PCC News – April/May 2017

Appointment of officers

Following the APCM, the PCC held a brief meeting to appoint the following officers

Vice Chair – Andrew Godfrey

Secretary – Joanna Boughey

Treasurer – Gary King

Electoral Roll – Anne Murray

Covenant Secretary – Paul West

Safeguarding Officer – Ann Pipe, with admin assistance from Joanna Boughey

During the PCC meeting in May, the following items were discussed

The vestry roof repairs are now complete.

There will be a clear-out and rejig of the storerooms in the building during the summer.

A sign to let people know we have a war grave will be put up on the side entrance to the churchyard.

The finances are almost in line with last year, and the parish share is still being covered by the envelopes.

The murder mystery evening went well, and the social committee is now looking toward the summer gala. Signup sheet for stalls will be up this week. Flyers to be delivered will be available soon.

A proposal is being put together to run a Kids Summer Lunch Club over the holidays. Volunteers will be needed and more information will be available soon.

The PCC have agreed to cover the cost of a Christianity Frieze to be put up at St. Paul’s School.

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Summer Gala – 25th June

On Sunday 25th June at 2pm, St. Paul’s Church, in Church Road Stockingford, is holding its annual Summer Gala in the Church grounds. Admission to the Gala is free, and offers an afternoon full of fun and entertainment.

The church is once again delighted to welcome back to this year’s Gala a top class Brass Band to provide musical entertainment. ‘Bedworth Brass’ are an award-winning brass band, having had tremendous success in competitions, and they always provide great entertainment in the Churchyard setting. They are kindly sponsored by Devall & Son, Funeral Directors.

Also during the afternoon, there are many other attractions, including performances by children’s choirs from our local primary schools, and many stalls and sideshows which include children’s toys, a huge bottle tombola, BBQ, tea & cakes, sweets, plants, books, jewellery and entertaining fun and games for all ages. We also have a Fairtrade shop and a Grand Prize Draw with a top prize of £100.

The afternoon is sure to be a great community event, and guarantees fun, entertainment, food and laughter for all, come rain or shine. Rev. Kate Massey, the vicar of St. Paul’s, says “It promises to be a fantastic afternoon. Do invite your friends and neighbours!”

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Murder Mystery Evening – 20th May

St. Paul’s Social Committee Presents ‘A Vintage Murder’ on Saturday 20th May at 7.00pm at St. Paul’s Church, Stockingford.

An evening of Mystery, Intrigue and Murder

It is 1937 and you have been invited to wine and dine at the luxurious Chateau Deux Chevaux, home of one of France’s finest vineyards. But the promise of a sparkling evening is shattered when you discover that your host, Anthony Burgess-Blunt, has been found dead in one of his own wine-vats….

Can you work out who the murderer is?

Tickets £7.50, to include a 3-course meal, available from the Church Office on 024 7632 5359 or email stpaulsstockingford@hotmail.co.uk

In support of Christian Aid – bring your own drinks – fancy dress optional

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PCC News – March 2017

The PCC met on Wednesday 8th March 2017 and the following items were discussed.

Safeguarding – an in-house training session for working with vulnerable adults is being arranged for 13th June 2017. Further details will be advertised nearer the time.

Foundation Governor – after 20 years service, Margaret Bone is standing down from her role as foundation governor. The PCC are pleased to announce that Karen Harris is taking up role.

Lay Reader – Chris Jones has asked the PCC if she could register as Lay Reader for St. Paul’s. The PCC had no objection and look forward to Chris joining the team.

Deanery Synod rep – There is a vacancy for a Deanery Synod rep for St. Paul’s. If anyone would like to take up this position, please speak with either David Spiers or Chris Smith and complete a nomination form in time for the APCM.

PCC Member Election – Nomination forms will be available on the foyer table for anyone wishing to be either re-elected or elected for the first time as a PCC member. If you have any questions, please speak to either the Wardens or Kate and forms need to be returned to Joanna before the APCM.

Job Club – Although funding is sadly no longer available to cover the cost of Kay to run the Job Club, Kay has kindly offered to continue on a voluntary basis, and the PCC has agreed to cover the cost of using the Parish Centre. As this is a valuable and well-used resource, our thanks are expressed to Kay for this offer.

Notice Board – A working party has been setup to organise the sourcing and installation of a new external notice board. The new notice board is to send out a positive message that we are St. Pauls, a busy welcoming vibrant Church, why not come in and see.

