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Report from the P.C.Cl Meeting held on Thursday 2nd March 2017

 Prayers & Welcome. The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and prayers were led by Marion Jones.

Approval of Minutes of the meeting held on 2nd February 2017. Following an amendment to the published minutes which should have stated “The Chairman proposed that St Peter’s should become a Fair-Trade church and start this process by serving that brand of tea and coffee.”  They were proposed and seconded, this was passed unanimously.

Matters Arising.

Sound System. A planning design and quote for a digital system, had been received the cost is not feasible due to current financial situation. Investigation on the upgrading our box and microphones, and its longevity.

Re-ordering of Church for Mothering Sunday Following last month’s discussion on this subject and further investigation it has been decided by The Chairman that this will not take place.

Growth Action Plan for 2016-2017 

To Introduce new style Eucharist. First date 21st May.

To Establish 2023 group and plan marking of 800th Anniversary. The process of forming a task force is taking place.

To nurture Christian Discipleship. Lent is a time for assessing our “Spiritual Lives” and various opportunities are available in the coming weeks.

To ask questions in our purpose/vision & Promote generous giving. The process of forming a strategy is in hand.

To build up enduring relationships with peoples. One baptism anniversary card has been delivered, unfortunately the recipients were not at home.

To raise profile in community & Pray for St Peter’s growth. Copy for the website, Facebook etc. is needed.

Finance. John Carter reported that the Annual Report had been accepted.

A letter had been received from the Diocese regarding the Parish Share Committee Reports.

Deanery: Next meeting 16th March when Bishop Donald will be present.

Foodbank: It was reported a 40% increase in 2016, but donations had kept pace.

Social Committee. A sum of £232 had been raised at the Pancake Lunch. More helpers and ideas are needed.

Brackley Junior School. The school had had their Local Authority monitoring review and that had gone well.

The Hub. Tony Holden report that it is 8 years since the lease was taken on the premises and 7 years since the doors were opened., at its peak it saw 50-60 visiting at lunchtime. Sadly, he had to announce that due to the lack of funding The Hub will close at the end of March. NYMCA have no money and NCC has cut back on services. MKYMCA are building at new centre to cater for the homeless etc. and it is hoped that NYMCA will follow suit, this will be in Northampton.

The Chairman gave a vote of Thanks to Tony for his hard work and commitment to the project, this was recognized by those present.

Any Other Business.

Fabric, Goods and Ornaments Report   John MacMahon thanked Val Lynam for this, but suggested more needs to be added regarding Goods and Ornaments.   

Organ Maintenance Contract John Carter reported that the maintenance for the organ will now be taken over by Cousans Organs.       

Cremation Plot The chairman proposed to support the petition for a faculty to reserve plots A 28 and 29 for the future interment of the cremated remains of named parishioners. This was passed unanimously.

Extension Chairs & Flooring The chairs have repaired the chairs, following a complaint from U3A, a sum of £164.50 will be paid to clean all the chairs. The Quinquennial highlighted need for repair to the floor. This will be considered.

Defibrillator It was asked if the training has been given, this is to be arranged.

The meeting closed at 8.57pm with the grace. There were 16 members present with 4 apologies.

Date of Next Meeting. 6th April 2017 at 7.45pm in the extension.

 

Report from the P.C.C. Meeting held on Thursday 2nd February 2017

 

The Chairman opened the meeting with prayer. Revd. James McDonald took over the chair for the meeting.

Minutes of the meeting held on 1st December2016 were proposed and seconded and signed as a true record.

Rachel McDonald to address meeting on Fair Trade.  We were pleased to welcome Rachel who gave a short but informative talk on Fair Trade, following this the Chairman proposed that St Peter’s should become a Fair-Trade church by serving that brand of tea and coffee.

Matters Arising.

Sound System. Marion Jones explained the situation regarding the viability of the current system. She warned that a replacement may be needed soon. A quote of £600 had been received.

Growth Action Plan for 2016-2017 

To Introduce new style Eucharist. The first of this monthly service will take place on 21st May at 11.30am.

