PCC Minutes – Nov 2020

St Paul’s Stockingford PCC Meeting

11th November 2020

(Meeting held via Zoom)

Present: Rev Kate Massey, Rev Jo Joyce, Andrew Godfrey (Chair), Mary Ball, Steve Marsden, Mark Magee, Susan West, Paul West, Christine Smith, David Spiers, Nigel Blease, Rob Jones, Andy Gazeley, Ann Pipe, Les Pipe, Jane Udall, Anne Murray, Kim Fawcett.

Apologies: Gary King, Ese Otobo, Emma Kennedy

Rev Kate opened with prayer

Elections to posts

PostNominated memberProposerSeconderOutcome
Deputy ChairAndrew GodfreyDavid SpiersChris SmithAgreed
TreasurerGary KingSusan WestNigel BleaseAgreed
SecretaryKim FawcettDavid SpiersAndrew GodfreyAgreed
3rd Deanery Synod RepRob JonesChris SmithAnne MurrayAgreed
Co-opted PCC MemberMark MageePaul WestChris SmithAgreed
Co-opted PCC MemberEse OtoboRob JonesPaul WestAgreed
Stewardship SecretaryPaul WestDavid SpiersAnne MurrayAgreed

Minutes from previous meeting

The minutes for the meeting of 9th September 2020 were agreed subject to a note being added to clarify that the planned meeting on 14th October was not held, as the APCM was held on 18th October.

Matters arising: Growing in Faith Family Worker recruitment – an application was received after the closing date, still to be considered.


Ann Pipe updated that the Safer Recruiting process had been completed for Paul West, Steve Marsden, Anne Murray and Nigel Blease. These were approved by PCC.

The Safer Recruiting process is still underway for Niamh and David Spiers, to be considered at the next meeting.

Three new DBS applications have been completed for Rob Jones, Nigel and Deborah Blease.

Action – Mark Magee and Ese Otobo will need to apply for DBS as new co-opted members of PCC.

Action – Ann explained that the safeguarding training is now available online, those that need it will be sent details and encouraged to complete the training as soon as possible.

Steve Marsden explained that SPOGS are wanting to meet virtually (on Zoom) and discussed a consent form and risk assessment developed using Diocesan and Girl Guiding safeguarding guidance. PCC agreed the documents subject to an addition regarding recording of meetings and monitoring of the chat function.

Action – SPOGS online meeting documents to be updated as above.

Worship & Spirituality

Susan updated the group that two W&S meetings had been held since the last PCC meeting. Following the announcement of the second ‘lockdown’, it was decided not to change or reduce any online worship offerings but to continue to live stream worship.

Planning for Christmas worship is under way, with plans made to cover different scenarios if we are or are not able to meet/hold services in the church building. This includes:

  • Decorated windows in the community to be revealed each day of Advent.
  • ‘Messy Church in a Bag’ for December
  • Advent Meditations on Sunday evenings (instead of Compline)
  • Quiz night
  • Christingle in the Community (through the schools)
  • Sing Along Carol Service on Zoom
  • Two services on Christmas Eve (to allow for numbers if we are able to use the church) – 8pm and 11.30pm
  • Banner with Christmas message/greeting instead of leaflets to advertise events and services

Worship at home packs are continuing to be sent to those that cannot access the online services.

PCC agreed spending up to £200 for a Christmas banner.

PCC agreed that the Christmas charity collections would be for the Children’s Society.

Action – Kate to include dates for Christmas services/events on the weekly email

Feedback on events:

The Remembrance pebbles were successful, with around 30-40 pebbles left by the cross and a number of visitors.

Very positive comments were received about the candles in the churchyard for All Souls, people especially appreciated the names of their loved ones on the candles.

Buildings & Finance

Andrew shared an email from Gary who was unable to attend the meeting, explaining that the accounts show a £16k deficit expected for the end of the year. There is enough in the account to fulfil the Parish Share for this year but we need to consider the position going forward.

Income from envelopes/regular giving fell in the months from March/April, but have increased over the past few months – some backdated money from that period has been collected and more people have set up standing orders (instead of envelopes). Thanks to Paul West for his letter. A claim for £4,800 in Gift Aid has been submitted but the payment has not yet been received.

