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

Church of Wilbury, St Thomas (Centre of Worship)
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Church
Wilbury, St Thomas (Centre of Worship)

Parish
Wilbury

Benefice
Wilbury

Deanery
Hitchin

Archdeaconry
St Albans

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
13th May 2021

Our MAP will be reviewed next
13th May 2022

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

Prior to the arrival of our new vicar, St Thomas’ has been through an interregnum and preceding this our vicar experienced some long term health issues. As such this is a new MAP and a fresh new start for our church.

Where has there been less progress than hoped for?

please see above.

Vision

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

“To share the life-giving love of Jesus with everyone.”

How will we know when the Vision has become a reality in the making?

When we are an enthusiastic and joyful community of believers, where all are encouraged to commit and participate generously in the life and mission of the church.

When we are a people who are flourishing in discipleship and have grown in confidence to explore our God-given gifts and to live out and share the message of Jesus.

When we have grown our church family across all ages and in diversity. When strangers have become friends of Jesus with us through accessible imaginative worship, generous hospitality and warm fellowship of depth.

When we have reached beyond our walls courageously in mission, witnessing and sharing our faith in life-giving words, and actions.

When we have built life-giving relationships with our local community which are open and inclusive, able to support those in need.

When we are an Eco-church community committed to the environment and the Church of England vision of being carbon neutral by 2030.

Values

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

To be,
* Enthusiastic
* Joyful
* Generous
* Committed
* Welcoming
* Courageous

1st Priority

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

Enthusiasm: To recover from COVID by reestablishing the areas of church life that have been stopped so that people can fully participate in the life and ministry of St Thomas’.

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

To resume singing and after service refreshments as per CofE guidance, in the next 12 months.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

To relaunch Tom’s Tot’s and Tom’s craft club weekly from September 2021 (subject to conversations)

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 1st Priority

PCC to engage with the generosity toolkit in June 2021, and to establish a giving strategy by August 2021. A stewardship campaign to take place by May 2022.

2nd Priority

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

Discipleship: helping people to flourish and grow in confidence as they explore their God-given gifts and seek to live out and share the message of Jesus.

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 run the Prayer Course over 8 weeks in September and October 2021

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

To relaunch our weekly bible study from 17th June 2021

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 2nd Priority

To run an advent retreat breakfast in December 2021

3rd Priority

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

Growth: To grow our church family across all ages and in diversity, through accessible imaginative worship, generous hospitality and warm fellowship of depth.

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

SMART Goal to achieve your 3rd Priority

To run Messy Church at Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Pentecost

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 3rd Priority

To relaunch our Sunday service welcome team and to provide a training session in June/July 2021

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 3rd Priority

To preach on what it means to be an invitational and welcoming church on 4th July 2021

4th Priority

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

Mission: to reach beyond our walls courageously in mission, witnessing and sharing our faith in life-giving words, and actions.

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 4th Priority most focus on?
Making New Disciples

SMART Goal to achieve your 4th Priority

To run an Alpha course for 11 weeks from January to March 2022

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 4th Priority

To continue to build our relationship and missional outreach with our local schools. To deliver Christmas and Easter services.

5th Priority

What 5th Priority are you working on to make your vision a reality?

Relationships: to build life-giving relationships with our local community which are open and inclusive, being able to support those in need.

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 5th Priority most focus on?
Transforming Communities

SMART Goal to achieve your 5th Priority

To deepen our relationship with our existing contacts. Our Vicar to meet all regular hall users over the next 12 months

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 5th Priority

To explore the potential of a community cafe. To establish a proposal for building alterations and key stakeholders and use by May 2022

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 5th Priority

To install and setup churchsuite by May 2022

6th Priority

What 6th Priority are you working on to make your vision a reality?

Environment: to be an Eco-church committed to the environment and the Church of England vision of being carbon neutral by 2030.

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 6th Priority most focus on?
Transforming Communities

SMART Goal to achieve your 6th Priority

To set up and establish a core group by July 2021

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 6th Priority

To identify a roadmap and plan by May 2022 which will enable us to achieve our 2030 vision of being a carbon neutral church

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=27228
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  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities