Here are the minutes from the previous APCM in 2019 that were agreed at the latest APCM 2021.
Gleneagles Anglican Church, Wellingborough
Minutes of the Annual Parochial Church Meeting
held on Thursday 25 April 2019
Present: Rev Melvyn Pereira (Chairman); Carolyn Beck; Valerie Brown; Greg & Helen Cracknell; David Downey; Graham & Daphne Earl; Heidi Ellson; Ruth Gilbert; Chris Gledhill; Christine Green; Elizabeth Holbrook; Rev Ali Middleton; Michelle Norwood; Sue Suter and Liz Willis
|The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and the opportunity to celebrate what God is doing and going to do; to celebrate our unity and working together. He read from 1 Peter 2:4-6,9 ‘The Living Stone and a Chosen People’ and continued with prayer.|
|Meeting of Parishioners|
|1||Sue Suter was appointed as Clerk to the meeting.|
Election of Churchwardens
Chris Gledhill and Elizabeth Holbrook were elected as Churchwardens. The Chairman thanked them for all they’ve done over the past year.
|Annual Parochial Church Meeting|
|1||Sue Suter was appointed as Clerk to the meeting.|
|2||Apologies were received from Jeremy Bullock; Steph Gledhill; June Pereira; Maria Seaman; Colin Suter; Jacqui Virtue and Carl Willis.|
|3||The Minutes of the previous APCM held on19 April 2018 were agreed and signed by the Chairman. Proposed by Liz Willis and seconded by Greg Cracknell and carried unanimously. There were no matters arising.|
The Chairman reported that the electoral roll has been redone this year and the figure for April 2019 was 91, down a little from 119 last year. Details are given in the Annual Report. There is a small handful of people not yet signed up.
The Treasurer, Helen Cracknell,elen H presented the financial review of the year as detailed in the Annual Report. The Chairman thanked Helen for her hard work and expertise in keeping on top of the finances.
|(2)||Appointment of Independent Examiner – Chris Gledhill mentioned that Peter McCarthy is no longer practising and if we are given large funding we will need an auditor who is up to date. Elizabeth Holbrook proposed that the Finance Team be asked to find a new auditor and bring a proposal to the PCC, including the amount of gratuity. This was seconded by Valerie Brown and carried unanimously.|
Safeguarding Report and Audit 2018 Action Plan
This is a very important new issue. No role within the Church will now be undertaken without a completed DBS application. All those working with children and vulnerable adults each need a written job role. The Chairman thanked Valerie Brown (Parish Safeguarding Officer) and Elizabeth Holbrook (Churchwarden) for doing a great job in preparing the report and audit action plan. The action plan will have to be presented annually and there is much to be done to bring us up to speed. Valerie will need to ensure that under 18s helping at groups have a mentor appointed and this is to be added to the action plan. Letters will be sent to individuals working with children and vulnerable adults flagging up their DBS dates and training that must be done. We may be able to offer in house training but the two main Safeguarding modules can be done on line. Chris Green stated that they are easy to do and very beneficial.
Acceptance of the Safeguarding Action Plan was proposed by Chris Gledhill, seconded by Heidi Ellson and carried unanimously.
The Chairman reported that the new Rural Dean, Rev Eddie Smith, Rector of Cogenhoe & Great & Little Houghton with Brafield on the Green, is speaking to clergy to formulate how to move forward.
Churchwardens’ Report on Fabric
The report was presented by Chris Gledhill. A comment had been received from Paul McSharry that the PA system needs attention. Chris has suggestions from a contact at Christ the King but the Treasurer pointed out that this is not in the budget for this year. This item will be discussed at the May PCC meeting.
Rev Pereira reported that growth in us as individuals is happening and this was evident in the discussions at Freedom in Christ and in worship services with an increase in individuals asking for prayer. We want to give the Holy Spirit more room to move. Also, new things have been started by lay people, like the Hope into Action house; Street Church; Street Pastors and prayer days with increasing strength in service and in sacrificial giving. These are all signs of the living stones being alive. He thanked everyone for all they are doing. Rev Pereira also mentioned that he is taking on the leadership of the Wednesday evening home group from May supported by group members who are happy to lead sessions.
Deanery Synod – the clergy are automatically members plus Helen Cracknell and Carolyn Beck, so there is one vacancy that can be filled at any time if anyone is interested.
The Vicar thanked all the members of the PCC who served in 2018. Alex Benoy steps down after five years on the PCC. (It is possible to stand for election again after a gap of one year.) There is therefore one vacancy on the PCC.
The Vicar, Churchwardens and any Deanery Synod representatives automatically become members of the PCC. Therefore, the PCC members will be Rev Melvyn Pereira (Chairman); Rev Ali Middleton; Chris Gledhill; Elizabeth Holbrook; Carolyn Beck; Helen Cracknell and the following elected members: Jeremy Bullock; David Downey; Graham Earl; Heidi Ellson and Maria Seaman.
|11||The Vicar mentioned that the members of the Ministry Leadership Team are not elected but are appointed by him, after consulting the Churchwardens, to assist in ministry. Each member may have their own area, but not necessarily. Melvyn looks after Worship and Friendship; Ali Middleton – Children and Mission & Evangelism; Jackie Brooks-Cheesman – Prayer; Mark Middleton – Youth; Rob Seaman is a member without portfolio and Sue Suter – Pastoral Care.|
|12||There being no other business the meeting closed with prayer.|