Church Council member Geoff writes …
Reflecting the current church theme of Discipleship, the meeting started with a reading from John 15 and some time thinking about what it means to abide with Christ, i.e. to remain and be conscious of Jesus in different areas of life, and in particular how this may have been affected during different phases of the recent pandemic.
This was followed by feedback from the recent online PCC training evening, organised by CPAS, and attended by several of our PCC members. In general it was agreed that our PCC meetings work reasonably well, normally keeping fairly close to the scheduled timings for the different agenda items. However there is always room for improvement, and several refinements were suggested and discussed.
Safeguarding always needs to be an item on the Agenda. Rosie Brookes, our Safeguarding Officer, presented a brief scenario for us to consider to help us engage with the issues involved. Although there is quite an overhead in establishing and maintaining these processes, they help parents and others to have confidence in us, and also act as a protection for our staff and volunteer helpers.
There was some further discussion about the sale process of St John’s church. This is now proceeding quite rapidly, with those wishing to buy it needing to submit sealed bids by early December. We needed to think a little in advance about possible outcomes (e.g. bids from other church or faith groups, or use for redevelopment in some form) as shortly the PCC will need to decide how to respond to offers made.
The meeting concluded with a brief review of the meeting and a time of prayer.