PARISH CHURCH COUNCIL - ANNUAL REPORT 2015

St.Agatha & St.Oswin’s Church, Gilling West – Annual Report For 2015   

Members of the PCC

Incumbent

The Revd A. Kirby (appointed September 2015)

Wardens

Mr. M. Metcalfe - Chairman

Mrs. S. Hillary  - Vice Chairman

Elected Members

Mr. R. Bradley – Treasurer

Mrs. S. Coyle

Mr. M.Gauntlett

Mrs. P.Herring

Mrs. P. O’Neill

Mr.R.Watts – Secretary

Mrs. P.White

Mrs. B.Willis

Representatives on the Deanery Synod:

Mrs S.Young

Mr. J.Young

The Parish wished to record their grateful thanks to the Rev’d J.Richards and Mrs Richards who retired at the end of May 2015 for their ministry and hard work in the Parish.

The Parish were delighted to welcome the Rev’d Antony Kirby and his wife Debs to the Parish in September 2015. 

Church Attendance:

There are 54 parishioners on the Electoral Roll, 9 of who are not resident in the parish.

The average attendance on an ordinary Sunday during 2015 was 25 over 16’s and 2 under 16.

Average attendance at Family services was 28 adults and 3 under 16s.

There was an average attendance of 4 at the Holy Communion Services on Wednesdays and the average attendance at the weekly Thursday evening Compline Service was 7.

Attendances at Major festivals were as follows:

Easter Sunday service attendance was 58 communicants and 22 non-communicants. The attendance figure has increased over 2014.

The Harvest Festival service had 60 attending and the Carol service 135.

The Christmas morning Eucharist service was attended by 66 communicants and 31 non-communicants, an increase over the previous year.

During the year there were 13 weddings, 3 baptisms and 6 funeral services.

Thanks were minuted for the continuing support of Canon Christopher White and the Reverend Alan Gledhill for their continuing support in leading worship.

Thanks also recorded to Mrs Sue Young the Reader for her valuable work within the parish including leading services and also to Mr. R.Bradley and Mr & Mrs. D.Newton. 

Review of the year:

The PCC met 7 times during the year, with an average attendance of 82%, an increase on the previous year.

Flowers:

The beauty of the church is regularly enhanced by the flower arrangements. Our thanks are due to those who create such beautiful displays and also to those who ensure the church is cleaned and cared for.

The warmth of the welcome offered at services in the parish, both regular and occasional is often commented on and it owes a great deal to the support given to the worship by  the organists, churchwardens and sidesmen.

Comments in the Visitors Book in St. Agatha & St Oswin’s continue to express delight and gratitude that the church is open during the day for visitors. The mission of the church is not only expressed in public worship, but also through the building itself as a sacramental presence in the heart of the community which it serves.

Churchyard

The care given to the maintenance of the churchyard continues to be appreciated, although it is a considerable financial undertaking by the PCC to ensure the grass is cut as frequently as required. Donations to this work are very welcome and always reserved for the work on the churchyard.                                                    

Magazine

The magazine continues to be an important part of the outreach of the wider parish. During 2015 the magazine continued to be distributed free to every house in the parish. It is good to record that it was possible to do this at no cost to the PCC since donations more than met the cost of production. The editor would be pleased to receive material from the whole community, not just from church sources. Thanks to Myles Camm (mylescamm@gmail.com) for editing the magazine and to all those who contribute to it, are involved in printing it and to those who distribute it.

Planned Giving and the Share:

The 2015 share has been paid in full and the PCC are determined to ensure, as far as possible, that the share is paid in full each year.

It is important for people to understand that the share paid to the diocese is largely used to pay the cost of providing clergy in parishes, by paying for stipends, pension and NI contributions, housing costs and clergy training. Tax rebates on giving increased our income by £4666.00.

Finance/Financial Results:

The accounts show an overall surplus of £7489.00 at the year end.

The PCC are very pleased to report that in 2015 the full amount of the share of £11,269 has been paid over to the diocese.

Fund-Raising:

The 100 Club remains one of our principle sources of fund raising, other than direct giving and we grateful to those who organize it. During the year we had 6 events all of which were well attended and enjoyed. These contributed a vital £3083 to the church finances. Various similar events are planned for 2016 and it is hoped they will be well attended. 

Music at Services:

Music is a vital part of our worship and greatly enriches our services. The PCC is very grateful to Myles Camm and Michael Moran and others who provide music at our services each week and at other times.

The Future:

The Doomsday book records the existence of a Parish Church in Gilling since 1086. There is also evidence that Gilling was the centre of religion many years before that. The church has provided a space for private prayer, public worship, Marriages, Baptisms and Funerals. Many hundreds of these services have been held over the years with many thousands attending them.

The Diocese expressed the strong view in 2015 that the parishes of Gilling West, Kirby Hill, Barningham, Hutton Magna and Wycliffe should be joined together as one Benefice. The PCC agreed that this was the way forward, along with the provision of a benefice Vicarage to be located at Ravensworth, which is the centre of the new benefice area and located near the largest proportion of the population in the benefice area. The PCC formed the view that an enlarged single benefice area was the sensible way forward, particularly bearing in mind the national shortage of clergy and the finance available to deploy them. Opportunities will present themselves for further and greater lay involvement in the future. The Diocese has the work in hand to form a new Benefice – this is likely to occur in 2016.

Each generation has kept the church going through both lean and plentiful times and the PCC are determined that the church will be there for future generations, just as those who have gone before us have left it for us to safeguard for future generations. However, we need everyone’s help to ensure we can carry out this responsiblity.

The PCC commissioned a small team to examine the church’s mission in the Parish. This was a considerable task and it involved devising a suitable Parish questionnaire to establish what the needs of the Parish are, in the opinion of those who live in the Parish. As a result of the survey it was found that certain matters required further attention. The mission of the church is a top priority and there are a number of initiatives in hand.  A pastoral care Scheme has been launched. A review of services has been carried out and alterations have been made. A weekly Compline service has been introduced which has proved to be well attended. As far as the building is concerned plans will be developed with the Architect and the necessary consultations will be carried out. It is the PCC’s desire to make the church building fit for the future by improving the entrance and welcome area and examining the possibility of the provision of a kitchen area. All the work being undertaken will do much to answer the Diocesan call to increase church membership and attendance.

Anyone who would like to help maintain the church and churchyard or to contribute to worship using whatever gifts and talents God has given them would be most welcome. Please contact the churchwardens. It is a myth to think we do not need help from everyone as we work for the growth of Christ’s church in this place.

On behalf of the PCC

Malcolm Metcalfe - Chairman