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

Benefice of The Stodden Churches
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Benefice
The Stodden Churches

Deanery
Sharnbrook

Archdeaconry
Bedford

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
10th December 2019

Our MAP will be reviewed next
9th December 2022

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

Worship: Introducing Morning Worship for Communion, lay participation, developing Café Sunday, working with the URC chapel
Teaching: Alpha Sundays 2018, 3 Difficult Questions sessions, Christian Basics course
Family: regular school assemblies, Café Sunday
Leadership: Encouraging people to offer their gifts resulting in replacement organists
Communication: Finding an editor for the parish magazine, beginning a website for Stodden Churches, introducing regular pew sheet
Pastoral: encouraging a welcoming approach to those getting married
Resourcing: A successful stewardship campaign 2017

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?

Developing family ministry, especially Messy Church
Music in worship, especially the Benefice Choir
Developing a corporate prayer life and midweek teaching groups
Introducing Benefice social events to draw others in
Developing lay leadership of worship
Communication in terms of social media

Vision

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

As the Stodden Churches we seek to move forward together in love and service, sharing the good news of Christ with our neighbours

Values

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

Cooperation / Love / Service / Sharing

1st Priority

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

Worship

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 1st Priority most focus on?
Going deeper into God

SMART Goal to achieve your 1st Priority

To review the current Stodden Pattern of Sunday Services so as to increase the frequency of worship in each church and to consider the style and form or worship offered

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

To make better use of the Sunday evening worship; for teaching, Lent, special celebration events, youth ventures

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 1st Priority

To encourage more informality including wider lay involvement with th use oif food and drink (hospitality) as part of worship

2nd Priority

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

Growing younger / younger leadership

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 seek to find leaders to begin Messy Church

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

To look at the possibility after starting an After School club

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 2nd Priority

To engage with young family by Stodden Social events, special Festival celebrations such as Harvest and Pet services, and by inviting back couples who have married in the churches in the last five years

3rd Priority

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

Communication

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

To develop website making sure news about upcoming events is effectively displayed, and with Café Sunday and other mission initiatives having their own page

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 3rd Priority

To engage with social media like Facebook and Whats App

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 3rd Priority

To have an up to date email contact list for all who have come level or connection to Stodden whilst complying with GDPR

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=24016
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  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities