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

Church of Essendon, St Mary the Virgin
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Church
Essendon, St Mary the Virgin

Parish
Essendon

Benefice
Little Berkhamsted and Bayford, Essendon and Ponsbourne

Deanery
Hertford and Ware

Archdeaconry
Hertford

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
12th October 2021

Our MAP will be reviewed next
12th October 2022

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

The Covid pandemic obviously affected us in many ways. The good news is that our ZOOM services and ZOOM PCC meetings kept the PCC and the congregation together and that we were able to carry out some, albeit in a limted way, of our MAP projects. The re-painted, re-carpeted and generally spruced-up Church room now looks warm and welcoming as activities start there. The side chapel has been tidied up and is now used for prayers before our weekday communion
The Church led the way in a wonderful community event on the village field to celebrate the end of Covid restrictions.
Since then we took part in a community event designed to build on the community spirit shown throughout the past 2 years. The Church, the Sunday Club and The Friends of St Mary’s manned their stalls with leaflets etc

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

3 stars

Where has there been less progress than hoped for?

The refurbishment of the main church has been postponed because of rain coming in.
We have not achieved broadband connection but will continue down that path.
Contact with the school and the work of our Sunday Club have obviously been much affected, although our foundation governor has given stirling support to the school during considerable problems faced by the resignation of the headteacher, pisolation regulations, on-line teaching and finally a serious covid outbreak.
ZOOM services cotinue on a monthly basis but the potential has still much to offer.
Finances have not been helped by the pandemic. The ways of dealing with the deficit are contentious and long-term. We realise that this is not perhaps a suitable MAP focus.
Congregation numbers as counted across the benfice for ZOOM services held up well considering the technical challenge for a largely elderly congregation, and we saw a promising interest among young people. We rejoice that people are now coming back into church but numbers have dropped.

Vision

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

Our vision and core values remain unaltered

Values

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

see above

1st Priority

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

Planning and marketing of the Family service

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 1st Priority most focus on?
Going deeper into God, Making New Disciples, Transforming Communities

SMART Goal to achieve your 1st Priority

Set up sub-committee

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

Change of name from “Family Service” to “All Age ” service

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 1st Priority

New service sheet for this service. Leaflet for circulation in the community Planning of themes for the service over period of a year.

2nd Priority

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

A greener, welcoming churchyard

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 2nd Priority most focus on?
Making New Disciples, Transforming Communities

SMART Goal to achieve your 2nd Priority

As suggested by “Queen’s Green Canopy” project, plant a tree. Consider other aspects of creating a sense of welcome.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

Instal a bench in the lychgate for elderly parishioners waiting for transport,and for anyone needing tempory shelter from weather, and a place to sit for a moment and chat(dogwalkers, teenagers etc)

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 2nd Priority

Continue to make good use of the noticeboard in lychgate as means of publicising all that’s going on in the Church and seeking involvement. (a bench brings a wider “readership”.

3rd Priority

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

Make the church rainproof. Buckets around the pulpit not helpful furnishing if trying to increase our congregation. We need to get a section of the roof re-sealed before we can return to our previous goal of refurbishing the interior.

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

The problem has been diagnosed, we now need to get estimates for the work needed.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 3rd Priority

Speak with the “Friends of St Mary’s ” re financial support for this work

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 3rd Priority

Have roof repairs complete before Easter at the latest

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=28665
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities