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

Parish of Ware
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Parish
Ware

Benefice
Ware

Deanery
Hertford and Ware

Archdeaconry
Hertford

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
29th November 2021

Our MAP will be reviewed next
30th November 2024

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

Context of this review: the covid 19 pandemic has been a major impediment in making good progress with respect to the priorities of the plan which is under review and development.
We celebrate
1 Increased number of families with young children who participate in the Christian community of St Mary’s and the growth in child baptisms (up to covid restrictions) and confirmation candidates;
2 Use of internet technology has enabled increased number of housebound members of the congregation to worship regularly and participate in learning and other faith activities
3 Significant participation, albeit small, of children and young people in leadership roles in worship.
4 Enhanced opportunities for faith and spiritual development.
5 New approaches to youth work maintained fellowship during covid restrictions
6 Much improved accessibility to, and new flexible worship space in, the Lady Chapel .
7 Schedule of planned maintenance and improvement works for the building is in place. Implementation is subject to affordability.
8 Succcessful launch of St Mary’s Arts.
9 Significant increase in flowering plants in the church yard.
10 St Mary’s has become the hub for the Ware Food Bank with 2 members fulfilling key roles.
11 Much improved relationships with, and participation in, the life of schools in the parish.
12 Improved and constructive relationships developed with community organisation eg Town Council, Air Cadets, Town Band.

Where has there been less progress than hoped for?

• Development of children’s faith and worship activities is less than planned and strived for.
• Network of families with young children remains a priority.
• Use of the church yard as a spiritual space remains under-developed.
It is likely that without the covid restrictions more progress in these areas would have been achieved

Vision

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

A vibrant and flourishing Christian community that loves God with all its heart and might and loves its neighbours as itself. A community whose love is clearly discernible in its spiritual life, pastoral care and mission in the world. A community that engages with its parish and its wider neighbourhood; living God’s love with generosity and joy, imagination and courage.

Values

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

• Love for and care of God’s creation
• Visible faith
• Tolerance, openness, peace and reconciliation
• Inclusivity and welcoming all in the wider community irrespective of gender, race, age, sexual orientation and disability and concern for those in need
• Fairness and just treatment for all, locally and globally.

These values are informed and shaped by the Diocesan Vision, the Five Marks of Mission, and national church issues and priorities.

1st Priority

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

Growth in faith, numbers and reach, with a focus on three key areas: children and families, outreach into Ware, development of our building and grounds.

This is ongoing work building on our last MAP.

This responds to all three strands of the Diocesan Vision.

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

We have developed a comprehensive, dynamic, work plan which is monitored quarterly by a dedicated MAP group working with the PCC.

2nd Priority

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

Creation: responding to the needs of the environment and the national church’s climate commitment. The work plan is focussed around these areas.
Creating development process infrastructure; St Mary’s organisational behaviour; developing an eco friendly building environment; ‘greening’ the church; personal behaviours; influencing others.

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

We have developed a comprehensive, dynamic, work plan which is monitored quarterly by a dedicated MAP group working with the PCC. This includes an Eco Church Audit.

3rd Priority

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

Inclusion: seeking to respond well to a range of diversity questions, issues and opportunities.
For us this includes: LLF, race, educational and learning needs, access, and social issues.

This priority responds to all three strands of the Diocesan Vision

SMART Goal to achieve your 3rd Priority

We have developed a comprehensive, dynamic, work plan which is monitored quarterly by a dedicated MAP group working with the PCC.

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=29063
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