To introduce New Musical Settings. Fr. James gave an update. The “Harvest Breakfast” style service was thought a success and a similar service will be held for Mothering Sunday.

Establish 2023 group and plan marking of 800th Anniversary. Paul Wiltshire will progressed during February, first item will be how this can be funded.

To nurture Christian Discipleship. One meeting has taken place with the last confirmand group and another is planned. Details of the plans for Lent, have had been printed in the current magazine

To build up enduring relationships with people. The team had been provided with the anniversary dates, these will be delivered

Correspondence. The secretary read thank you letters from Crisis and The Children’s Society for the recent donations sent. 

Finance. John Carter proposed the financial side of the annual report, be accepted, Fr. Nicholas seconded and this was passed.  He also reported that he has started the annual task of finding the cheapest energy supplier for the year.

Brackley Junior School. The need for a 3rd foundation governor to be found was reported and the planning for the next Ofsted.

Building, Development & Maintenance. John Carter reported that we have received the Quinquennial report.

Health & Safety.  Paul Wiltshire raised the issue of memorial benches and how he should handle the situation when they start to decay. It was agreed that he will add them to his 6-monthly inspection of the church yard.

The Hub.  Tony Holden reported that funding was still the issue

Any Other Business.

Mobile Phones in church. Caroline Dunning raised concerns made by parishioners about the use of mobile phones, not only for calls but photo and video taking, during services. Fr. James commented that taking photos could break safeguarding rules. A real resolution was not forthcoming.

Stall at Brackley Carnival. Caroline Dunning queried on behalf of the social committee about St Peter’s taking part more fully in the Town Carnival, by  parading and having its own stall to showcase what we do, and hopefully make some money. No comprehensive decision was made. 

 

Date of Next Meeting. 2nd March 2017 at 7.45pm in the extension.

 

 

 

The meeting closed at 9.20pm with the grace.

  

 

 

Parochial Church Council Thursday 1st December 2016 at 7.45pm

            

Prayers & Welcome. Fr James led the prayers and the chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Minutes of the meeting held on 3rd November 2016 were proposed for acceptance, seconded and signed as a true record.

Matters Arising.

Defibrillator: Fr James explained that once the DVD’s had been watched by those who are to be trained, the defibrillator will be able to be used. Val Lynam is to draw up the list of trainees. Formal training will be given later.

Growth Action Plan for 2016-2017

To Introduce new style Eucharist: This will start around Easter time 2017

To introduce New Musical Settings. No update

Establish 2023 group and plan marking of 800th Anniversary: To start in 2017

To nurture Christian Discipleship: There will be Lent Courses and a conference in October 2017

To ask questions in our purpose/vision & Promote generous giving: Alan Perkins is giving thought.

To build up enduring relationships with people: No update

To raise profile in community & Pray for St Peter’s growth: No update

Correspondence. Thank you letter from Christian Aid for donations received from the Harvest services had been received.

Finance. John Carter had provided draft end of year figures, which show a major fall in funds. The matter was discussed and on John MacMahon’s suggestion the finance committee will draw up a list of those items that MUST be paid in 2017 and those that will be “trimmed” back. This will be presented at the February meeting. Various forms of funding were discussed and will be looked at more fully.

                   Committee Reports.

Deanery:  No meeting

Foodbank:  Alan Perkins reported that demand was up, donations were up and the store is full

Social Committee: Caroline Dunning reported the takings of the recent quiz night of £420.

Brackley Junior School: No Report

Building, Development & Maintenance:  John Carter informed the meeting that Gilbert’s had replaced faulty contacts and everything should be okay now. Val Lynam said the emersion heater was still not working in the extension. This is to be looked at.

Health & Safety No report

The Hub. Tony Holden reported that there had been a decline in lunchtime attendance. Two new volunteers are in place, but the question of funding is high on the agenda.

Any Other Business.

