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

Warners End, St Alban (Centre of Worship) version: 4

Our Details

Parish

Hemel Hempstead, Warners End and Gadebridge

Benefice

Hemel Hempstead Team Ministry

Deanery

Hemel Hempstead

Archdeaconry

St Albans

Dates

  • This MAP was adopted by PCC
    03/10/2018
  • This MAP was uploaded to the website on
    04/10/2018
  • Our MAP will be reviewed next
    11/12/2019

Our Looking

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

  • Made the most of advertising – large banners for front of church, Christmas leaflets distributed, schools told ahead of fetes, and produced welcome leaflets, and invites to special services.
  • We have started Messy Church, having had 4 so far. We also have a event called "Blokes, Babies & Bacon Butties" up and running.
  • We have a very good and well maintained FaceBook page for our Messy Church events.

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

  • Having invested in events hoping to reach younger families we haven't been doing the planned Sunday afternoon events for older members.
  • We have not seen the increase in parish share contribution we have hoped for.

Things seen about our local community

  • A significant number of older people in the parish
  • We have actively supported DENS (Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter)
  • The local hospice – St. Francis, Liberty Tea Rooms

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

  • We have a regular coffee morning, with a view to inviting the recently bereaved to come and join us in a less threatening way than turning up to church. We also have a fortnightly craft group.
  • When we had a church hall DENS used it for many years for storage.
  • Church members help as volunteers both in the Hospice of St. Francis charity shop, and also in the hospice itself, and also in the Liberty Tea Rooms in town.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

• A church that offers a welcoming, caring community for all ages • Proclaims and worships Jesus Christ • Engages with the local community

Current Situation

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

We are aware of the challenge that faces us. Whilst being a predominantly older congregation we do have some younger families and children attached to the church. We are wanting to reach out to younger members, and recognise the need for this for the future vitality and viability of the church. For many years we have struggled to even get close to achieving the parish share asked, and are trying incrementally to address this through fund raising, stewardship teaching, and adopting the Parish Giving Scheme.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • To build on being a welcoming church family for all ages by strengthening our connections with younger adults, young people and children (making new disciples)
  • To explore and experiment with different ways of enabling all ages to worship and to grow in faith (going deeper into God)
  • To make sure our presence and events are publicised in the vicinity so as to share the Good News with the community (transforming community)

Goals (for the next year)

  • Make sure we advertise locally: Advertise at local shops New banners for use with “one offs” (see below) Have invites to special events ready to give out at the event before
  • Sustain the following events which have begun well: Blokes, Babies and Bacon butties - toddler group for men. Messy Church. Simple church lunches & pub lunches once a month on a Sunday.
  • Re-imagine the Children's Corner to be a "pray and play" area.
  • Christmas wreath festival - inviting local schools, scout groups and individuals to submit an entry
  • Aim to incrementally increase our giving each year through ongoing stewardship & fundraising
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities