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

Church of Letchworth, St Paul
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Church
Letchworth, St Paul

Parish
Letchworth, St Paul

Benefice
Letchworth, St Paul with Willian

Deanery
Hitchin

Archdeaconry
St Albans

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
27th January 2020

Our MAP will be reviewed next
21st February 2021

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

‘I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.’ 1 Corinthians 3:6

Looking back we can see that God has fulfilled his promise to lead us in a year of pilgrimage. We thank God for supporting us through our vacancy and sending us our wonderful new vicar.

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

7 stars

Where has there been less progress than hoped for?

Communication.
We see this as fundamental to becoming a stronger community. The development in communication this year through the wider use of Church Suite has been welcomed and the improvement in IT facilities has raised the standard of our services. We are aware there is much more to do in this area and will be set as a goal for next year.

Vision

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

Living God’s Love: Going deeper into God: making new disciples, transforming communities

Vision Statement
To show the light and love of Jesus for all
‘By this everyone will know you are my disciples’, John 13:3

Our vision continues to inspire our mission to live God’s love by going deeper into God, making new disciples and transforming communities. We thank God for the increase in the number of people who have joined our church community over the past two years and we pray that God will empower us to grow as a mission shaped Church led with purpose and direction.

Values

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

Core values

We believe that God is calling us to a deeper relationship with Him and each other. Our core values reflect the five marks of mission supported by prayer: Tell, Teach, Love your neighbour, Transform and Tend.
• We believe we are called to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom in a variety of ways, by supporting the spiritual progress of our church community by teaching and nurturing new believers.
• We believe in caring for each other and responding to human need by loving service.
• We are conscious of the injustice in society and where possible give prayerful and practical support to those in need.
• God is giving us a clear message about the importance of safeguarding the integrity of creation and sustaining and renewing the life of the earth.

All our work will be supported by communication with God, drawing on the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

1st Priority

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

Prime priority:
Our prime priority for 2020 and beyond is to revise the administrative and organisational structure of our chirch. With a community of over 200 we are no longer a small church though we currently work as a small church with one vicar leading and managing all aspects of the church. PCC have agreed this structure is unsustainable and have asked four members to form a Development Team to consider how to build capacity so that we move forward as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ for the good of our community.

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 1st Priority most focus on?
Transforming Communities

SMART Goal to achieve your 1st Priority

Goals (3 maximum)
The development team have produced a new framework for Ministry and Mission at St Paul’s approved by the PCC identifying the need for clear mission and purpose, a more business like approach to strategy and administration and the development of lay leadership.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

The work of the lay leaders is to be co-ordinated through the PCC so that ordained and lay leaders are clear about their roles and feel supported and enabled to work together to fulfil the Christ-centred nature of our mission.

2nd Priority

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

Our 2nd priority this year is to co-ordinate the pastoral care we provide for our church family by recruiting a pastoral care leader to consider areas of pastoral care where support is required: support for baptisms, to support the Care Team to respond to those in need of support during illness or personal difficulties, welcoming newcomers

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

We have re-brand our monthly ‘Just Coffee’ so that it becomes ‘St Paul’s Community café’ not only providing free tea, coffee, biscuits and company but having pre-loved childrens’ clothes and toys and food from the ‘Best Before’ café to give to people.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

Last year we worked with other organisations to provide meals twice a week for families in need during the summer holidays. We provided children with a packed lunch during holiday club. Our aim is to provide such support this year.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 2nd Priority

We are reviewing the extent of our mission support to engage the community more fully in the work of our mission partners at home and overseas. by considering who we support and how we support them.

3rd Priority

What 3rd Priority are you working on to make your vision a reality?

We aim to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom by improving the opportunities for worship so that we help people to grow in their personal faith and intimacy with God.

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

SMART Goal to achieve your 3rd Priority

Goals (3 maximum)
We are delivering a variety of Alpha courses during the year appealing to those new to faith, those going deeper into their faith, those refreshing their faith. Participate in the diocesan initiative ‘Reaching new People’

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 3rd Priority

we are facilitating the training of recently appointed Lay Leaders of Worship, readers and two members training as ordinands. We Welcome the richness they bring to our church life through their various contributions to our worship.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 3rd Priority

We have created fresh expression of our church by launching a new-style evening service of Holy Communion SIX:30 which is developing as a successful alternative style of worship.

4th Priority

What 4th Priority are you working on to make your vision a reality?

A key lever to support our church growth will be an efficient system of communication. This is a continuation of our priority from last time and has become more urgent as our church grows.

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 4th Priority most focus on?
Going deeper into God

SMART Goal to achieve your 4th Priority

Goals (3 maximum)
We have recruit a lay leader to take responsibility for moving our communication initiative forward by reviewing the way we currently communicate with our church community e.g. Church suite, The lighthouse magazine, notices, messages given out in church.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 4th Priority

We will produce a plan that will make our communications efficient and supportive ,targeted at our various audiences and recruit a team of people with the necessary range of skills.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 4th Priority

We are gradually upgrading our IT systems and developing our use of social media.

5th Priority

What 5th Priority are you working on to make your vision a reality?

God gave us a clear message from the congregation about the importance of safeguarding the integrity of creation and sustaining and renewing the life of the earth by becoming a more eco friendly church.

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 5th Priority most focus on?
Going deeper into God

SMART Goal to achieve your 5th Priority

Goals (3 maximum)
We have recruited a lay member of the church to lead on this initiative and form a group to consider how we can become a more eco-friendly church.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 5th Priority

Produce a report of the environmental audit taken as part of wider eco-friendly church audit to support the direction of future development.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 5th Priority

Strengthen the church maintenance by recruiting volunteers to undertake jobs such as reviewing the use of church space, general maintenace of the fabric of the church, church spring cleaning, grounds maintenance, litter picking

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=21845
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities