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

Church of Leverstock Green, Holy Trinity
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Church
Leverstock Green, Holy Trinity

Parish
Leverstock Green

Benefice
Langelei Team Ministry

Deanery
Hemel Hempstead

Archdeaconry
St Albans

MAP Dates

This MAP was uploaded to the website on
11th December 2021

Our MAP will be reviewed next
11th December 2022

Progress

What progress are you celebrating since your previous MAP?

Evolving MAPS 2012 – 16
1. The church has made the building a resource for the whole community through concerts, exhibitions and Community Festivals
2. We have created a welcoming atmosphere in our worship and group activities, which is regularly commented on, and the diversity of the congregation is increasing.
3. We have worked hard on our publicity and communications: our website is up to date, we have an active Facebook presence, and banners and posters are attractive and professional. The displays around church show there’s life in the church.

MAP 2017
1. Strengthen our provision for children and young people (in teaching, social activities and participation in worship).
2. Offer more nurture opportunities to engage with parents of children brought for baptism/Toddler Church/Junior Church, and for enquirers who are finding their way into worship.
3. Work in partnership with the local W.I.s to provide a regular Friendship Tea to facilitate the building of relationships and alleviate loneliness.
1 and 3 achieved.

‘Wildly Important Goal’ 2018-19
To strengthen all children’s groups and make more explicit the pathway from one to another.
• The children’s corner in church to be revamped with more experiential play items and themed story boxes In progress
• Children’s Praise (Sunday afternoons) to increase from once per term to quarterly, then rising to 6p.a. In progress
• Leaflet to be produced detailing the children’s ‘pathway’ Achieved
• Toddler Church (Thursdays) to change to Diddy Disciples material Achieved
• Junior Church (during Sunday worship) to start a monthly teens Bible study group
Achieved, but now in abeyance
• Parenting course to be offered to help baptism families continue to nurture the faith of their children Achieved
• Annual preparation for first Communion to continue Achieved
• Occasional socials to be organised for young families, and for parents without their children In progress
• Consider forming a Sunday evening youth group, perhaps Benefice-wide Achieved
• Links with school already strong – weekly worship, school and church visits to continue Achieved
• New leaders to be recruited for Baptism preparation and support, Children’s Praise, Toddler Church, Junior Church and Youth group Achieved and In progress
• Train older children to serve at the altar Achieved
• Purchase smart TV for Junior Church use Achieved
• Collection of books for bereaved children to be purchased from a bequest Achieved
• Link with local Beaver colonies to be established Achieved
• Rolling programme of community festivals, churchyard trails etc to encourage young families into church Achieved and in progress

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?

All going well until the pandemic hit. we now have to encourage people to return to church and recruit new volunteers for most of our activities. We have lost a lot of ground and now find ourselves in a very different place.

Vision

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

Benefice Dream: Enabling and supporting the churches of our team to grow and flourish as we share the love of christ in our communities.

Parish Vision: TBC
Connecting people to one another and to God, through the transforming love of Jesus.

Values

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

Faith. Community. Inclusivity. Hospitality. Friendship.

1st Priority

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

Priority 1 – Developing worship within the Church
(to continue the journey back to ‘normal’ but consider new patterns of worship)

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 1st Priority most focus on?
Going deeper into God, Making New Disciples

SMART Goal to achieve your 1st Priority

* re-establish monthly all age worship to provide a variety of styles for different ages and tastes.
* rebuild, recruit and train altar servers, sides-people, intercessors and leaders for all children’s groups. our regular roots collapsed during the pandemic and many people have withdrawn.
* form a Worship Committee to look at all aspects of our services, especially music (as there were a lot of comments in the survey about hymns) and include young people onto it. Continue to consider those people who are still not comfortable coming to church with the high incidence of COVID, and make provision, where possible.

2nd Priority

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

Priority 2 – Wednesday Services
(to provide a COVID safe service for the most vulnerable, and on 3rd Wednesdays enable them to attend by providing transport and a coffee group afterwards)
* organise volunteers to provide lifts on 3rd Wednesdays for those who have lost mobility or confidence during the pandemic, so that they can attend once a month.
Explore partnership with Community Action Dacorum – use of drivers or minibus
* enable coffee to be provided after service on 3rd Wednesdays
* contact the non-returners and encourage them to Wednesday services. Explore what other support they might need. Small team (pastoral group?) and someone who volunteered in the Parish Survey to make this contact

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 2nd Priority most focus on?
Going deeper into God, Transforming Communities

SMART Goal to achieve your 2nd Priority

* organise volunteers to provide lifts on 3rd Wednesdays for those who have lost mobility or confidence during the pandemic, so that they can attend once a month.
Explore partnership with Community Action Dacorum – use of drivers or minibus
* enable coffee to be provided after service on 3rd Wednesdays
* contact the non-returners and encourage them to Wednesday services. Explore what other support they might need. Small team (pastoral group?) and someone who volunteered in the Parish Survey to make this contact

3rd Priority

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

Priority 3 – Reintroduce Social Activities
(to provide activities and social networks for those who have felt isolated, and to ‘bridge the gap’ into church worship)

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 3rd Priority most focus on?
Making New Disciples, Transforming Communities

SMART Goal to achieve your 3rd Priority

•reintroduce monthly Friendship Teas on 4th Thursday afternoon, to provide sympathetic company and friendship for people on their own who have been bereaved or feel isolated. Recruit volunteers from Holy Trinity to provide the teas and support clients. Partner organisations (2 x W.I.s and HT Women’s group) are still in place
•organise some social events specifically for younger church members – singles and families – to build friendships and ‘ownership’ in the church community. Games afternoon, pub evening, walks etc. Encourage them to continue organising their own events
•encourage all groups – Craft, Men’s Group, Women’s Group etc to restart. Facilitate a new colouring group (led by Cathy Ayling) to provide company and the opportunity to talk in a non-threatening environment

4th Priority

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

Priority 4 – Development of the Trinity Room
(to continue work started during lockdown to improve facilities, reduce clutter, improve storage and make our church and Trinity Room complex fit for current use)

Which of the 3 strands of Living God’s Love does your 4th Priority most focus on?
Transforming Communities

SMART Goal to achieve your 4th Priority

• keep up the momentum on rationalising storage and developing the Trinity Room and Church to meet our current needs. Carry out ‘quick wins’
• re-form the Fabric Committee with a brief to consider more major works that would require costing and prioritising. Consider the suggestions put forward by surveyor Anthony Parisi and church members, and report to PCC

MAP published at www.stalbans.anglican.org/maps/?id=29201
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  • Going Deeper into God
  • Making New Disciples
  • Transforming Communities