The Parish of Ponteland

Mission Action Plan

Mission Action Planning has become part of the day to day parish life in Newcastle Diocese. Each parish has been encouraged by the Bishop to produce and submit a MAP which outlines what the mission focus for each parish over the coming few years. For our MAP, agreed at the PCC in November 2013, click here.

After almost a year, a small group met to review how far we had taken the plan. Their comments are here. We had done well with some of the simpler things - a Welcome Card, leaflets to advertise all the Coffee Mornings - had made positive changes in other areas - we now have a team producing the monthly All Age Worships and being Baptism Visitors - and had failed in some.

On Saturday 18 October 2014 Canon John Sinclair and the Reverend Dorothy Robinson came and spent a "Healthy Church Morning" with us - 35 of our congregation attended. We were asked to think of why we come to church, and asked to score our church on the six marks of a Healthy Church. At the end of the morning we were asked to give an area where we needed to improve. Post-it notes were written and collected. They were then grouped into four areas - Welcome, Prayer, Young People, and Worship. People were then asked to write their names by the area they could work in. All the paperwork from the morning is here.

The Mission Action Plan group met again to talk through the morning, and then we had a fuller discussion at the PCC on 3 November 2014, see the minutes here. Work is beginning to tackle each area:

  • Welcome - John and Elaine are holding meetings for all Welcomers in November,
  • Prayer - John has been in touch with those who put their names down, and is trying to arrange a weekly prayer meeting, probably on a Wednesday morning, but sometimes in the evening,
  • Young people - the group organising All Age Worship is meeting on 10 November 2014 and will look at the wider subject. Discussions are ongoing with other youth and children's advisers/workers in the area.
  • Worship - Christine and Peter will start the ball rolling on this.

Work has continued in 2015. A full review of our MAP and the life of the church will be needed in 2016.

This window, from St Aidan's Thorneyburn, reminds us of the importance of sowing and reaping. (You'll note that sowing is in Spring and harvesting in Autumn - and it is the young man sowing and the old man reaping). Matthew 13.23 "as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."


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