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Mission Action Plan

You could think of these as our "Aims & Objectives" or as our Priorites for Mission and Action. This Mission Action Plan is in the process of revision and update.

A     To support people in growing into more engaged worship of Almighty God.

  1. To put on a broader range of social activities, to attract a broader range of people; [SOCIAL COMMITTEE]
    ask people what events they would like; [NICK]
    including something for children and famlies [SOCIAL COMMITTEE].

    • Alexander Park Walks & Picnics (2017, 2018);
    • Remembrance in Story and Song (2017);
    • Auction of Promises (2018);
    • Race Night (2018).
    • invite people to give ideas in sermon, magazine, pewsheet and suggestion boxs. [NICK]

  2. To develop a supervised soft play area during church services, catering for the needs of children who can not yet attend Sunday School.
    Encourage children to join the choir (KS2 upwards), with 6 months' probation period, initially for All Age and Parade Services, and after peace at Holy Communion.

    • investigate six new servers robes [COLIN, JILL]
    • arrange purchase [NICK]
    • find royal blue girdles [NICK]

  3. Make draw string bags for pre-Sunday School children to use in their pews, kept on hooks, given out by Sidespeople and returned to hooks afterwards. [ANDREA, SIDESPEOPLE]
  4. To restore the organ, and appoint an organist to support the choir's growth.

    • £42,000 raised so far in donations and grants;
    • Organ now has Grade II BIOS "listing"
    • Volunteers found to show instrument to local schools
    • Heritage Lottery Fund application [NICK]
    • Viridor Application [NICK]

  5. To provide services and music that match the congregation's diversity (of age, background, etc) with a diversity of styles of music; a diversity of presentation (including the use of screens to enrich worship) and diverse times and types of services;

    • new, and different music has gradually appeared in the Morning Prayer sheets
    • a new Ordinary Time Holy Communion book is in production [NICK]

  6. To help new, and newer, people into more active roles and ministries in church.

    • 2 new sidespeople; 3 coffee people; 2 readers; 1 interceder
    • new Eucharistic Assistants [NICK, PCC]
    • interceders

  7. To run a Stewardship campaign, focusing on Skills as well as Money.

    • Invite Diocesan Stewardship Officer to a meeting [JANET]

  8. To set up a "Welcome" task group [NICK]

  9. To encourage new members onto the PCC
    • elected members must now take a year off after serving for a 3 year term; a Treasurer and Secretary can be co-opted).
    • encourage new members, and support them in getting involved

  10. To trial an evening service, for a year, aiming at children and families, especially those who work on a Sunday morning.
    • All Souls: no child / family attendance

B     To make greater use of our visible and invisible assets in the service of our neighbour.

  1. to develop a logo that represents the church, requesting input in a competition from magazine, pewsheet, etc. [NICK]
  2. more and better publicity.
  3. fence in the paved area to create a space that can be used by church and community groups; and to reduce anti-social behaviour in the church grounds. [NICK]
  4. enhance our offering of the front of the church as a community garden by (a) installing a new bin; (b) installing new forms (benches).REVIEW [NICK]
  5. invest in the Community Room and activities that take place there for (a) community engagement and service; (b) viability. [NICK]
    • new community room doors;
    • consultation to establish parameters for the way forward, engage an architect for ideas [NICK].

  6. Find a new regular volunteer for Pop In.
  7. encourage the development of the shop: more volunteers; different opening times; better publicity.
  8. Think through the Notice boards in the Community Room.
  9. Organise an auction of promises

C     To develop effective working relationships with partners in Mission and Ministry:

  1. MISSION PARTNERSHIP (St. Thomas, Werneth); and
    MISSION UNIT (Holy Trinity, Coldhurst; St. Stephen and All Martyrs, Oldham; St. Mary with St. Peter, Oldham).
  2. St. Martin's School and other local schools;
  3. groups and individuals in the local community whatever their culture, religion, or age.

We believe

  • that a church should be a place where the generous, forgiving love of God in Christ is made real in practical ways.
  • that a church should be a community that welcomes all people whatever their age, situation, or background.
  • that a church should dedicate itself to the worship of Almighty God, using all the richness and variety of resources that God has given us.
  • that we are not there yet - but by the grace of God, this is what we hope to become.
  • that a church should work, alone and with others, for good in its community, and in the world: for justice, for a better quality of life, for stronger communities.
  • that a church is not just a virtual community, but a real, physical community. We hope that this website will enrich our life as a church, and offer you ways to take part in it - or just provide you with resources to help you deepen your faith.