Easyfundraising.org.uk: After an explanation and discussion on this subject Beverly Bigmore proposed with Lynne Gibson seconding that St Peter’s sign up to this scheme and it will be fully advertised.

Sound System: This subject will be discussed at the next standing committee meeting and brought back to the PCC in February.

There were 18 members in attendance with 2 apologies and the meeting closed at 8.25pm with the grace. Date of Next Meeting. 2nd February 2017 .

 

 

Parochial Church Council Thursday 3rd November 2016 at 7.45pm

 

Prayers & Welcome: The Chairman welcomed, Marion Jones led the prayers.

Approval of Minutes of the meeting held on 6th October 2016:  Alan Perkins proposed acceptance following the correction to item 8 b) Churches in Brackley, the minutes incorrectly stated that this organization was no longer in existence, but this is not the case. Jacky Adams seconded and were signed as a true record.

Matters Arising:

Defibrillator training: The ministry team plus members of the Social Committee, Gardening Team, Bell Ringers and Choir.

Growth Action Plan for 2016-2017

To Introduce new style Eucharist: Fr. James that at suitable material is being looked at.

To introduce New Musical Settings: Fr. James reported that this seems to be establishing itself, and the introduction of new words to old musical settings are being considered.

Establish 2023 group and plan marking of 800th Anniversary: Paul Wiltshire hopes to be able to start looking at the formation of this group in early 2017.

To nurture Christian Discipleship: Written report.

To ask questions in our purpose/vision & Promote generous giving: Alan Perkins queried if giving needs to be focused on a tangible project.

To build up enduring relationships with people: No update.

To raise profile in community & Pray for St Peter’s growth: Written report.

Correspondence.

Fred Turvey Photograph: A long serving verger of St Peter’s, a photograph has been offered as a gift to St Peter’s, this will be used on the website.

Finance: John Carter reported that we are still “holding on” there are 7 weeks left to find the £13,800 left outstanding on the parish share. Bills are being paid.

Committee Reports.

Deanery:  Written report received, no questions.

Foodbank:  Alan Perkins gave a short verbal report.

Social Committee: Written report received, no questions.

Brackley Junior School: They applied for a quality mark for collective worship,  and they won a silver. The PCC congratulate Lucy Eatwell and all the team.

Building, Development & Maintenance:  Written report received, no questions. The matter of the street lamps (Council responsibility) was discussed and is to chased up. The west door light will be replaced.

Health & Safety: Awaiting a meeting with “responsible persons”.

The Hub: No report due to Tony Holden’s absence.

Any Other Business.

Rachel MacDonald is to address the February meeting on Fair Trade.

Ian Bell reported that Bob Hartman is due to visit FIZ in January, this was questioned as this would be New Year’s Day, it is hoped to reschedule.

There were 19 members in attendance with 2 apologies and the meeting closed at 8.25pm with the grace. Date of Next Meeting. 1st December 2016 .

 

from the Parochial Church Council Meeting 6th October 2016

 

Prayers & Welcome. Alan Perkins opened the meeting in prayer and welcomed everyone.    

Apologies. 7 members had sent their apologies          

Approval of Minutes of the meeting held on 25th August 2016 were proposed and seconded and signed as a true record.        

Matters Arising.

Defibrillator Update: -this has now been purchased and 12 people can be trained to use it. The standing committee will draw up a list of those 12 people. Email correspondence had been circulated prior to the meeting showing the ongoing siting situation.

Growth Action Plan for 2016-2017 

Plan Update and reports:  A report from the team tasked to improve relationships with families and couples had been circulated prior to the meeting and accepted.                  

Finance. John Carter gave a full explanation of the end of 3rd quarter figures which had been circulated prior to the meeting. He highlighted the fact that there is a serious shortage of funds at present.          

Committee Reports.

Deanery:  next meeting 11th October

Churches in Brackley. Alan Perkins gave an update on the foodbank, explaining that as it was “Harvest Season” the bank was inundated with donations at present. The meeting was also informed that “Churches in Brackley” is no longer in existence and contact is only maintained via the clergy.

