A precis of our meeting on Wednesday 2nd November 2016
Following opening worship on John 6.37-40 led by Adrian, the PCC heard, with regret but understanding, of the resignation of Jon as our Treasurer; and we thanked him and wished him well. The council was full of appreciation for the generosity of Mike and Carol Holmes in, temporarily, resuming that task.
We were delighted to receive a report on the Churchyard from Jenny Atkinson. The PCC accepted Jenny’s offer of a detailed briefing/tour of the churchyard in the New Year, and to make connections with new people and existing groups to expand jenny’s excellent work.
A great deal of time was spent on Finance, and re-casting the role of PCC Treasurer. A Finance Committee consisting of the Rector and wardens, Aidan Salter, and Ruth Sutherland, was established (they have since met and begun work with speed). It is hoped to find a new Treasurer before the end of the calendar year, but with much of the administrative work being done by the Church administrator.
Under the redevelopment/re-ordering item, we noted with pleasure the fitting of the new doors, and anticipate the electrical work to be completed by the end of November. The design of display facilities for many of our kneelers was approved, and comments received on the recent period of receiving Holy Communion standing at the Nave Altar. The PCC committed itself to moving the reordering project forward, aiming to go to tender in early 2017. A version of the scheme which did away with the need for raising the floor level was given serious weight in the event of grant-funding being unpropitious; and the Rector and Wardens would be meeting with the Architectural team to explore that outcome.
Under Churchwarden’s business we approved expenditure to smarten up, and improve facilities in, the existing toilet, with a proper baby-changing unit, new hand-towel dispenser, and redecoration.
In Clergy Business Alice presented her revised work on the website (which should be ‘live’ when this precis is published) and our new welcome card/packs. for newcomers to the community and congregation. The PCC approved Adrian’s proposal to not hold our 11am service on January 22nd 2017 and attend the Covenant Service at Woodstock Methodist Church. The Methodists will join us for worship on January 29th. Adrian also reported that the dissolution of the Benefice had received approval at the Archdeaconry Pastoral Committee; after receiving final approval at Bishop’s Council in December, new schemes will be drawn up by the Church Commissioners for promulgation in the spring of 2017.
Dates of Services and events for Advent and Christmas were shared – the Council and Clergy keenly anticipate celebrating the season of the Incarnation with all our regular worshippers and friends during the festive season: we want to do all we can to make visitors welcome, and encourage them to return!