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

Parish of Frogmore, Holy Trinity
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Parish
Frogmore, Holy Trinity

Benefice
Frogmore, Holy Trinity

Deanery
St Albans

Archdeaconry
St Albans

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
11th December 2019

Our MAP will be reviewed next
26th April 2021

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

There were 5 goals in our last MAP:

1. Outreach & Growth: To sustain a programme for Outreach and Growth across all ages.

We established an Events Team. There are now several outreach events each term. We are rejoicing in the diversity of these and the contact we are making with our community through them.

2. Training, Vocation & Leadership: To provide training opportunities, encourage vocations, and run a leadership course for church members.

We successfully ran a leadership course soon after the MAP was completed.

3. Age range 55+: To build on a new regular outreach group for 55+ (established May 2015) and grow ‘Summer Explorers’, an older age holiday club.

We increased the regular outreach group to a twice a month meeting, with lunch and faith-building activities.

4. Organised Pastoral Support: To devise a plan for coordinating our Pastoral support effectively.

We are celebrating our pastoral care team of committed people and others who assist them in visiting, transporting and supporting those in need. We keep a good record of who is in need and ensure nobody ‘falls through the gaps.’

5. 11-18s: To provide a coherent and integrated pattern of ministry and outreach for 11-18s.

We are grateful for our teenage groups. One meets during morning church with a discipleship focus. The other meets on a Sunday evening with a greater outreach element to it. We are grateful for the staff and volunteers to sustain these.

Where has there been less progress than hoped for?

1. Outreach and Growth:
We have not sustained ‘evangelism training’ as much as we hoped. We depend on a small pool of people in church who are very outreach focussed.

2. Training, Vocation & Leadership
We have not sustained leadership training after the initial course. The training in different ministries is not happening as much as we hoped for either.

3. Age range 55+
The ‘summer explorers’ holiday club vision was for young active retired people. However it quickly became a group centred on much older people and we did not achieve something for the younger age we were targeting.

4. Organised Pastoral Support:
Our home groups are not as integrated into pastoral care as much as we hoped and more rests on the shoulders of the pastoral care team than we envisaged.

5. 11-18s:
The original vision was for integrating our pattern of ministry to all 11-18s. However, we have found ourselves without 15-18s in the last two years, therefore the focus has been on 11-14s.

Vision

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

We want to be a family of disciples of all ages who love the Lord, love the Bible, love each other and love to make more disciples.
These four loves are inspired by the description of the vibrant and healthy church in Jerusalem in Acts 2:42 – 47.

We can consider these under four headings that spell WELL.

W: We aim to be a church that loves worshipping the Lord with all aspects of our lives; (v42,46)

E: to be a church that loves evangelising; sharing the good news with all, in which the Lord is pleased to add to our numbers; (v47)

L: to be a learning church, that loves the Apostles’ teaching (the Word of God) (v42);

L: and to be devoted to one another in loving relationships as a supportive family (v44-45).

Values

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

In order to be a WELL church, we seek to engage in:
Proclamation, Prayer, People and Perseverance (the 4Ps).

Proclamation of God’s word, the bible, through public preaching, personal bible study and conversations as the word is shared with all (church member and non church member alike)

Prayer: depending on the Holy Spirit to empower this work.

People: Being God’s family of disciples who love others, both inside and outside the church community.

Perseverance: as God’s work bears fruit in his timing and involves long-term commitment.

To be a member of a WELL church, a person should experience four stages of (overlapping) growth; Sow, Know, Grow and Go.

In the first phase we Sow to make contact with individuals and seek to bring the Gospel of Jesus into their lives.

We pray that they may come to Know Jesus for themselves and have a personal relationship with him.

Then we wish to help each person Grow as a disciple of Jesus in the family of the church. Growth is in knowledge of God, love for God and his people and holiness of living.

And we seek to Go as a church family in service of him. This includes training one another to use our gifts. Service includes a wide range of activities in church and locally, nationally and globally.

And the goal is to sow the gospel again. We need to be disciples who are committed to making more disciples.

We believe that the 4Ps working through Sow, Know, Grow and Go, will be God’s way to lead us to be the healthy WELL church we want to be.

1st Priority

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

Our First Priority:
We are therefore praying for all of our church family members to be convinced and devoted to proclamation, prayer, people and perseverance and to help everyone make progress through the four stages.
And we will promote and make use of this refined vision and values throughout the church family, in our services & activities, in our day to day language and in our literature.

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

Deliver ‘Sow, Know, Grow and Go’ consistently across the church’s life:

We plan to analyse continually our church life so that all stages of our mission permeate the church effectively. We will ensure there is progression through each of the stages. Where we identify gaps or weaknesses, we will put in place a ministry to act as a ‘stepping-stone.’ We will ensure our resources are allocated effectively whether this means starting or even stopping ministries, so that our mission is best pursued.
Who will do this: The PCC and the Leadership Team.

The PCC have already looked carefully at our strengths and weaknesses. We have also mapped out our ministries, to see how much we are engaged in each activity of Sowing, Knowing, Growing and Going.
We have concluded we have more strength in the activities of Sowing and Growing. Our next two SMART goals focus on improving our impact in Knowing and Going.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

Improve our Equipping of people to ‘Go’ in service:

To do this we will develop a discipleship training programme. The aim is to increase the number of church family members who are convinced of and devoted to our mission. They will be equipped to better serve God in our church and in the world. We plan for cohorts of people to undergo this training. It will be delivered in three sessions at 9.00 am on Sundays parallel to the early service, with childcare as required.

In addition, every member of church will receive some short, snappy, positive and liberating guidelines about how to make the most of being in Holy Trinity. We plan to produce a high quality A6 card or bookmark. On one side there will be the vision and values. On the other side there will be two questions:
1) What is ONE THING I can do to take a step forward as a Christian disciple?
2) Is there ONE PERSON I can encourage to take a step forward in christian discipleship?

We will encourage all church members to consider these questions on a regular basis, e.g. termly.
Who will do this: The Staff Team and the Leadership Team

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 1st Priority

Improving how we help people to ‘Know’ Christ: One new thing to help our evangelism

Holy Trinity has a number of ministries that enable us to make lots of contact with people, but we want to be more effective at having conversations about the Christian faith.
We will plan a programme of praying during Sunday services for every street in the parish and any other streets in which a church member lives.
This could involve Church members posting a professionally produced card through the doors of neighbours to let them know we will be praying on a forthcoming Sunday. The card would include an invitation to that service. Also there would be a chance to respond with requests for things to pray about. We would encourage church members to consider following up the card with a visit in person, if appropriate.
We hope this will lead to greater contact between church members and our local community.
Who will do this: A Staff team member or committed church member to organise, and church members with staff members in each area to conduct the visits.

2nd Priority

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

Main Building Improvements:

We are grateful to God for how our buildings enable us to fulfil our mission. We have greatly benefitted in recent years from refurbishments to the parish centre.
However, the main church building now needs some improvements in order for us to better realise our vision and mission. We want it to be a place that is more welcoming and hospitable to those we are reaching out to.

A working party has been appointed by the PCC to lead this project.

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

The Audio-visual system needs upgrading: to improve sound quality, computer speed and screens that can play video smoothly and attractively.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

The floor in the church needs replacing.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 2nd Priority

The internal walls need redecorating.

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=24017
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