Social Committee. A report had been circulated prior to the meeting.

Brackley Junior School. No written report received, short verbal update from Roger Hiley.

Building, Development & Maintenance.  Reports had been circulated prior to the meeting. No questions asked.         

Health & Safety Roger Hiley suggested that the procedures need to be revisited to ensure that they are being maintained, Roger and churchwardens to meet.

Any Other Business.

Diocesan Synod Report had been circulated prior to the meeting, John MacMahon gave a brief explanation but asked that the “Giving for Life” initiative be considered at the next meeting. This was agreed.

Harvest Breakfast: - Fr. Nicholas gave his thanks to all involved in this service. The consensus was that it was a success with just under 200 in attendance. It is hoped that similar services will be held in the future.

There were 16 members in attendance the meeting closed at 8.25pm.

Date of Next Meeting. 3rd November 2016 at 7.45pm in the extension.

Report

from the Parochial Church Council Meeting 25th August 2016

 

 

Prayers & Welcome. The Chairman welcomed everyone and Fr. James led the opening prayers.       

Minutes of the meeting held on 7th July 2016 were passed as a true record.

Matters Arising.

Defibrillator update. Ian Bell proposed that we go ahead and purchase a defibrillator and pursue the opportunity of siting it outside the church, John Carter seconded and this was passed.

Heritage Day update. Fr. James explained the planning for “opening” the church on 10th September as part of the annual Heritage Day. 

Cremation Plot update. It was reported that someone has come forward to dead head the roses.   

Growth Action Plan for 2016-2017. 

Revised Plan for 2016-2017.  Fr. Nicholas made it clear that the “named” person on the plan was only the reporter to the PCC, not that they had to fulfil the point. 

Harvest Celebration. Fr Nicholas then went on to explain the planning for the Café Style service to celebrate Harvest on 25th September. The experimental service is aimed at people who might not normally come to church and hopefully will be encouraged to join St Peter’s congregations. Monies raised will go to Christian Aid.

Roger Hiley stated he was heartened by the work that had gone into the Harvest Breakfast and other new initiatives. Fr. Nicholas also said he had had positive reports on the recent “Open Day” and sent his thanks to Caroline, Fr. James and all the team.

Finance. John Carter reported he needs someone to help him for a job that takes approx. 45mins on a Monday morning.

With the introduction of the “New” style notice sheets, John Carter asked if he could cancel the order with Redemptorist Publications this will mean a saving of approx. £400 per annum.    

Committee Reports.

Deanery Report.  Written report received. No questions

Churches in Brackley. Verbal Report, Alan Perkins gave an update on the Foodbank, including the possibility of using fresh food.

Social Committee. Verbal Report, Caroline Dunning informed the meeting that a social committee had been formed and they are looking into arranging more events and fund raisers.

Brackley Junior School. Verbal Report. Roger Hiley said that the school seems to be getting on an even keel now. There is every likely hood that they will have an Ofsted inspection during the next year. There is still a space for a foundation governor.

Building, Development & Maintenance.  Written report received. No questions

Any Other Business.

Fr. Nicholas gave his thanks to everyone involved with this year’s Holiday Club. There were 18 members in attendance with 3 apologies and the meeting closed at 8.40pm Date of Next Meeting. 6h October 2016 at 7.45pm in the extension.

 

 

Report from the Parochial Church Council Meeting 7th July 2016

 

Prayers & Welcome. Alan Perkins opened the meeting with prayer.

Minutes of the meeting held on 2nd June 2016 were passed as a correct record.

Matters Arising.

Defibrillator. A grant from Heartstart had been received but it was agreed that further investigation and discussion is needed before we commit ourselves.

Heritage Day. This matter was discussed and although agreed in principle Paul Wiltshire will investigate.

