Church of Bovingdon, St Lawrence
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Our previous MAP was reviewed in October 2019.
We identified 6 priority areas: Nurturing our Faith; Serving our Community; Expanding our work with Children & Young People; Improving our Facilities; Improving our Communication; Developing our Stewardship.
The following SMART actions were agreed and have been delivered, although due to Covid 19, there was a significant time delay in achieving some of these.
• communicate our Christmas events as soon as possible (have all of the relevant info available for the Remembrance services)
• Submit Church building extension plans to Dacorum Borough Council by Christmas.
For next year:
• START course delivered Jan-Mar 2020
The following SMART actions agreed in 2019, were not met due to Covid 19.
• develop a welcome pack
• Updated welcome cards for people to subscribe to Church email circulation
• Evangelism: a follow up to ‘Sharing Jesus’,
Share parish attendance stats in February
• Wider conversation about worship
To be a prayerful, Christ-centred Church demonstrating His love to all sections of the community.
• Striving to be a prayerful, Christ-centred Church
• Being open, welcoming and caring for all
• Nurturing our faith and our fellowship
• Loving and serving our community
Nurturing our Faith
Conduct an audit of those who are no longer attending Church, be that in person or remotely, and contact them in an attempt to reconnect. (To be completed by Christmas 2021)
Serving our Community
Establish monthly Open Church mornings (To be established by March 2022)
Develop a ‘Welcome Pack’ for all new residents to the village, containing helpful local information and details of the Church activities. (First draft to be prepared by Christmas 2021)
Establish St Lawrence Church as a satellite food bank for DENS (Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter). (To be established by January 2022)
Expand our work with Children & Young People.
The Covid 19 pandemic has impacted quite significantly our ability to directly reach and interact with this cohort. It should be recognised that the team have done incredibly well to continue to deliver Messy Church and other activities via virtual platforms.
Reconstitute the Children & Young People’s planning group to develop an plan for the coming year (Group to be established by December 2021)
Improve our Communications.
It is recognised that over the last 18 months we have significantly developed our social media footprint, and now reach several hundred people through Facebook, email and the Church YouTube channel. This latter option has enabled us to live stream services, such as funerals and weddings, to those unable to phsically attend. However, the Church website still requireds further attention.
To complete the rebuild of the Church website. (To be completed by March 2022)
Develop our Stewardship.
The Covid pandemic has hit Church finances hard. A ‘generous giving’ campaign has greatly helped this so far, but more needs to be done. It is also recognised that ‘stewardship’ goes beyond just finances. We need to have a greater understanding of the talents within the Church membership that can be utilised to fourther our vision. Furthermore, stewardship also relates to our care and use of God’s resources. To this end, we are working towards the Eco-Church award wih A Rocha UK.
Conduct an audit of time and talents amongst Church members (To be completd by Christmas 2021)
THe Church to become a collection point for soft plastics (To be completed by Christmas 2021)
To achieve ECO Church bronze award status by May 2022