APCM 2017

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,
David Wilson
PCC Members – to serve 2017 to 2020:
John Coleman, Kate Crebbin, Joanne Raybone,
Wendy Tynan

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.

Joy Blake’s Retirement

At the Civic Service on Sunday 23rd April, Joy Blake was presented with a crystal bowl by the Church Wardens to mark her retirement after 40 years as Organist and Choirmaster.

There was full congregation of Church members and many civic dignitaries to thank her for all she has so willingly offered to God and his people at All Saints’ over the years.

We all wish Joy all the best in her retirement

THE WAVE IS BACK FOR 2017!

The Wave Holiday Club, run by Churches Together in Faringdon, is back after the success of 2016. This year the Holiday Club children will be part of The King’s Club, based on Ephesians 6:10-20. We are going to have lots of fun with this brilliant theme. The week is fun, fast moving and exciting. Throughout the week the children will experience a range of activities including outdoor games, singing, drama, art & craft, music and cooking.

The Wave relies on all the wonderful people of Faringdon to run and we are looking for volunteers for numerous roles. This year we are looking for helpers to accompany the children to activities, budding crafty people to run a workshop, musicians for the Fire Bug band and much more! If you want to help but have children who are too young to come, don’t worry, we have a small crèche especially for helper’s pre-school children.

The week runs from Tuesday 25th July – Friday 28th July (9.15-11.45am) and Sat 29th July (Time TBC) at Faringdon Junior School and is open to all primary-aged children from any local school (Reception to Year 6 during current academic year 2016/17) and is free of charge.

Email: faringdonwave@gmail.com for any questions, queries or to offer your help. (DBS checks will be required for some roles.) Alternatively have a chat to one of the Planning Team: Simon Couzens, Adrian Wells, Lee Redyhoff, Peter Foot, Rita Rylance, Steve Bellamy, Becks Reade or Deb Pickford.

Retirement of Joy Blake

After 40 years’ of dedicated and much valued service at All Saints’ Joy Blake is retiring as our Organist and Choirmaster in April, when we will have the chance to thank her for all she has so willingly offered to God and His people here.

“Dethroning Mammon” by Justin Welby

Every day the media and advertisers parade before our eyes and ears ‘must have’ gadgets, expensive fashions and accessories, luxurious holidays, new models of cars, offers of loans and credit . . . Do you feel that modern life is a maelstrom of information and news related to money, finance, economics, giving the impression that this is the most important, perhaps the only, area of life worthy of our attention? Do you ever stop to ask yourself, “How does all this relate to my Christian faith?”

In this book, his first full-length one, the Archbishop of Canterbury looks at several incidents as Jesus travels to Jerusalem towards the crucifixion. He argues against a tendency to judge success and worth purely on the basis of what can be measured financially. He feels strongly this has distorted and corrupted society and has led to a fundamentally unchristian view that a healthy bank balance or even a strong economy is “the goal”, an end in itself, rather than to be used as a means to do good. The Archbishop believes that the more interconnected the world becomes, the greater the tendency for power to be held over individuals and nations by economics, by money, by flows of finance; these are forces which he defines collectively as “Mammon” a word, derived from Aramaic, and used in the New Testament to mean the power of wealth or riches.

The book is intended mainly for individual devotional use during Lent and is a challenge to Christians—and non-Christians—about their attitude to and use of wealth. But the Archbishop also makes comments applicable to the UK in the light of Brexit, when he says: “It is essential that the new United Kingdom outside Europe is not built to a design drawn by Mammon . . . materialism is not the answer to the challenges we face. Rather we need a deep sense of the priority of the human person, whoever they are and wherever they come from. We need to remind ourselves that Mammon always deceives his followers. A campaign fought on his agenda will lead to division and despair.”

He finishes the book with a challenge to each of us: “Who is on the throne of your life: Mammon or Christ? What might God be calling you to do next?”

Definitely worth reading—hurry to the Mustard Seed and buy your copy!

Review by Keith Thrower.

Dethroning Mammon; ISBN 978-1-4729-2977-8 (Pub: Bloomsbury Continuum)

Faith For All Seasons: Jeff Lucas

This new book by Jeff Lucas, published this year, is a commentary on the life of Elijah. One of the most important men of the Old Testament: some said that Jesus was Elijah returned from the dead, Elijah was there at the Transfiguration of Jesus, but he was no super hero, always triumphant. He had a period when he hid in a cave, fearful of death from his enemies and wishing he could die. But God was there, always calling him forward, saying, I am here with you, take courage, follow me.