Growth Action Plan for 2016-2017

Approval of 2016-2017 Plan for launch 24th July

A full and frank discussion was had on the items requiring “ownership”. It was felt that all items were large and difficult tasks to take on. However, the consensus of option was that “ALL” the points on the plan needed full input via the pulpit, for any of them to succeed, and with guidance this would then point the “owners” in the correct direction. It was felt that the recent Stewardship Campaign had been unsupported by adequate preaching on the subject. It was also asked that all intercessors should include growth of the church and congregation in all prayers.

Following the discussion “owners” were found for all points.

Finance. John Carter had circulated the half year figures and his assessment prior to the meeting. With planned giving and extension bookings slightly down, he highlighted that fund raising was down by nearly £3,000 and with the cost of £44,000 to repair the extension roof this results in a £32,500 deficit for the half year.

Committee Reports.

Deanery.  There had been a recent deanery synod meeting and report will be sent to members, shortly.

Churches in Brackley. Alan Perkins reported that the Foodbank had had its busiest 6 months for 6 years.

Brackley Junior School. Marion Jones commented that the school need our prayers as they are going through a rough time at present.

Building, Development & Maintenance.  A report was circulated prior to the meeting and no questions were raised.

The Hub. Tony Holden reported that the attendance is good.

Any Other Business.

Yew Hedge, Church View.  Tim Hawtin, asked for agreement to cut the yew hedge at Church View. This was gratefully accepted.

Cremation Plot, The plot needs weeding, this will be looked into.

13 members attended with 7 apologies. The meeting closed at 9.00pm with the grace. Date of Next Meeting. 25th August 2016

 

 

Report from Parochial Church Council Meeting on 2nd June 2016

 

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting, following a reading by Fr. James and prayers by Fr. Nicholas.

 

Minutes of the meeting held on 3rd March 2016 and 28th April 2016 were proposed for acceptance, passed and signed as a true record.

 

Election of Officers and Committees

Alan Perkins will remain as Lay Chairman: Beverly Bigmore as Secretary: and John Carter as Treasurer: The standing committee is made up of The Vicar, Churchwardens, Treasurer, Secretary, Lay Chair: The other committees are becoming few in members, if you feel you could become a member of either the Finance or Buildings committee please contact a member of the standing committee. We at present do not have a Social Committee, this does not only arrange social events but is heavily involved in fund raising. Anyone wishing to become a member should there again contact a member of the standing committee.

 

Defibrillator. This matter is still in negotiation

 

Growth Action Plan for 2016-2017 

 

Approval of 2016-2017 plan The Chairman proved members with the final draft of the new plan and gave detail on all the items therein. It is planned to launch this document on July 24th.

 

Fr. James presented to the meeting with planned new Liturgical Material, based on an A5 booklet, called ‘The Eucharist in Ordinary Time’. This was accepted unanimously.

 

Fr. Nicholas then presented a booklet along the same lines as the previous one, for the ‘Celtic Evening Prayer’ services, which would run on the second Sunday of the month at 5 o’clock. This was accepted

 

Harvest Breakfast Celebration (café style church)

The members had received a draft idea for a different style of Sunday service for 25th September, more details will be announced later.

 

Finance. John Carter reported that the bulk of the £44,724 bill for the extension roof had been paid. He used £34,800 from the Fabric Fund and the balance came out of the Fabric & Reorder Fund. This now means our general fun stands at £814. Basically it has cleared us out of funds.

 

Deanery Report   Previously circulated, no questions

 

Building, Development & Maintenance. Previously circulated, no questions

 

Health & Safety   No Report

 

The Hub. The meeting was informed of the good news that finally they have received enough money to keep going for another year, including the employment of the youth worker.

 

Any Other Business.

Approval for selling raffle tickets on Market Place. Caroline Dunning reported that we have the use of a stall on the Market Place on Friday 8th July, which can be used to sell raffle tickets for the Showcase day event the following day.

Heritage Day. The dates would be 8-11 September; it was agreed that we should take part this year.

 

Date of Next Meeting. 7h July 2016   Lay Chair Alan Perkins in the Chair.

 

The meeting closed at 9.35pm with the grace.

 

There 16 members attending with 5 apologies.

 


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