The Harvest Appeal raised £244.92 for the food bank (along with gifts of food) – more is expected to have been donated directly through the online giving link but it is not possible to identify how much was donated this way directly from the harvest appeal.

£42 was raised at the All Souls service, PCC agreed that this should go into general funds.

Tenner Club – will continue for the present but we may need to consider whether/how to continue in the future.

Christmas Bazaar – as we will not be able to hold a Christmas Bazaar this year, other ways of raising funds were discussed. It was agreed that we would hold a prize draw with a Traidcraft Hamper as the main prize (and a request for other prizes to be donated). The draw could be done during the Carol Service.

Action – Kate and Anne to look at options for tickets (paper tickets and potentially online tickets)

Action – PCC members to send their donations for the hamper to Andy Gazeley

Sewing Circle – Kate is investigating options for selling the items produced by the Sewing Circle as they are not able to sell at the Christmas Bazaar (or other events earlier in the year). PCC agreed to this in principle.

Trees – The Council have reduced the yew tree that came down and also reduced the ‘wedding’ yew. A complaint was received from a neighbour about brambles and tree debris, which was referred to the Council.

Clock – a part has been taken away for repair.

Office Computer – the office computer needs to be replaced; PCC agreed in principle to spend up to £700. It is important to get a computer that can support the additional requirements for online services etc – possibly a laptop rather than desktop.

Action – Kate, Jo and Anne to look at options for a new office computer.

Pastoral Care

Continuing with ‘normal duties’, an updated list was requested for people making phone calls to the vulnerable and elderly.  

Mission and Outreach

Nigel updated the meeting about the ‘Mission shaped living’ course and suggested it would be good for small groups to follow or to offer as a course like Alpha.

Action – Nigel to request the leader’s booklet/resources for consideration and Worship & Spirituality to consider when/how to offer the course in the new year (after Easter was suggested to avoid clashing with Lent groups).

Christmas Gift Bags – PCC agreed to providing Christmas bags with small gifts etc for 20-30 local families in need (identified through schools) as we won’t be able to do the Christmas shoe boxes as usual.

Christmas Meals – As messy church will not be able to run a Christmas Meal this year, Liam suggested delivering Christmas lunch to 20-30 local families in need (identified through schools). Meals to be prepared by Liam and the Massey family in the parish centre kitchen and distributed by volunteers (volunteers needed!). PCC agreed and authorised a spend of up to £200.


The Guides have requested a socially distanced face-to-face meeting in the churchyard on 10th December in order to celebrate awards and say goodbye to Guides leaving this year, and provided a risk assessment meeting Girl Guiding guidance. PCC agreed in principle providing that the Government guidelines at the time allow the gathering and an updated risk assessment is sent to the Church Wardens for agreement once the restrictions after 2nd Dec are known.

Kate has been contacted by a company that offers free ‘energy audits’ to examine the energy use in the church. This is something we need to consider in the medium term, and the Church of England has committed to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

Action – Kate to pass details to the Buildings & Finance Committee for consideration.

Any Other Business

Christmas Cards – David suggested a ‘postal service’ for Christmas cards so that cards could be delivered from/to members of the congregation. Cards to be delivered to the Vicarage or church, or David could collect, then sorted and delivered by volunteers (volunteers needed). PCC agreed.

No progress has been made on recruitment of a cleaner.

Date of Next Meetings:

7.30pm on 9th December 2020 – only to be held if necessary

7.30pm on 13th January 2021

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PCC Minutes – Sep 2020

Minutes of the PCC meeting held via Zoom on 9 September 2020

Present: Jo- chair, Paul, Sue, Ann, Les,  Lesley, Gary, Jane, Andrew, Andy G, Emma, Kim, Chris, David, Steve, Anne

1.            Everyone welcomed and Jo opened the meeting with a psalm and prayer

2.            Apologies from Kate and Mary

3.            Minutes of last meeting:

Previous minutes should have read shortfall of £15000 not £1500, otherwise approved.

4.            Standing items

Safeguarding:  Ann had nothing to report.  No new volunteers, no renewals, one DBS renewal due in September.

Jo advised that some amendments had been made to web site to remove individual contacts as a problem had arisen.  Those with contact details on website would be contacted to see if they were happy for details to remain.