This book is an encouragement to those of us who have periods when we feel disheartened or that God is far from us. The motto of the school in Uganda where I taught for a few years, was “Never give up”. That too was true of Elijah, who learned that, whatever he felt like, God never left him.

Joan Plumptre

Good News for the New Year

GOOD NEWS for a New Year
UK ratifies Paris Climate Agreement

In November, during the UN climate talks in Marrakech, the UK government ratified the Paris Agreement. Let’s celebrate!

A quick catch up

One year earlier in Paris, 197 countries met at the UN climate talks. They collectively agreed the Paris Climate Agreement, which was to limit the global average temperature increase to well below 2°C, although they hope to further limit that to 1.5°C.

So far 110 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement, including China and the US, two of the largest polluters. In November these nations once again gathered for another set of UN climate talks, this time held in Marrakech, Morocco. It was hoped that these talks would put action to the promises made in Paris last year.

This is an incredible achievement and presents us with a great opportunity to congratulate the UK – Theresa May and Nick Hurd, Minister of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – on their commitment to ratifying the Paris Agreement.

But what does this mean?

The Paris Agreement is a commitment to move faster towards a clean energy future so that the poorest communities can thrive. Our ratification is a great step in turning that promise into action.

While it is great to celebrate this achievement, the announcement also gives us a great opportunity to show we support our government in making this commitment to tackle climate change, and to stand in solidarity with those who are most vulnerable to the effects of a changing climate. We can do this by thinking about they way we live.

Is our lifestyle aligned with the commitment our government has made? How can we show love and respect to those living in poverty who are particularly vulnerable to climate change?

If you are looking for some ways to do this why not check out www.lifestyle.tearfund.org

From EARTH & FAITH (edited from Tearfund)

Book Reviews

Books reviewed this month The Way of Blessing and Life to The Max

The Way of Blessing by Roy Godwin

In The Way of Blessing you are invited into a spiritual pilgrimage to the windswept hills of Wales, and to the small praying community of Ffald y Brenin, where the deaf hear, the blind see, the lost are found and the broken receive healing.

Roy reveals how God longs to bless us and has given believers the authority to bless others, and teaches how to do it. He shares how this ministry began, stories of miraculous healings, and ways you can usher God’s manifest presence into your community.

Price: £9.99 available now from the Mustard Seed

Life to the Max by Jon Cox

This is a life story of the founders of the organisation Adventure Plus, based now in Clanfield, which aims to help young people to experience the fun, the challenge and the fulfilment in a life of following Jesus Christ.

It begins in 1986, when Jon was in his early 20s chatting to a friend, also in his 20s. His friend said “there’s got to be more to life than this”. Jon thought, how terrible to be bored with work and life in your early 20s and he thought of the many youngsters, also drifting through life with the same feeling. He felt that God was calling him to encourage people to ‘live the adventure of faith’.

From that day on he tested that calling, looking to positive guidance in his daily bible reading and his specific prayers for God to give him the ability he needed. His whole journey has been an adventure, experiencing amazing answers to prayer. It has taken him to the Sudan, Canada and different parts of the UK and now to Clanfield, where he runs adventure weeks for many young people, reaching a few thousands each year, and encouraging them to ‘grab life and live boldly’.

It is making a difference to these young people, because Jon and his helpers are learning to make room for God and to rely only on him in their busy lives.

As Adventure Plus is near to Faringdon you could easily see more of what they are doing in Clanfield. The book, which will inspire you and can be ordered from the Mustard Seed, costs only £7.

News from All Saints’ PCC

Your PCC met informally over coffee on 23rd August. This gave the opportunity to meet with our new Vicar, Steve Bellamy to look at the way forward, air our thoughts and reflections and to ask questions. They also had plenty of time to chat, but in a useful, structured way.

At their meeting on 7th September, the PCC began by constituting a Standing Committee which would normally meet 1-2 weeks before each PCC. This Committee will prepare Agendas and has the power in Church Law to consider and transact business on behalf of the PCC, within the guidelines of spending limits set by the PCC.

