The Parish of St. Paul, Oldham

Mission Action Plan

You could think of these as our "Aims & Objectives" or as our Priorites for Mission and Action.

  • things we have done to complete this aim
  • things we plan to do to complete this aim [the person / group responsible]
Changes to be made at next PCC review
  • Covid-19 update
  • Remove Shop References
  • Screen purchased

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

REVIEW CHURCH SOCIAL EVENTS

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

ENGAGE CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

  • YOUNG PEOPLE: encourage to join the choir (Key Stage 2 upwards; 6 months' probation; initially for All Age and Parade Services, and after the peace at Holy Communion when Sunday School are in church: purchase girdles and 2 new servers' robes
  • purchase 4 new servers' robes[NICK, COLIN, JILL]
  • PRE-SUNDAY SCHOOL AGE: make draw-string bags to use in their pews, kept on hooks, given out by Sidespeople and returned to hooks afterwards. [ANDREA, SIDESPEOPLE]

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]

PROVIDE SERVICES AND MUSIC THAT MATCH THE DIVERSITY OF THE CONGREGATION (IN 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 SERVICE

  • new, and different music has gradually appeared in the Morning Prayer sheets
  • a new Ordinary Time Holy Communion book has been produced
  • the new Ordinary Time Holy Communion book needs to be revised. [NICK]

HELP NEW, AND NEWER PEOPLE INTO MORE ACTIVE ROLES AND MINISTRIES IN CHURCH

  • 2 new sidespeople; 3 coffee people; 2 readers; 1 interceder; 2 eucharistic assistants
  • interceders
  • money counters
  • shop volunteers

RUN A STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN, FOCUSING ON SKILLS AS WELL AS MONEY

  • invite the Diocesan Stewardship Officer to meet with the PCC.
  • work out our next steps

SET UP A "WELCOME" TASK GROUP

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 to stand for election . . .
  • . . . and support them in getting involved

TRIAL AN EVENING SERVICE, FOR A YEAR, AIMING AT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, ESPECIALY THOSE WHO WORK ON A SUNDAY MORNING

  • a service on the first Wednesday of the month has been started.

WORK THROUGH THE "FROM EVIDENCE TO ACTION TOOLKIT" TO REVISE THE MISSION ACTION PLAN, AND TO ENCOURAGE CHURCH GROWTH

  • Sessions completed.
  • consider learning, and implications for the Mission Action Plan

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

ENCOURAGE VOLUNTEERS

  • Organise an auction of promises

IMPROVE OUR PUBLICITY

  • use Give As You Live more effectively; more prominent links [NICK];
  • start using the list of those who have given consent to contact them.

INVEST IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM AND ACTIVITIES THERE

  • new community room doors [NICK]</li><li>Find a new regular volunteer for Pop In.
  • consultation to establish parameters for the way forward [NICK]
  • engage an architect for ideas [NICK]. <a href="https://www.parishresources.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/01Millstone-or-Springboard-Healthcheck.pdf">Millstone or Springboard?</a>
  • think through the notice boards

ENCOURAGE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SHOP

  • new volunteers: advert on pewsheet
  • increase opening times;
  • improved publicity requires a church logo

To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth:

BUILDINGS (Bronze)

  • LED & Low energy lighting throughout Worship Area;
  • Motion sensors in Ladies, Gents & Disabled toilets;
  • Switched to recycled paper
  • LED lighting in Vicar's Vestry

LIFESTYLE

  • Toilets Twinned;
  • Recycling Bins bought for Community Room

LAND

  • 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]
  • enhance our offering of the front of the church as a community garden by (a) installing a new bin; (b) sorting the ground at the bottom of fire-escape steps; (c) tidying the steps down to Broadway Street. [NICK]

WORSHIP & TEACHING (Silver)

  • Commitment to seek EcoChurch Awards
  • Monthly magazine articles have started on the theme of "Caring for God's earth"

COMMUNITY & GLOBAL

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

MISSION PARTNERSHIP

  • St. Thomas, Werneth

MISSION UNIT

  • Holy Trinity, Coldhurst;
  • St. Stephen and All Martyrs, Oldham;
  • St. Mary with St. Peter, Oldham.

SCHOOLS

  • St. Martin's CE Primary School
  • and others;

COMMUNITY GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS

To complete tasks in the Quinquennial Inspection Report:

ITEMS OF UTMOST URGENCY

  • Re-fix loose tread adjacent to south aisle entrance doors.
  • Remove leaning tree and prune those adjacent to the vestry. (E6) Allow £1,000
  • Remove vegetation from north aisle roof, guttering and gullies at least once per year. (B4.5, B5) (2019)
  • Remove vegetation from north aisle roof, guttering and gullies at least once per year. (B4.5, B5) (2020 — 2021 — 2022 — 2023 — 2024)
  • Clear heating chamber and install pest control measures. (C9). Allow £250.

WORK ON OR ABOVE COMMUNITY ROOM

  • Investigate cause of the deflection of the floor finish within the westend community rooms. (C1.3)* Allow £500.
  • Consider providing sound attenuation to the modern plasterboard walls that form the westend community rooms. (C2.5)*

JOINERY

  • Employ carpenter to improve fixing of pew frontals. (C5.1)
  • Carry out timber repairs to the kitchen door. (B3.2) Allow £200.

FLOORING AND FALLS

  • Consider raising the level of the aisles within the worship to coordinate with the level of the west end community facilities and thus remove the need for ramps. The removal of pews within the worship as part of this work would then provide a very flexible space for worship and other purposes. (C1.1)*

WORK ON EAST END STEPS

  • Re-level uneven ground and repair / remove cracked screed to the north churchyard. (B7.1)* Allow £2,000.
  • Decorate east and west boundary walls, cast iron rainwater goods and north aisle door. (B7.3) Allow £2,000.
  • Repair or infill wall adjacent to the east boundary stair. (B7.3)* Allow £2,500.
  • Install tarmacadam path to vestry steps. (B7.2)
  • Consider fencing in the north churchyard area. (B10)*

PLASTERING

  • Repair / renew and decorate plaster above the chancel arch and within the chancel. (C2.2, C2.3)* Allow £5,000.
  • Carry out plaster ceiling repairs within the church building generally (C3)*

ROOFING AND RAINWATER

  • Re-roof slate roofs to the south aisle and south nave roof slope. Renew rainwater goods as part of this work. (B4.3, B4.4)* Allow approximately £150,000.
  • Plan to re-roof all areas of the church building within the next 10 to 20 years. (B4)*

FUTURE WORK

  • Consider undertaking a planned programme of masonry repointing works using lime mortar to areas of cement pointing. Reopening blocked subfloor ventilation slots to aisle walls as part of this work.(B2)*
  • Remove or renew defective light fitting and brackets to north aisle, organ chamber and vestry. (B2.2, B2.4, B2.8)
  • Consider renewing polycarbonate window protection to the chancel east window with a perimeter air gap. (B3.1)
  • Replace missing quarry tile to choir / vestry threshold. (C1.2)
  • Decorate ceiling to the church entrance lobby. (C3.4.1)

We Believe

  • that a church should be a place where the generous, forgiving love of God in Christ is made real in practical ways.</li><li>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.</li><li>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.