Cleaner: Margaret Sumner’s replacement, Stacey Blenkhorn, has been appointed. Margaret and the staff at the centre had a small celebration of her retirement. A ‘Thank You’ for her work in church will take place in a service sometime soon.
Windowsills: Regarding the lounge windowsills – with winter coming, most painters and decorators have finished outside jobs, so the windows may need to wait until spring.
Vicar’s Report: Services for the end of JSP and the Harvest Festival went well, although a storm meant for a lower than hoped for attendance at the former.
The churchyard was tidied at the weekend by a small team of volunteers and looks better for their hard work.
Children & Families Worker: The job description now has a clearer focus and will involve working within the Sunday School in addition to thinking about how we welcome and care for families. The post will include working on Sunday. We discussed the possibility for some flexibility over the number of hours and holiday entitlement. The advert will be sent to as many sources as possible, locally and potentially nationally.
Worship Pattern: Alastair proposed that from January there will be one service on the first Sunday of each month which will be a non-eucharistic all-age service, with Sunday School and choir. Karen noted that this was the most requested change in the recent audit, and the time of 10.00am was agreed.
Mission Giving: Alastair noted that we had not paid our usual subscription/mission giving for this year to Otley Christian Resources Hub and proposed that we pay our usual sum of £1000. We talked about how we might support impoverished places further as a church, perhaps by tithing our income from any church-related fundraising (e.g. for decorating or re-ordering) at 10%, with that portion being donated to help others such as the churches in Sudan. PCC members were invited to think about how they would like to see the remaining mission giving funds distributed and whether we should look more closely at tithing our future income. This will be discussed at the next PCC.
Parish Centre Co-ordinator : Alastair met with the staff at the centre to discuss the role of co-ordinator. Joyce has been doing a phenomenal job covering the work, but no volunteers have come forward in response to our advertising. Alastair proposed that we now offer this as a paid position of 8 hours with the post funded jointly by the Parish Centre and the Church. The office workers and church wardens were in favour of this approach.
Fabric Report: The glass from the East window has been removed to Cook’s workshop. The stone around the window inside the church has had paint removed allowing it to breathe and, internally the stone has been cleaned up to the hood moulding. There was less damage than feared externally, which has allowed for a better cleaning process and we are still on budget.
The heating system has been re-balanced and should be working well.
The decorator has also been contacted regarding the handrail.
AOB: Otley Parish Church have contacted us regarding a local event run by the Christian organisation, Spring Harvest. Lizzie will send an email to the PCC and any others interested and will book anyone who wishes to go. Leaflets are in the church porch.
Open Door will be a place where we can offer refills for water bottles, along with a national scheme for this. A sticker will go on the door of the centre indicating that we offer this service.
The meeting ended in the Grace.
A meeting of the new PCC was held on 30th April after a communion service in church.
Alastair welcomed everyone particularly Elaine and Duncan as new members of the PCC.
The Electoral Roll is down by 80; therefore having less than 200 on roll means we only need 12 people on PCC.
PCC Officer Elections
Secretary – Sally was proposed by Karen, seconded by Becky and agreed by all.
Treasurer – Duncan was proposed by Susan seconded by Janet and agreed by all.
Minutes Secretary – Lizzie was proposed by Karen, seconded by Margaret
and agreed by all.
Safeguarding – Elaine and Dot were proposed by Janet, seconded by Karen
and agreed by all.
Disability officer – Margaret was proposed by Karen, seconded by Becky and agreed by all.
Standing Committee – John, Val, Alastair, Duncan, Sally, Margaret and Mick
were proposed by Sally seconded by Duncan and agreed by all.
The Mothering Sunday Service with no Eucharist had lots of positive feedback, this led to discussion about monthly all age services which many people are keen to have. It was agreed that 1st Sunday in October and November would be a good time to trial it.
Alastair proposed that during school summer holidays (23rd July – 1st Sept) the service should be at 10am. All agreed. Easter services – apart from Easter Sunday, attendance was poor – down by 50%. Holy Week needs to be carefully planned next year.
The Church Lounge is in a poor state and needs redecorating, new curtains and a good clear out.
There are notes in the magazine and parish office regarding who to contact during Alastair’s sabbatical. He will return on 25th August.
Duncan presented the report for the first quarter. There has been a 10% increase in Christian giving. The Income tax return of £22,000 will pay the share for 2-3 months. Duncan will put a note in Magazine re gift aid to make sure we are not claiming for anyone no longer paying tax. Surplus for the quarter of £2,301.
