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

Church of Bovingdon, St Lawrence
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Church
Bovingdon, St Lawrence

Parish
Bovingdon

Benefice
Bovingdon

Deanery
Rickmansworth

Archdeaconry
St Albans

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
19th November 2021

Our MAP will be reviewed next
4th November 2023

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

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

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?

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

Vision

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

To be a prayerful, Christ-centred Church demonstrating His love to all sections of the community.

Values

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

• 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

1st Priority

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

Nurturing our Faith

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

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)

2nd Priority

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

Serving our Community

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

Establish monthly Open Church mornings (To be established by March 2022)

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

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)

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 2nd Priority

Establish St Lawrence Church as a satellite food bank for DENS (Dacorum Emergency Night Shelter). (To be established by January 2022)

3rd Priority

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

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.

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

Reconstitute the Children & Young People’s planning group to develop an plan for the coming year (Group to be established by December 2021)

4th Priority

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

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.

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

SMART Goal to achieve your 4th Priority

To complete the rebuild of the Church website. (To be completed by March 2022)

5th Priority

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

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.

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

SMART Goal to achieve your 5th Priority

Conduct an audit of time and talents amongst Church members (To be completd by Christmas 2021)

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 5th Priority

THe Church to become a collection point for soft plastics (To be completed by Christmas 2021)

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 5th Priority

To achieve ECO Church bronze award status by May 2022

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=28975
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities