Annual report of the Parochial Church Council for year ending 31/12/2012

Please note that this report is still subject to ratification at the forthcoming APCM

St Michael and All Angels, Headingley

Annual Report of the Parochial Church Council

For the year ended 31st December 2012  


Vacancy until Sept 2012 then Priest in Charge and Team Rector Designate Rev’d Tony Whatmough



St. Michael’s PCC has the responsibility of co-operating with the Churchwardens (Mrs. Ann Dudzinski; and Ms Rebecca Crowson) and the clergy, in promoting in the ecclesiastical parish of Headingley the whole mission of the church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. It also takes responsibility for maintenance of the Church building, the Parish Hall, and the Youth Centre.




Members of the PCC are either ex-officio or elected by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) in accordance with the Church Representation Rules:


CLERGY - The Rev’d Tony Whatmough (from Sept 2012) Priest in Charge and Team Rector Designate

                   The Rev’d Dr. Kevin Ward (NSM)

                   The Rev'd Clive Barrett (Associate Curate)

                    The Rev’d Phil Chilvers (Licensed Methodist Minister)

                    Mrs Jan Kramer (Reader)


                    We acknowledge the help given by


                    Rev’d Adam Clayton

                    Rev’d Alan Batchelor

                    Canon Bob Shaw

        Dr Bryan Turnbull (Lay Reader)



CHURCHWARDENS                                                            Mrs. Ann Dudzinski

Ms Rebecca Crowson                                   


DEPUTY CHURCHWARDENS -                             Mr. David Appleyard

                                                                                    Professor Malcolm Heath

                                                                                    Mrs. Janet Lewis

                                                                                    Mr. Geoffrey Marshall


ELECTED MEMBERS -                                            Mr. Ben Ellis

Mrs Jane Ferguson

Mr Nick Gough

Prof. Malcolm Heath                                                              Mr. Cefin Lewis

                                                                        Mrs. Janet Lewis

Dr. Deryck Piper

Mr. Timothy Stevens

Miss Patricia Sykes-Austin

Mr. Alan Parker

Mr Alex Wheatley (from April 2012)

Mrs Glynis Dickson (from April 2012)

Mrs Joan Penter (from April 2012)


CO-OPTED MEMBERS                                           Mrs Felicity King   (from May 2012)



Mrs. Susan Youell

Miss Elaine Sykes-Austin                  



                                                                                    Mrs. Felicity King

                                                                                    Mr Alex Wheatley


ELECTORAL ROLL OFFICER -                              Mrs. Margery Briggs (until April 2012)

                                                                                    Mrs Glynis Dickson (from April 2012)


PCC SECRETARY -                                                 Miss. Susan Penter (until April 2012)

                                                                                    Mr Alan Parker (from April 2012)


PCC TREASURER                                                   Mrs. Susan Youell (until Jan 2012)

                                                                                    Mr Cefin Lewis (from Jan 2012)




Many of the responsibilities of the PCC are delegated to Committees and Working Groups which meet between full PCC meetings, or to members of the congregation who report to the PCC.

The remits of the Committees are as follows:


Standing Committee:

This is the only committee required by law. It has the power to transact the business of the PCC between its meetings, subject to any directions given by the PCC.


Budget and Finance Committee:

- To draw up an annual budget of the St. Michael’s PCC; to monitor the church’s financial position and advise the Treasurer on the use of resources and support the Treasurer’s work.


Christian Stewardship Committee:

- To promote stewardship in its widest sense by encouraging members of the church to consider their role in and contribution to, the church, the community and the world.

- To encourage members of the church to participate in planned giving to support the work of St. Michael’s and the wider church.

- To support the work of the Stewardship Recorder in the administration of the Stewardship/Gift Aid scheme.


Fabric and Maintenance Committee:

- To be responsible for the Church building and to liaise with the Parish Hall and Youth Centre Committees on the maintenance of the Parish Hall and Youth Centre.


Parish Hall and Youth Centre Committee:

- To be responsible for the running of the Parish Hall and Youth Centre and to liaise with Youth and Children’s groups.

- To organize and cater for various social and fundraising events.


Worship Committee:

- To develop worship; use of the church; discussion of spiritual needs.



Ad Hoc Working Groups

Working Groups are responsible for the following specific tasks:


Magazine: to prepare and print the Magazine and to look for advertising


Publicity: for publicity, communication, and notice boards.


Charitable Giving:  To guide our giving to smaller charities, and to identify areas for giving both at home and abroad.  Information about the selected Charity of the Month is published in the magazine and in all weekly notices. Publicity material from the charity is displayed at the back of the Church.


Church website: To maintain and monitor and develop as necessary the church’s website.

All Age Worship: To plan and prepare for All Age Services.



Churches Together in Headingley The PCC is represented by three lay members elected by the PCC.  



Governors of Shire Oak C of E (VC) Primary School. The PCC nominates two Foundation Governors to the school. During 2012 these were Miss Rebecca Crowson and Mrs. Ann Dudzinski.


Electoral Roll and Church attendance:

Following the revision of the electoral roll the number of those on the roll in April 2012 was 117 including 48 residents and 69 non residents of the parish. The average weekly attendance at services on an ordinary Sunday in the year 2012, was 10 children and young people and 74 adults. During 2012 there were 9 Baptisms, 1 Confirmations (candidate confirmed at St Chads), 0 Weddings, 7 Funerals and 0 Strewing of Ashes.


Review of the year 2012.

The Mission Statement, Aims and Objectives for 2012-13, remained unchanged from those previously decided in 2003. “To be an open, caring Christian community through prayer, worship, learning and action in order to do the work of God and reveal His glory in the World.” 

The PCC met 6 times during the year. There was an Annual Vestry Meeting chaired by Rev'd Steve Smith and an Annual Parochial Church Meeting chaired by Rev’d Steve Smith. At the APCM 4 members of the PCC were elected to serve for 3 years and 1 member for 1 year.

During 2012 PCC business included the following matters:


  • Continuation of work towards the development of Team Ministry.
  • Links with Shire Oak C of E School continued to strengthen, with the school participating in an All Age Service, in addition to the regular school services. The PCC held its July meeting at the school, at which the new Head Teacher Ms Jane Astrid DeVane reported on the past year. Revd Kevin Ward gave a presentation to the PCC on the Consecration of Women to the Episcopate. The PCC agreed unanimously to recommend that Synod should support the measure as it stands.

Several social events were held during the year, including. A Jubilee Faith Lunch with walking the boundaries. A parish gathering to watch the Olympic Torch Relay as it passed through Headingley followed by a cricket game at St Chads. There was a Church yard job day which produced a general tidy up of the church grounds, ready for the licensing of the Team rector elect.


The church also took part in the Leeds wide event Treasures Revealed having the church open for visitors with displays exhibits and tours available topped off with cakes and a cuppa,

Fund raising events included The Pantomime- Puss in Boots, The Royal Jubilee show- 60 Glorious Years. There was also The Autumn Fair, Halloween Bingo and a first time for St Michaels- A Swing Dance Evening.


The Parish Hall and Youth Centre are also well used by members of the local community and other organizations for a variety of activities. There are uniformed organizations attached to the church: Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Scouts, which meet in the Youth Centre.



An active 18+ and student group, holds regular social events including meals, pub quiz nights and outings. The choir organized several social events during the year including: carol singing around Headingley; a choir dinner; pizza and bowling, and an annual summer trip to Scarborough as well as attending the annual Festival Evensong, where Bishop's and Dean's chorister awards are given. A retreat was held in September at St. Oswald’s Sleights, for a period of silent reflection. Members of both St Michael’s and St Chad’s joined, and the retreat was led by Revd Tom Lusty.



Groups which met regularly throughout the year included Bible Study and Contemplative Prayer, and the new Friendship Group which meets monthly in the Parish Hall, and which also organises outings.

During Lent a series of evening meditations followed by Compline were held in private homes.

Members of the Church run a regular lunch club at Muir Court retirement home.  The Wednesday Lunch Club meets the first week of every month in the Skyrack Pub.



The Stage Group was very active, and produced Puss In Boots for the annual Pantomime in February, and a musical revue in the summer “60 Glorious Years” a celebration of Queen Elizabeth II 60 years of service.  


As a member of Churches Together in Headingley St Michael’s participated in a number of activities, including the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, hosting a coffee morning and Agapes, and attending the Unity Week service at Headingley Methodist Church; a number of the congregation joined the Lent Lunches on Fridays at the Headingley Methodist Hall; a Good Friday Walk of Witness; and in December, the choir took part in Carol Singing at the Arndale Centre in aid of Wheatfields Hospice. For Christian Aid Week, St Michael’s held a special evensong, and a number of people made local street collections.  


The Church Website ( has been further developed by a special Working Group, to give a lively impression of the work of St Michael’s, which it is hoped reaches out to the large student population in Headingley. A number of students come to St Michael’s having found out about the Church through the website.



The Christian Stewardship committee meets during the year as often as necessary when there is a specific need.


The Stewardship Recorders continue monitor the monetary giving and the Stewardship Scheme encouraging both existing and new members of the congregation to join.


Financial Review



To be tabled



Headingley Deanery Synod Report:


The Deanery Synod met 3 times during 2012. In February Revd Steve Smith was appointed Area Dean and Revd Leslie Ashton Assistant Area Dean.


Various topics were discussed over the year:


The role of the Diocesan Secretary

Eco-friendly churches

Single sex marriages in church

Teaching of Personal and Social Education in school by an outside team of young people

Supporting members of the congregation with various disabilities


The consecration of women bishops was fully supported by the Synod.

Printer Printable Version