5.            Worship and Spirituality

At a recent meeting, summer had been reviewed and now looking towards Autumn/Winter – Christmas.  Suggestions to date included Harvest in Churchyard; All Saints and All Souls –In view of lack of funeral services available during lockdown, this could be a large event this year –  possibility again of using churchyard with lanterns and candles lit similar to 100 year remembrance.  No Remembrance service in town this year, possibly use churchyard as local focal point, maybe with large cross decorated with poppies or similar;  Christingle in a bag;  Advent around the streets with volunteers placing something in window/forecourt to tell Christmas story; Crib service again may be possible to organise something in churchyard; Giant carol service via Zoom; Muddy Church again utilising churchyard, possibly with planting of bulbs in Spring; Christmas Bazaar again possibly using churchyard as open air market.  A further meeting was to be held to try and confirm some arrangements, but plans would always be subject to Government edicts at the time.

6.            Buildings and Finance

Financial Update:  Although we could meet parish share from reserves this year, this was unlikely to be maintained and Gary was concerned as reserves would be reduced considerably with little possibility of fund being replenished.

PCC felt reserves should be used this year and situation reviewed later.

Church Cleaning:  Jane was stepping down from this role and a notice would be placed in newsletter seeking volunteers.  Thanks to Jane for all her hard work.  Little work involved at present with church closed except for Sunday service and occasional funeral, but if a cleaner is employed hours could be increased as required as building comes back into use.

Telephone cable:  This had been brought down by falling tree branch and temporary repair carried out.  BT require a corridor clear of tree branches from centre to vicarage to install new cable.  Sue had arranged this with council within the next 7 days (don’t hold your breath) and then BT could be contacted to make new installation.  Anne M was account holder for BT number and it was suggested that additional names should be added to assist in communication with BT.  Anne would attempt this and also make enquires about underground cable connection. 

Notice Board:  Both boards installed, keys in office.  Large board more complicated locking system via alum key. Thanks to all concerned for hard work involved in arranging new boards.

Clock:  Only millennium face working.  Les would contact Smiths to see how they were working during lock down and if a repair is possible in the foreseeable future.

Tree suckers:  A group cleared these from base of trees

7.            Pastoral Care

Phone list further revised, and this would continue on a fortnightly basis subject to review.

Cards still being sent out, and prayer requests acted upon.  Prayer list revised by Julia.

8.            Mission and Outreach

Start Course:  Kate looking to instigate this over the Autumn; already used in part to start Baptism preparation discussions

Corporate Prayer:  Jo would like this to be available, possible by appointment after the Wednesday service if this is restarted from Church. 

Compline:  Numbers watching on Sunday evening or later in week would be monitored and may be discontinued.  C of E Podcast could be used in lieu.  

9.                APCM

The Diocese had advised that this meeting should take place before the end of October 2020.  The PCC decided that this would be held on 18 October 2020 to be attended via Zoom or in church by appointment after the 10 am service.  Notice would be given in newsletter and at the end of service, requesting reports to be forwarded to church e mail by 4 October and any accounts requiring audit to Gary as soon as possible.  Statutory notices would be placed on church door and nomination forms available for downloading on line for PCC and Churchwarden elections.  Anne would liaise with Jo regarding reports and accounts already received, which could be scanned and added to APCM report.

10.          AOB

Growing in Faith Family Worker:  Kate hoping to shortlist soon.

Rainbows:  This group had enquired about reopening and payment of rent.  Anne explained that the uniformed organisations were billed school termly, and accounts sent out at half term, so rent was due both in arrears and advance.  She would check current payments as some may have paid after February half term prior to lockdown.  If so they would be a few weeks in credit, but as Rainbows had not paid there would be a half term plus a few weeks owing.  There was no chance of restarting groups at present, and Guide association has confirmed this.

Baptisms:  Only one enquiry outstanding at present, and logistics of cleaning after main service was discussed.  Only one family could be accommodated at one time and Lesley suggested plastic chairs be used for ease of cleaning.  Kate had produced information sheet on what to expect at Baptism service, and again various methods of preparation for Baptism had been suggested.

