Parochial Church Council – Registered Charity no: 1129251
The PCC meets regularly and is responsible for the running of the church. It decides with the minister the forms and times of worship and promotes the whole mission of the church in the community. The PCC is responsible for paying the parish share and parochial expenses, overseeing the budget, and maintaining and insuring the fabric and furnishings of the church. At the Annual Vestry meeting held each April Churchwardens are elected by the members of the community. The Annual PCC meeting follows with the election of members to the PCC by the members of the Electoral Role. The PCC members then elect our PCC officers.
PCC – 26 July 2017
This is just another short note to keep everyone up to date with what happened at our latest PCC meeting.
We heard of the successful recruitment of our new organist, Jonathan Dodds, who will be taking up his post at the beginning of September. We also reviewed and agreed the re-adoption of our Parish Safeguarding Policy for the Protection of Children and Young People. This is an important document which is available for inspection and referral at all times on the notice board at the back of the church. Please do go and take a look. It’s also important that we are all aware that the ‘Named Person’ appointed by the PCC for its implementation is Paul Nielsen. We thank Paul for taking this role on for us.
Our work to develop a Mission Action Plan for the church will be starting in earnest in August with the PCC meeting regularly over the next few months – in addition to its normal meeting times – to focus specifically on this subject. The development of this plan will not be done in secret though – we agreed at PCC to make sure there was a constant flow of information about how the plan is developing and we commit to providing you with this as we move forward. If you have any thoughts or comments about this please do come and see me or Roger.
Last, we are now seriously considering the issue of storage in the church and also continuing to look hard at the ongoing work on the church tower and repairs to the north aisle roof. More on this hopefully in the near future. We hope that you pray for us as a PCC, and if you haven’t thought of doing so before, please can we ask you to do so, particularly that we will understand, and have the courage and vision to implement, God’s will for us as a church as we move forward. Thank you.
On behalf of the PCC: Keith & Roger
Burnham and Walsingham Deanery Synod.
Every 3 years 3 lay representatives from our PCC are elected to the Deanery Synod. The minister is a member of Synod’s house of clergy. Our deanery comprises 38 parishes in 10 benefices covering Fakenham, Walsingham, the Burnhams, Wells and the rural surroundings. Deanery Synod is convened 3 times a year by the Rural Dean and lay-chairperson. Deanery Synod receives referrals and reports from Diocesan and General Synods and is able to refer matters to the Diocesan Synod effectively forming the link for communication and decision-making between the parish and the management of the wider church at local, regional and national level. On major issues Deanery Synod may be asked to seek parochial opinion and to vote on a matter. Every 5 years Deanery Synod members elect our representatives for the Diocese to General Synod. A member of General Synod attends Deanery Synod meetings. Under the new TRIO financial arrangements (2014, The Responsibility is Ours) Parish Share is no longer allocated by the Deanery Synod and its Assessor, but assistance is available to benefices facing difficulty apportioning and raising their benefice share allocation both from the Deanery and from the mission support team at Diocesan House.
Norwich Diocesan Synod.
Every 3 years Deanery Synods elect clergy and lay representatives to the Diocesan Synod. Diocesan Synod acts as a regional ‘parliament’ under the leadership of the Bishop of Norwich. Day-to-day operations are managed by the Bishop’s staff (suffragan bishops, archdeacons, cathedral dean and diocesan secretary) along with the Bishop’s Council and the many committees, boards and staff of the diocese who may report to and may consult with Synod. Synod is responsible for the overall provision for the diocese, its finance, and matters referred to it by General and Deanery Synods.
The General Synod is the parliament of the Church of England. Read more about the General Synod on The Church of England website.