Parochial Church Council
MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE PCC
Held Thursday 28th November 7:30 pm, Palairet Hall Norton St Philip
The meeting was chaired by Andrew Morrison Vice Chair
The chairman opened in prayer
Susie Filkins led the meeting in dwelling in the Word
- APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
|Rev Caroline Walker||Barbara Day||Michael Harrison|
|Christopher Todd||David Lockley||Geoff Banwell|
|John Flindall||Andrew Morrison||Mary Morrison|
|Andy Filkins||Anne Harkness||Tony Day|
|Susie Filkins||Sally Pickett||Ros Lockley|
|Michael Walker||Helen Curwen 1|
- Helen Curwen attended in place of Rachel Feilden
- Peter Simper is no longer a member now the transfer to St Mary’s Hemington to the CCT has taken place.
- PMC (Partners in Missional Church)
See Appendix A for Christ Todd’s summary of this item
- House for Duty Rural Pioneer Post
CW reported that a repeat advert was being placed on Dec 13. If this role is not filled, it may be an option to house Jo Robinson in the Rectory in Rode but it is important to understand she is in a trainee role.
- Training Parish – CW reported on progress regarding Jo Robinson coming as a curate. She will be ordained at Wells Cathedral 10:30 am June 28 [Yes a Sunday.]
Michael Walker lead the meeting in prayer for these three issues.
- Rector’s Report CW had submitted a written report. She drew particular attention to the list of lay people involved in ministry in one form or another.
- Children & families worker report. Sue Rodford submitted a written report. The PCC noted Sue is very busy with a high level of activity and expressed their appreciation for all she does.
Barbara Day lead the meeting in prayer for these three issues.
- LEGAL COMPLIANCE: Complying with charity and church law
- The minutes of the PCC meeting held September 16th 2019 were approved
Proposed David Lockley
Seconded John Flindall
- Matters arising not covered by main agenda.
Hardington Vale Safeguarding Report. Mary Morrison presented a written report and answered question raised by PCC. The PCC agreed Mary could offer St Lawrence Rode and/or Norton St Philip as a venue for future training.
- FINANCE: GB to present short written report.
There may be a small surplus in 2019.
He reported on the results of the stewardship letter and expected there may still be some responses to come. He noted increases of £2925 but this may be offset to some extend by leavers.
GB agreed we have had a sufficient response (£7812) to allow us to proceed with funding Sue Rodford for another year.
It was proposed by John Flindall and seconded by Chris Todd that the PCC agreed to offer Sue an extension of twelve months. Passed unanimously.
Andrew Filkins raised the question of our financial policy – should we always run a surplus? should we just maintain a small positive balance? What is an ideal situation?
Others ask what of our responsibilities to the charity commission? Chris Todd offered to draft a policy document for the PCC’s consideration on Vision and Strategy going forward.
Several members led the PCC in prayer on these matters.
- BUILDINGS AND CHURCHYARDS:
The standing committee reported they had considered the following matters.
- a) Arrangement for transfer of ST Mary’s to CCT
.b) Tellisford – Approval was requested for permission to proceed with repairs to the outside wall. The work has approval under list B and local funding is in place. Three quotes have been received
Proposed Helen Curwen
Seconded John Flindall
- c) Laverton – The result of the quinquennial has now been received. There are two urgent items
- i) worm in the paneling. Estimate of £750 but could be lower if local person employed.
- ii) Repairs are needed to tombs & monuments. Estimates are being obtained
- WIDER CHURCH: – Deanery/Diocese/National Reverend Elizabeth Dudley has been appointed to Christchurch Frome and St Mary’s and will be installed in her post on February 3rd 2020.
HEALTH & SAFETY:
- a) Fire drills
- b) Fire training is proving difficult to arrange, It is not a requirement of the insurance and several people in the churches have received workplace training.
- c) Three safety files have now been signed by the Rector. Rode Tellisford and Laverton
Farleigh Hungerford & Norton St Philip are still outstanding.
- MATTERS FROM MINUTES OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE:
These matters are covered under Item 7 above
A J Day
Secretary to the PCC
Dates of Next meetings
PCC Monday 2nd March 2020 7:30 pm
Memorial Hall RODE
APCM Monday 30th March 2020 7:30 pm
Norton St Philip Church
Summary of PMC report
Having researched and listened in the first year, we are now entering the second year of the PMC journey, which is the Experimentation phase. This is a 9 to 12 month period, during which we work as a team to learn from missional experiments. At the PCC Away Day, it was discerned that our first missional challenge to investigate would be as follows:
“We feel God is showing us that we share both the value of hospitality and the need for support with the pubs and cafes of our communities. How can we cooperate to create opportunities for people to be together?”
The key points of this missional challenge are:
Shared values – hospitality is the the theme
Shared need – equal partners in a relationship
The objective is to create a space for people to be together, thinking especially if those who are isolated, and about building relationships.
This is an experiment, so we recognise that the destination is not clear, and also that we are leaving the safe and familiar. The next step is to approach people to form a 3 or 4 person Missional Investigation Team. Names were suggested at the PCC Away Day, and would be notified to the PCC once confirmed.