Parish of Reed and Buckland
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• The monthly soup lunch has met regularly since 26 January 2018. It attracts 30 people on average, including older members of the community, those who may be lonely and those who enjoy the company of the lunch.
• We have had financial displays at many of our bigger social and fundraising events.
• We have seen a greater number of children participating in a variety of activities and worship.
• We have applied for permission for children to be admitted to communion and permission has been granted by the Bishop of St Albans
• To increase the subscribers to the email newsletter to 150.
The target was too high and unrealistic bearing in mind the numbers we encounter during a year. The mailing list does continue to grow steadily and we continue to work on this. We need to discover the direct sign up, via the website which will help us gain extra subscribers. We are linking our Facebook pages across the parishes much more effectively.
• To invite the 4th Sunday service congregation to special 10.30 services to promote cross congregational fluidity.
It was difficult to arrange these because of our service schedule. On reflection it is thought that the main challenge may be to enable the incumbent to build a relationship with the 4th Sunday congregation. We are working through the schedule to achieve this along with developing further opportunities for children to be involved in our worship across the benefice.
A welcoming church offering excellent pastoral care and worship. There are many opportunities to join in and to discover more about the Christian faith. The church is a well-maintained oasis of peace and beauty and a witness to our Christian faith for all who pass through.
Our values are an area that we will develop and finalise within the next year.
To continue to provide opportunities for deeper discipleship.
During lockdown the churchyards of both Reed and Buckland have increasingly been used by visitors to find space to be still and reflect. We will offer resources to enable people who visit the churchyard to reflect on the Christian story and an opportunity for prayer and in Buckland signpost the church in Reed as our active worshipping church. We will provide similar opportunities for prayer and reflection in the church building at Reed.
We will continue to support a diversity of wildlife in our churchyard.
To create further opportunities for worship outside eg. laminated resources with verses/prayer, particularly during the pandemic but also because many people feel more spiritually alert in the midst of the natural world. To hold 1 outdoor service in the next year – Covid regulations permitting.
To enable further outreach to our young families through both the All Age service and other means
To increase the number of young families from 3 to 6 at the 4th Sunday All Age, to increase the number of young families receiving the newsletter and to develop an invitation list for each 4th Sunday service
To develop the involvement of children and young people in our church and village community initially through reinvigorating the Youth Church.
To continue to inform both village and church of the financial commitments of the church building project and running expenses as well as the parish share
An article in the Church Newsletter and local village publication highlighting the impact of Covid on church finances and other ways in which to support the running expenses during the pandemic.