Burley Festival Plans
Lizzie is coordinating these; if anyone has any ideas please run these by Lizzie. We need 2 reps from St Mary’s to help organise the open air service again – any volunteers would be much appreciated!
Decorating quotes for the Garden and Jepson rooms are being sought. Joyce doing an amazing job keeping the ship afloat.
The meeting ended with prayers for Alastair’s sabbatical.
Next Meeting 18th June 7.30pm
St Mary’s held their APCM on 7th April . The meeting was fairly well attended and we began with a short act of worship – evening prayers taken from the Iona Community.
Our wardens, Val James and John Spencer were re-elected at the Vestry Meeting and much thanked for their hard work to date.
Various reports were read and approved, including the accounts, which were presented by Kevin Lawson. Kevin is now standing down as Treasurer to be replaced by Duncan Watts. Again, he was thanked for his contribution to the life of our church.
The electoral roll will now be the responsibility of Merel Wood, as Christine Clarke has stepped down after many years of organising this for us, for which we are grateful.
New PCC members were elected/re-elected and we welcomed Elaine Marsden to the PCC. Sidespeople were also duly re-elected.
In the vicar’s report, Alastair spoke about the potential for re-ordering the church, and an idea of how this might look was presented to those attending the meeting. He also mentioned that we are almost there with fundraising for the provision of a Children and Families Worker. There was plenty to then discuss at the Open Mic slot and the meeting closed with a prayer.
Sally Weatherall & Lizzie Reynolds
PCC Minutes: 5th March
1 – Welcome
Alastair reflected on Isaiah 45 and how God goes before us. We looked at a diagram from Sheffield Diocese on how Christian giving relates to how we feel connected to God and to the church.
2 – Minutes from the previous meeting
These were amended and approved.
3 – Matters Arising
Merel, Christine and Alastair have met re the Electoral Roll.
Sara Kirk has taken temporary oversight of the choir.
Around 1/3rd of the amount needed for a Families Outreach worker has been pledged.
The lights in church have now got energy efficient bulbs.
4 –Parish Centre Co-ordinator
Advertisements for this post have now gone out on various social media as well as in posters/newsletters and so forth.
5 – Data Privacy
Richard will take on any data protection issues.
The PCC approved reports from the Treasurer, the Deanery Synod, the PCC Secretary, Fabric Matters and the new Budget.
Sally reported on some safeguarding correspondence that she had received, along with our safeguarding officers.
8 – AOB
Alastair informed the PCC about the youth mission from the Higher Tour that will take place in schools across Yorkshire, with a series of concerts. The tour is visiting IGS and it is hoped that a number of young people will want to attend. The PCC agreed that if needed, we will contribute towards the cost of transport.
Lizzie reported that the Festival Committee are looking for contributions to the summer festival from St Mary’s and need our ideas in before 20th March. She will report anyone’s ideas to the committee.
The meeting ended with prayers and the Grace.
PCC Minutes 6th Feb 2019
1 – Welcome:
Alastair spoke about his recent experience skiing, where days of white out were followed by days of sunshine made him reflect upon how our experience of God’s presence, whilst always with us, can seem at times hidden. Although we might not be able to see clearly ahead of us, we can walk with God on a day to day basis.
2 – Minutes from the previous meeting:
The share figure was £95,594 and not £94 594 as reported. After this amendment, the minutes were adopted as a correct record of the meeting.
3 – Matters Arising:
Meryl has agreed to take over the Electoral Roll duties from Christine Clark.
Margaret spoke with Dennis who knows of no archives for the church specifically, but suggested that the village archives might have a section on the church
4 – Choir:
We were joined for this part of the meeting by our director of music, Peter Collins, who spoke about his vision for music at St Mary’s. Part of this would involve a pilot of merging the existing boys’ and girls’ choirs into one. This would give a stronger sound, give a more encouraging visual image and allow for a greater repertoire.
6 – Update on Stained Glass:
John reported that he would be meeting with the architect and the stone mason on 7th February to look at what work needs doing to repair the masonry around the East Window, as it is the problem with the masonry that is damaging the glass.
7 – Family Outreach Worker:
The PCC agreed that Alastair should be encouraged to explore the concept of this new paid role and how it would be funded. It was agreed that an advertisement for the post should be publicised only once 75% of the funds needed had been secured.
8 – Deanery Synod:
The meeting began with a talk from Rev’d. Peter Willox (St John’s, Ben Rhydding) on the different services they had initiated there, including ‘The Ark,’ aimed at those with learning disabilities.
Jeff Parks, Chief Financial Officer for Leeds Diocese reported on how the Diocese is financed and the various issues that have been highlighted during the transition from several small dioceses to the Leeds Diocese.
9 – Finance:
Kevin informed us of an anonymous donation he had received for St Mary’s. The donor requested that a proportion of this should be spent on the volunteers at Open Door in appreciation of their work.
The accounts to the end of December 2018 were presented. There is still a real need to increase our giving.
The heating costs were discussed – could we get a better rate? Donations for tea and coffee were discussed.
10 -Parish Centre Co-ordinator/Manager:
A job advertisement for this key voluntary role will be drawn up and circulated/displayed as widely as possible. The job description will be based upon the mission statement for the centre.
11 – Correspondence:
The PCC were asked to encourage the laity to read the gospel in church and this was agreed to.
A project involving refreshing the liturgy and creating new booklets was asked to be re-visited and this was also agreed to.
The meeting ended with the Grace.
Notes from the PCC Meeting 8th January 2019
Welcome and Introduction: Alastair spoke about how God revealed himself both to ordinary shepherds and extraordinary magi, linking this with what God might reveal to us this new year. We then took turns to pray for one another.
Vicar’s Report: Together, we reviewed the ‘highs and lows’ of the Christmas season. Highlights included:
• The fellowship, fun and success of an all age involvement of making 800 Christingles together.
• Passing on the Travelling Crib.
• Taking the Advent Candles stall out to the village and into Burley Woodhead school.
• The way in which the crib service has grown.
• The family feeling that came from the all-age Epiphany service.
• There was particular praise for Peter, who worked extremely hard at the music for all the Christmas services, and for his real commitment.
Alastair thanked everyone who was involved in the many Christmas events.
PCC members were encouraged to attend JSP housegroups which begin this January.
Lizzie updated the PCC on her progress within the formal ordination process.
Congregation Audit: Mick reported an increase in membership of some rotas but is still looking for sacristans. Karen announced Paul Rimmington’s offer to take the role of caretaker at the parish centre.
Electoral Roll: 2019 sees us updating our Electoral Roll. Christine Clark will mentor anyone willing to succeed her in this responsibility this year, but would like to retire from this duty.
Reaching and Nurturing Young Families: Alastair circulated an outline of a prospective paid post for a family pastoral outreach worker, which would be funded from newly sourced restricted income; individuals would be encouraged to contribute in addition to their usual giving. Discussion of this role will take place at our next meeting.
Choir: Peter, Alastair and Jennifer will meet to discuss future plans and arrangements for the choir as we move into this new year. This will include a pilot project of joining the boys and girls choirs together.
Fabric Matters: Pews at the back of church have been removed and the exposed boards carpeted over. Gutters have been cleaned and the floodlighting adjusted. Work to the Parish Centre will take place. The DAC and the architect have met to look at our initial thoughts on a proposed re- ordering and we will be given various tasks to complete based on their advice.
Repairs to the East window’s glass and masonry were discussed.
PCC Tonight: The PCC looked at the way meetings were conducted and discussed improvements.
Correspondence: Thank you notes were received from Cuppa Cake, Western Nepal Disability Trust (WNDT) and Ros Wilkinson in response to our mission giving.
AOB: Margaret had a query regarding where to file uncollected material from the 175th exhibition.
The meeting ended with the Grace.
A PCC meeting was held on 13th November 2018
Welcome and introduction
Alastair welcomed us, then gave an overview of his Remembrance Day sermon linking it to a chapter of a book that formed the basis of his recent retreat, All Things New.
Val reminded the PCC to complete the online safeguarding course on the Diocesan website , if possible before attending the course on 3rd December.
Alastair has met with Mark, the pastor at the new Rise Church to welcome him to the village and build ecumenical relations.
REV now meets back at the Parish Centre on the second Friday each month and incorporates the optional extra of REV + which will be Christian in content. It will run from 6.30-8.30, with REV + forming the last half an hour.
Val reported on the Parish Day, where Gordon Dey presented the church ‘course’ he developed known as Jesus Shaped People. The course runs for 15 weeks and encourages everyone in the congregation to look at who Jesus is, how his ministry ‘worked’ and to emulate this. In anticipation of JSP, which encourages small groups, some potential group leaders and hosts have been meeting over the past few months to discuss and plan how these might work.
Karen had produced some statistics and observations from her audit of the congregation to encourage us to think about how we could offer our skills, expand our volunteer base, look at what we value and why and to commit to giving more to support what we claim we value.
There were 43 respondents to date.
Offers to volunteer have been passed on to those who organise the various teams or rotas.
As a result of the survey, 2 people asked to start regular giving and 2 increased their giving. Karen has also produced a pledge leaflet, which encourages givers to think of what they would like to commit to giving each year.
Alastair thanked Karen for her time and hard work.
Anyone with outstanding surveys – send them to Karen ASAP!
We must encourage giving and good stewardship. We spoke about using card readers in church, and whilst that would encourage donations at occasional offices or at Tea & Toast, it does not address the concept of committed giving.
Kevin thanked Duncan for his contribution to this report.
Our share has decreased from £108k to £94,594. This is good news on one level, however, the reason for the decrease is that it reflects the decrease in our giving.
Val requested that we create an item for professional fees. Susan requested we monitor what we pay our staff so that we remain within guidelines.
Val reported that we are now insured in a new package with Ecclesiastical. NB:- If you insure your home with them, they donate £130 to a church of your choice!
The following mission giving was agreed:-
£1000 Otley Christian Resources Hub
£1000 Western Nepal Disability Trust
£600 Ros Wilkinson (Istanbul)
£250 Inn Churches
£250 McKenzie Friends (part of BEACON)
£200 Cuppa Cake and Company
£300 St Christopher’s, Holmewood.
Both boilers are now maintained.
The church lighting was discussed.
A pew will be removed and the gap re-carpeted.
Val and Alastair met with Ruth Cooke to follow up the 2014 stained glass report. Work to the East window is most problematic and would take around 4 months to complete.
The DAC are visiting for an initial discussion on re-ordering.
The meeting ended with the grace.
The meeting began with some words from Alastair on stepping out in faith.
It was noted that Peter Collins is now in post as our organist.
Karen has created and distributed a questionnaire to our congregation on what they value about St Mary’s, and to think about their skills and giving.
Alastair has spoken to Nigel about a legacy to repair our windows.
Gordon Dey will lead a Parish Day on Jesus Shaped People on 10th November.
We welcomed Dot and Elaine who are our new safeguarding team. They reported on their work to date on ensuring the correct people have the correct checks and have invited the Diocesan Safeguarding Officer to run a course on
safeguarding on 3rd December from 7.15-9 at the Parish Centre, to which all who volunteer with children, young people or vulnerable adults are strongly advised to attend. Alastair thanked Elaine and Dot for their conscientiousness.
Alastair encouraged us to think of where we are to give our mission giving as a church. We have a budget of £4000 for this. It was felt that projects should reflect our links with local, more regional and international projects.
Response to the Architect’s plans for re-ordering.
We discussed various aspects of Stephen Calvert’s ideas and will continue to do so.
John is liaising with Stephen on costs for the next phase.
With the legacy we received for this work, the PCC are now able to action a report from 2014 on the windows. John will arrange a meeting with J & R Cooke who produced the original report in order to expedite the process.
Synod met in Kildwick for a talk on the environment from Jemima Parker and a visit from Otley Christian Resources Hub. The Marriage Preparation course will run across the deanery for all couples marrying in our churches. It will be held at St Margaret’s over 2 dates and run by Lizzie Reynolds.
Sally attended a training event for PCC Secretaries.
The meeting ended with the grace.
A PCC Meeting was held on Wednesday 12th September 2018
• Architects Stephen Calvert and Laura Kershaw were guests at the meeting and they presented some initial ideas about the development of the Church Building including work on the entrance and the Church lounge.
• Kevin Lawson presented the Treasurers Report for the first half of the financial year. Regular giving has continued to fall resulting in a significant deficit, despite no major outlays. On looking at the accounts there are no obvious areas to make savings in spending, other than reducing the heating in Church over Winter. It was agree that a renewed focus on giving in Church was required.
Any Other Business included:-
• There is a course on Church growth in Knaresborough on the 6th October.
• The Parish Weekend has been postponed. We will have a ‘Jesus Shaped People Day on 10th November with a shared meal in the evening.
Karen Selby &Sally Weatherall