St. Peter’s Church, Cobourg January 2021 Our Plan for Mission: 2020 – 2030

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5,6

Vision: St Peter’s Cobourg is known as a community of faith, living out the Gospel under our roof and beyond our walls.

Mission: We are a church for all seasons, and all peoples, for three main reasons:

  • lifelong learning,
  • lifelong growing,
  • lifelong serving as the Body of Christ.

    Core Values: We are a faith-based community that values

  • Being faithful stewards of who we are and what has been entrusted to us
  • Being welcoming and caring to all
  • Honouring our heritage/history
  • Making decisions by consensus

    As a Christian Community, we offer all we do and are in the spirit of Jesus’ mission on earth and his vision of the Kingdom of God.

    Priorities:

  1. Lifelong learning

    Objectives:

    1. Seekers will be engaged in growing spiritually.
    2. Connections and relationships in the community will be enhanced.
    3. Specific opportunities for learning are available to seniors and vulnerable populations.

    Possible Activities:

    1. Improve and expand virtual and in-person worship
    2. Develop ways to identify seekers and assist them in their spiritual journey
    3. Position St. Peter’s as a Community Hub for learning
  2. LifelongGrowing Objectives:

    1. Broaden our understanding of “membership. 2. Reach out to former parishioners of St. Peter’s.

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  1. Stretch our individual and corporate understanding of our faith.
  2. The community will become engaged in our programs and activities.

Possible Activities:

  1. Grow in our own faith
  2. Grow in relationships
  3. Grow sustainably
  1. LifelongServing Objectives:
    1. Continue to serve our neighbours in practical and loving ways.
    2. Expand our understanding of those who are our neighbours.
    3. Enter into long term relationships with one or several partners to ensure better

      stewardship of the space we have.

    Possible Activities:

    1. Ministry with and to vulnerable populations
    2. Ministry with and to seniors
    3. Hireapart-timeprogramcoordinator
  2. PrepareSt.Peter’sCampustoSupportGod’sMission Objectives:
    1. Repair and restore the sanctuary.
    2. Develop and execute strategies for the St. Peter’s Campus to provide revenue to

      become financially sustainable.

    Possible Activities:

    1. Complete the reconstruction/restoration of the sanctuary roof, ceiling, and bell tower in 2021.
    2. Conduct a re-development/repurposing study of the entire St Peter’s Campus
    3. Ensure long-term financial stability (10 years)
    4. With congregational agreement, implement the re-development study findings

      for a sustainable future reflecting God’s mission for St Peter’s

  3. EffectiveCommunication Objective:

    1.Embrace technology to spread the Gospel and the story of St. Peter’s.

    Possible Activities:

a. Develop and execute in an ongoing and sustainable way a modern and effective communications plan for the parish

Gracious God,
We pray for this our parish church of St. Peter.
We thank you for the richness of our history and all those who have served you through the years. We thank you also for the future into which
you are calling us.
Give us faith to go forward with good courage into that future, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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DRAFT Plan for Mission

Revised: Jan.13, 2021

Plan Outline

  1. God’s Call to Our Parish – Active preparation for planning 2015 – 2020
    1. Situation in 2015
    2. Additional Urgent Property Repairs
    3. Actions Taken
    4. The Vision Working Group’s Accomplishments
    5. Nuts and Bolts Working Group’s Accomplishments
    6. Role of Compass Group
    7. Role of Corporation
    8. Role of the Incumbent
  2. Our Current Situation
    1. Town of Cobourg and its Neighbours in 2020
    2. Churches in Canada in 2020
    3. St. Peter’s Church in Cobourg
    4. Opportunities for St Peter’s
  3. Our Vision, Mission and Values: 2020 – 2030
  4. Our Plans: 2020 – 2030

    Priorities, Objectives, Possible Activities and Expected Results

a. Lifelong Learning – Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye

upon you.

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  1. Lifelong Growing – Philippians 4:9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
  2. Lifelong Serving – Matthew 25:40 When you did it for one of my brothers or sisters, you were doing it for me!
  3. Prepare our Property to Support God’s Mission – Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord

    establishes their steps.

