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

Parish of Bedford, St Andrew
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Parish
Bedford, St Andrew

Benefice
Bedford, St Andrew

Deanery
Bedford

Archdeaconry
Bedford

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
30th January 2019

Our MAP will be reviewed next
25th September 2022

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

We set up a monthly community coffee morning in our foyer. It has grown and even raised money for local charities.
We established a team of welcomers at our Sunday services and regular teas for newcomers.
We appointed a new Youth and Children’s worker and this has helped to consolidate our work in this area.
We raised a team to assist with the Salvation Army night shelter.
We saw one person begin readership training and another has become an ordinand.

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

8 stars

Where has there been less progress than hoped for?

We did not move forward as quickly as we had hoped in respect of our environmental policy.

Vision

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

We welcome everyone to a community that lives out God’s love in Christ through mutual support.

Values

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

We worship God reverently and joyfully.
We seek justice, freedom, and social well-being for all God’s world.

1st Priority

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

Enhancing the environment.
We will work to reduce our overall carbon footprint and enhance the habitat within our church grounds.
We will investigate the possibility of installing solar panels on the Church / Centre roofs.

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

We will work to qualify for a bronze Ecochurch award by September 2020 and a silver award by September 2022.

2nd Priority

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

Enlarging our youth provision.
We will enlarge our youth provision by actively seeking ideas from our young people and their parents.
We will endeavour to involve parents in the planning and delivery of our youth work.

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 will set up a bi-monthly series of social events for the youth, beginning in September 2019 and leading to a weekend away in September 2020.

3rd Priority

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

Encouraging faith in others.
We will create more opportunities for learning and market them more proactively.
We will consider whether a small team of volunteers could be commissioned to go and assist a nearby parish for a 3-6 month period under a scheme being devised by the Diocesan Flourishing Churches Team.

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

SMART Goal to achieve your 3rd Priority

We will formulate and deliver a cycle of five or six short courses for learning beginning in the first year of this MAP, beginning in September 2019.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 3rd Priority

We will experiment further with cafe church as an extension of our Coffee and Company initiative.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 3rd Priority

We will engage with the Diocesan “Growing Younger” initiative with a focus on those in their 20s and 30s.

4th Priority

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

Enriching our own discipleship and friendship (within St Andrew’s congregation)
We will seek ways to get to know each other better and deepen our own faith.

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

Twice a year will will encourage members to socialise and deepen friendships via potluck meals and safari suppers, namely at St Andrew’s tide and Eastertide.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 4th Priority

We will endeavour to set up a formal rota for transport to the main 10.00am Sunday Service to launch at Advent 2019.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 4th Priority

We will formulate a plan for a Big Church Weekend away in 2021 for consideration by the PCC. This will be presented to the PCC in March 2020.

5th Priority

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

Openly engage with our local community.
We will seek to create social opportunities to address loneliness.
We will look for opportunities to have a presence at local events (River Festival, school fetes, etc) – building on what our Fairtrade team already does.

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 5th Priority most focus on?
Transforming Communities

SMART Goal to achieve your 5th Priority

We will research opportunities to participate in and/or assist with the delivery of a local community event in 2020.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 5th Priority

We will restructure our summer fete to increase involvement and attendance from our local community.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 5th Priority

We will pan events to celebrate the centenary of the Church Building (2021-2022) which intentionally engage our local community.

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=22032
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  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities