The Way Forward For Mission Audit - St Mary’s Amport - May
Our Mission Audit forms the final phase of nearly
5 years of consultation by Diocese with the parishes, and the PCC will send a
representative to the final Bishops’ consultation meeting in Winchester in
October. The report to Diocese was delivered by Pentecost 2008, and the PCC is
very grateful to those who responded. The aim was to: “to pay attention to
the world in which we live in such a way as to enable the local church to
discern the shape of God’s call to mission for this church, at
this time, in this place.”
The PCC will now consider the following points:
From Main Report statistics
The main task in
view of the lack of response to the written Survey, particularly from the
younger generations, is to seek to engage more people from following
generations in the work of the Church, and it is clear that some of the
present oldies should now step down and provide opportunities for them.
The major points from the evening sessions
are first, that those in the church should work more closely together,
and second, that the church in the 21st Century is moving on.
Review church services and do much
more for the young. Services should be in the church, and more popular hymn
Visiting to new arrivals and those in
need should be done by Vicar or PCC Member.
Support proposed new structure of the
Fundraising at present level is
supportable. Church usage for other events acceptable. Raise maintenance
charges for private services.
Form preservation trust.
Younger Generations: need to be shown
relevance of the Church; use for events to bring the community together;
regular Sunday School for Primary School age; use evangelism to teach
relevance of Church; teach history of St Mary’s and give them their own
space; this busy generation should be asked to put forward specific ideas
for involvement other than regular services.
PCC to: reduce in numbers, and only
those who contribute substantially; get younger members, invite to PCC
meetings, and get their views.
Services: family service in Benefice
at fixed time; make more interesting for younger generation; get into 21st
century; family service too cumbersome and less communion; children should
choose hymns and take more parts – instruments, hand out books etc;
Visiting: plan carefully; ensure new
families are always visited by Vicar and get pack.
The church building: the Church is for
Christ’s people, and not a building. We do not need two churches for
Monxton and Amport.
The PCC will now determine the way ahead, and in
so doing will need to decide on priorities, and may even consider whether there
are things to be stopped. We will do this all in the light of the development of
relationships within the new Benefice being formed by the parishes of St Michael’s
Andover, our Benefice and the Wallops.
David Mallam, Churchwarden, 9 May 2008