  4. Effective Communication
  1. Implementation
  2. Definitions
  3. Proposed Budget (in progress)

1. God’s Call for Our Parish: Active Preparation for Planning 2015 – 2020

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

a. Situationin2015

In 2015, the Advisory Board realized that, before beginning a strategic plan for our future mission, we needed to be sure of the reality we were facing, and not rely only on people’s memories. It seemed especially important because the CMHC mortgage for our large number of dwellings called St. Peter’s Court Apartments (overseen by a separate board) was coming due. There was a belief that all that property with attached increased taxes as of 2019 would be re-vested with attendant financial implications to the church itself. We asked a highly skilled volunteer, Howard Goodfellow, to gather facts about our property which has taken place over several years. Among the accomplishments:

  • a survey of the whole St. Peter’s campus;
  • ground-penetrating radar survey of the cemetery on site;
  • legal advice on the relationship between St. Peter’s Court Apartments and the church.

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  • a holistic study of the state of all aspects of the property
  • a financial breakdown of the ten-year costs to bring the property into proper repair and maintenance is approximately

    $3.4M. This far exceeds the ability of the parish to sustain. The most urgent repairs and maintenance are to the church roof, ceiling and bell tower (the sanctuary) at an estimated cost of $2.0M.

    b. Additional Urgent Property Repairs

    In early 2018, the condition of the ceiling and roof of the church proper (the sanctuary) was discovered to have deteriorated to a point where it was no longer safe to have people be in the church. Worship was moved to the Great Hall and the Chapel. The potential cost of the repair/reconstruction of the roof and ceiling, $1.8M, was then added to the financial burden already outlined. Including the repairs to the Bell Tower, the total cost is $2.0M to regain safe use of the sanctuary.

    Several floods occurred in 2018 and 2019 which caused damage to the elevator shaft and basement. Repairs needed to be made to remove mold and prevent future emergencies of a similar nature.

c. Actions Taken

  • We committed to consensus decision-making.
  • A small group was formed to guide the process of discernment in the parish (The Compass Group). They developed

    what was called The Roadmap to our future which graphically indicated what steps would need to be taken.

  • Urgent repairs were made as needed (e.g. HVAC Units replacement; new air conditioner; mold removal and repair in

    basement; and more.

  • Seven forums were hosted by the Incumbent to keep parishioners in the loop about the various report findings and

    ready us for making hard decisions. Almost 100 people attended each forum.

  • Workshop sessions on living through transitions were presented to parishioners.
  • Diocesan facilitators helped us “Navigate the Curve” in the Road we were travelling.
  • Relationships were built with other Diocesan staff whose work was related to property, finance and decision-making.
  • We explored what other churches were doing across Canada and elsewhere.
  • A panel of local experts, including the Mayor, painted a picture for us of Cobourg and its future and our potential role in

    that future.

  • Strongly supported decisions were made by consensus:

    o We would fix the roof and ceiling
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o We would establish two working groups, one, to make property recommendations and ensure future financial sustainability (Nuts and Bolts Group) and the second, to link those recommendations with a vigorous and inspiring Vision and Mission (Vision Working Group)

• What is being recommended in the Plan for Mission that follows is the urgent repair of the sanctuary in the summer of 2021. Then there is envisioned an overall re-development project for the whole of St. Peter’s Campus to ensure a financially sustainable and attractive Anglican presence here in Cobourg.

d. The Vision Working Group’s Accomplishments

  • Categorized activities/ministries currently ongoing at St. Peter’s
  • Conducted research as to why people have left the church
  • Summarized current usage of facilities room by room
  • Met with the Mayor to seek his views (e.g. no demolition; potential arts and culture venue, affordable housing, no Town

    funding etc.)

  • Held preliminary exploratory discussions with Oriana Singers, Les Amis, Cornerstone, Community Health Centres of

    Northumberland about future partnerships

  • Met with Councillor Nicole Beatty regarding arts and culture possibilities
  • Explored concept of One Roof Cobourg
  • Explored concept of space for multiple non-profits
  • Developed a Cost Benefit analysis of current and potential users
  • Consulted with parishioners on worship preferences and wishes
  • Retained a consultant to explore community partnerships
  • Discussed with a community organization the possible use of rooms upstairs
  • Recommended that the future focus should be on seniors and vulnerable populations
  • Recommended the continuance of current outreach activities of the church
  • Developed a comprehensive template re use of space
  • Aligned potential partners with mission statement
  • Preparing a virtual tour of interior for marketing purposes
  • Drafting a plan for sustainability

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e. NutsandBoltsWorkingGroup’sAccomplishments

  • Established working groups and assigned individuals to explore specific aspects of the whole campus project
  • Reviewed all existing relevant background reports
  • Explored all possible options for the St. Peter’s Campus (264 College Street, rectory, parish hall, church proper, St.

    Peter’s Court Apartments)

  • Recommended not closing the on-site cemetery after exploring process. It has been registered as inactive
  • Confirmed current market value of rectory and possible lot beside the rectory
  • Measured all rooms in church building and determined capacity of each
  • Recommended moving ahead to the signing of a new agreement with St. Peter’s Court Apartments Board and St. Peter’s

    Church

  • Initiated connections with a fundraising professional
  • Submitted a Trillium Grant for nearly $150,000 for upgrades needed during and post-COVID-19 (HVAC upgrades,

    project manager, improve digital management, new barbecues and freezer for Thursday Night Light etc., health

    screening section in parish hall, electronic notice board)

  • Identified a “shovel-ready” sub-project as part of an overall campus repurposing
  • Contributed to grant request to National Trust for $2 million for the above shovel-ready project
  • Advocated in writing to Parliamentary Finance Committee for Federal stimulus grants to heritage buildings
  • Sent information package to local newspaper, news blogger
  • Prompted a Special Vestry Meeting to enable the release of funds to prepare for construction on the roof and for the

    beginning steps in redevelopment of the whole campus

  • Organized extensive building tours to local, provincial and federal politicians, and a representative of the Architectural

    Conservancy of Ontario

  • Obtained approval of Cobourg Heritage Committee for a raised steel roof
  • Had structural drawings prepared for submission to Town’s Building Department
  • Joined with Vision Working Group to sign contract with Barbara Myers to investigate possible partnerships
  • Developed and completed due diligence on two options for the roof and plaster work
  • Developed cost options for both the above
  • Investigated possible solutions for additional parking
  • Reviewed community engagement plan from Compass Group
  • Reviewed lot severance possibilities
  • Addressing various land issues (adverse possession, encroachment etc.)

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• Evaluated the structural costs of the entire campus with engineering firm

f. Role of Compass Group

  • Facilitated process from beginning
  • Worked with Diocesan staff to provide “Navigating the Curve” to explore together as a congregation whether or not we

    would repair the roof and how we might become sustainable and attract others to our church in the future

  • Developed a community engagement plan to clarify communications roles and responsibilities
  • Wrote and submitted two versions of a Trillium Grant

    g. RoleofCorporation

  • Approved Trillium Grant Request items and document
  • Approved concept of and details for the shovel-ready project
  • Approved and signed contracts with architect, Barbara Myers, lawyers and other consultants required
  • Facilitated a Special Vestry Meeting to enable use of a portion of the Sheppard Fund for preparation for construction

    h. Role of Incumbent

  • Advised, led, but didn’t dictate
  • Kept it all together for us, making links where needed
  • Formulated and presented seven sets of forums for the congregation so that they could understand all future

    challenges.

  • Helped us keep on track, positive and not give up
  • Served as the connector with the Diocese and the Bishop

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2. Our Current Situation

Through multiple consultations, and many good ideas offered by parishioners and others during and after forums and discussion opportunities, we have learned much about our current reality.

a. TownofCobourganditsNeighboursin2020

  • Seen as an attractive venue for small town living
  • Increasing senior population: 25% of population vs 16% in the rest of Ontario
  • Inadequate affordable housing and increased food insecurity for seniors and others
  • More and more middle-income homes being built in the town
  • Growth is due to migration of families and retirees to Cobourg from nearby cities
  • Significant social issues such as addiction are prevalent in Cobourg
  • COVID – 19 is impacting society:

    o heightens the sense of loneliness for all ages and increased spiritual emptiness, confusion and longing o increases need for social inclusion
    o Increases poverty of many residents
    o increases joblessness and diminishes security of work

    o decreases mental health
    o places many seniors in unstable positions

    b. Churches in Canada in 2020

  • Mainline churches’ membership is declining considerably as is worship attendance
  • Churches with strong missional outreach are attracting others to their mission
  • What worked before doesn’t work now
  • Old buildings are costing congregations more to maintain than they can afford

For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one

body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of

us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith Romans 10:4 -6

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  • Biblical familiarity and literacy are reduced across society
  • COVID-19 has given churches opportunities:

    o attracted many virtual worshippers and seekers
    o proved that churches can change when required, demonstrating the flexibility of religious institutions o challenged the delivery of mission locally and internationally (finances, volunteer capacity etc.)
    o further isolated those who do not have access to the electronic world or find technology too difficult o disrupted opportunities to build community in person

c. St. Peter’s Church in Cobourg

  • experienced similar decline that other churches have experienced
  • undergone many critical or difficult issues over the past two decades, adding to the reduction of active parishioners
  • recognized as a community hub by many in Cobourg
  • supported by the Town, its leaders and staff
  • challenged by worshipping in the Great Hall and in the Chapel. Many have adapted to this new arrangement and have found

    positive benefits; some have chosen not to attend worship in the Great Hall

  • recognized a hunger for new kinds of worship among some, and also a hunger to return to the way it used to be fifty years

    ago

  • our current mission outreach includes:

o St. Peter’s Court Apartments and the College Street house are valued by our tenants
o The feeding program in Mzuzu, Malawi, continues to enhance 250 children’s lives and their families’ lives too
o Thursday Night Light serves over 100 people a hot dinner on a weekly basis, even during Ccovid
o SouperTime provides lunches four days a week, one provided by St. Peter’s and others by local churches using our

facilities
o The health and healing focus extends our ministry within active parishioners and to many others
o The Deanery Adult Christian Education Team is strengthened by the involvement of several of our parishioners o A vibrant and highly regarded Pre-School with a Christian focus is growing in its numbers and quality
o Christmas hampers help meet local food needs
o Renters of our main building serve community needs (Also see Nuts and Bolts list of accomplishments above)

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o St. Peter’s Court Apartments and St. Peter’s Church are working on a new five- year agreement so that people needing the housing provided are reassured of the ongoing support

o The on-site cemetery now has clear boundaries identified
o Several property issues are being addressed
o A partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army has renovated and upgraded one of the apartments in

the College Street house; another apartment has been upgraded as well
o A couple of options for fixing the church roof and ceiling have been evaluated
o We have prepared “shovel-ready” plans for the restoration of the roof and ceiling – we need to obtain the Diocesan

approvals.
o We applied for a Trillium Foundation Grant of almost $150,000 to prepare for the safety of the parish hall for post- and

present COVID-19 ministry. This was resubmitted with revisions after being initially declined.

d. Opportunities for St Peter’s:

o We already have strong mission activities to grow and expand.
o We have an incredible reputation in Cobourg, positioning us well to partner with the community in helping to support critical

needs of isolation, affordable housing, food insecurity
o We have a solid building infrastructure and property resources that can be used even more effectively to meet needs in our

community and fulfil God’s mission.
o We have an open-minded and welcoming group of staff and parishioners to engage seekers and others in a relationship with

God.

What follows is a draft Plan for Mission over the next ten years. The Plan tries to pull together all the work done over the past five years – especially the most recent work of the two Working Groups, builds on our 200-year history and looks to a very different but exciting future as a community of faith, responsive to God’s new call to mission.:

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3. Our Vision: 2020 – 2030

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5,6

Vision:

St Peter’s Cobourg is known as a community of faith, living out the Gospel under our roof and beyond our walls.

Mission:

We are a church for all seasons, and all peoples, for three main reasons:

  • lifelong learning,
  • lifelong growing,
  • lifelong serving as the Body of Christ.

    Core Values:

    We are a faith-based community that values:

  • Being faithful stewards of who we are and what has been entrusted to us
  • Being welcoming and caring to all
  • Honouring our heritage/history
  • Making decisions by consensus

    As a Christian Community, we offer all we do and are in the spirit of Jesus’ mission on earth and his vision of the Kingdom of God.

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4. Our Plans: 2020 – 2030

I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope that he has called you. Ephesians 1:17, 18

Priorities:
1. Lifelonglearning

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8

Objectives:

  1. Current active and non-active members, our neighbours and seekers will be engaged in growing spiritually through innovative and traditional worship, prayer and study.
  2. Connections and relationships in the community will be enhanced.
  3. Specific opportunities for learning are made available to seniors and those of vulnerable populations due to poverty,

    illness, disability, etc.

Possible Activities:
a. Improve and expand virtual and in-person worship –

  1. During and after the Covid pandemic, experiment and embrace liturgical innovation demonstrating connectedness with those beyond our current members, while continuing to provide services that current members find helpful.
  2. Enhance use of technology both through increasing the equipment, and through increasing the team of trained volunteers.

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  1. Develop ways to identify seekers and assist them in their spiritual journeys.
    1. Make connections with those who already use the buildings: and assist them as appropriate in their spiritual development.
    2. Offer to these groups the possibility of annual or semi-annual worship services designed for and with them if they would appreciate such services.
    3. Consider meditative labyrinth and/or reconciliation garden on the on-site cemetery.
    4. Host ecumenical services and/or quiet times in the chapel or appropriate location at times of communal grief,

      joy, remembrance of past events etc.

    5. Open and advertise the chapel for prayer to passersby, preferably with volunteers ready to engage with them

      as appropriate.

    6. Provide opportunities for meditation.
    7. Extend the Listening Circle, Fridays at Ten, if the need is determined, and recruit additional volunteers to help.
  2. Position St. Peter’s as a Community Hub for learning
    1. Find ways to grow the pre-school to provide Christian growth opportunities for young children and their families.
    2. Ensure that the church buildings and property are well equipped and marketed as a venue for other learning opportunities in the community.
    3. Redevelop and repurpose the sanctuary to be used easily for concerts, large lecture series, community consultations, livestreaming of seminars, art shows, university and college courses etc.
    4. Continue to provide leadership of the Deanery’s Christian Education Team for Adult Education and seek out ways to engage more community members and seekers in the programs offered.

Expected Results:

  1. There will be improved and expanded virtual and in-person worship and learning opportunities.
  2. People in the community will speak of St. Peter’s as a church whose people are welcoming and provide spiritual

    nourishment.

  3. Anglicans will become known as people committed to ongoing learning, open to questioning, listening and learning

    with their neighbours.

  4. People who want to learn about the Christian religion or revive their faith (seekers) will know that St. Peter’s is a

    valued place to start and/or extend that process.

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5. Community members will feel comfortable in a church and will know that St. Peter’s is a resource at a time of crisis.

2. LifelongGrowing

Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9

Objectives:

  1. Our understanding of “membership” will include those who participate in worship with us virtually, those who call

    themselves Anglican but do not join in regular worship, and other groups of neighbours who either use the facilities of

    St. Peter’s or live nearby.

  2. We will reach out to former parishioners of St. Peter’s to offer support and possible engagement which would be

    appropriate for their circumstances.

  3. Our individual and corporate understanding of our faith will be stretched, and the excitement of stretching will be

    shared with others.

  4. The community will become engaged in our programs and activities in meaningful ways so that they, with us, can

    grow spiritually.

Possible Activities:

  1. Grow in our own faith (See Learning possibilities above)
  2. Grow in relationships: with other local churches, the town of Cobourg, social and health agencies, neighboring Anglican churches, regional ministries.
    1. Collaborate with other churches and support their ministries and develop complementary programs and ministries at St. Peter’s.
    2. Become increasingly attentive to communicating within the parish, within the broader community and with inactive members.
    3. Model in all our activities Christian hospitality and openness to others.

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iv. Improve and develop connections with nearby Anglican churches, sharing programs, special services, getting to know their people, facilities and ways of being church etc., exploring possibilities of regional shared ministry.

c. Grow sustainably:

  1. Develop and implement a vigorous plan for the whole St Peter’s Campus to meet the pressing needs of the

    community while sustaining St Peter’s financially for the future.

  2. Develop a new membership list that has categories of membership (regular attenders, virtual attenders,

    Thursday Night Light attenders, geographically distant members, even former members etc.) and regularly communicate with each group in specifically designed ways to meet their needs.

Expected Results:

  1. The Campus redevelopment plan will ensure ongoing St. Peter’s ministries for the next ten years at minimum.
  2. People in the community will see St. Peter’s as a faith community that meets their spiritual needs.
  3. St. Peter’s will participate fully in any effort towards regional shared ministry in East Northumberland and not be seen

    as the “big church taking over”.

  4. People with past connections to St. Peter’s will again feel a part of it to the degree that they wish.

3. LifelongServing
When you did it for one of my brothers or sisters, you were doing it for me! Matthew 25:40

Objectives:

  1. Work alongside God by continuing to serve our neighbours in practical and loving ways.
  2. Expand our understanding of those who are our neighbours.
  3. Enter into long term relationships with one or several partners to ensure better stewardship of the space we have, in

    the sanctuary, in the parish hall and throughout the St. Peter’s campus.

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Possible Activities:

  1. Ministry with and to vulnerable populations:
    1. Engage community members as volunteers and donors to assist in the required expansion of our service to others and to ensure the sustainability of ministries such as Thursday Night Lite, SouperTime, Friends at Ten, Health and Healing, and the Feeding Program in Mzuzu.
    2. Host a roundtable discussion with public officials to focus on how St. Peter’s could partner with others to expand service to those who feel isolated, alone and/or vulnerable.
    3. Consider parish action in support of refugees.
    4. Work collaboratively with neighbouring and regional churches (Anglican and others) to address community

      needs.

    5. Become more active in community organizations advocating on issues of poverty, mental illness, affordable

      housing etc.

    6. Host speakers to raise public consciousness and encourage action about the root causes of poverty, mental

      illness, drug dependency etc.

  2. Ministry with and to seniors:
    1. Support and extend existing programs of genuine help to seniors.
    2. Support new and established activities with the recruitment of volunteers from within the congregation and

      from the broader community.

    3. Ensure this work is done in collaboration with other community organizations connected with seniors.
  3. Enlist a part-time program coordinator to organize, evaluate and enhance the above programs, supplementing the current volunteer efforts where needed.

Expected Results:

  1. Programs for seniors and vulnerable populations will continue to be a main feature of our ministry to the community of Cobourg and to our own parishioners, through programs we offer, through partnerships with renters such as Encore, and through newly-forged community partnerships.
  2. People whose lives are constrained by poverty, illness, addictions, inadequate housing will be helped towards better health and acceptance through our ministries and care.

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4. PrepareSt.Peter’sCampustoSupportGod’sMission

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9

Objectives:

  1. Repair and restore the sanctuary so that it may further enable lifelong learning, growing and serving through both traditional services and innovative services.
  2. Develop and execute strategies for the St. Peter’s Campus to provide revenue to support this plan in a financially sustainable way for the long-term.

Possible Activities:

  1. Complete the reconstruction/restoration of the sanctuary roof, ceiling, and bell tower in 2021.
    1. Seek funding opportunities for the repair of the roof, ceiling, and bell tower in 2021 (possibilities include government stimulus money, congregational capital campaign, support from the Diocese, external grants, legacy gifts etc.)
    2. Decide on the best option for the repair of the church roof, ceiling, and bell tower in an environmentally sound method.
    3. Seek tenders for the work
    4. Oversee the work to completion.
  2. Conduct a re-development/repurposing study of the entire St Peter’s Campus

    Employ a consultant(s) to work with us to create a redevelopment plan to meet the pressing needs of the community and provide revenue to sustain in a long-term financially sustainable manner. The study and implementation will include:

    1. Use of buildings and all property
    2. Parking lot capacity
    3. Expanded future for St. Peter’s Court Apartments

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  1. Identification of partnerships (development firms, local governmental or non-profit organizations etc.)
  2. Measures that are energy efficient
  3. Measures to improve accessibility and meet or exceed government requirements for accessibility
  4. Link with vision and mission

c. Ensure long-term financial stability (10 years) through:

  • Ongoing stewardship strength
  • Legacy planning
  • Capital Campaign
  • Grant proposals
  • Rentals
  • Potential private enterprise connections
  • Partnerships in complementary program delivery

d. With congregational agreement, implement the re-development study findings for a sustainable future reflecting God’s mission for St Peter’s

• Establish and support an implementation team for this priority.

Expected Results:

  1. St. Peter’s property and parish will look and be very different in the future and be sustained financially for the long term.
  2. By redeveloping and repurposing the Campus, St. Peter’s will continue to contribute to the vibrancy of Cobourg’sdowntown (an enhanced place to meet, to attend concerts, to participate in the many services and programsprovided within the church’s walls and beyond).
  3. St. Peter’s response to God’s mission will continue.

5. EffectiveCommunication

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The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

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Objective:

1. Embrace technology as an additional but essential way to spread the Gospel and the story of St. Peter’s as both a faith community welcoming all and a community hub of value to Cobourg and area.

Possible Activities:
a. Develop and execute in an ongoing and sustainable way a modern and effective communications plan for

the parish.

  • Hire a part-time communications professional to develop, update and execute the communications plan which includes: a website that is easily navigated, attractive and accurate and can easily be updated on an ongoing basis, an e-communications presence in social media, an electronic newsletter to reach virtual friends of St. Peter’s, a weekly newsy newsletter, a methodology to reach those who are not active technologically, etc.
  • Take advantage of the large volume of traffic on King Street by installing electric signage. Regularly updated to attract interest.
  • Engage a team of volunteers to assist in this area, looking both inside and outside the congregation.

    Expected Results:

  1. Parishioners and community members will know to trust the website for up-to-date information.
  2. A sense of a true community will be enhanced through frequent informative news connections.

A Significant Commitment of Resources is Required

To enable many of these ministries, we need a solid foundation of our parish staff and buildings. We require a commitment of resources both in personnel and in finances to manage our plans over the next 5 – 10 years as we redevelop into our future vision. We will require a coordinated staff and volunteer team (both clergy and lay) to help us build for a vastly different future. Over the first 5 years, more programs and ministry will require further support over and above our current operating expenses.

All this will also require a significant commitment of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, the Town of Cobourg and one to two significant partners.

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Infrastructure changes will be required to meet accessibility standards in 2025 and for some technology enhancements to meet the needs of the community. Additional costs will be determined after the evaluation period.

Finally, but essentially, there is a need as part of the overall vision to continue to connect with our community and redevelop our whole campus to utilize these resources more fully for the benefit of many. A full assessment of this need and possible solutions will be undertaken in 2021.

5.Implementation

An Implementation Team will be formed and charged with the implementation of this Plan for Mission. This Team will at least mid- year and at the Annual Vestry Meeting report on the progress against the Plan to the parish and suggest changes to the Plan if circumstances change. It is expected that, as part of the implementation process, this Team will develop plans with success metrics where appropriate and evaluation will indicate whether those measures have been reached.

A specific steering committee will be required to oversee with the Corporation the construction aspects outlined in the Plan.

6.Definitions:

Sanctuary: the main worship space in St. Peter’s, including the nave, choir and altar.
Campus: the physical structure and grounds of the whole of St. Peter’s, including the main church building, the on-site cemetery,

the rectory, St. Peter’s Court Apartments, 264 College, the parking lot

Sustainability/sustainable: financial and member stability and growth over time, in order to continue to be able to provide opportunities for worship, service and programs for the wider membership of the church and the community and to maintain and keep up the physical campus and its buildings

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