Summary of the PCC Meeting of 20th November 2018

St Michael and All Angels, Headingley

Summary  of the Parochial Church Council Meeting held on 20 November 2018

Present: Revd Tony Whatmough (chair); Revd Angela Birkin; Sonya Bushell; Rebecca Crowson; Alan Daines; Glynis Dickson; Ann Dudzinski; Ella Dudzinski; Jane Ferguson; Malcolm Heath; Tom Herbert; Felicity King; Janet Lewis; Alan Parker Joan Penter; Deryck Piper; Anita Shaw

Apologies: Karen Gough; Jan Kramer; Luke Verrall

Matters Arising:

West End of Church: The application to the Bramall Trust for grant funding was unsuccessful. A meeting would be arranged with Richard Crooks to decide which funding bodies we should apply to next. A report on the bat survey has been delivered..

Communion Assistants: It was unanimously agreed that Mark Birkin should be licensed as a Communion Assistant

Stewardship: The steering group had held its initial meeting. The campaign would run in Lent, with a focus on Green issues.

Fair Trade Registration: The Beehive, currently supplying St Michael’s on a sale-or-return basis, is unlikely to be sustainable beyond March.

Team Rector’s comments:

Tom Lusty would be leaving St Chad’s after Epiphany (6th January). There had been a meeting with St Chad’s churchwardens on 19th November to discuss arrangements for clergy cover. The bishop had indicated that a replacement appointment would be made.

There was a doubt whether the joint magazine would continue to be viable without TL’s editorial control. A combined December-January issue feasible, and it was likely that a production team could be organised; but replacing editorial oversight would be more difficult.

All Hallows had not yet reached a final decision about whether to join the Headingley Team.

There were current or imminent vacancies at Wrangthorn, Meanwood and Adel.

In view of TW’s retirement in 2020, and recalling the very extended vacancy which St Michael’s had experienced, there was a very strong feeling that needed to press the diocese for clarity about its future plans.

A summary of Christmas events had been circulated in advance, and was discussed.

Shire Oak C of E School Report and nomination for Foundation Governor:

TW and AD had attended Harvest assembly and received goods that had passed on to PAFRAS and the foodbanks. Pupils had attended for the turning of the Headingley lights on 20th November. The school’s carol service would take place in church on 18th December. JK would be attending her first governors meeting on 26th November.

Treasurer’s Report: A written report was received on the year to 30th October. Income (£64.6k) fell short of expenditure (£134.5k) by £71.6. That level deficit posed a critical threat to the future of St Michael’s: the buffer supplied by recent legacies would be eroded quickly if the deficit continues at this level. In discussion, a number of potential reductions in the deficit were indicated: these would not solve the problem, but might help to make the problem seem less impossible. The importance of instilling a realistic of the church’s financial needs in the congregation was emphasised: this should feed into the Stewardship Campaign. It was pointed out that the declining use of cash was likely to have reduced income through collections in church: more use could be of the church’s Just Giving page. Enabling contactless payments might also be a way forward. 

Fabric Report: The tower clock has been altered, for the end of BST. The memorial book at the war memorial is being rebound. A new frontal and cover for the nave altar, commemorating Remembrance Day, has been made and donated by Glynis Dickson. Ecclesiastical Insurance (EIG) carried out their 5-yearly inspection of the Church, Parish Hall and Youth Centre on 22nd October: the report is awaited. The light fittings above the vestry door and the bell tower door are to be replaced with LED bulbs. There had been a job day in the churchyard on 13th October. Following advice that charities should be charged for the supply and emptying of wheelie bins, bins are now in place at the Parish Hall and Youth Centre. The repair to the corner of the Parish Hall roof, damaged by a vehicle earlier in the year, will shortly be completed. A delegation would attend a diocesan conference on church heating and lighting on 1st December.

Deanery Matters: At the meeting on 17th October there had been a presentation of the foodbanks; Joanna Seabourne, the new area dean, was introduced; and a call was issued for lay members to represent the deanery in Diocesan Synod.

Churches Together: At the meeting on plans for Christmas and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th-25th January) had been discussed. Lent Lunches and a Walk of Witness on Good Friday were planned.

Dates for 2018/19 meetings:

Standing Committee:

Wednesday 9th January 2019
Monday 4th March 2019


Wednesday 23rd January 2019
Mon 18th March 2019

Annual meetings: Sunday 14th April 2019 (Palm Sunday)

Easter Sunday: 21st April 2019

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