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Summary of PCC Meeting – 26th July 2016


Mission Shaped Ministry - Jan welcomed Pete Brazier to the meeting to discuss the Mission Shaped Ministry Course and its importance.

See www.missionshapedministry.org/ for details.

The course draws Church into Mission and Mission into Church. PCC agreed to fund up to 6 places on the Mission Shaped Ministry course.

Succession Planning - Janet Beaty is to step down as treasurer and a new treasurer is being sought. Full training will be given to a new treasurer.

Jan brought to the PCC’s attention the current situation with Clergy and Readers, with Matt leaving mid-August, the loss of  2 Licensed Readers and Sheila’s retirement. Valerie M has been asked to lead Evensong once a month to help (this will not include preaching, which requires a license to preach). There is no immediate prospect of a new curate.

Organ - The Organ refurbishment is ongoing and is on schedule, and payments have been made for the progress achieved.

Finance - Budget 2016. It is predicted that there will be a £2.5k deficit at 2016 year end. This reflects our loss of numbers in the giving scheme over the last two years and our need to increase regular givers.

We have received a generous legacy from the late Dr Jean Clark of £1,000 for church funds and £5,000 for the Bufumbo restricted fund.

Pensions - The PCC now has to provide pensions for staff (e.g. Youth Worker) and it was agreed by PCC that the government NEST scheme be joined so that we can contribute to staff pensions.

Policies & Safeguarding - The revised Safeguarding policies were adopted by PCC.

Fabric – At St Mary’s the main projects currently under consideration involve aspects of lighting, heating, floor, and storage. Lighting is however seen as a priority as there are Health & Safety implications.

Rachel Hudson will be running a 1 day certificated Emergency First Aid Course.

Church Warden’s matters

Tim G proposed, seconded by Mike K that there are 2 Deputy Wardens, Phil Jones and Alan Mullinex, for St Paul’s providing organised cover if the Church Wardens were not available. All present agreed.

Anti-Terrorism in places of Worship documents have been received by the Church Wardens in the wake of various terrorist attacks and we took time to remember Father Jacques Hamel killed in his Church.