There have been a number of leadership changes over the last few months, with more announced here:
Dave Arbery, Church Council member, writes about October's meeting:
The meeting started with a reflection on Matthew 7.24-27 (The wise and foolish builders). During stormy times- personally, nationally and globally- we must build our foundations on Jesus. Seeking the kingdom of God in all decision making will allow us to do this no matter what the storm throws our way (as Dan said on Sunday, God will only give us what he knows we can handle). Prayer and reflection on the song ‘Firm Foundation’ (Cody Carnes) led us into our meeting.
The first topic was around the external missions group on their proposals for who we will be supporting and by how much in the coming years. The PCC had a healthy debate around the unanimous desire to support these charities generously, considering the valuable work they do, and the necessity to be prudent with our limited finances, especially in the current climate. Further decisions are required in the coming months and the final details will be presented to the wider church.
Next was safeguarding. We heard a summary of the Church of England’s ‘Past Cases Review’- a sobering listen. Rosie fed some information about the team’s latest meeting to us, rest assured that the PCC takes its responsibilities very seriously, led by the outstanding safeguarding team.
The final main topic was around Pastoral Ministry. There is a lot of need in our parish for this kind of ministry and we had a broad discussion about what, who and how we may be able to meet this requirement.
We also discussed: