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

Waterford, St Michael and All Angels version: 4

Our Details

Parish

Waterford, St Michael and All Angels

Benefice

The Beane Valley Benefice

Deanery

Hertford and Ware

Archdeaconry

Hertford

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    02/11/2016
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    19/10/2016
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    01/11/2017

Our Looking

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

  • We have completed, celebrated and begun to use our new Garden of Remembrance.
  • We are reaching out to our community through the Missing You Tree, environmental policy, Christmas Star, Lent Cross and increasing number of guided visits.
  • We have completed and issued a new churchyard leaflet to offer practical churchyard guidance and pastoral support. Also: ** We are making good progress in preparing the church to be open unattended for prayer. ** We continue to care for our community and parishioners. ** We are growing in fellowship through our weekly working parties.

Things seen about our local community

  • Beautiful village - popular place to live with a community that is supportive of its church, e.g. flower and cleaning rotas but not attending services; a community that cares for its church building and churchyard.
  • Majority of amenities gone - pub, shop, cafe; the only amenities are the church and the village hall.
  • Existing housing - scarce and very expensive. There is a relatively new, gated community, the geography making it physically distinct from the village.

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

  • We are beginning to engage with the community in a more conscious fashion, building on existing contacts, publicising our work and being more visible.
  • We have sought to make our church and churchyard more accessible as places for quiet reflection and enjoyment for the whole community.
  • We have embraced the concept of 'Caring for God's Acre'. Also: ** Lists of 10 in the monthly Parish News seek to promote understanding of Christian faith and life in accessible 'bite-sized' pieces. ** Opening the church for mid-week Morning Prayer.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

To be seen as a Christian Community that is growing, that worships within and serves the needs of the whole parish.

Current Situation

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

Increased our variety of services and adapted the pattern of services to meet the needs of both regular and occasional worshippers, changing one of the monthly services to a morning service so that they do not have to venture out in darkness and introducing Morning Prayer.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • To be seen as a vibrant, welcoming and generous Christian community doing our best to meet the needs of the whole parish.
  • To increase both the number of attendances at and involvement in our services of worship.
  • To make our building more available, including use by community groups.

Goals (for the next year)

  • Continue to raise awareness of the new Garden of Remembrance and use the new churchyard leaflet to offer pastoral support and practical guidance.
  • Provide resources for worship, eg. new prayer table and candle stand.
  • Continue to reach out to our community through Missing You Tree, Christmas Star, Lent Cross and culture of invitation to special services.
  • Continue work on increasing access to the church building and look for opportunities to make more use of the building and the churchyard, including the 'Caring for God's Acre' initiative.
  • Create a vision of how the new benefice will become united. Also: ** Continue to care for ourselves, our community and our parishioners and be thankful for our work together.
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