PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL

The PCC met on Thursday 1st November. 14 members were present with Pam Pomeroy in the Chair. When looking at matters arising from last month’s meeting, it was reported that the matter of the tree roots and damage to the church wall is being referred to the Tree Officer at Burnley Borough Council. The Harvest gifts have been gratefully received by Burnley Food Kitchen. The church website is once again up and running and has been updated. A couple of volunteers are needed to ensure the operation of the site is maintained and remains current. In his Treasurer’s report Nick confirmed that available funds and planned giving for the month remain stable. The parish share is reducing as it is coming to the end of the year. Following a recent meeting of the Diocesan Synod, Nick confirmed that, across the diocese, the parish share will go up 2019 in by 4%. However, the increase for us is likely to be less than that. Discipleship and giving across the diocese are poor. The annual electrical inspection and new floodlights for the tower are ongoing. The annual gas inspection will take place in the new year The parish profile had been distributed to members prior to the meeting and a detailed discussion followed. Amendments suggested at the meeting will be incorporated into the document together with appropriate photographs before it is referred to the Area Dean and it was agreed that the Standing Committee be authorised to sign it off. The officers had met on 18th October and notes summarising the meeting had been circulated to members. It was noted that Bishop Philip will be presiding at the 8 o’clock service on 2nd and 23rd December as well as at the service on Christmas day. The service to the United Benefice on 16th December to be led by Bishop Julian will be in our church at Worsthorne. At the recent meeting of the Deanery Synod at St Leonard’s, there was a presentation from John Kirkby who founded Christians Against Poverty (CAP). CAP equips the local church to serve the poor with practical help and the good news about Jesus. They have a range of services which can help people become debt-free, find work, overcome addictions and learn how to live well on a low income. Julie reported that it had been a thought-provoking talk about how to help people in debt and about the debt centres and services that CAP can provide. Bishop Philip is very much behind the drive to set up a CAP Debt Centre in Burnley and Julie and Mitch have subsequently attended a meeting with a group of people to discuss that possibility. The follow-up meeting will be on 4th December at St Leonard’s. Jan suggested that it would be worth investigating links with Burnley Food Kitchen which has resources in terms of space etc and Bob brought to the attention of the Council, the work of the charity arm of Burnley Footclub Club which has spent vast amounts of money on Burnley in the community over the past few years. More information is requested on how the centre would operate and what are its long-terms plans before this is discussed with our congregation and any commitment made to support the initiative. In her report on Vision 2026, Amanda explained that the focus for 2019 will be ‘Making Disciples for Jesus Christ’, to enable us to grow as disciples, to become more aware of the transformative presence of Jesus in our lives, more attentive in worship, more disciplined in prayer and more excited about what God can do with us. The Advent Enquirers’ course will start exploring this. Other initiatives include Pathways to Prayer, Bishop Julian’s Bible Challenge, a new Spirituality Programme incorporating quiet days and retreats at Whalley Abbey and a new DVD course to help groups think about money and giving in the context of the generosity, gift and grace of God, all of which will be introduced in the new year. Amanda’s 3-year term of office as our Vision Champion comes to an end in May 2019 and all Vision Champions need to re-commissioned at next year’s annual visitation. Amanda was thanked for all the work she does as our Vision Champion. Bob reported on behalf of the Building and Graveyard team, highlighting in particular jobs being completed in the churchyard. The grass cutting team have completed their work for the year and thanks go to the 16 people on the rota. Leaf clearing is ongoing, grass seed planted recently has germinated and the footpaths around church have had an application of Algon to help prevent them becoming slippery. It was noted that currently there is a problem with dog-walkers exercising their dogs around the vicarage garden and accessing the adjoining field. Pam indicated that the gates at the top of the vicarage drive were being replaced and that they would be kept locked. The gate leading from the vicarage garden into the adjoining field will be inspected. George has also produced a polite notice to be displayed around the churchyard, about cleaning up after dogs. Arrangements for the concert for the late Tony Cummings, being held on 15th December were confirmed. The next meeting of the PCC will be on Thursday 6th December at 7.30 pm. On behalf of the PCC and all its members, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year. Linda Smith

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