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

Church of Woodside, St Andrew
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Church
Woodside, St Andrew

Parish
Woodside, St Andrew

Benefice
Woodside

Deanery
Luton

Archdeaconry
Bedford

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
6th March 2020

Our MAP will be reviewed next
30th April 2021

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

• Set up a monthly Café as a social event
We established a monthly Saturday morning Community Coffee, providing an opportunity to invite people from the parish into church for company and refreshments.
• Provide worship for younger families at a time that would suit them better
In September 2019 we launched a new monthly Sunday afternoon service – the 4pm service which aims to be inter-generational. Those attending have ranged from 0 to 95 in age.
• Have Children’s outreach events
We were able to offer two Holiday Fun Days during the year:
In April 2019 Must Know Stories offered stories, crafts, games and songs and a small element of prayer for primary school aged children. Sixteen children attended.
In October 2019 More Must Know Stories followed a similar format with 22 children attending.
• Encourage everyone to personally invite people to come to Church events and special services
People have been inviting others to the Community Coffee, the 4pm service and special services.
• Hold a “Martha and Mary” day to help us grow in Christ-like love
In August we held a Mary and Martha Day which combined corporate prayer with work to spring clean the church building and churchyard.
• Revive the Pastoral Visiting Group (PALS)
We have revived the pastoral visiting group, PALS, members of the team have continued to visit the bereaved, sick and lonely. We have updated all the leaflets, guidelines and safeguarding material and have begun to meet termly for training and support.

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

9 stars

Where has there been less progress than hoped for?

• Develop the Prayer Ministry team and hold Healing services
We have carried forward the objective of setting up a formal Prayer Ministry team into next year We have held a healing service and offered anointing in another service

Vision

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

We are a Church where:
We are here as God’s family
• We are a family across all the generations growing in Christ-like love.
We go deeper into God
• We seek to develop and enjoy a deeper relationship with God by allowing the Holy Spirit freedom to move us.
• We are confident about sharing testimonies, however small to develop a culture of encouragement.
We live out our faith
• We are equipped with growing faith to go out into our community with Jesus, so that he can work through us to transform people’s lives.
We welcome all into the love of God
• We invite people and grow in confidence that as we pray people will come to faith in Jesus.
• We are prayerful for the mission of the Church

Values

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

Our Mission Statement:
We are here as God’s family, to draw closer to God, to live out our faith and welcome all into the love of God.

1st Priority

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

To be a family across all the generations growing in Christ-like love

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 1st Priority most focus on?
Making New Disciples

SMART Goal to achieve your 1st Priority

Enable people to share testimonies in Church and also share their faith in their everyday lives.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

Encourage more children to come to our Holiday Fun Days

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 1st Priority

Develop the relationship with the local school.

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=24810
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  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities