A precis of our meeting on Wednesday 12th September 2018
Alice began the meeting with prayer.
Aidan presented the half yearly Finance report indicating that things are stable, but a cautious approach is required to remain so. The loan from Blenheim is still to be paid back. Low summer attendance at weekly services had a negative effect on finances. There was some discussion on ways to encourage donations which produced some good ideas. Other purchases discussed included a prayer candle stand to be available to all visitors. The parish share was discussed as was the ongoing issues with getting details updated on the Barclays bank account.
Chris Wallworth reported that the refurbishment work at the Rectory is finished and the property can now be let. A pattern of weekly worship services was discussed to enable support for Alice during the Vacancy of Rector – beginning in November until the vacancy is filled, two out of four Sundays will be a Eucharist service, alternating with choral Matins and our regular family service. The 8am communion will remain unchanged. Work will now begin, together with Bladon PCC, to produce a Parish Profile to advertise for the post of Rector. During the vacancy the churchwardens are responsible for arranging the clergy rotas. In light of this, Ruth Sutherland asked for volunteers to take on rotas for the monthly café teams and the Sunday morning teams.
Under Churchwardens Business Chris Wallworth asked for a volunteer to become Events Coordinator to lessen the workload on the churchwardens and Marion in the office. The bolt on the wooden entrance door is now fixed. The process to have a post box fitted for church is ongoing with the DAC. The recent quinquennial inspection showed no major problems barring some damp issues – some proposals have been made but nothing is urgent. A trial run of the kneelers at the communion rail has proved unpopular so the original kneeler will be replaced.
Standing Items included feedback on the recent safeguarding training held at Bladon. All PCC members are undergoing DBS checks. Alice reported that all is going well in the schools. She leads worship in the primary schools on alternate weeks, however this could be increased to weekly worship (as previously) by being led by a lay person or group. In the absence of a Rector our good relationship with the Marlborough school needs maintaining.
There will be a PCC meeting on October 18th to approve the draft Parish Profile. The next full PCC meeting will be on November 28th.