St Paul’s Stockingford PCC Meeting
10th November 2021
Present: Revd Kate Massey, Andrew Godfrey, Rob Jones, Gary King, Ann Pipe, Les Pipe, Anne Murray, Kim Fawcett, David Spiers, Paul West, Susan West.
Apologies: Jane Udall, Steve Marsden, Nigel Blease
Revd Kate opened the meeting with prayer.
Minutes of previous meeting and matters arising:
The minutes of the previous meeting (20-10-21) were approved.
Mask wearing has been well received at the main services but less so at baptisms/funerals and stay and play sessions.
Growing Families Faith Worker – Kate is due to meet with the Archdeacon.
PCC approved the safer recruitment of: Susan Cutts; Sarah Newall; Rebecca Smedley.
Ann P updated the PCC on new processes for safer recruitment and safeguarding to be introduced in January 2022, including changes to the training requirements for different roles (including PCC members), and changes to the frequency of DBS checks (5 years for those with a current DBS check, but will be 3 years for new checks and renewals).
Actions: Ann P to complete training and review what changes are required to our policies/processes, to bring to next PCC meeting. Safeguarding Action Plan to be discussed at the next PCC meeting.
Church Building – Re-opening conversation:
The group discussed the current measures to minimise the Covid risks, and felt that these were working well and still at the appropriate level.
Pastoral Care Committee Reorganisation:
Kate is to meet with those interested and report back to the next meeting.
Reports and Decisions from sub-Committees
Buildings and Finance:
The B&F committee has started to review the Quinquennial report and explore the work required, will bring back to PCC when decisions are required.
The accounts had been circulated prior to the meeting. Gift Aid has been claimed up to April and a claim up to October has been drafted ready to submit. Gary highlighted again the gap between the regular giving and the Parish Share requirement – there is still a gap of approximately £200 per week. Suggestions included asking all regular givers to consider increasing their giving by a small amount – eg £2 each from 100 people rather than a few people giving substantially more.
The Parish Share for next year has not yet been published.
Planning is going well for the Christmas Market – decision made to rebrand the Bazaar as an outdoor event due to covid risks indoors with a large number of people. There has been lots of interest in the Christmas Tree trail/festival. The Bedworth Brass concert will go ahead but without hot refreshments.
Worship and Spirituality:
Planning for Christmas worship:
Christingle Service will be held on 28th Nov in church, but still to confirm whether booking places will be required.
Advent Reflections dates have been confirmed.
Quiet Christmas service will be held – previous feedback received that this is very much appreciated by those that attend.
Messy Christmas – will be held in church but a bag of crafts/activities will be given to each family, rather than moving around the church to different activities. Christmas batches brought to the table. Numbers will need to be limited and spaces booked in advance.
Carol Service on 19th Dec will be held outside.
Crib Service and Midnight Service on 24th will be held inside Church with masks and appropriate spacing.
PCC agreed to suspend the Boxing Day service and hold no communion for that day.
[NOTE – following the meeting, Kate confirmed that she would hold a communion service on Boxing Day and PCC members agreed via email]
Revd Kate’s Sabbatical has been confirmed for late January to late April 2022. Cover is being sought for each Sunday. PCC agreed to suspend the 8am Sunday service and live streaming for the duration of Kate’s sabbatical.
The W&S committee will discuss arrangements for Lent, Holy Week and Easter at their next meeting.
CAKE – PCC agreed to developing a new style of service to bridge the gap between Messy Church and 10am Sunday services, “Church for Adult, Kids and Everyone”. A simple format of service for people to explore and engage with faith, approx. 45 minutes with stories, videos, music, chat and prayer.
Any other business:
David Spiers volunteered to co-ordinate Christmas Card deliveries.
David also suggested a festival of light or similar celebration for Halloween time, which was met with general support. This will need to be considered next year in time for the Halloween period.
PCC agreed an increase in Vergers fees from £30 to £35.
PCC agreed the charity for the Christmas collections should be Zoe’s Place children’s hospice. All of the donations on the Christmas tree will go to Zoe’s Place, collections from services will be split 50/50 between church funds and Zoe’s Place.
Date for 2022 AGM to be set at the next meeting (January 2022).
Date of next meeting:
Wednesday 12th January 2022, 7.30pm – in person or via Zoom to be confirmed
[NOTE – date changed following the meeting to 19th January 2022]