Path – Work on the path from the gate to the Church has now been approved and will soon be underway. Disruption will be kept to a minimum.

Balcony Seating – New permanent seating has been sourced for the balcony and will be installed ASAP. This will enable more people to use the balcony at busy times and will free up more folding chairs for use within the Church.

Easter Cards – The Pastoral Care group will be sending out Easter cards to various members of the parish. If you know of anyone that you think should be sent a card, please speak to any member of the Pastoral Care team.

Murder Mystery – The social committee are organising a Murder Mystery evening for Christian Aid. This will be on Saturday 20th May. More information will be advertised in due course.

Friday Night Drop-in – New volunteers are needed to run the group due to expanding numbers of children wanting to attend. If you are interested, please speak to David Spiers.

APCM – Will be held on Wednesday 26th April after Quiet Communion. All are welcome. Report books will be available prior to the meeting. There will also follow a short PCC meeting to elect various roles.

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PCC News – January 2017

PCC meeting held in January 2017

An encouraging amount of new families attended many of the events and services over the Christmas period.

Small groups are still developing but running well. Small groups will continue to meet up until Lent.

Following several security issues at the Church, measures are being put in place to help combat this antisocial behaviour.

Worship & Spirituality group are going to do a review of the Christmas services and events. Thoughts from the PCC – happy to see the number of Holiday Club families that attended the Crib Service.

2016 Accounts – Good year for envelopes which covered the Parish Share. Income and expenditure for 2016 down slightly, but all expenditure has been met by income.

The Pastoral Care emergency prayer list was actioned during December.

Social Committee are to meet soon to start discussions for events during 2017.

30 Christmas gift bags were given out across the 3 schools in the parish.

The organising of the Summer Lunch Club for children and families that receive free school meals is being put into process with Kate arranging for someone who has already run such a scheme to give a talk during a Sunday service, then a working party to be formed to take the scheme forward.

Brass cleaning rota – 2 new volunteers have come forward, the rota to continue on a 2-weekly basis.

Chalice assistants – the new chalice assistants are Jane Udall, Niamh Spiers, Anne Murray, John Cutts, Jim and Jan Jones, Susan and Paul West, Gina Morgan, Mary Ball, Ese Otobo, Paul Parker, John Pettifor, David Spiers and Terry Ray. These names will be submitted to the Bishop. Thanks were expressed to the current chalice assistants.

Christmas Appeal has raised approximately £1,543 with maybe some more funds coming from Gift Aid. It was recommended that a card with space to put details for Gift Aid for cash givers be put into the bags in future.

Jane Noble reported the a previous Christmas appeal to Peartree has used our money to help fund a new swimming pool that the children were able to use for the first time on Christmas morning. Jane to get copies of the photos and details to share with the congregation.

The APCM will take place on Wednesday 26th April at 8pm. All reports and accounts to be given to Joanna and Gary by the end of February.

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Alternative Tree Festival – December 4th

Following the success of last year’s festival, St. Paul’s Church, Church Road, Stockingford will be holding another Alternative Christmas Tree Festival. The festival will be open on Sunday 4th December from 2pm to 5pm, entry is free and all are welcome. 

Come and see our displays featuring many inventive ideas for making a Christmas tree without using a tree! This is a tree festival with a difference, with many innovative designs using a range of unusual materials. 

Also on offer will be seasonal refreshments, and an opportunity to have a go at making a decoration of your own. 

The Alternative Christmas Tree Festival will be followed at 5pm by the Christingle Service, suitable for all ages, and with a free Christingle for everyone.



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Christmas Bazaar – November 26th

On Saturday 26th November at 2pm, St. Paul’s Church, Church Road, Stockingford is holding its annual Christmas Bazaar. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the fun.

Father Christmas will be installed in his Grotto, along with his elves, and has an early Christmas present for the children. There will be many stalls, including toys, gifts, books, games, tombolas and a ‘Water into Wine’ stall, all promising to provide some fantastic Christmas bargains.

Also on offer will be tea and cakes, and entertaining fun for all ages, along with a Grand Prize Raffle, offering a first prize of a bumper Christmas Fair Trade hamper, plus many other prizes.

Revd Kate Massey, vicar at St. Paul’s Church, is delighted to welcome everyone to the Bazaar. She says “The afternoon promises to be a great community event, and guarantees fun, entertainment, food and laughter for all”.


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