All Saints’ Annual Parochial Church Meeting
All Saints’ APCM was held after the 10.30am service on Sunday 2nd April. At the APCM the officers are elected for the coming year, the Annual Accounts are accepted and the reports from the previous year are presented.
The following people were elected:
Church Wardens: Katie Foot and Jim McGowan
Assistant Warden: Andrew Sargent
Deanery Synod Representatives – to serve from 2017 to 2020:
Peter Foot, John Seedell, Margaret Starr,
PCC Members – to serve 2017 to 2020:
John Coleman, Kate Crebbin, Joanne Raybone,
PCC members already serving are:
Until 2018: David Barber, Jon Chamberlain, Geoff Edgington
Until 2019: Kate Butcher, Julie Campbell, Elaine Cox,
John Hignett, Ibby Southerden, Peter Southerden
Invited to attend: Bruce Garfield (Buildings Consultations)
Our Licensed Lay Ministers also serve on PCC:
Graham Scott-Brown and Helen Wilson
The bi-monthly PCC meetings are chaired by the Vicar
Independent Examiner: Gill Garrard was appointed
A short meeting of the above members took place after the formal meeting and the following were appointed:
Honorary Treasurer: Dave Wilson
Secretary: Beryl Begg
In his summary of the Annual Accounts, the Treasurer, Dave Wilson, said we are recovering well from the building of the Barber Rooms in that the loans are now paid, the Parish Share of £63,248 was paid in full, we made donations to Missions and Charities which were over 10% of our income, and with improvements in the value of investments in the Stock Market we are now in a good financial position.
However, we should not be complacent as in the coming year we face an increase in the Parish Share, Quinquennial repairs to the Church, and the need for a new heating boiler before next winter. Dave asked everyone to carefully consider their giving, and maybe continue with pledges made to the Barber Rooms, which would enable us to deal with the maintenance of the Church and outreach to our town.
In his report to the meeting, the Vicar the Revd Steve Bellamy, thanked everyone for the warm welcome he and Wendy had received on their arrival. Thanks were also expressed to all those who help with the running and outreach at All Saints’, particularly Joy Blake, who is to retire after 40 years dedicated to the music at our Church.
Steve urged us to look forward to where God is leading us, and to identify His mission for us. This may mean changes that we will need to dig deep to fund, and work hard to fulfil, but by being committed, prayerful and open to the Holy Spirit we can achieve great things together, as we witness to the people around us.