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Leagrave, St Luke version: 2

Our Details

Parish

Leagrave, St Luke

Benefice

Leagrave, St Luke

Deanery

Luton

Archdeaconry

Bedford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    13/09/2018
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    28/02/2019
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    28/02/2020

Our Looking

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

  • 6 members from St Luke’s (Jess, Linda, Emmanuel, Sue, Nom & Grace) attended and completed the year long Mission Shaped Ministry course run by the diocese.

    A significant number of the congregation took pare in the town wide ‘Fresh’ mission in May 2018. Many said ‘we should do this again’

    The listening to Leagrave project started in summer of 2018 and continues.

    We piloted a discipleship course after the Sunday service using LICC material ‘on the front line’

    Young people went to camp in October 2017 and more will be going in October 2018 and 2019.

    We piloted moving our coffee morning to Hockwell Ring Community centre in August 2018 and this was a success and has continued.

    We ran a ‘playground’ mission (Thursdays 2-4pm in August). Due to rain it only happened twice but when we held it, young people came to play football and others participated in the crafts. Overall we had contact with about 72 young people plus parents and carers.

    We have built partnerships with the community centre which were none existent a year ago

    Care hubs have started. We now have 7.

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

  • Identifying four to six helpers to join the pastoral care team to assist in taking communion to private and residential care homes. Why? lack of capacity to focus on this and capacity issues with regards to people. We have people who are able, but they don’t have the capacity to do this.

Things seen about our local community

  • New private housing but still pockets of deprivation
  • Ethnically diverse
  • Reduced provision for young people

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

  • Taking part in the Fresh mission: involved car wash, little pick, tidying up garden and Hockwell Ring community centre Holding a playground mission in August in partnership with Luton Town Community Football Trust and Hockwell Ring Community centre Taking young people to CPAS camp and having an open youth club on Fridays. Holding our coffee morning at Hockwell Ring Community centre Overall focus is on building relationships

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

A joyful, generous and accessible church, where people encounter God, lives are transformed

Current Situation

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

A church facing the challenges to grow spiritually, numerically and financially

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • (UP) - Nurturing discipleship for all ages (children, young people, older people etc)
  • (IN) - A system of pastoral care for new and existing members
  • (OUT) - To engage with and to better understand the community we seek to serve. - The look of the place (Church building)

Goals (for the next year)

  • UP - Take young people to Luton Unite event once a term. - Run ‘generous giving campaign’ for giving is a discipleship issue
  • IN - Hold Care hub bring and share lunch twice a year - Promote and encourage people to attend the ‘Big church Day out’
  • OUT - Complete the listening project - Explore starting a fresh expression of Church - Start a pensions lunch & continue with the coffee morning - Repeat social action Saturday with Churches Together Leagrave - Repeat the Summer playground mission and do one or two additional events over the Easter holidays/half term with Luton Town Football club. - Submit funding bid to heritage lottery for gathering stories of Leagrave. - Open the front of the church.
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