PCC Notes – October 2018

The meeting began with some words from Alastair on stepping out in faith.

Matters Arising

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.

Vicar’s Report

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.

Deanery Synod

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.