Inclusive Church:  Kate suggested this be postponed until Church life returns to more normality.

Traidcraft:    Andy  advised that catalogues were now available and asked if non-returnable catalogues could be placed in Church for ordering through himself.  This was approved.  Online catalogues available with orders via Andy and Julia to avoid postage costs.

11.          Date of next meeting:  14 October 2020 via Zoom

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PCC Minutes – July 2020

Minutes of the PCC meeting held via Zoom on 8 July 2020

Present: Kate – chair, Paul, Sue, Mary. Ann, Les, Jo, Lesley, Gary, Jane, Andrew, Andy G, Emma, Kim, Chris, David, Anne

1.            Everyone welcomed and Kate opened the meeting with a prayer

2.            Apologies from Steve (Happy Birthday!)

3.            Minutes of last meeting:

Notice board update should have read recommenced production not recommended, otherwise approved.

Summer Talks: Kate had arranged for several people to do these remotely.

4.            Standing items

Safeguarding:  Ann had received paperwork regarding trafficking but nothing further to report. 

Kate is still working on Lone Worker Policy to cover those working alone in the Church building and will circulate this when completed.

5.            Worship and Spirituality

Risk Assessment: Re-opening of Churches for Worship – Kate had circulated considerable paperwork via C of E from which it is clear that the re-opening will not mean church as we know it.  The PCC questioned Kate and Jo’s safety in conducting services, but they were reasonably confident that following guidelines sensibly, this could be done with limited numbers attending.  Live streamed Sunday Worship would continue as at present to allow those unable to attend to continue to worship, irrespective of numbers in Church.  Those wishing to come to Church would have to pre-book as numbers would be limited to 27 initially, with flexibility for those attending in family bubbles.  No hymns would be sung in Church and only one hymn to be live streamed during communion, so people at home would not have a long pause while communion is distributed in Church.  Kate would circulate “What to expect” information so all would be aware of restrictions.

A question was raised regarding use of Balcony to increase numbers, but after discussion it was felt logistically this was not viable at present due to use of hand rails, giving of communion wafers, etc. 

Foodbank had moved into the Parish Centre for the present time, so they could operate without access to the main building.  This would mean that extra cleaning would not be required as the 72 hour guidelines for infection control would not be breached.

Funerals:  If these take place, coffins would be carried into Church and placed in Chancel, the rails would be removed to facilitate this, so bearers need not be close to mourners.  Numbers attending would be restricted to 30 and again family bubbles could be accommodated.  Family would have to provide list of attendees and contact details for track and trace purposes.  Verger would check names on list and discretion used for those wishing to attend, not on list, should space be available.  Hand sanitizer must be used and face masks would be provided for those wishing to use them.  Kate had provisionally booked a funeral for 23 July, and PCC agreed this.

As everyone was happy with the risk assessment by show of hands, Kate wished to recommence with first 10 am service on 19 July, prior to her holiday.  Midweek service in Church would be reviewed depending on demand.  Again this would still give the 72 hour clearance.  If midweek services recommenced, the timing of funerals would have to be taken into account.  Welcomers, initially Churchwardens (although Andrew was away for a fortnight), would have a list of attendees from Paul, who had agreed to be booking clerk for a while, and persuade people to sit where others would not have to pass close by to access seating.

Welcomers and vergers would be required to wipe down door handles, toilets if used, light switches, etc. After service.

If infection was reported, building would be closed for 72 hours and cleaned.

It was suggested that as well as information being on our web site, this should also be included on “A Church near You” site, but Kate was having difficulty accessing this.

Kate, Jo and Churchwardens thanked for all the work, effort and time put into risk assessment.

6.            Buildings and Finance

Financial Update:  Obviously income had dropped, although giving by Standing Order continued.  Income was down by £1500 over the last six months.  The giving via envelopes was an unknown quantity, although some people had intimated their envelopes were still being filled ready for collection when possible.  Although we could use reserves to cover Parish share at present, Gary felt the situation should be reviewed around September.  Income from  occasional offices, Gala and Bazaar would be missed and Lesley suggested an on-line market place for those wishing to sell items to raise funds for Church.  Anne suggested those who would normally run stalls, might like to make donation in lieu.  A virtual Harvest and Christmas Bazaar may be possible.

