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

Parish of Maulden
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Parish
Maulden

Benefice
Clophill and Maulden

Deanery
Ampthill and Shefford

Archdeaconry
Bedford

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
2nd January 2022

Our MAP will be reviewed next
2nd January 2023

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

Like all churches, the covid restrictions made us rethink our priorities on how we could best serve our community. Looking back at our MAP and our achievements we felt that we had enabled God to continue with his work. Our first priority was to unlock the church door so people could enter their church and sit or pray quietly in his loving healing presence. The door has remained open in daylight hours ever since.
The church then became proactive organising regular village events like the Scarecrow Festival and as we continued the church felt more alive and welcoming. We were surrounded by happy smiling faces, and it gave us the chance to welcome new residents. It also gave us new hope.

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

7 stars

Where has there been less progress than hoped for?

Restrictions meant that our home study groups stopped meeting for a while and we were unable to run our Holiday Clubs. We are still unable to take “Open the Book” into the local school.
One bible study group continues to meet on Zoom.

Vision

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

Our vision is to share the love of God with the whole village through worship and and social events.
To increase the number of people of all ages to feel they belong to the church.
To make new people welcome

Values

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

Total inclusivity.
The church is there for them
We want all people to feel God’s love when they enter our church.
They should never feel unwelcome, unwanted, undervalued or alone.

1st Priority

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

The personal touch.
People seem to appreciate the fact that you have time for them.
Time to deliver the parish magazine, especailly a free copy to a new resident.
Events are advertised locally and in the magazine but a personal reminder or invitation seems better and more likely to succeed

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

New residents to receive an invitation to a Welcome Evening at the Rectory

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

Information about social events,(especially if they ciome to the Welcome Evening) about Quiz Nights, Harvest Suppers, Open Gardens.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 1st Priority

Information about traditional services, Harvest Festival, Carols by candle light, Christingle Service.

2nd Priority

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

Our 2nd priority is hopefully a follow up from the 1st.
Going deeper into God.
New families that come into the village are encouraged eventually to come to the monthly Family Service(All Age Worship). This service involves adults as well as children and is great fun. Families who have their children baptised are always invited to this service.

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

Personal Invitations to an Alpha course or simular

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

House of Prayer.
An ecumenical group who meet once a week to pray for our village community. Presently on Zoom

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 2nd Priority

As a follow up with this group we hold a service, open to all, once a month that includes music, personal reflextions and prayers, called “The Potting Shed” This again is on Zoom

3rd Priority

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

Tradsforming Communities.

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

As a church we support the Need Project as a food collection point that people in the village know about and bring donations.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 3rd Priority

A Charity Dinner is open to all, (restricted to six diners at a time), the proceeds to support a school in Kenya

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=28787
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities