Many dioceses in the Church of England are requiring parishes to draft a Mission Action Plan (MAP), and the Diocese of St Albans is no exception. The Diocese’s initiative is entitled Living God’s Love with three strands – Going Deeper Into God, Transforming Communities and Making New Disciples. Last year a review was carried out across the diocese to assess the effectiveness of this tool for mission. It was generally felt that many parishes have found MAPs a useful in shaping plans for mission and growth. Parishes are now being invited to review their MAPs and to draft new ones for the next few years and the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of All Saints has begun that process.
In drafting our new MAP, the PCC acknowledges how the world in which we live has changed dramatically in recent years, with less interest in organised religion. All Saints is an ageing congregation and our challenge is to attract new worshippers, of all ages, to join us on the journey of faith. We are also very keen to continue developing relationships with the local community, and especially with schools. We have set ourselves five key SMART goals for the coming year and beyond:
- to continue to develop the spirituality of the congregation
- to continue our programme of community engagement
- to continue raising awareness of issues of justice, peace and poverty
- to use the heritage of the church building to create stronger and productive links with the community
- to recruit an energetic successor to me – when the time comes – to help the congregation fulfil the above goals and to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover God
We have committed ourselves to a number of specific actions to achieve our goals and they are described as SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound. MAPs are not intended to be set in concrete but are living documents and according to circumstances may have to be changed from time to time. In the autumn the PCC will be finalising the draft MAP for presentation to the diocese and then, more importantly, the whole congregation committed to its implementation. In due course our MAP will appear on the benefice website www.beneficeoflangelei.org.uk
Revd Canon David Lawson
Christian Aid Prayers:
Building a new life in the DRC
Please pray for CA partner CABC, working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to help communities recover from conflict. Thank God for the bespoke plans that communities are supported to design themselves, ensuring that their real needs are met. Pray for the literacy programmes and savings and loans groups run by women, and for youth peace-building work. Ask that God will give all the participants renewed and justified hope for a more secure way of life.
Read the April 2016 Campaign Update from our Christian Aid Committee.
The Kings Langley Christian Aid Annual Report for 2015 is available for download.