Our mission

Our Mission Action Plan outlined below for 2018 remains in place for 2021

St Leonard’s Church, Sandridge 2018 Mission Action Plan

Each year the Bishop of St Albans asks each parish to produce a Mission Action Plan (MAP) setting out its aims and objectives for the coming year. The plan below was agreed at our annual meeting of parishioners on October 25th 2020.

Our Looking

Three things we have seen about our parish and our world

1. St Leonard’s is a village landmark with a history of worship that continues today. The church is valued by many people who do not regularly worship at the church and there is an increasing sense of ownership by the local community.

2. St Leonard’s has good local connections, especially to the primary school and elderly people’s homes, with church members involved in and supporting many local organisations.

3. The parish is changing with Heartwood Forest expecting to attract 185,000 visitors each year, tearooms opened during 2017 close to the church and the nearby Carpenters garden centre having opened a restaurant; and increased housing being built in the parish with pressure for more.

Three things we have seen about our church

1. Whenever the church doors are open, people want to come in and look around. People value the ‘open church.’

2. We need to prioritize our activities to make the fullest use of our resources (time, energy, money, abilities).

3. Local people value and like to attend ‘special’ events and services e.g. at Easter, the Flower Festival, Remembrance and Christmas.

Our Discerning

How we want to be described in five years’ time.

St Leonard's is a church integrated into its local community. It is an outward-looking, growing and prayerful Christian community that welcomes and adapts to all ages.

Our three key priorities for the next five years.

1. Making the church (services, activities and building) more accessible to all.

2. Prioritizing activities that build our connections with the local community

3. Stewarding our resources (time, energy, money, abilities) for maximum effectiveness, so as to grow a vibrant church for all.

Our five key goals for the next year or more

Review the welcome given by the church, at services and events and also when open during the week. Identify and implement ways that this could be improved including exploring the setting up of a welcome team, and undertaking training in providing a welcome to all.

Sensitively support and encourage people along their pilgrimage of faith, accepting that people are at different stages of their journey.

Further develop the church’s contact with all ages, including pre-school children, the local school and teenagers..

Explore the possibility of creating pastoral teams to serve people in the church and the parish.

Seek ways of developing links between the various church 'congregations', including Sunday and midweek, Craft Church, Tara's Retreat and Lyndon.