Stages of the SJP Part of our History 2007 2008-2010 2010 to 2012 2013 to 2016 2017 to 2020 2020 Founding of a Saxon Church by King Ethelred, A.D. 689
Stages of the SJP 2007 2008-2010 2010 to 2012 2013 to 2016 2017 to 2020 2020 King Edgar rowed up the Dee to St. John’s, Chester A.D. 973
Stages of the SJP 2007 2008-2010 2010 to 2012 2013 to 2016 2017 to 2020 2020 Burial of Bishop Peter in St. John’s, Chester A.D. 1085
Stages of the SJP 2007 2008-2010 2010 to 2012 2013 to 2016 2017 to 2020 2020 Peter, first Norman Bishop, building St. John’s, A.D. 1073
Stages of the SJP 2007 2008-2010 2010 to 2012 2013 to 2016 2017 to 2020 2020 Founding St. Werburgh’s by Hugh, Earl of Chester, A.D. 1093
King Henry III entering the City of Chester, A.D. 1256
Dissolution of St. John’s by the Commissioners of Edward Sixth, A.D. 1548
What has happened to our Churches In the last 500 years? Big Question Simple Answer: Decline and even more so in the last 80 years . Now we are trying to stop the decline. In fact Canon Lunt started this 26 years ago when St Peter’s Ecumenical Centre first opened its doors. Two years ago we launched our Project. Last year we launched our appeal and opened the internet cafe. We have started to make waves and this is all down to our volunteers.
April 2008 - St John’s Project launched Planning for Success 2０２０
April 2009 - 10 year Appeal launched Planning for Success 2０２０
November 2009 - Started an Internet café In St Peter’s Planning for Success 2０２０
May 2010 - Start manning St Johns for the 3rd Summer Planning for Success 2０２０
September 2010 - launch Friends of St John’s & St Peter’s Planning for Success 2０２０
Late 2010 - Release Strategic Plan Planning for Success 2０２０
While all this is going on our Development Team will be working hard on getting funding. Planning for Success 2０２０
So what is the Plan? A simple four point solution to making us a great place to be. Planning for Success 2０２０
Why only four solutions? Because the whole plan grows out from those four solutions. Planning for Success 2０２０
Preserving our Ancient Buildings Our ancient buildings are in a dire state of decline - a full solution using the latest technology, will make them warmer, more secure and happier places to be. We will prioritise the most urgent issues. We will review our energy consumption for the next one hundred years to minimise our environmental impact. New and inventive uses for our buildings must add value to them as well as conserving our national assets. We are also looking to share and learn from the Wrexham Open Church Network, and implement this in Cheshire West by around 2016. Solution 1
Sacred Space As buildings of faith it is vital that we develop the faith aspects of our buildings. We want to increase the number of congregation, special services, weddings and baptisms. We aim to introduce a new Fresh Expression of Church at St Peter's called @TheCross. We are not just a tourist attraction, we are a church. We also aim to encourage outside organisations to use our space - for theatre, arts and community purposes. We will make our buildings easily accessible to all and also available to hire. We must promote and market our buildings to increase visitor numbers. We must also harness the potential of our volunteer team to ensure that they, and our visitors, are fully engaged with our buildings. Solution 2
Trading for Our Future
Trading for Our Future is vital for the future of our buildings.
We will introduce a more professional gift shop in St John's with unique, commissioned souvenirs and a Pilgrim's Rest area
We will maximise our revenue with all money generated – excluding admin and labour costs – re-invested back into the buildings
We aim to produce enough income to no longer be grant- or donor-led, by 2017
We have already started an IT Centre and will introduce a video/film-making project that will help us grow. We will be offering these services on open market
ChesterLiving History This is a completely new programme offering to bring history alive from the 6th century to the 20th century Our buildings are connected to some of the most important events in the nation’s history We are developing a full programme of Living History events within St John's and St Peter's Some of these events will be free; some will be private functions Most importantly there will be National Curriculum workshops for school groups of up to forty children at a time – taking part in marching, drumming, crafts, and staged combat – to feel and live history We will also bring history alive through new visitor interpretation, guide books, films, virtual tours We also wish to play our part in promoting Chester as a tourist experience and heritage destination Solution 4
2012 a new Ecumenical fresh Expression in St Peter’s Planning for Success 2０２０
seeing what God is doing and joining in”
John V Taylor
fresh expressions of church As part of our Sacred Space solution we wish to launch a new type of Fresh Expression as part of the National Fresh Expressions campaign St Peter’s has the unique position to be a drop-in church for drop-in prayer and a new form of conversation and worship The aim will be to make us a true mixed economy Parish This will be a long haul programme and will be completely ecumenical in its expression – it is hoped that this will begin by 2012 The Fresh Expression will be linked to our unique IT project with a light-touch approach. Our location right at the heart of the City, amongst all the shops, means we can put God on the High Street.
Pioneer ministry Supporting self-supporting pioneers Self-supporting cannot mean ‘left to sink or swim’
Stages of the SJP 2007 2008-2010 2010 to 2012 2013 to 2016 2017 to 2020 2020
SJP Work Streams today Leadership team PCC
SJP Work Streams by 2012 Management Committee PCC
Our Big Risk Factor
People and lack of them. We have no cash for staff - it’s down to volunteers.
But we can make this happen as we become much smarter. Our tech team is working on this right now.