The celebration of Harvest and a Harvest Lunch was planned for 2nd October. Details of this will be in the church notices.

To help us get to know one another better there will be a special ‘Members Page’ on the church website. We will all be encouraged to have our name and photo on this page and for those who don’t feel able to put the photo up themselves, help will be provided to take and then load the photo. We will then be able to put names to the faces we meet in church. This page will be password protected, so it will be for church members only. The Friendship List, which so many of you find useful, and gives contact details of those who wish to be on it, will continue as usual.

Steve is setting up new Vision and Strategy Group which will think, discuss and pray about what God may be calling us to do and be as his church at All Saints’. This group will in due course bring some ideas for consideration by PCC and the church as a whole.

We also need a Baptism Preparation team to welcome and prepare families who bring their children for Baptism. A group for men is being formed which aims particularly to reach men of working age outside as well as within the church. (see the notice elsewhere about the talk and quiz with food on 7th October). In addition, a meeting to encourage men already linked with All Saints’ in their discipleship will run occasional Saturday morning breakfasts.

The newly appointed Bishop of Oxford, Steven Croft, will be welcomed in the Dorchester Area at 3.30pm on Sunday 9th October at Dorchester Abbey and all are invited to attend. In order to get to know us he will be visiting all the Deaneries between November and June 2017.

Half way through the meeting, time was given for study and prayer. This will be a feature of all future meetings. From the October meeting onwards, the booklet ‘Gospel Centred Church’ will be studied.

Janet Deane is setting up a group to look after the gardens around the Barber Rooms (see note below). The PCC is grateful to Janet for volunteering for this, to carry on the work which Jo Harbour began, and also to all those who are presently helping. If you could help in any way please contact Janet. You don’t need to be a good keen gardener, just willing to help, as most of the work is keeping the area under control in the summer months.

There is now a Pastoral Order in place regarding marriages at St Mary’s Little Coxwell and All Saints’ Faringdon. This means that couples with a connection to one of the churches, can get married in either church.

Looking forward, the services for the Christmas period are being discussed, and details of all the activities will be in the pew sheet and the magazine nearer the time.

Note
Garden Area around the Barber Rooms

I have taken on the responsibility, through the PCC, of organising a team to look after this area. The gardening should involve mainly the months of March and October, with tidying-up in between. We know that Jo (Harbour) had a vision for this garden and I am hoping we might get an idea of this through contacting her daughter.

Please let me know if you are interested. You too could become a ‘Barber Gardener’ and join the team!

Janet Deane (see Church Directory)

Faringdon Food Bank

Harvest Festival Donations 2016

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you as your congregation kindly donated food to us last year, to update you on where that food went and to let you know our needs should you be considering donating to us again this year.

The Faringdon Food Pantry is organised by Churches Together in Faringdon and relies primarily on donations from our church congregations in town, together with annual donations from some of our surrounding parishes including All Saints’.

We provide food to those in our community who find themselves in need, for whatever reason, be it job loss, benefit problems or ill health. Those receiving food are referred by local agencies and are from within our community.

In the last year we have delivered to Faringdon, Stanford-in-the-Vale and Southmoor, although we serve all the villages which fall along our stretch of the A420 and are within the (Anglican) Oxford Diocese Deanery of Vale of White Horse. We have delivered 2,493 items to 57 families, approximately 170 people.

We would greatly appreciate your support again this year including delivering the items to us in Faringdon, from where we unpack and sort for distribution. A specific time can be arranged to suit you on this.

All food should be tinned or dried with at least one year sell by/best by date clearly visible (no split packages). Buying items in twos helps makes meals for a family easier.

We now try to stock only specific items (see note below) which helps us manage our limited storage space, avoid wastage and generally makes running everything so much easier!

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact the pantry via e-mail at faringdonfoodbank@gmail.com or Faringdon Baptist Church on 01367 243 455

Thank you

Eleanor Warner
Faringdon Food Bank
c/o Faringdon Baptist Church
The Library, Gloucester Street
Faringdon SN7 7HZ

Note
The list of items required is fairly extensive. If you wish to donate to the Food Bank during the Harvest Festival service on Sunday 2nd October, please check first with the list of items on the notice board in the Barber Rooms and provide only those items requested (avoiding pasta if possible). If you wish, you can make a financial contribution instead.
Jeni Summerfield