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March meeting of PCC

Date: March 26, 2018

The PCC met on Wednesday 21st March. For a Word version of this report click on the Summary of PCC Meeting 21 March 2018

This information is repeated here:

KEY MATTERS ARISING AT THE MEETING OF THE PCC

ON WEDNESDAY, 21ST MARCH 2018

 

  1. The Big Cupboard: Over the Easter holidays we will be constructing a large cupboard along the north wall of the Parish Hall in order to provide storage, primarily for the nursery materials and equipment in the hall and the adjoining church hall, which otherwise have had no proper place for storage.  By tidying these things away we hope to make the space safer and more acceptable for other users and increase bookings.

 

  1. Health & Safety: We have now completed the annual testing of our portable electrical equipment. Our Health & Safety Policy and Fire Risk Assessment have been finalised and the meeting also approved an updated Fire and Emergency Evacuation Plan, which will be rolled out shortly.

 

  1. Safeguarding: We were updated on a recent meeting, which provided practical advice to churches on resilience and responding to major incidents, such as the Grenfell Tower or other times when the church might need to be opened for shelter etc.

 

  1. Finance: Those who give by standing order will shortly be asked to move these arrangements to our new account with CAF Bank and to renew their gift aid covenants.

 

  1. Stewardship: The recent Bridge Afternoon, Quiz Night and the Big Walk have been successful events in themselves and had also raised significant sums for church funds.  Thanks to everyone involved in these events and to those who contributed financially.

 

  1. The future of our buildings: Revd Philippa gave a presentation on the work she has been doing to get to know the needs of the local community and the potential uses of our church spaces in that community.   This is essential as our mission as Christians, but also vital to creating a credible story for funding applications for redevelopment work.  This important work will likely take into 2019, extending the redevelopment timetable into 2020/2021.   In the interim, we will be looking at the priorities for what building work needs to be done in advance of the wider redevelopment work.

 

  1. Deanery Synod: The Tooting Deanery Synod has been looking at how to get churches to share different strengths, to have collaborative conversations and to work together more.  The next meeting is on 15th May and will be a meeting open to all – further details to follow.  This year there are also elections for the Diocesan Synod – if you would be interested in standing for election, please speak to one of our deanery Synod Representatives – Joan Taylor, Jill Jeffery, Jane Cooper or Nicola Pattinson.

 

  1. PCC Annual Report and Accounts for 2017: The meeting reviewed a draft of our annual report and heard from the Treasurer the key financial outturn for last year.  A final version of the document will shortly be available for members of the congregation to review in advance of our APCM on 29th April.

 

If any member of the congregation would like to discuss any of the above matters, they should feel free to speak to Revd Philippa, Revd Sarah or either of the churchwardens – Alison Longworth or Elizabeth Rackow.