2021 Annual meetings
Our annual church meetings are coming up and will be on Zoom. Those who are not online can dial in by telephone. The annual meetings are your chance to hear about, ask questions about and discuss any aspect of church life, and is when Churchwardens, Deanery Synod members and PCC members are elected. Meeting agenda and papers can be found here, or printed copies available via the Church Office.
All Saints’ Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday 29th April at 7.30pm
St Matthew’s Annual Meeting will be on Thursday 6th May at 7.30pm
There are three particular aspects of these meetings to which I would like to draw your attention:
1. Your chance to ask questions about any aspect of church life
Please do take the opportunity at the meeting to make any comments or suggestions or to ask any questions you have about any aspect of church life. Feel free to submit a question to me in advance or simply raise any issue in person at the meeting. There are papers to read before the Annual Meeting – in particular the Annual Report – please think of any comments or questions arising from these and bring them to the meeting.
2. Your chance to hear and discuss key aspects of church life
At the Annual Meeting, I will be reviewing the challenges and opportunities associated with the implementation of our church vision, “Growing God’s Church, wider, deeper and closer”. The PCC would really like to hear what other church members think about this, or any other aspects of church life, so please participate and make comments and ask questions at the meeting or be in touch beforehand.
3. Election of Churchwardens, Deanery Synod members and PCC members
At the Annual Meeting we have to elect Churchwardens, Deanery Synod members, and other PCC members.
Our Churchwardens are key representatives of the laity, and are officers of the Bishop. They are also responsible for our church buildings and their contents, and the smooth running of services.
The Deanery Synod is where representatives from other C of E churches in our local area meet to discuss common issues and to make decisions together.
The PCC is a bit like the ‘School Governors’ or ‘Board Members’ for the church, and work with the Rector to ‘promote in the parish the whole mission of the Church’. Being on the PCC is a great opportunity to contribute to decisions about our church and its work. It is important that we have a healthy number of Deanery Synod and PCC members with a range of gifts and experience, so please think seriously about whether you could serve in this way, and/or if you can encourage others to do so. If you are interested in this and feel that God might be calling you to get involved, please have a word with me or a PCC member.
To help you decide if you would like to be nominated, job descriptions can be found here. Nomination forms for these vacancies are available in the church building, and should be returned to me or your PCC Secretary, before the start of the Annual Meeting. The All Saints’ PCC Secretary is Carol Pigott and the St Matthew’s PCC Secretary is Jane Woolley.
In readiness for the annual meeting, electronic copies of the annual report, the minutes of last year’s meeting, the financial statements/accounts and the agenda will be posted in due course here. If you need a paper copy, please contact the Church Office on 834256 and we will print one for you.
Please be thinking and praying about these meetings and about the nominations for these important roles.
Revd Dr Jonathan Mobey