Notice Board:  Thecheque for payment had been cashed but no time scale as yet for erection.  Not aware of any objections from neighbours.

7.            Pastoral Care

Phone list revised, despite few opting in, and this would continue on a fortnightly basis subject to review.

Cards still being sent out, and prayer requests acted upon.  Some requests received from outside congregation.

8.            Mission and Outreach:

Holiday Club: Crafts being sorted out for inclusion in Holiday Club box which would contain 5 crafts, booklet with story, activity sheet for the day, challenge (Mary making juggling balls from balloons and rice!), Kate, Jo and Lesley organising technology for presentation with David, Niamh arranging songs, all based on a Circus theme, to be delivered to those signing up.

Summer Holiday Food:  Access to Parish Centre kitchen not available, but Government had agreed to extend food voucher scheme during holidays.  Kate suggested contact with Nurture departments at local schools to see if “Treat Bags” were a viable option for those in need.  Later in the year a similar idea had been muted for Christmas Treats and congregation could be asked to provide a bag with suggested contents.

Social Committee:  Murder mystery very successful and Lesley had another one available to perhaps raise funds for Church.

6.                AOB

Andrew had received a request from a Charity, operating out of the old Cross Street Clinic, to use the church as a place of refuge for their vulnerable clients in the event of major incident, i.e. fire.  The PCC felt the church building would not be suitable when fully open as we could not guarantee a useable safe area during the week .  Andrew would reply to this effect suggesting other local churches who do not use their building during the week.

Kate’s reading weeks – Kate suggested 2/3 weeks in September when Jo would be available to cover.  PCC approved this suggestion.

Andrew Greystone’s  talk would be available on 23 July via Zoom. 

7.            Date of next meeting:  5 August 2020 via Zoom ?

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PCC Minutes – June 2020

Minutes of the PCC meeting held via Zoom on 10 June 2020

Present: Kate – chair, Paul, Sue, Mary. Ann, Les, Jo, Steve, Andrew, Andy G, Emma, Kim, Chris, David, Anne

Apologies from Lesley and Gary

Kate opened the meeting with a prayer

Minutes of last meeting:

Notice board approval from DAC, otherwise approved.

1.            Matters Arising:

Update on Christian Aid – Congregation collection £1638.60, marathons donations £775, with Gift Aid to be added.

Licence for live streaming, videos,  use of hymns etc.  Kate had checked out CCL licence, and had added a Calamus licence at a cost of £80 which provided coverage for all our usage.

Notice board- Andrew reported that Cheshire signs had recommended production, but were not in a position to erect  boards as yet.  Payment has been made so that when rules are relaxed, board would be erected.

Safeguarding:  Nothing to report

2.            Church Opening for Private Prayer

The PCC discussed whether this option would be feasible, taking into account Government and Church guidelines.  The logistics of opening would have to include pre-booking of spaces to restrict numbers, suitable times for opening, building being manned during opening, cleaning of all areas used, ie chairs, doors, light switches, toilets.  The PCC felt the onus would be on how comfortable Kate and Jo felt with this, and the majority felt it would not be possible to safely open for public prayer at the present time. Reconsideration could be given on advice from C of E.

Foodbank continued to operate from the Building and were following strict safety measures.  Kate suggested if the Church was to be opened, they might operate from Parish Centre.   Andy felt this was not viable, but their operations could be screened at the West end of the church.

Kate had received information that funerals could be allowed in Churches from Monday 15th June with restricted numbers.  Again the PCC felt this should be left to Kate and Jo to decide on how safely this could be done.   No vergers or organists would be allowed.  Kate felt it may be possible provided numbers were restricted as at Crematorium services, i..e. up to 10 close family.  Awaiting further information from the Diocese in this regard, and when this came through it would be emailed to PCC. 

3.            Review Quadrants

This would be ongoing, but positives were the live streaming and videos of services.  A number of people had viewed these and it was felt it y eventually encourage people into church, in a non-threatening way.  The phone calls to congregation had a positive feed back from those making and receiving calls and again this may be something to continue, particularly for those unable to ge to church.

We should try, as soon as practical and possible, to restart Job Club, Lunch Club, and encourage groups back into building.  The Guiding organisations would follow their own recommendations.

