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

Parish of Woburn Sands
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Parish
Woburn Sands

Benefice
Woburn Sands

Deanery
Ampthill and Shefford

Archdeaconry
Bedford

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
15th December 2021

Our MAP will be reviewed next
15th December 2022

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

Our online presence was considerably increased during the pandemic as we successfully produced services on Youtube each week with participation from our musicians and many of the congregation.
We have completely updated our website, and it is now fully accessible by mobile phone. The website links to our new Facebook page and both are regularly updated.
We have now appointed an architect and are moving forward with the building plans.

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

5 stars

Where has there been less progress than hoped for?

Our building project stalled, but has now re-started.
Since the pandemic we have had fewer families and young people in church, and congregation numbers are still not back to where they were. We have not yet been able to re-start our toddler service since the pandemic.

Vision

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

Our vision is for St Michael’s to be a church of all ages.
In order to achieve this we want to be –
1. A welcoming and nurturing church where worship is lively, inspiring and enjoyed by all ages
2. Involved in our local community
3. Socially and environmentally engaged

Values

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

Faith, hope and love

1st Priority

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

Improve the experience of worship for children and families, and hold services at a better time of day.

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

On a pilot basis change the timing of our monthly Family Service from morning to afternoon to make it more accessible to local families. Make this the service at which baptisms take place.
Invite previously baptised children to this service. Christingle, Pet Service and Crib Service all to take place in the afternoons.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

Continue to move forward with our building project to improve our welcome: to provide kitchen facilities and an accessible toilet at the back of church: to improve the porch and provide ramped access rather than the current steps.

2nd Priority

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

Involvement in our local 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

Complete the new welcome pack for newcomers to pick up in church, but also be offered to those who move into the area, possibly via Estate agents

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

As well as the annual Holiday Club offer occasional extra days of activities for children and young people at other times during the year. One of these to be an environment day involving local schools

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 2nd Priority

Take school assemblies on the theme of the environment

3rd Priority

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

Social and environmental engagement. These things are important in themselves, but they are also things that young people are interested in and positive about. We won’t be taken seriously by younger generations unless we are serious about them.

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

Social engagement. We’d like to set up a monthly sports club in our new community Sports Hall. Club would be for young people with disabilities, but our Youth Group Genesis would help out, giving them an opportunity to help other young people.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 3rd Priority

Set up a Working Party of the PCC to take forward our concerns and ideas about how we can be a more environmentally friendly church.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 3rd Priority

Review our purchasing decisions moving towards environmentally friendly and fair-trade options

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=28698
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