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

Church of Furneux Pelham, St Mary the Virgin
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Church
Furneux Pelham, St Mary the Virgin

Parish
Furneux Pelham

Benefice
Braughing, Furneux Pelham and Stocking Pelham

Deanery
Bishop’s Stortford

Archdeaconry
Hertford

MAP Dates

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

Our MAP will be reviewed next
27th February 2022

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

We have successfully completed a stewardship programme which brought in approximately £5000 from the wider community, significantly improving our financial position. We have continued to try to reach out to families through Cafe Church and we have had some success involving them in the delivery of the service. We produced a welcome booklet giving information about who we are, our services and related activities to give out to new residents and visitors. We have seen four of our adults complete an Alpha course; one has now been confirmed, is part of the church family and is on the PCC. Another is involved with COGs (a Church group that arranges social and fundraising events). We have also been touched by the amount of support we have received from the community in relation to our roof theft.

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?

Cafe church numbers vary a great deal (some months we have 4-5 families and some months only 1-2 families). Holidays/weekends away seem to play a part in this. It is also challenging maintaining healthy numbers for other Sunday morning worship services.

Vision

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

Our vision is to build a flourishing church of all ages, where all are valued and welcome, where God is worshiped and glorified, and where the church family is equipped and works together to take the love of Christ beyond our church to our local community.
However, the reality is that our prime focus presently has to be raising the funds, obtaining the necessary permissions and replacing our stolen lead roof.
Because of the roof situation, the church building has been put on the Historic Churches “at risk” list since the lead theft last summer.

Values

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

Worshiping God.
Offering welcoming, hospitable, inclusive church services.
Ensuring the church building is well looked after, secure and watertight.
Becoming a church family, who work together to build God’s Kingdom and share the love of Christ with others.

1st Priority

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

Addressing the pressing need to replace the roof by undertaking all the necessary work; fundraising, gaining the necessary permissions, applying for grants etc.

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

PCC to agree on the roof replacement material they are opting for and apply for the necessary permissions.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

Apply for grants to fund the new roof.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 1st Priority

Arrange fundraising events and inviting/encouraging as many people as possible to support those events to raise much needed funds.

2nd Priority

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

Becoming a church family, who work together to build God’s Kingdom and share the love of Christ with others.

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 2nd Priority most focus on?
Transforming Communities

SMART Goal to achieve your 2nd Priority

Having occasions when the church family spend time together socially, ie share lunch together, BBQs etc giving us the opportunity to get to know each other better.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

Identify a small group of people who will take responsibility to arrange these occasional events.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 2nd Priority

None

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=24776
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