The lockdown had made up come up with different ways of delivering services, and Holiday Club volunteers had met on line6.           

4.            Sub Groups

Worship and Spirituality: minutes circulated.  This group had met via Zoom

Summer Lunch Club – David and Niamh were prepared to cook meals once a week, to be collected or delivered.  As they were in the same household this would not be a problem with distancing.  There was some doubt about the continuation of free school meal provision during the summer holidays.  D of E had not plans for free school meals at present, but this could change.

Kate reported that Jet of Saints project was instigating an ecumenical Covid project across the town concentrating on food provision and mental health.  It was hoped that food could be given out by delivery or collection but Risk Assessments were still to b undertaken.  Jo would e mail Chris Florence from Local Authority, to get update on the situation regarding feeding families during school holidays.

200 x200 minutes circulated – met via Zoom:  Positive gains and looking for ways to move forward.  Considering the completion of the Alpha course on line.

Holiday Club – .  Lesley had sourced a Club based on a Circus theme and it was hoped this could be delivered to interested children by way of a box containing crafts, games, stories etc., which could be used for those with or without access to Facebok/Zoom via a computer.  Boxes to be delivered or collected, dependant on situation at the time.  Holiday Club would be from Monday to Friday prior to the August Bank Holiday.

Buildings and Finance:  Notice board update given.  Andrew felt a social distanced churchyard cleanup could be considered.

Pastoral Care:  Lots happening behind the scenes.  Emergency payer circle very busy.  Julia was delivering cards.  Prayer group lists to be left as existing for time being.

Social Committee:  Lesley was looking into an on line Murder Mystery in aid of Macmillan Nurses.  However, as this would require 8 actors, could prove difficult.  She was still exploring this.

5.            Inclusive Church

Inclusive Church is a network of churches, groups and individuals uniting together around a shared vision:

“We believe in inclusive Church – a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate. We will continue to challenge the church where it continues to discriminate against people on grounds of disability, economic power, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, learning disability, mental health, neurodiversity or sexuality. We believe in a Church which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ; which is scripturallyfaithful; which seeks toproclaim the Gospel afresh for each generation; and which, in the power of the Holy Spirit, allows all people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Jesus Christ.”

Kate felt this  was something we should look at even if we eventually decided not to apply to be regarded as an “inclusive church”.  She suggested taking this forward by asking speakers to talk during the “Summer talks” slot in services.  Te PCC approved suggestion.

6.                AOB

Kate had come across Andrew Greystone, a speaker at Greenbelt, who she felt was worth pursing as he was humorous and insightful.   It was agreed she would approach him to do a virtual book launch with our Church and across the Deanery.  There would be no cost involved. 

Kate’s sabbatical –Kate would postpone this in view of present situation but asked the PCC to agree two or three weeks reading and recharge retreat which she would negotiate with Jo, who would lead in her absence.  The PCC agreed gratefully with this suggestion.

PAT testing – Anne wondered if this was due.  Andrew would check dates with Gary.

7.                Date of next meeting:  8 July 2020 via Zoom

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Vacancy for Growing Faith Families Worker

The Diocese of Coventry, in seeking to fulfil its Missional Purpose of “Worshipping God, Making New Disciples, and Transforming Communities”, is excited to be a trail blazing diocese pioneering the National Growing Faith project in the Deanery of Nuneaton.  As part of this project, St Paul’s Stockingford and Bedworth Parish Church are both seeking to recruit a part time Growing Faith Families worker.

See Vacancies for details


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PCC News – Jan 2020

The PCC met on Wednesday 15th January in the Parish Centre. 15 members were present, and Jo was chair. She, also, led opening prayers.

The minutes of the previous meeting were accepted. Paul reported that the Arbury Community Centre charity is to be wound up on 31st of January. Kate reported that the contactless giving terminal was now up and running.

Ann Pipe, our Parish Safeguarding Officer, gave her regular update. A number of people had been safely recruited, our training is going well, and we have completed much of our safeguarding action plan. Some groups need to complete risk assessments for the activities they undertake.

