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

St. Michael and All Angels version: 4

Our Details

Website

https://www.facebook.com/yourchurchyourcommunity/

Parish

Bedford, St Michael and All Angels

Benefice

Elstree and Borehamwood Team Ministry

Deanery

Bedford

Archdeaconry

Bedford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    11/03/2019
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    20/03/2019
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    11/03/2020

Our Looking

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

  • Outreach: We celebrate Pentecost Praise after the sevice by giving an open-invitation birthday party in the church garden that anyone on the estate or just passing can walk into. This will be our third year. Many folk have stopped by for a drink, food or a chat. Also at Harvest Time, we have a Harvest Time and Talent Day on the Saturday. People are invited to showcase their talents, hobbies, produce and a simple lunch is provided. This brings more people into contact with the family of St. Michaels.

    St. Michael and All Angels Harvest Time and Talent.

    Harvest Time and Talent at St. Michael's 29th September 2018 A local karate club, including a church member, gives a display of its talent

    Which Living God's Love theme do you think it represents?

    Transforming Communities


  • We have produced a Pew News magazine for three years. It has a letter from the Vicar as well as all service times, ours, our Methodist friends and those at the Catholic Church in the parish. We have photos of our events, articles of interest and our facebook address is on the front cover. Copies are distributed in church and at the other churches in the parish.

    Our Magazine

    This is also available via our Facebook page. It is full of our news, events, plans.

    Which Living God's Love theme do you think it represents?

    Making New Disciples


Things seen about our local community

  • A small multicultural congregation with a strong faith.
  • An inner urban parish containing significant areas of social and economic deprivation and undergoing social change.
  • Our outreach to families with young children is having success supported by Harpur Trust funding.

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

  • We translated some prayers into Polish for a family coming with thier young son who was preparing for his first communion
  • We support the local food bank and the local centres for men and women and children in need of accomodation and support. We also give annual financial asistance to the local Methodist Church's youth groups.
  • We ran a youth group, latterly named Dragons using the funding from the Harpur Trust to pay a youth worker, in church once a week. We now do not have this funding and the club has closed.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

Welcoming all, without discrimination, who want to acknowledge and grow their faith Offering social occasions that all in the community feel welcome to attend Responding to local and international need by supporting marginalised communities.

Current Situation

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

Grown our outreach by holding special events, such as Pentecost Praise and Harvest Praise. Christmas 2018 saw a huge increase in attendees at special services, carols and crib. Our number of young people has more than doubled and we can see the potential for further growth with our new All Age Worship service once a month.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • To reach out to our community via networking and social media
  • To maintain and develop our outreach to the community to meet their needs wherever they are on their faith journey
  • To remain focused on our charitable giving by developing opportunities to fundraise. (We funded three toilets in Africa in 2018 with Toilet-twinning)

Goals (for the next year)

  • Our initial welcome is a sensitive process to meet our visitors needs
  • We produce information leaflets on special services (e.g. Baptism) and train our welcomers to handle enquiries sensitively and lead enquirers through the way we do things at St. Michaels.
  • We have regular special services which include open invitaiton meals.
  • We are engaging with people whom we support and meet their needs in many different ways. Including overseas charities.
  • Our lines of communication with those who live in our parish is well-developed though our joint work with the local Methodist and Catholic Churches as we witness to our collective "parish" together, through our Pew News magazine, available online through our Facebook page.
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities