January PCC Update.
The PCC met in the parish hall on Monday 16th. A cold evening but plenty of warm-hearted discussion!
Luke 9: 1-6. "Jesus called his followers together... gave them power and authority... and sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God." A good reminder at the beginning of our meeting about our mission for mission!
We had the pleasure of Paul Thaxter dropping in to explain the proposal for adopting the Myanmar diocese as one of our new mission partners. We heard some background and watched a moving and thought provoking interview with the Bishop of the diocese in question- this led us to unanimously approve the start of what will hopefully be an ongoing and fruitful relationship. The PCC was keen that the congregation will get the chance to learn about why we are supporting this diocese- watch this space.
Our other main subject, an ongoing issue, was centred around how we form a shared leadership structure that allows the church to work productively for our parish and eases the burden on Dan. This is an issue that will continue to be discussed and prayed about in the coming weeks.
We also discussed issues such as the success or otherwise of ChurchSuite - generally a success but with the view to encourage more to use it, the appointment of a new handyman and ongoing work around safeguarding.
The Myanmar link is part of the historic link between the Diocese of Winchester with the Anglican Province of Myanmar. They have 8 dioceses in Myanmar and St James by the Park will link both with both the Province and with individual dioceses in collaboration with other churches in the Southampton Deanery and Odiham Deanery and the bishops in Diocese of .Winchester.
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