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

Watford, St Mary version: 2

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St Albans


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Our Looking

Things seen about our local community

  • Despite the current economic crisis Watford retains a vibrant town centre with a growing night time economy. The population of Watford is approximately 90,700 but this figure increases considerably during the day with a significant number of people commuting into town for work and shopping.
  • Watford reflects multicultural Britain. Many languages can be heard on the high street, and there is a good ethnic mix and community cohesion. Watford increasingly attracts young families moving into the area attracted by cheaper housing compared to London, and the good reputation of local schools.
  • St Mary's has for centuries been the focus of Christian witness in the centre of Watford, but a broader Christian presence exists today.

Three things we have seen about our church

  • Our location may be a key to defining our future mission.
  • The Church offers both a sacred space and a sanctuary within a busy town centre.
  • Only 17% of the congregation live within the parish. The church is situated within the 'island' created by the ring road. Yet as a faith community we often feel like we are on the outside looking in. This could be seen in two ways: (i) that we are attractive to Christians from across Watford, or (ii) that we are not fulfilling our mission to the parish. Watford is a culturally and ethnically diverse town. That diversity is increasingly seen within our congregation, but is not reflected in the leadership and governance of the church. The 3 Ws of Welcome, Worship and Witness are key concerns for St Mary's. Certainly the way in which we embrace the diversity that is being experienced and apply that to the 3 Ws will be key to how we grow and flourish as an evangelical Anglican church located on the high street.

Our Discerning

Vision (for five years' time)

Retaining our rich evangelical heritage we want to be a church community which is rooted in the scriptures, filled with the Spirit and one which lives out a credible Christian faith. The church building needs to continue to be a sacred space and place of sanctuary in the heart of Watford. As a church community we naturally long to see spiritual and numerical growth in line with the diocesan initiative, Living God's Love, and to be a vibrant community attractive to others, and in partnership with other churches serve our local community well.

Priorities (for the next five years)

  • To revitalise the Home Group structure.
  • Develop a dynamic leadership team.
  • To discern an enhanced vision for St Mary's which will inform the course of intended re-ordering of the church building.

Goals (for the next year)

  • By the end of 2014, increase Home Group membership from 30-40 to 50-60.
  • In September 2014, establish the CPAS Growing Leaders Course, the key resource for training and recruiting leaders.
  • By April 2015, identify and develop and Leadership Team accountable to the PCC.
  • By the 2015 APCM, to update and develop the plans for the re-ordering of St Mary's.
  • By April 2015, identify strategies for fundraising, including management of existing funds, to support plans for the re-ordering of St Mary's.
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