We’re using the areas on this Mission Tree as we
· reflect on what has been accomplished at St Mary's Church in recent years,
· consider where St Mary's is now and
· discern where God is calling St Mary's to be in the future.

Using the seasons as a simple indicator, help us gauge where we are in different aspects of the life of St Mary's Church:

Summer: for aspects of life at St Mary’s which are flourishing and need simply the encouragement of gentle watering.
Autumn: for aspects of our church’s life which have lived a full life, but which need to rest.
Winter: for areas which need to be allowed to die back to make way for new life.
Spring: for areas of life at St Mary’s which are coming to birth and need a little more encouragement.

There is also space for you to give some reasons as to why you’ve given the answer you have. We hope you will be able to share your thoughts. All answers are anonymous, but you can also email us via churchoffice@stmarysrickmansworth.org.uk.

Thank you for sharing in this task with us as St Mary’s continues to Serve the whole community.

Find out more about life at St Mary's on our website.

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* 1. There are a variety of ways in which we serve the older members of our community, visits to homes, Home Communion, mid-Week activities such as Meet for Tea and Monday Morning TLC, as well as a monthly Lunch Club.

In which season do you think our work with older members of the community is at present?

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* 2. Our work with children and young people includes linking with local schools, Uniformed Organisations and a twice-monthly Youth Group. We also have an All Age Service once a month.

In which season do you think our work with children and young people is at present?

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* 3. Through use of our website, Twitter feed and Facebook, as well as weekly e-News and letters to those at home, we share information about life at St Mary's.

In which season do you think our communications are at present?

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* 4. The Church Council,  made up of members of the congregation and clergy, makes decisions regarding many aspects of life at St Mary's - from how we grow our worshipping community to how we spend our money, from how we use and care for our buildings to how we grow in service. We also have a duty of care for Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.

In which season do you think our Church Governance and Safeguarding is at present?

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* 5. As the local Parish Church, St Mary's seeks to be a community that is welcoming of all. We strive to meet the needs of all who come to join us, hoping that within our community and church building people will find peace, space, hope, encouragement and love.

In which season do you think our welcome at St Mary's is at present?

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* 6. Recognising that being a follower of Christ is a whole-life commitment - through prayer, service, worship and learning - we offer a variety of Services, opportunities for service and prayer. In which season do you think deepening of discipleship for people linked to St Mary's Church is at present?

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* 7. The worship of a church offers time and space to give glory to God, hear God's word, and bring the needs of all people in prayer. In which season do you think the worship at St Mary's is at present?

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* 8. Many members at St Mary's serve across our local community on different ways: from overseeing a Credit Union to leading Uniformed Organisations, from cooking lunches for the elderly to volunteering with the Samaritans. In which season would you place St Mary's at present in terms of courageous community outreach and engagement?

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* 9. Financial stability for any organisation is key in order for it to plan for the future. In which season do you think our finances and teaching at St Mary's about generous giving are at present?

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* 10. Leadership at St Mary's is shared by the Church Council, Churchwardens and clergy and we seek to empower and inspire all people to use their gifts and skills in the service of God's kingdom. In which season would you place the area of leadership at St Mary's at present?

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