Summary of the PCC Meeting held on 21 January 2016

St Michael and All Angels, Headingley


Summary of the Parochial Church Council Meeting held on 21 January 2016


Present: Revd Tony Whatmough (chair); Rebecca Crowson; Ann Dudzinski; Ben Ellis; Jane Ferguson; Nick Gough; Malcolm Heath; Felicity King; Janet Lewis; Alan Parker; Joan Penter; Deryck Piper; Anita Shaw; Luke Verrall.   Apologies: Alan Daines; Cefin Lewis; Ashley Marshal

Parish Magazine: Another short newsletter would be issued in February, and a full magazine at Easter. A possible coordinator for adverts had been identified. Shortage of material was a continuing problem: contributions were solicited.

PCC Treasurer: No replacement had yet been found. Janet Lewis was thanked for keeping the books in the interim: but it was recognised that this was not indefinitely sustainable. The question of whether the post should be split into two roles (book-keeping and accounting) was referred to Budget and Finance Committee.

Team Rector’s comments: An informal group would be assembled to consider ways of making services more accessible to visitors.

The Christingle service had attracted double the congregation as compared to last year: there would be advantages in making this a regular fixture. There had been a high proportion of visitors at the midnight service.

Some volunteers had come forward as a result of the stewardship campaign: speakers who had contributed to this campaign were thanked.

It was noted that Jean Forshaw was retiring from the choir.

The Lent Study Group would focus on prayer.

APCM preparation: Sections of the report were allocated, with requests for return of copy by 4th February, so that the draft would be available for the March PCC. .

There were concerns that the annual report in its current form was not very useful, though no improved alternative had been identified. It was suggested that the existing format did serve a useful function in communicating an overview of church activities to those beyond the PCC..

Four members of PCC (JL, CL, DP, LV) were coming to the end of their term, creating four 3-year vacancies. In addition, there was one 1-year vacancy as a result of Pippa Clayton’s resignation.

Treasurer’s Report: A brief report on income, expenditure and current account balances was received. The clarity of the layout was admired.

Fabric Report: A generally positive response to proposed alterations to the church had been received from Historic England, though with reservations about full-height glazing in the SW corner. The NW location for the WC was preferred. The Victorian Society’s response was still awaited.

The value of an insurance policy with Royal & Sun Alliance was still being assessed.

David Appleyard had decided to retire from work on the church fabric: appreciation was expressed for his long and valued contribution.

An update was given on renovations in the Parish Hall and Youth Centre.

 Green Group: Fair Trade had been discussed at the November meeting. The bug hotel would be built on 5 March. Eco-congregation was to be renamed Eco-church, with three levels of award (Gold, Silver, Bronze): St Michael’s is ready to achieve one of these levels.

Stewardship: The current stewardship campaign had been discussed.

Shire Oak School: A well-attended carol service had been had been held in church.

Churches Together in Headingley: Arrangements were in hand for the week of prayer for Christian Unity, together with plans for the Lent lunches.


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