Review of 2017: Part II

This week’s blog is the second of three presenting a potted review of 2017, which will be expanded further at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) on 29th April. To hear the full story and see all the photos, join us at the meeting which will follow the St Andrew’s service and our bring and share lunch.

This week, a round-up of the activities of the Churchwardens and PCC and some memorable moments of 2017

During 2017, the main topics of activity for the PCC were:

  • Invitation Week
  • Ministry arrangements during the vacancy
  • Recruiting a new vicar – writing the Parish Profile, advertising and interview process (Round 1)
  • Church website interim clean-up and move from Church Magazine to blog
  • Da Vinci Project – completion of the St. Giles restoration
  • Safeguarding policy
  • Risk assessment
  • Financial management
  • Engagement with village events

Memorable Moments

We had a change of Honorable Verger and Sacristan in January 2017 – Richard Beckingsale taking over from Ken Morris; and a change of (bearded) Churchwarden following the APCM – Simon McDowell taking over from Nigel Lowe.

Invitation Week brought challenges and opportunities for all involved. We welcomed a team of ordinands from Wycliffe College, Oxford, who supported us through a week of activities: special Sunday and Wednesday services, a Hard Questions Panel, Supper Club, the Great Village Bake-off, the Quiz with a Twist and a Four Words course.

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Of course we were all aflutter at Harry makes oath to Queen, obligation to CofE to serve community (2)Harry’s announcement last Palm Sunday that he would be leaving us to take up a new post in Headley, Box Hill and Walton on the Hill. We gave Harry, Tracy, Samuel, Emma, Oliver and Tim a great send-off in July and many people went to his licencing service in August with mixed emotions of sadness and anticipation at the changes it has meant for them and us.

We also waved goodbye to the builders from St Giles’ in time for a celebration service and (rainy) barbeque in September. The first couple of phases of restoration work, funded by a generous bequest from Edna Mayer, were completed after historic discoveries delayed the work by some months, stretching the project from completion in November 2016 to August 2017.

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At the end of the year, our St Andrew’s Lettings Manager, Harvey Whittam and Caretaker, Ken Millar stood down from their roles – we are very appreciative of their service over several years. For both of these roles, we have yet to find a replacement. We are grateful to Kate Holliday for holding the Lettings diary in the interim, for those who contribute to the opening and closing of the building or who help out when things don’t quite go to plan and for the ongoing patience of our regular hirers.

Next, a word from one of our Churchwardens, Paul Elderfield:

This morning I woke to a shock, the sun was shining! it feels as though the last few weeks have seen nothing but rain.  We were however blessed with a dry Easter Sunday that made the well-organized egg hunt at St Giles a success.

It feels very natural at this time of year to be looking forward, our APCM is approaching, I know a lot of hard work is being done behind the scenes preparing all of the required information to ensure all are fully informed as to the health of our Church, and of course where we are heading. It will feel strange this year as we are still technically in vacancy, although we heard the fantastic news that the Revd. Natasha Brady is to be appointed, more to follow later.

Another aspect of the APCM is the chance for fellowship, I always look forward to sharing a meal and generally getting to talk to so many people.

I look forward to seeing you all on the 29th April.

Everyone is welcome to attend the APCM but to vote on the appointment of PCC members (or stand yourself!), you need to be on the Electoral Roll of church members. If you are on the Electoral Roll, you should have received an invitation to the meeting with an RSVP slip. If you have not received your invitation, please contact the church office.

Did you know?

  • There are 107 parishioners on the Electoral Roll, 27 of whom are not resident in the parish.
  • In 2017, two names were added and three were removed.

Want to check if you are on the Electoral Roll or join? Check the list of names on display in the foyer at St Andrew’s and the porch at St Giles’ or contact the Church Office for a form.

Next week, in our final post leading up to the APCM, we’ll take a look at some of the community activities and groups of the church in 2017 and a few financial figures.