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

Church of Braughing, St Mary the Virgin
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Church
Braughing, St Mary the Virgin

Parish
Braughing

Benefice
Braughing, Furneux Pelham and Stocking Pelham

Deanery
Bishop’s Stortford

Archdeaconry
Hertford

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
28th April 2020

Our MAP will be reviewed next
28th April 2022

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

Our Bring and share lunch has been a success with members of the community beyond the church coming along and joining in.
Completion of the Stannard Room – a kitchen/toilet facility which has opened up the church and made it more welcoming.
We now have a weekly regular prayer group.
We regularly run Alpha courses and have seen people grow in faith.
We have seen 5 adults baptisms and two people confirmed.
We launched an All age morning worship service in the summer of 2019 and now see a few new families regularly attending.
Members of our congregation have completed a healing ministry course.
We held a very successful renewal of marriage vows service with over 50 people attending many of whom renewed their vows.

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

7 stars

Where has there been less progress than hoped for?

We haven’t grown in confidence sharing testimonies and our faith stories with friends and neighbours as much as we hoped although it is difficult to measure.
We didn’t hold a just looking evening (we ran Alpha instead).
Numbers of regular worshipers, particularly at our traditional services have reduced.

Vision

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

To be a worshiping, thriving church community of all ages with new people coming to faith or returning to church and taking their place in the church family. To be the body of Christ sharing the love of God in our village and beyond.

Values

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

Welcoming and inclusive.
Worshiping and witnessing.
Loving and serving.
Sharing and supporting one another.

1st Priority

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

Continuing to grow a younger congregation (ie more parents with their children becoming part of the church family and also more ‘returners’ joining our church family).

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

Consolidate on the family and children’s work we are already doing through Little Fishes, Little Fishes church, Baptisms/Baptism preparation, our All age worship services and one-off children’s events.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

Becoming more invitational. Involve all newcomers in church life so that they feel an increasing sense of belonging and being part of the church family (ie joining rotas, being part of teams for Sunday teas etc).

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 1st Priority

Regularly offering Alpha courses as a way of building relationships and helping people to grow in faith.

2nd Priority

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

Improving communication with the wider community.

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

Advertising services, events, who we are etc in the new free magazine in the village.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

Explore opportunities for using social media to its full advantage (post on the young mums’ what’s ap group, use Facebook, Next door, a church near you for advertising/making people aware of church and what the church is offering).

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 2nd Priority

Explore other innovative ways of advertising services and events more widely – eg using banners and other ways?

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=25152
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities