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

Parish of Hoddesdon
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Parish
Hoddesdon

Benefice
Hoddesdon

Deanery
Cheshunt

Archdeaconry
Hertford

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
30th November 2021

Our MAP will be reviewed next
30th November 2022

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

1. A successful Mosaic Project with a rainbow theme has been conducted, involving church members and people from the local community. This will be installed in the church garden in autumn 2021.
2. A Hear4U Listening Team has been established, with 14 trained volunteers from across Churches Together. This has been receiving regular referrals from social prescribers since May 2021.
3. The Covid Vaccination programme was based in the church’s Barclay Hall from December 2020 until August 2021, and volunteer marshals were sourced through Churches Together. Over 35,000 vaccinations were given.
4. Welcome packs have been given out to residents in new housing within the parish.
5. A Family Link Worker started in post in August 2021
6. Four Home groups started in September 2021, and are studying the book of Ephesians
7. Saturday morning prayer meetings have increased from monthly to weekly. The church WhatsApp group is used regularly to share prayer needs.
8. A START course and an online Alpha course have been run.
9. The church has developed expertise in livestreaming of services and has developed a stronger presence on Facebook and the Website. Services have also been available to listen to on the telephone, for those without internet access.

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

9 stars

Where has there been less progress than hoped for?

We have seen slight slippage in Priority 4, although the Worship Review will be completed by January 2022, Messy Church started in November 2021 and the Consultation on Children being admitted to Communion will take place in January 2022.
We have also had to push back welcoming new families to the estates as their development has been slightly delayed but again we hope to complete this in the New Year.

Vision

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

VISION
At St Catherine and St Paul’s we will be a spiritual hub, reaching out to all, worshipping Jesus Christ and radiating the wonder of God through the power of the Spirit.

MISSION STATEMENT
“Our Church exists to worship God; to lead people to Christ; to build a loving Christian community; and to serve a world in need”

Values

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

VALUES
We seek to be a community that is:
• Generous in love
• Attentive in prayer
• Courageous in hope
• Accepting of others

1st Priority

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

1. Deepen the spiritual life of the church

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

• Build up the spiritual resilience within the congregation through the Home Groups. Provide materials each term which increase the depth of understanding about the Bible and about prayer.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 1st Priority

• Organise at least two prayer days in the year when scheduled sections of the day are set aside to pray for specific needs, or in support of specific church activities, eg the Worship Review.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 1st Priority

• Organise an Away Day for the church, which encourages the congregation spiritually, to take place in the next 12 months.

2nd Priority

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

2. Enable the church to address the issue of climate change and care of creation.

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 an initial eco-church audit, with the aim of achieving the first step of accreditation, within the next 12 months. Develop an action plan for increasing the level of accreditation and set the time period in which to achieve this.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 2nd Priority

• Include environmental/climate change issues in at least one sermon on Climate Sunday and two Messy Church themes during the year.

3rd Priority

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

3. Help young families to grow spiritually

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

• Start Messy Church in St Catherine’s Primary School by the end of November 2021.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 3rd Priority

• Develop simple spiritual resources for use at the Carer and Toddler group, Early Birds, to be used over the next 12 months.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 3rd Priority

• Undertake a neighbourhood audit, particularly focusing on young families.

4th Priority

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

4. Ensure the church services meet the needs of all ages

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

SMART Goal to achieve your 4th Priority

• Complete the review of worship by January 2022 and implement the proposals.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 4th Priority

• Consult with the congregation on the process of admitting children to Communion before Confirmation during the October/November 2021. Agree the way forward by Spring 2022.

5th Priority

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

5. Establish the New Estates Ministry

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

SMART Goal to achieve your 5th Priority

• Build up a team of people from across Churches Together who can be involved in this Ministry. Aim for a team of at least a dozen people.

SMART Goal 2 to achieve your 5th Priority

• Welcome new residents to High Leigh Garden Village, with welcome packs and home visits. Autumn 2021 to Spring 2022.

SMART Goal 3 to achieve your 5th Priority

• Organise an activity in the Summer of 2022 for the new residents to meet each other and have fun together.

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=29073
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities