Welcome to Minety - St. Leonard
Minety is a lively, active village with a population of approximately 1,450. It has a good community spirit and many social activities. Approximately 30% of the inhabitants are retired, 52% are working either full or part time and the remaining 18% are in education.
Most workers travel to Swindon, Bristol, Cirencester, Reading or London, with the remainder being employed locally or on the many outlying farms. Despite the number of commuters living in the village, Minety retains a strong and very distinct rural feel.
The village website, www.minety.net, provides contact details for the 27 clubs and activities available to residents, and – together with the parish magazine – is run by the church.
The PCC has established good links with the village school, which currently has 127 pupils and is a CofE school. The OLM, a Lay Minister and the Verger all conduct School Assemblies weekly, and the school actively engages in Festival Services such as Harvest and Mothering Sunday.
Our Church and People
Our mission is to: “Engage with and serve the community of Minety.” St Leonard’s has a committed core congregation of 40 to 50 people. Attendances for normal Sunday Worship fluctuate between 15 and 30. At Festival Services and Remembrance Sunday the numbers vary between 65 and 150. The congregation for the liturgical services is mostly aged 50+.
The current pattern of worship includes 2 Holy Communion Services and 3 Services of the Word per month, and 2 Cell Groups meet in people’s houses each week.
Sunday worship focuses on celebration and teaching; the home-based ‘cell’ groups enable us to share and discuss how to apply God’s Word. This base, combined with the possibilities presented by the 27 leisure and sporting groups and our strong links with the school, provides an ideal opportunity for outreach into these areas. For further information about St. Leonard's go to http://www.minety.net/vieworg.html?orgid=143&pagetype=1
Our Church and Community
St Leonard’s PCC works to a 3 year strategy/planning cycle. The last plan was agreed in 2010. In July 2013 we started the process of seeking God for our next steps and a new strategic plan is under way with a consultation process across the village. This new plan will be more outwardly focused.
A church-run café is held every Monday afternoon in St Leonard’s church; anywhere from 5 to 20 people attend, including several mothers with young children. As well as providing a way of serving others, this helps to build links and many are now very familiar with the people and building as a result.
On Wednesday afternoons, we run an after-school club called ‘Kickstart’ in the Primary School during term time for Bible based activities and stories. In addition, Sunday Club runs in parallel with the 10.00am Service of the Word and is aimed at children who attend church with their parents.
Our Church Building
St Leonard’s is a Grade 1 listed 14th Century building. A projector, screens, camera and a new sound system have recently been installed to make the building more appropriate for the 21st century, whilst retaining its historic character – the church bells are still rung regularly by our group of local campanologists. The PCC’s wish is that we will see God’s kingdom come more and more into our village as we engage with and serve the community of Minety in the future.
The challenges we face include encouraging young people and families into church and encouraging them to explore faith with us. We need an incumbent who is committed to outreach, who can connect and engage with people of all ages - especially children, teenagers and the 20-40 age group, and who can encourage discipleship by example. The challenges facing St Leonard’s are similar to those in other Parishes in the Benefice. However, our rolling 3 year plan will help identify the opportunities to take our church forward - making our situation truly exciting.