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

Meppershall, St Mary the Virgin version: 4

Our Details

Website

http://www.stmarysmeppershall.org.uk

Parish

Meppershall

Benefice

Meppershall and Shefford

Deanery

Ampthill and Shefford

Archdeaconry

Bedford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    17/03/2017
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    17/05/2017
  • 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?

  • Website and Facebook page have a good following.
  • Rectory 'teas and getting serious' are going well. (Tuesday afternoon groups)
  • Every Sunday 11am Worship established- with a new variety of services.

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

  • The building, we made a roof and rainwater goods grant application which was unsuccessful.

Things seen about our local community

  • The village wants village events for the village to meet and do.
  • The need for socialising opportunities for older women
  • The need for socialising opportunities for mothers with babies.

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

  • Very successful scarecrow festival and church walks.
  • Rectory 'teas and getting serious'.
  • Pilot-mum and toddler event.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

We will be a growing church, going deeper into God together- known as followers of Jesus, spreading the good news- "with a heart for the community, at the heart of the community, making a difference in the community.

Current Situation

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

We have a growing worshipping community and there is an exciting sense of God gathering people here.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • Relationships- individual and corporate.
  • Spiritual growth- growing ourselves and others.
  • Our building.

Goals (for the next year)

  • Relationships- develop community events and improve community communication- e.g ideas Scarecrow 2, Heavens above, Mum and toddler circuit and village advent calendar.
  • Reaching out to the proposed new builds in the community. eg. Village welcome packs.
  • Making confident Christians- create opportunities to explore and nurture faith. eg. Lent group, home group, prayer ministry.
  • Wider world- Look outwards together- discern our common calling to tackle poverty and injustice.
  • Our building- continue with major repairs-submit HLF application and engage in "Heritage" promoting activities.
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