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Mission Action Plan 2018/9

Taking forward Discipleship, Vocation and Evangelism in the footsteps of St Chad

DISCIPLESHIP - WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW

As part of keeping the Church's year, we offer regular Sunday worship and prayer with three services and Sunday School together with midweek services and services on festival days.
We run a focused course during Lent and hold regular Quiet days on specific subects to encourage contemplation and reflection
We offer confirmation classes and use these to promote youth groups
We open our Church at weekends during the summer and offer hospitality

WHAT WE WILL DO IN THE COMING YEAR

We will build on our pilgrimage to Walsingham to take forward the personal development of PCC members and other members of the congregation to enable them to become more confident in their own faith
We will build on our connections with local schools and their use of the church for their carol services and offer to take more assemblies
We will actively follow up all those baptized, confirmed and married in church to encourage regular attendance
We will seek greater commitment to regular giving to support the Church and its ministry

WHAT WE HOPE TO DO IN THE YEARS AHEAD

We will build on what we start in the coming year to increase regular church attendance and regular giving to support the Church and its ministry
We will continue to build and develop the Ministry team
We will reach out to new residents of Ellesmere to inform them of Church events and the work of the ministry

VOCATION—WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW

We have several young people serving, participating in the choir, in the family service and in other special services, for example the crib service
We have a team of dedicated volunteers who have made much needed improvements to the church yard
We have several members of the congregation contributing practically to the Church through brass cleaning, flower arranging, welcoming at services and making refreshments.
Our bell ringers provide a positive symbol of the Church locally through their regular weekly ringing and their two special peals in 2018

WHAT WE WILL DO IN THE COMING YEAR

We will have a programme of visiting preachers to talk on discipleship, vocation and evangelism
We will hold further quiet days and shared lunches and promote attendance
We will encourage the personal development of the ministry team, for example attendance at the priests retreat
We will find ways of contributing our Parish share to support the Diocese and in turn receive their support

WHAT WE HOPE TO DO IN THE YEARS AHEAD

We will encourage more people to take on active roles in the work of the church and its services and when appropriate encourage young people to look to the ministry
We will seek to recruit more members of the congregation to be involved in the work of the PCC and become PCC members

EVANGELISM-WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW

We have widely publicized our Christmas and Easter services and introduced more special services to draw in new people from the local community
We send cards to all those baptized in church and invite all families of the recently deceased to attend the All Souls service
We have appointed a new Director of Music and are supporting him in growing the choir

WHAT WE WILL DO IN THE COMING YEAR

We will develop our website and other media to reach out to the wider community and encourage attendance at church
We will build on the excellent work of our Sunday School
We will explore other ways of engaging with all those who are baptized, confirmed and married in church, learning from good practice elsewhere
We will encourage the local community to take a wider interest in the Church and its rich history through talks, tours and visits

WHAT WE HOPE TO DO IN THE YEARS AHEAD

We will foster greater preaching and teaching on evangelism through our Sunday services and help strengthen our congregation's faith through people sharing their own experience
We will support the Diocese in its work to take forward its vision of following Christ in the footsteps of St Chad
We will actively demonstrate our support for the Church overseas through Christian Aid, USPG and the Children's Society

December 2018