpretation; • better collection and analysis of visitor data; • delivering a varied programme of concerts, exhibitions and events.
- To deliver the Cathedral’s Learning Development Plan by: • targeting under-represented audiences in schools; • developing a programme of learning activities for general visitors and families; • extending and expanding the range and programme of the Study Centre offering;adult Christian learning within the Diocese and local churches; • developing the library as a modern learning resource for the wider learning needs of the Diocese and local churches; • adapting the Education Centre teaching to reflect changes to the National Curriculum.
- To ensure long term financial stability and sustainability for future generations by: • reviewing the effectiveness of our congregational giving; • devising and delivering a fundraising strategy for ongoing development; • improving our marketing to increase visitor numbers and visitor spend.