PARISH CHURCH COUNCIL - ANNUAL REPORT - 2014.
St. Agatha & St Oswin's Church, Gilling West-Annual Report For 2014
St Agatha & St Oswin's Parochial Church Council has the responsibility of co-operating with the
incumbent, the Rev'd John Richards, in promoting in the ecclesiastical parish the whole mission of the
Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.
Members of the PCC are either ex-officio or elected by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting
(APCM) in accordance with the Church Representation Rules.
During the year the following served as members of the PCC:
The Rev'd J. Richards.
Mr M. Metcalfe Chairman
Mrs S. Hillary Vice Chairman
Mr R. Bradley Treasurer
Mrs S. Coyle (co-opted)
Mr. M. Gauntlett
Mrs P. Herring Mrs P. O'Neill
Mr R. Watts Secretary
Mrs B. Willis
Representatives on the Deanery Synod:
Mrs S. Young. Mr J. Young.
This is the only committee required by law. It has power to transact the business of the PCC between
its meetings, subject to any directions given by the Council. lt is comprised of the Incumbent, chairman, wardens, secretary and treasurer.
There are 54 parishioners on the Electoral Roll, 9 of whom are not resident in the parish.
The average Sunday attendance on an ordinary Sunday during 2014 was 22 over l6's and 1 under
l6's .These figures are not entirely representative of St Agatha & St Oswin's core congregation as
there were several other well attended services during the year. They do however indicate, the
opportunity for contact with visitors given by such services.
The average attendance at Family services is 22 adults and 2 under l6's.
There was an average attendance of l4 at the Holy Communion Services on Wednesdays.
Attendances at Major festivals:
Easter aftendance in 2014 at the service was 53 communicants and 3 non-communicants. The
attendance figure has increased over 2014.
The Harvest Festival service attendance figures were 65 and the Carol service had 81 attending.
The Christmas morning Eucharist service numbers were 52 communicants and 8 non-communicants - an
increase over the previous year. The Christrnas Eve Crib Service was attended by 90 adults and 60
children an increase over the previous year.
Service times do affect attendance and whilst every effort is made to have services for major festivals at
the most convenient times, it has to be balanced with the availability of Clergy to take the services.
During the year there were 7 weddings, 5 baptisms and 7 funeral services.
The parish wishes to thank Canon Christopher White and the Reverend Alan Gledhitl for their
continuing support in leading worship and in other practical ways. The parish also wishes to record
their thanks to Mrs Sue Young, the Reader for her valuable work within the parish including leading
services and also Derek and Norma Newton.
Review of the year:
The PCC met 4 times during the year, with an average attendance of 64%; a reduction on the
Gilling West and Kirkby Ravensworth are a United Benefice and have been so for many years. The
PCC, in the interests of continuing to work together, have plans to hold further joint meetings
in 20l5.We are determined that co-operation between the two Parishes should be strengthened'
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
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. Our thanks are due to them for all that they contribute to the provision
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. We are grateful to those who attend to opening and
closing the church and to keeping a candle burning as a symbol of continuing prayer. 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.
The care given to the maintenance of the churchyard continues to be appreciated by the
general parish and by visitors from a much wider area; though 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 are always reserved for the work on the churchyard.
The magazine continues to be an important part of the outreach of the wider parish. During 2014 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. Our thanks go to Myles Camm 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 2014 share has been paid and the PCC have agreed a formula with the Diocese to pay a
proportion of the amount owing on the 2011 share over the next two years. The PCC are determined to
ensure, as far as possible, that the share is paid in full each year henceforth.
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 Nl contributions, housing
costs and clergy training' Our thanks are due to the work of the treasurer in encouraging parishioners to
review their level of planned giving and seeking additional parishioners to commence planned
giving. Tax rebates on giving increased our income by f3860.00
Finance/Financial Results :
The accounts show an overall surplus of £4655.00 at the year end.
The PCC are very pleased to report that in 2014 the full amount of the share of £11,073 has been paid
over to the Diocese.
The PCC will continue to explore ways of ensuring that we have sufficient funds to maintain the
ministry in the parish and also to maintain the fabric of the building. All expenses are carefully
examined by the treasurer to ensure that we practice good stewardship. We need to continue to
explain to the wider parish how a rural parish church needs to be financed if it is to continue to serve the needs of the surrounding community.
The 100 club remains one of our principle sources of fund raising, other than direct giving and we are
grateful to those who organise it.
During the year we have had a number of fundraising events; the Christian Aid Coffee morning, a car boot
sale, a Coffee morning at Richmond Town Hall, a summer Family Lunch, an autumn concert and the
North Country Theatre production, all of which were well attended and greatly enjoyed' The PCC would
also like to record its thanks to all who hosted events; those who organised them and all who gave their
support by attending them or contributing in other ways.
The fund raising committee have various fund raising events planned for 2015 and it is hoped they will be
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
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 of people attending them.
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 responsibility. 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 it was found that certain topics required further
investigation. A small number of teams are currently working on the various issues and a report to the PCC
is anticipated in early 20l5.lt is hoped that the work undertaken will provide a platform ftom which the
PCC can determine a way forward to answer to the Diocesan call to increase church membership and
attendance. It is vital that the church in the village is supported so that the PCC now and in the future, can
ensure there is a church there for the Parishioners be they young or old, It is the PCC's aim now and in the
future to ensure that the mission and building are fit for purpose in all respects.
The work in supporting the ministry, the worship, the building and the churchyard in a small parish is not
much less than that involved in a parish of much greater size, but the resources available both in terms
of money and people are much more limited. The gratitude of the PCC is due to all those who faithfully
support the church in many ways, giving of themselves and their time and money to ensure that
the church will srrvive in this community to serve those who need it in future.
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 made most welcome. Please contact the
churchwardens. It is a myth to think that 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