Summary of PCC meeting held on 15th July
We had a really good meeting with lots of different views aired, heard and discussed, and decisions made.
We started with Ephesians 2:21-22 which speaks of the whole church being built together in Christ, building on a key theme emerging from last Saturday’s prayer meeting from Isaiah 43 – I am doing a new thing.
Interregnum - We formally kicked off the process of recruiting our new incumbent by appointing Lyn Spall and Richard Bolt to be our parish reps. They will lead on creating the “Parish Profile” which is effectively an extended advertisement for our new vicar. A number of other people had expressed an interest in being involved, or were recommended to be involved, so we cover all parts of our church family as well as those we come into contact with through the Hub, Little gems and other activities. Lyn and Richard will ensure the team is widened to include these views. We have already had lots of great input from you, so please keep it coming. We will be running a session in church after one of the Sunday services in August to enable us to talk over some of the themes emerging, and take more input from people there. The next formal step following the work to create the profile will be the section 11 meeting (scheduled for September 16th ) when the draft profile is formally approved by the PCC.
Children and Families - We talked about some changes we need to make to the provision for children because the current approach would not be sustainable after the summer. Clare presented the work she has done with families, which identified Sunday afternoons at 4pm as the best time to meet for a child-focussed meeting, where everyone would still be still welcome. We agreed to try this out on a temporary basis as we have lost many of our young families over recent years. We cannot make the change permanent, as that will be a decision for the new vicar, but the trial will give us more information as to whether this serves our children and families more effectively.
Sunday evenings - We also confirmed that we would re-start a Sunday evening meeting “Presence” to meet and seek God together in worship from September. This will replace what used to be café church, but will be a lower-key event so we can resource it from the volunteers we have.
Sunday mornings - We are very aware of the Sunday morning service is quite liturgy centric and wanted to re-introduce something less formal and more free flowing, a request which has come from both old and younger members. We agreed to trial a more informal service on the first Sunday of each month from Autumn. There is a communion service at Bredfield that day, giving us more freedom to do something a little different. The first Sunday has traditionally been an all-age service, but we want to broaden the scope to remove the need for the all-age team to deliver this.
Reconnecting - We discussed various ways to encourage people to re-connect following lockdown, and will encourage people to bring a picnic lunch to church over the Summer months. This will give us an opportunity to chat for a little longer to people we’ve not seen for a while, and maybe move to the grounds or the park if the weather is good.
Sizewell – we have enough people booked in to give us confidence to run the Sizewell church holiday next year and agreed that this would now go ahead. There are still places, so please don’t leave it too long if you are still thinking about booking.
Church Hall – we reconfirmed the decision made previously that the Hall should be the primary Youth venue, giving them priority over other users. We clarified that it could be used for other community purposes, but not commercial hire. This will enable the Hub to use it over the winter months and other charitable events to be run there.
We talked about our finances and progress on: our Safeguarding policy and plan; appointing a church architect; re-letting Bury Hill; supporting local Asylum seekers and our approach to opening up post-lockdown, we’re waiting for guidance from the diocese and while hoping to be able to resume singing we will be continuing to make sure people feel safe, so please continue as you have been with masks and distancing.
We closed with Matthew 11:28-30 reminding us that our yoke is easy when we rely on him, followed by prayer.
Alan Nunn, Vice chairman.