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

Church of Hitchin, St Mark
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Church
Hitchin, St Mark

Parish
Hitchin

Benefice
Hitchin & St Paul’s Walden (Team Ministry)

Deanery
Hitchin

Archdeaconry
St Albans

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
27th August 2019

Our MAP will be reviewed next
30th September 2020

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

Two years of prayer cards being delivered to every house. Positive feedback, particularly in first year.
Furthering relationships with people in care homes – we’ve now got regular contacts with 4 homes/day centres/sheltered housing complexes in our areas, doing at least 3 services year in each (Harvest, Christmas, Easter).
Alpha courses begun, with team now running them.
Messy St Mark’s at Oughton Primary School – 6 times a year – contact with 70-100 non-church people each time.

How far did you meet your previous priorities?
(1 star = Not at all → 10 stars = Done)

6 stars

Where has there been less progress than hoped for?

Informal evening service- this was started and ran for a couple of years but never really got off the ground. It has now stopped in order to put energy into other areas.
Holiday at Home – explored the idea but decided it was not right for us at this time.
Short talks – didn’t happen due to lack of capacity.

Vision

What is the vision for your Church, Parish, Team Ministry or Benefice?

We wish to be
– A place which draws people in, where everyone feels welcomed and strengthened; where worship is accessible, and where friends from outside the church want to venture.
– A growing church which relates to the communities of Westmill and Bearton, that is better connected to other churches, and is a force for good in the town.
– A place where faith in God is central and exploration of it is actively encouraged, enabling us to become better educated in our faith and knowledge of the Bible, and to be a source of helpful guidance and spiritual direction providing stepping stones to God.

Values

What are the core values for your Church, Parish, Team Ministry or Benefice?

We wish to be a community characterized by love, forgiveness, acceptance and compassion.

1st Priority

What is your 1st Priority to make your vision a reality?

To establish a new worshipping community at Oughton Primary School meeting on a Sunday afternoon.

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 1st Priority most focus on?
Making New Disciples

SMART Goal to achieve your 1st Priority

Within the next 12 months to engage with the Reaching New People Project to gain support and training.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

Within the next 12 months to begin conversations with the school and those already connected via Messy St Mark’s.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 1st Priority

Within the next 12 months to build a team to make this a reality.

2nd Priority

What 2nd Priority are you working on to make your vision a reality?

To improve our welcome, and particularly, our integration of newcomers into our church family.

This has a dual focus, helping those with faith already to go deeper into God by engaging in a church community, and to help those new to faith to integrate into a church community.

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 2nd Priority most focus on?
Making New Disciples

SMART Goal to achieve your 2nd Priority

To create a team of ‘Greeters’ who are different from our ‘Welcomers’ and whose role is to look out for newcomers, help them find seats, books, invite them for coffee etc.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

The Ministry Team to systematically visit all newcomers.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 2nd Priority

To hold a newcomers supper at least twice a year.

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=21818
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