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Mission Action Planning:
       
The Diocese of Winchester has 12 areas of mission focus, which together will help achieve sustainable growth for the common good. Five are already in progress, and are a Rule of LIfe, companion links with other cultures and contexts, strengthening engagement with schools, Fresh Expressions of church, and evangelism and discipleship courses across the Diocese.

Three additional projects for the future include, the 'Thy Kingdom Come' initiative, social transformation enterprises and increasing vocational callings. Four major step changes include initiatives in rural mission, resource churches planting new churches, major development areas and further and higher education.

Deanery Mission Action Plan (dMAP)
Andover Deanery is engaged in delivering key strategic priorities using a Deanery Mission Action Plan (dMAP). This MAP is a living document which draws together a plan to develop our Deanery in its missional activities. With our first dMAP now three years old, we are close to finalising a new dMAP, which will be brought before Andover Deanery Synod at its first meeting of 2018 on Wednesday 24th January. Once the dMAP has been approved, it will be available to view.

Parish Mission Action Plan (pMAP)
We believe God's Vision for St. Mary's is to SEEK God in Worship, to SERVE one another and to SHARE the love of Jesus. After considerable prayer and discussion our first pMAP was approved by the PCC in September 2015, and the Deanery in October 2015, and put into place. Having a clear vision of our objectives, strategies to achieve them were quickly put into place.

So successful was the outcome that after a review, the pMAP was revised, updated and approved by the PCC in July the following year. Thanks to God's goodness and grace, this pMAP too has had to be updated and so in November 2017 a new pMAP was agreed and approved! Click Here for a copy of the latest St. Mary's Church pMAP.

Our objectives continue to turn the key aspects of each pMAP into strategic developments as we move forward together. Small teams have been formed to spearhead and direct how we believe the Lord is guiding us by His Holy Spirit, to achieve all that He is calling us to be and do in His service.

One key area of our pMAP included an exciting, yet challenging initiative to a rapidly expanding residential development in the Parish. We successfully launched the 3R's (Refresh, Relax, Revive) Pop-Up Cafe in Pilgrims' Cross CE Primary School in September 2016. This is proving to be an enjoyable and much appreciated Saturday afternoon of delightful refreshments and craft activities for the residents of the Picket Twenty development.

Other areas of God's blessing include:

  • Developing Small Groups and our Prayer Life - A new Men's Group was followed in January 2017 by the launch of a new Women's Group and a Discipleship Group. Attendance at the monthly prayer meetings has increased.
     

  • Employing a full time Children and Families Leader - Andy and Jo Berry started work as Joint Leaders at St. Mary's Church on the 1st March 2017, and the ministry is flourishing.
     

  • Environmental Matters - An Eco Church Representative has been appointed. St. Mary's has recently been awarded the Bronze Award and is now working towards the Silver Award.
     

  • A New Baptism Outreach Programme - An exiting new programme was completed and approved by the PCC in July 2017. Beginning in September 2017 all Baptisms are being held during the All Age Service on the first Sunday of each month at 10.30am, and these first few months have been extremely well received, by regular church members in addition to the baptism parties.
     

  • Planning a Church Weekend Away in 2018 - The Planning Team are advanced with their preparations for the Weekend from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September 2018 in Devon, and a speaker has been booked.

    These are exciting times at St. Mary's as the Lord leads us forward!

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