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Mission Action Planning:
The Diocese of Winchester is engaged in re-structuring to enable us together to become a mission-shaped diocese. One of the ways it is doing this is through stages of Mission Action Planning (MAP).

This process is a way of turning God's Vision for us into practical realities. It is a tool for discerning what God is saying and doing in our Diocese, Deanery and Parish. It is an exciting opportunity to be creative and to explore the new and imaginative, as well as renewing what already exists.

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. For a copy of the Andover Deanery Mission Action Plan please Click Here

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. We have now moved from discerning that Vision through our Review and Planning stages, to the Acting Phase of our pMAP.
Click Here for St. Mary's Church pMAP. The original was agreed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) on the 22nd September 2015, approved by the Andover Deanery Mission and Pastoral Committee on the 1st October 2015 and copies were distributed on Sunday 18th October to the congregations.

Further to a PCC Away Day and an additional PCC meeting both in July 2016, a revised and updated pMAP has been agreed and copies were distributed to the congregations on Sunday 7th August 2016.

Our objectives are to continue to turn the key aspects of our 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.

With our desire to SHARE the love of Jesus, our pMAP has identified two specific areas for outreach mission activity. We are about to embark upon an exciting, yet challenging programme to a rapidly expanding residential development in the Parish.

Other Teams have already begun considering areas such as:

  • Developing Small Groups and our Prayer Life - A new Women's Group and Discipleship Group commenced in January 2017. 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

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

  • A New Baptism Outreach Programme - The new programme has been completed and approved by the PCC at a meeting on the 18th July 2017. Beginning in September 2017 all Baptisms will be held during the All Age Service on the first Sunday of each month at 10.30am

  • Planning a Church Weekend Away in 2018 - The Planning Team are advanced with their preparations for the Weekend of Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September 2018 at the Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth, Devon

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

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