Mission Action Plan
This plan seeks to build on the work of the 2008 Boldre Mission Audit, which was successful in giving new focus to the work and life of our church. It has been formed in the light of material from the 2011 National Census and following consultation with our community.
Growing Authentic Disciples
This first priority is key to all that follows. If we can develop a pattern of life that seeks to allow all members to live out their calling as Christians then our church will become engaged in the mission of God in our parish.
Aim to start and establish mid-week bible study and prayer groups of six to twelve people where all can come to grow in their faith in Christ. These will be focussed on applying Christian truth to our lives and equipping us to reach out with God’s love.
We can no longer continue doing the same things and expecting a different result. We must be prepared to allow changes which will encourage new members of church to feel at home while not allowing the precious structure of our worship to be lost.
Develop a year round calendar and pattern of services that make the most of opportunities to invite as many as possible to come and join our worship, e.g. Harvest, Pet Service, Married at Boldre, Hood Service, Remembrance Sunday, All Souls Sunday, Patronal Festival.
Agents of Social Transformation
We need to actively engage with all ages across our community to allow the impact of the mission of Jesus to flow into the lives of all. Communities of our hamlets have many isolated elderly people and we will seek to reach out to them to provide support and friendship.
Start a Pastoral Team, under the guidance of Felicity and Andrew, who will seek to gather lay visitors who will then support the elderly and isolated in our community. There will be space for everyone to get involved and show that we take seriously Jesus’ command to love our neighbour.
Belonging Together We Will be Good Stewards
The church plays a key role in providing a hub for communication in our parish. ‘The Bridge’ already connects and informs the majority of residents. We can work harder to be a source of news and a channel for requests across our community.
We will seek to make good use of our resources and reserves to enable mission and outreach with a Stewardship Campaign in 2015.
Continue to look at how we can make the most of our Benefice office as a hub for our community.
Look at how we can maximise electronic communication across the parish sending out pew sheets by email and increasing awareness and activity through our website.
Implement the Parish Giving Scheme across the church.