Parish boundary maps in Wales go digital

16 JAN 2020
Parish boundary maps across Wales are going digital for the first time in a major project aimed at improving the way churches serve their communities.
 
With the help of funding from Allchurches Trust, The Church in Wales is creating a complete digital map of the country, including the boundaries of its 466 parishes and ministry areas. The maps will then be used to model demographic trends specific to each area.
 
The project will provide church leaders with key data about people in their areas - such as the age profile, education level and employment status – enabling them to tailor their services to their communities. That could mean setting up more foodbanks or debt centres in areas where there is greatest poverty, or extending initiatives such as Messy Church and after school clubs in places where there are high numbers of children. The data collected will also help inform decisions about how best to support congregations.
 
The mapping work is being undertaken by Exegesis, a Geographical Information Systems agency, with the data software provided by the Church Army.
 
Simon Lloyd, Provincial Secretary of the Church in Wales, says, “We are very grateful to Allchurches Trust for this grant towards our digital mapping project. This is an exciting project which will provide us for the first time with a complete digital picture of our parish, mission and ministry areas.”
 
Rachel Whittington, Director of Allchurches Trust, said: “This project will be vital in providing data that will enable churches in Wales to target their activities and precious resources. It will help ensure they can respond in the most effective way to the needs of their communities and shape mission strategies that will promote church growth and social action – both in terms of people reached and lives impacted.”Parish boundary maps across Wales are going digital for the first time in a major project aimed at improving the way churches serve their communities.
 
With the help of funding from Allchurches Trust, The Church in Wales is creating a complete digital map of the country, including the boundaries of its 466 parishes and ministry areas. The maps will then be used to model demographic trends specific to each area.
 
The project will provide church leaders with key data about people in their areas - such as the age profile, education level and employment status – enabling them to tailor their services to their communities. That could mean setting up more foodbanks or debt centres in areas where there is greatest poverty, or extending initiatives such as Messy Church and after school clubs in places where there are high numbers of children. The data collected will also help inform decisions about how best to support congregations.
 
The mapping work is being undertaken by Exegesis, a Geographical Information Systems agency, with the data software provided by the Church Army.
 
Simon Lloyd, Provincial Secretary of the Church in Wales, says, “We are very grateful to Allchurches Trust for this grant towards our digital mapping project. This is an exciting project which will provide us for the first time with a complete digital picture of our parish, mission and ministry areas.”
 
Rachel Whittington, Director of Allchurches Trust, said: “This project will be vital in providing data that will enable churches in Wales to target their activities and precious resources. It will help ensure they can respond in the most effective way to the needs of their communities and shape mission strategies that will promote church growth and social action – both in terms of people reached and lives impacted.”
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