Minutes of the PCC Meetings held via Zoom on Monday 21st June 2021
|1||The meeting opened with Psalm 135 and prayer at 19.00|
|Online: Dawn Airey (Chair), Jane Bell (JB1), Jackie Bello (JB2), Jeremy Bullock (JB3), Helen Cracknell, Fiona Clarke (Secretary), Marion Darker, Heidi Ellson, Elizabeth Holbrook, Sally Quincey and Rob Seaman
|3||Responsibilities of PCC|
|DA said the following to advise the new PCC members, and remind those still holding the post, of the responsibilities of being a PCC member (Trustee):
'So at the start of a new PCC it’s important to just go over some basic things:
-Firstly, there will be times when we need to maintain confidentiality. The minutes of our meetings go on the website so much of the information is public, but there are times when we need to treat information sensitively, like the discussions around All Saints, only so that we don’t cause confusion and hurt, not because we want to be secretive but we want to be wise.
-Secondly, it’s helpful to talk about our role, not as trustees, but our role in a spiritual sense. We might not be comfortable with seeing ourselves as leaders, I know for some of us that’s a bit scary, but the reality is that this group has been invested with the responsibility for making decisions about church life. Thank goodness it doesn’t rely on any one of us but on all of us together. It’s a huge privilege and I am very confident that the Spirit will give us what we need at each and every stage and decision. But there are some other responsibilities that come with this that‘s worth bearing in mind, these things shouldn’t weigh heavily on us, they are part of being a Christian whatever our role, but they become a little more highlighted when you’re on the PCC, people look to us to be an example, to model something of Jesus in how we talk about things, how we talk to one another, how we resolve difficulties, our presence within the church community (the most public of those being at Sunday services, sharing in communion, etc), how we live our lives and our own prayer lives and relationship with Jesus. Of course none of us have it altogether, we’re all a work in progress and we all have times when we struggle (let’s be honest when we’re in those times and ask for help). We have been given a wonderful calling but we must take it seriously too, me primarily as the Vicar, then the PCC and MLT and the wider leadership within the church, we have the privilege of living out this life with Jesus and will be setting an example for how we specifically live out his new vision that is now nearly formed. As I said, this isn’t a heavy thing, this is Jesus’s yoke, but it’s worth acknowledging that as the PCC we are at the forefront of this. And of course this includes how we manage ourselves in our PCC meetings too.'
|All PCC members had read the Safeguarding Policy before the meeting. There were no questions.
JB3 proposed that we adopt the new policy, this was seconded by SQ and all were in agreement and signed the back sheet of the policy.
|5||Appointing a new Independent Examiner.|
|HC is still awaiting contact from Data Developments. It is difficult trying to find an accountant willing to be an independent Examiner recognised by the Church of England. The software we use are, however, willing to provide the service but for a fee of £250.
Therefore, it has not been possible to appoint a new Independent Examiner to date.
|6||Groups and Insurance|
|All groups have to be approved by the PCC for Insurance purposes.
Ignite, which is for primary aged children, is restarting in person on 24th June from 6pm to 7pm at the Leisure Centre. In September they are likely to return to Redwell School. Only those who used to be part of Ignite but haven’t managed to follow on Zoom will be invited
Approval of Ignite was proposed by EH. Seconded by FC and carried unanimously.
|7||Date of next meetings
· Saturday 10/07/2021 half day Vision Strategy meeting
· Monday 13/09/2021 19.30 PCC meeting
|8||At 19.30 the PCC were joined by the Ministry Leadership Team (MLT) for a Vision Process meeting and visit to All Saints Church Great Harrowden|