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

Church of Westoning, St Mary Magdalene
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Church
Westoning, St Mary Magdalene

Parish
Westoning

Benefice
Westoning with Tingrith

Deanery
Ampthill and Shefford

Archdeaconry
Bedford

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
5th November 2019

Our MAP will be reviewed next
30th November 2020

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

1. An increased focus on outreach, in particular to children, young people and families including engaging a self employed Family Outreach and Community Consultant. We are beginning to see answers to many years of prayer.
* New Toddler Group, Little Stars, meets once a week in term time in the breakfast club room of the local school – relationships are being built and developed. The team was invited to its first baptism from this group
* TWiG New group for 0 – 9 year olds Tea With God – meets once a month on a Friday after school. Lots of crafts worship and a simple message + food. Regularly 40- 50 attend.
* SWAS (Service with a Smile) takes place once a month and is a simple service for young families with worship songs, a bible story and lots of craft activities. Still provides a great link into the village and many of the families also now come to TWiG and Little Stars and some older ones to Youth Group.
* Youth group for 9-13 year olds meets once a month and continues to flourish and provides a much needed space for this age group.
* Open the Book team goes into Westoning Lower School once a week, which is valued by all, especially as this is not a church school. The school come into church for services at key points in the year.
* One informal outdoor service was held in the summer and two Cafe Church Services which helped to draw together families from the other various activities which take place and bring them into church.
2. Westcaf a free weekly coffee morning which the church offers to the village has now been going for 3 years and provides a vital contact point mainly with older members of the community, but also some young families come along. Usually at least 20-30 people join us for coffee cake and sausage rolls. Friday Fellowship meets once a week for the older folk from the village and still continues to flourish as does the bi monthly Men’s Breakfast. Various home groups continue to meet regularly.
3. A culture of prayer has been developed where before most activities the helpers come together to pray.
4. The church was opened every day for a week during Thy Kingdom Come and in addition there were 2 evening events teaching on prayer using Pete Grieg dvd’s which extended the impact of this event.
5. A training day on prayer and blessing our communities was organised by the church, with an international speaker from Ffald y Brenin. The day was attended by over 50 people from this church and other local churches.
6. The church has been working with other local churches and with Healing Rooms UK to open a weekly healing room in a local cafe to bring Jesus into the market place.

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?

1.The Scattering of Seeds Event did not take place, but we have developed closer relationships with many on the edge of the church or not part of the church in different ways.
2. The development of the church building is moving forward at a much slower pace than was originally envisaged.

Vision

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

Westoning Church is a church for all the people in the community, which wants to grow and see Gods Kingdom continue to be extended. All are welcome. It proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. It’s members desire to share the love of God, embody the love of God and grow in the love of God.

Values

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

1. To sustain support and equip the individual members of the congregation to continue to develop their relationship with our God of love and to help them know Him as Father Son and Holy Spirit.
2. To be a church that takes seriously the Great Commission to go and make disciples, in our communities, our families and our places of work and leisure.
3. To be a hospitable and welcoming church to all who come and to help each individual know they belong and are valued.

1st Priority

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

To continue to build on what has already been established in supporting and equipping our gathered family and then to keep reaching out to all generations within the community, encouraging wider participation from the whole congregation to seek God for his 20/20 vision.
To work as a church to bring the gospel to every home in Westoning during 2020.

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

Involve the whole congregation in this priority through teaching and communication.
60% of the congregation involved in tract distribution.
Invitations given to all homes in the village to a Mission Event.
Continue and maintain current activities in the church and community.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

To underpin the vision with corporate prayer. Introduce a weekly church prayer meeting in the day time in addition to the monthly evening meeting.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 1st Priority

3. Mission Outreach and Equipping Committee work with the PCC to develop and plan and review progress regularly.

2nd Priority

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

To renovate the church to include a multi purpose space at the back of the church and repair of the chancel.

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 2nd Priority most focus on?
Going deeper into God

SMART Goal to achieve your 2nd Priority

Establish a focus group by the end of 2019 to meet at least bi monthly and to include a church warden, the treasurer, the vicar and a member of the Mission Outreach and Equipping Committee.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

To cover with regular corporate prayer.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 2nd Priority

Communicate progress regularly to the whole church in the magazine and notices.

3rd Priority

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

To maximise our new resource of a Family Outreach Community Consultant.

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

Raise funds to ensure the longer term sustainability of the of the Family Outreach Community Consultant.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 3rd Priority

To appoint a person or persons to look at longer term funding including applying for grants and working with the diocese.

4th Priority

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

To continue to love sustain support and equip the congregation feeding them with Gods word continuing a culture of prayer worship and discipleship and supporting each other. Looking at ways to recognise individual gifting and then utilise them.

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

Continue and develop the numerous activities which already take place within the church and community.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 4th Priority

Review and reflect on the effectiveness of the activities taking place at each PCC.

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=22511
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