St Peter and St Paul, Tring version: 2
The Revd Huw Bellis
This MAP was adopted by PCC
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Our MAP will be reviewed next
What progress have you made with the Goals from your previous MAP, and what do you want to celebrate?
- We are an active, lively, thriving church. We put a lot of effort into encouraging young families and young people with Worship for All being a real strength with congregations of 150 -200. Our youth café is growing and young servers are beginning to get more confident. We have a great relationship with the schools. We still care and do a lot for the older members of our community but this is more hidden. A lot of our congregation are more elderly (and sadly are dying). We need to keep a balance between the traditional (which has fed our established members) and the new to encourage others to join. We need new leaders and a succession policy.
Children from our Youth group who meet for toast and conversation @ 3,30 every monday
Which Living God's Love theme do you think it represents?
Making New Disciples
- We have a growing reputation as a civic church which is able to put on big functions for the town. At these services we have “a lightness of touch but with God firmly at the centre” (+Michael) The church is trusted to deliver on this.
700th anniversary of Tring Party
Tring Church 29th June 2015
Which Living God's Love theme do you think it represents?
- We baptize a lot of children but we don’t have a weekly toddlers service. We engage with those with no experience of faith but have no adults enquirers course. We marry a lot of couples but do not make disciples from them. We conduct many funerals but do not have adequate pastoral care afterwards.
Things seen about our local community
- Tring is predominantly affluent, middle class and well educated. It is predominantly a commuter town for adults. Many children come into Tring to come to Tring School (150 primary school places per year in Tring but 240 secondary school places). The High Street is a generally pleasant environment both during the day and as an evening venue. The market having moved back to the High Street has added to this. Tring is becoming a more and more expensive place to live as house prices continue to rise, rents are high, and new and posher restaurants / pubs move into the town. Tring appears to be more recession proof than many places – there are not many empty shops, Tring Tesco’s is one of the most profitable in the country, everyone is having an extension. However, within Tring there is a small pocket of genuine deprivation (as evidenced by use of foodbank) not apparent on national statistics. Tring’s reputation of having a great sense of community is to a large part true. There are many community based activities happening which are centered on our churches. (e.g. Tring700, The Jubilee and Olympics in 2012, Tring Festival and Carnivals) However behind this facade of community spirit there exist many of the modern ills. We have seen that: people are too busy (or think they are) to volunteer; there is a disturbing level of suicide amongst young men; and the negative effects of marriage break ups occur. There are also plans for a significant number of new houses in Tring and Cross Rail may be coming to Tring.
- Whilst still being predominantly mono-cultural, the community is becoming slightly more ethnically diverse and those who move into Tring are coming from more diverse communities.
How have you begun to engage with these concerns / needs / issues?
- Host food bank for the most needy in our communities
Vision (for five years' time)
St Peter and St Paul’s continues to be a lively, active, outward looking church with a wide range of people having active ministries. It is a church which is open to all in the community. We are recognized as a community which loves and believes in God and which helps others in our community realise that they are equally known and loved by God. That we play an important part in the life of our wider Team Parish.
Priorities (for the next five years)
- To develop new disciples especially through our encounters with those visiting the church and attending special services and the occasional offices
- Focusing on serving all ages in our diverse community
- Encourage new leadership within the church community
Goals (for the next year)
- • Welcome o Maximise the new space created in the South Aisle to provide suitable resources for those who call into the church for prayer Votive candle stand Prayer resources New prayer board Pocket crosses Frontal? Chairs? NOVEMBER 2015 (Discuss at October meeting) o Have a welcome pack ready to give to new worshippers Who’s who What we do How do we contact you? How to join ER Magazine How to join Team Scheme FEBRUARY 2016 (Discuss at December Meeting) o Welcome leaflets for occasional offices Welcome to a funeral / baptism / wedding leaflet Rolling powerpoint welcome/notices for baptisms and weddings APRIL 2016 (Discuss at March Meeting)
- • Serving all Ages o Year 6/7 Transition – no need to discuss but ask for report from JCB/GW JUNE 2016 (ask for presentation at AGM?) o Toddler Worship Review occasional pattern of Little Fish Decide whether to renew weekly, fortnightly or monthly service or continue with Saturday pattern SEPTMBER 2016 (Discuss at July Meeting) o Expand and Split youth café (NB maybe this should be on Team MAP not ours)
- • Civic Events o Community involvement Church representation on Tring Together planning meetings Develop links with Apple Fayre for Harvest Festival Discuss at February meeting o Plan a big civic service Agree with Tring Together and or FOTCH a suitable occasion Plan and deliver service Discuss at December 2016 meeting o War Memorial 1918-2018 Set deadline for Dacorum to deliver, if not appoint Tring Together to manage project Discuss at December 2016 meeting
- • New Leadership / involvement o Reform fabric committee and empower to get work done Autumn 2016 o Encourage lay involvement at all levels Advertise job of the week Recruit new people to be chalice assistants / sound desk / AV assistants o Preaching course on vocations Autumn 2017 Involve targeted lay members in leading Worship for All with a mind to encourage them into ministerial training.