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.