Living God's Love Values - Generosity, Joy, Imagination and Courage
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Parish of Potten End, Holy Trinity
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Parish
Potten End, Holy Trinity

Benefice
Berkhamsted Team Ministry

Deanery
Berkhamsted

Archdeaconry
St Albans

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
10th May 2021

Our MAP will be reviewed next
10th May 2024

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

– We welcomed the arrival of our new vicar who started in September 2019.
– Our 150th anniversary year was a big success with various events and celebrations.
– Since the launch of the Parish Giving Scheme we have seen a good take up from both existing donors and also new members of the church.
– Through both an interregnum and the COVID pandemic we have sustained, and in some areas grown, our varied worship pattern.
– The new incumbent has continued to develop links with our local school and also their new head teacher.
– During the pandemic we have introduced many initiatives, have grown our online presence, strengthened our music offering and widened our ‘reach’ in the community.

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?

The pandemic has inevitably had an effect on our mission and outreach.
Just as we were in the process of relaunching and re-energising Messy Church and our work with families and young people, lockdown occurred and made that incredibly difficult (but not impossible we must stress).
As a goal from our previous MAP we have been unable to make our church building more welcoming with signage. However we’ve thankfully found creative ways to address that and make more use of the outside of our building and churchyard for prayer and contemplation.
Our finances have taken a significant hit with the closure of the Church Room, the newsletter loosing advertisers, no fete and being unable to fundraise in the ways that we would usually do. This has perhaps led to a more cautious and apprehensive approach to our mission and outreach.

Vision

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

To be the church at the heart of the community – a welcoming, inclusive and growing church for all, where everyone is encouraged, inspired and nurtured on their journey of faith and Christian living. To offer loving care and support for each other, the wider community and the world, by sharing in the Good News of God’s love.

Values

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

1. Love: to work to build up our relationships within the church family and with the wider community, responding to God’s transforming love for all.
2. Grow: to flourish in our in faith, growing spiritually and numerically.
3. Serve: to meet people ‘where they are’ and to serve in a way that is relevant, prayerful and ongoing.

1st Priority

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

To develop our communication and engagement with the needs, aspirations, and concerns of our church family and (importantly) of the wider community, ensuring that Holy Trinity remains at the heart of life beyond our building, and is a place to which people can easily turn.

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

To ensure we continue to improve our systems of communication through not only ‘traditional’ methods of publicity (newsletter, posters, etc.) but also to maximise the use of digital opportunities to the full (website, Facebook, etc.) so that our wider community is increasingly aware of, and engaged with all that we undertake. (ongoing)

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

Through feedback, reflection and visible evidence from a community consultation as to what are the needs/opportunities of the church, implement an action plan to engage with the responses we receive. (Spring 2022)

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 1st Priority

To create an informal welcome pack to hand out to those who are new to the community and to investigate the possibility of having congregation members ‘adopt’ a street so as to build up a visible presence through conversation and relationships. (Summer 2023)

2nd Priority

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

To provide and promote various ways for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with God and Holy Trinity, and in doing so enabling a deepening of their own faith and encouraging active discipleship.

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 2nd Priority most focus on?
Going deeper into God

SMART Goal to achieve your 2nd Priority

To implement and embed our varied and diverse worship pattern, allowing access to all including live streaming and to continue our musical breadth. (Winter 2021)

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

To run another discipleship course and enquirers course such as Alpha, alongside a wider encouragement of growing peoples confidence, talents and gifts of faith and service. (Spring 2022)

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 2nd Priority

To create a network where those on the electoral roll/regularly attending church are connected in with someone in the church, to encourage and build up one another in life and faith. (Autumn 2022)

3rd Priority

What 3rd Priority are you working on to make your vision a reality?

To ensure sustainability in our endeavours and church fabric, promoting responsible stewardship (in its various facets), generous hearts and spirit-led service.

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

SMART Goal to achieve your 3rd Priority

Continue to roll out the Parish Giving Scheme, use of the card reader and promote ways in which people can financially support the work of the church. (Winter 2021)

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 3rd Priority

To become at least a bronze accredited eco-church. (Winter 2022)

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 3rd Priority

To investigate and put into place strategies to encourage, equip and enable more people to take on helping and leading in various facets of church life. (Summer 2022)

4th Priority

What 4th Priority are you working on to make your vision a reality?

To widen our engagement and ‘reach’ in the community, especially amongst the marginalised and those in need. (This priority connects together priority 1 and 2 where we can’t add more SMART goals on the form)

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 4th Priority most focus on?
Transforming Communities

SMART Goal to achieve your 4th Priority

Develop our Pastoral Care Team and ‘widen’ its publicity in the offering of care, support and prayer to all those in the community. (Spring 2022)

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 4th Priority

To launch various missional endeavours such as Tuesday Gathering, Messy Church, Rooted and Mad Squirrelers and to reflect on the ‘forgotten corners’ of the community to see if further engagement is needed. (Summer 2022)

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 4th Priority

Within the ‘mission and evangelism sub-committee’ to consider how we can ‘enhance’ our outreach, offering practical as well as financial support.

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=27202
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities