Summary of the PCC meeting 21st Nov. 2013

St Michael and All Angels, Headingley

Summary of the Parochial Church Council Meeting held on 21 November 2013, 7.30pm, in the Parish Hall

Present: Revd Tony Whatmough (chair); Rebecca Crowson; Glynis Dickson; Ann Dudzinski; Ben Ellis; Nick Gough; Malcolm Heath; Cefin Lewis; Janet Lewis; Alan Parker; Joan Penter; Deryck Piper; Elaine Sykes-Austin; Pat Sykes-Austin; Luke Verrall; Alex Wheatley

Minutes: The minutes of the meeting on 19 September 2013 were accepted as a correct record.

Matters arising:

P4.5(a) Revisions of remits of PCC Committees: The Parish Hall Committee had revised its remit, but minutes were not yet available.

P4.5(b) Progress towards Team Ministry: There was no further progress to report.

P4.5(c) Stewardship renewal campaign: To date, 28 responses had been received, with an aggregate increased commitment of £111 per week. The rate of response was seen as disappointing, though it was recognised that there were likely to be further responses pending. It was agreed that it would be appropriate to convey follow-up messages emphasising that responses were important irrespective of whether an increased commitment was made, and that responses would continue to be welcome after the formal end of the campaign. These messages should be conveyed widely and persistent through collective media (e.g. pewsheet, notices, magazine). There were reservations about individual follow-ups, though these had been recommended by Paul Winstanley. However, direct personal approaches might be more acceptable than phone calls or letters.

Future of Parish magazine: The concept of a shared Team magazine was received favourably in principle. It was noted that this might be a good opportunity, since St Chad’s was in a similar position regarding its own magazine. A joint meeting of clergy and churchwardens to discuss possibilities was planned.

Children in church: TW observed that he had been concerned for some time that little provision was being made for the (small) number of children in the congregation. Refurbishment of the Children’s Corner was planned, but there was also a need to provide some structured and constructive activity for the children during part of the service. Ideas for this were under consideration, and parents consulted had responded favourably.

It was noted that these activities could, and by preference should, be organised within the main church building, rather than in the Church Hall.

Priest-in-Charge’s comments: As a follow-up to the Healthy Church discussions, we should begin work in January on a Mission Action Plan, selecting three issues to work on. The importance of Church Growth was emphasised. A residential course was to be held at Hinsley Hall 11-13 March 2014; it was agreed to book places for TW and one other. 

Treasurer’s Report: A written report of receipts and payments to 31 October 2013 was received.

It was noted that the in-year deficit to date was £19,476; without generous donations to the cost of work on the spire, it would have been substantially higher. The deficit on the Parish Hall and Youth Centre account was due to the planned work on the roof.

Fabric Report: The Churchwardens presented a written report.

The heating system had, as in previous years, not operated reliably when first used after the summer, perhaps because of damp in the ignition system. The organ had been tuned and overhauled, and the lock repaired.  Electrical systems are due for their quinquennial. Mortar had fallen from an arch over the north aisle: remedial work was in hand. The work on the Parish Hall roof had been completed.

PCC Committee Reports:

Finance and Maintenance Committee: The refurbishment of the Children’s Corner had been discussed. A VAT reclaim for work on the spire was in hand. It had been agreed to locate the Christmas tree and crib to the rear of church, with the removal of a number of rows of seats (with the consequent benefit of a more concentrated congregation).

Worship Committee: A report would be made to the next meeting.

Eco-Church: The report on the advisory visit to the churchyard by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust had been circulated; this included some practical suggestions. The Green Team was to convene for workshops, using material from the Ecochurch modules, to discuss possible actions, both new and maintaining current good practice. There would be liaison with St Chad’s Green Team. Ideas for improving relevant displays in church needed to be consolidated.

Diocesan and Deanery Matters: The last meeting had discussed the formation of the new diocese, and issues relating to church identity, growth and involvement. The Area Dean (Steve Smith) would be leaving Leeds in February.

Churches Together in Headingley: Carol singing would be on 14 December, 11:00-13:00; St Michael’s slot was 12:00-12:30. Unity week would be 18-25 January 2014, with a United Service at South Parade at 18:30 on 19 December. The coffee morning at St Michael’s would be on 18 January, 10:00-12:00. TW had been elected chair.


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