Some of the management groups had not met over the Christmas period. However, Gary was able to give an update on finance; and Chris and Susan gave verbal reports of recent meetings. Jo distributed a report from the 200×200 group, and the whole church family is asked to pray for the Alpha course.

We may have a ‘Growing Faith Families Worker’ at St. Paul’s as the Coventry Diocese is part of a pilot initiative. There will be more on this if it goes ahead.

Andrew explained the rational behind the ideas for new notice boards and the PCC approved the designs. The small group will meet again later in January to make the final decisions.

Kate asked for nominations for a new chalice rota and will talk to those involved. She also brought designs for new cruets, the PCC agreeing the final choice.

The need for a new organist to join the rota was discussed, as was the possibility of maybe having a worship band to help lead services.

Steve talked about the need for more leaders for SPOGS. There are currently 14 members, with Steve and Sarah leading. They urgently need support to share the work. Again, all are asked to include this in their prayers.

Kate will be having a three month sabbatical starting sometime over the summer, dates to be decided.

The next meeting is on 11/3/20.

The meeting ended with ‘the grace’.

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Bedworth Brass – December 13th

Bedworth Brass are playing an evening concert of music and laughter at St. Paul’s Church on Friday 13th December 2019 at 7.30pm. Entrance is just £5 per person, and is payable on the door. Refreshments are available and all are welcome.

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Christmas Services and Events

Christmas Services and Events for 2019 at St. Paul’s are as follows:-

  • Christmas Bazaar                                      Saturday November 23rd at 2pm
  • Alternative Christmas Tree Festival      Sunday December 8th at 2pm
  • Christingle                                                  Sunday December 8th at 5pm
  • Bedworth Brass Concert                          Friday December 13th at 7.30pm
  • Messy Church                                            Sunday December 15th at 4pm
  • Beer and Carols at the Miners Arms     Thursday December 19th at 7.30pm
  • Carol Service                                              Sunday December 22nd at 6pm
  • Quiet Christmas                                        Monday December 23rd at 7pm
  • Crib Service                                                Tuesday December 24th at 4pm
  • Midnight Mass                                          Tuesday December 24th at 11.30pm
  • Christmas Day Service                            Wednesday December 25th at 10am

Everyone at St. Paul’s would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


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Christmas Bazaar – 23rd November 2019

St. Paul’s Church welcomes all to the Annual Christmas Bazaar

On Saturday 23rd November at 2pm, St. Paul’s Church, Church Road, Stockingford is opening its doors for its annual Christmas Bazaar. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the bargains and the fun.

Father Christmas will be there, and children are invited to visit him in his Grotto, and tell him their Christmas wishes. Every child on the good list will receive a gift.

There will be many stalls, including toys, gifts, books, games and tombolas, all promising to provide some fantastic crafts, prizes and Christmas bargains.

Also on offer will be tea, cakes and mulled wine, 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 looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Bazaar, and invites you to join her for an afternoon of festive fun.

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PCC News – Nov 2019

The PCC met on 13th November; the main points from the meeting are as follows. (Please be aware that the minutes have not yet been approved by the PCC.)

Matters arising from previous meetings.

  1. Paul reported that the community café initiative was no longer viable as the Methodist Circuit is going to sell the building. Sue and John Cutts, and Paul were thanked for putting so much time and effort into this.
  2. There is a new electric piano.
  3. Summer lunches were served to 20 families and over 70 different people.


  1. Ann Pipe was confirmed as Parish Safeguarding Officer.
  2. The suggested policy on ‘Responding to an allegation or concern’ was adopted.
  3. There is a diocesan wide past cases review in which we have participated.
  4. Safeguarding action plan was updated.

Building and Finance.

  1. A revised letting and hirer’s policy was agreed, as were changes to letting charges.
  2. Gary reported on tax due from gift aid.
  3. Paul reported that there had been a small increase in giving following the information distributed earlier.

200 x 200.

  1. The table talk and Grove Farm Christmas events were highlighted.
  2. An Alpha course will run starting in January. Volunteers will be needed to help.

Social Committee.

  1. Thanks expressed to people who had signed up for stalls at the bazaar, for leaflet distribution and for the Alternative Christmas Tree Festival.

Contactless giving.

  1. We are going to have a contactless giving terminal available at certain services.
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