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As part of the Church of England, St Bride's offers traditional, welcoming and inclusive worship, supported by our Guild. We combine world-class music with thoughtful preaching and an architectural setting of great beauty. The church is a much-loved spiritual home to all who live and work in Fleet Street, the media, old and new, and the institutions of the City, including our associated Livery companies.
This Mission Action Plan builds on the excellent work done over the past three years under the first MAP and seeks to define the focus of our activities as a church over the coming three years. Its starting point is the enduring mission and values set out in the appendix and its overall purpose is to ensure that we continue to promote them effectively into the future.
In addition, the Diocese of London has now prepared 'Capital Vision 2020', a document that sets out a vision for the Church in London in 2020. In particular, the vision identifies three broad goals for this period, the '3 Cs';
The MAP sets a series of broad targets for us as a church by which we will judge success and identifies a set of priority actions, split down into individual tasks and assigns responsibilities for leading them. These actions are grouped under headings that reflect the '3Cs' and those plans that are particularly consistent with those targets are highlighted in italics.
There is generally a good match between the Diocesan '3Cs' and our own plans, though the extent to which it fully meets the exhortation to be more compassionate is less clear. Although we have undertaken activities such as the 'Sleep-out' for 'Street Child World Cup', it is worth considering whether we are fully rising to the challenge of enabling 'new initiatives to fight poverty, inequality and injustice in London and worldwide, including our joint venture with the Church Urban Fund'.
1. Improve communications with all key audiences
2. Maintain a sustainable financial and commercial position
3. Restore the physical fabric of the church
4. Sustain and grow congregational numbers (especially younger members)
5. Forge closer links with digital and other media groups
6. Enhance links with Livery companies
7. Sustain our distinctive liturgy with its musical excellence
Create a sustainable financial and commercial position
Improve communications with all key audiences
Restore the physical fabric of the church
Swell congregational numbers (especially younger members)
Forge closer links with digital and other media groups
Enhance links with Livery Companies
Sustain our distinctive liturgy with its musical excellence