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 – November 2017
PCC Update: We’ve had two PCC meetings since I last updated you, on 7 September and 16 October. These followed our normal format of looking at and discussing/revising our policies and procedures as necessary and hearing reports from our different teams, including Finance, Education & Worship, Fundraising, Social, Fabric and Communications.
The main discussion point however, in the September meeting, was trying to put together a wish list of work that we would like to be carried out in the church over coming months and years. This follows the recommendation of the Diocese over the availability of grants. We need to work out what we need, and prioritise it, before we can see what sources of income may be available to assist us. This is ongoing work and will key in strongly to our Mission Action Plan discussions. The works and their respective levels of priority need to reflect, and be reflected by, our Mission. Amongst the list of ideas generated were relighting and rewiring the church, refurbishment of the organ and the bells, consideration of the removal/replacement of some pews, storage, enhancement of the Lady Chapel, looking long and hard at accessibility, and redeveloping and modernising the entrance area to the church. This is not an exhaustive list, and is not yet prioritised, but we are prepared to think big as we believe this will be necessary if we are to lock in to what God wants us to do.
Our October meeting considered next year’s Christmas Tree Festival and it was unanimously agreed that the Festival should take place in 2018 as it continues to be a key part of our interaction with the community and an important date in the town’s calendar. And carrying on the theme of our interaction with our community, we discussed the possibility of having a rota people available for pastoral support to those who come in to the church on Thursday mornings. This links well with the Pastoral Assistants course that Joy Elkins is putting together now for early next year. If you have any questions or wish to know more about this, please do let me or Joy know. Separately, we also mandated a small team of people to look at the way the back of the church is currently set up and what improvements/changes can be made in the immediate term for it be far more welcoming, neater, and informative to visitors of what we are about. Proposals for this will come to our next PCC on 21 November.
Please do pray for PCC. We are here to try to understand the way forward for our church, but we do not have all the answers. We love to have your input and can promise that your views and opinions are brought forward in our meetings. We are also separately meeting, as you know, to specifically discuss our Mission Action Plan and our next MAP meeting will take place on 8 November (which is tomorrow as I write this!). I will update you on this soon.
There’s a lot going on, but it’s exciting as we go on this journey to see where God wants to take us. I read recently that our “mission needs to move from a ‘come to us’ mindset… to a church that is in the community engaging with what God is doing already”. God is in our church and in our community working already – our job is to prayerfully find out what He’s doing and how He wants us to work with Him. Keith
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.