A precis of our meeting on Wednesday 7th September 2016
Following opening worship led by Adrian, the PCC received an extensive financial report from Jon Bradbury, our Treasurer, and we made some decisions about making our financial operations run smoothly.
The redevelopment/re-ordering was, of course, a major item. We noted with pleasure the work that is soon to be completed on the porch, and made some decisions about the appearance of the entrance. We reviewed the special meeting that we had held in August to talk about church furnishings, and spent time talking about the design of our new chairs, and whether or not we should incorporate hanging our splendid kneelers on the chairs, or displaying them – and, importantly, preserving their quality – in a better way. We think the latter, and, at our next meeting, we shall be looking at plans of how they might be beautifully displayed around the building, while still available for those who wish to use them for prayer. We also discussed grant applications and fundraising in the local community. Members of the PCC made some helpful suggestions to improve Adrian’s letter about standing for Holy Communion, and looked forward to his sermon on the subject (copies are available at the back of church).
Under Churchwarden’s business we approved expenditure to replace emergency lighting in the tower and ringing chamber; we also discussed practical arrangements for the Harvest Supper, Ride and Stride.
We then approved our Charitable Giving for the past financial year: £250 Medic Assist International (Bishop Poggo’s appeal); £500 The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Mustard Seed Appeal (debt aid); £250 Samaritans; and a number of local charities: £500 to Gabriel Masih’s fund, and £250 each to Woodstock Stroke Club, Asylum Oxford, North Oxford Community Food Bank, DayBreak Oxford (dementia day clubs), Rosie (respite care for sick youngsters in their own homes), and Bridewell Organic Gardens (Witney, therapeutic activities for those suffering mental illness).
In Clergy Business Alice made presentations about redesigning our website and the use of social media, and a new welcome card/pack for newcomers to the community and congregation.
We then continued our regular discussions about Mission, Worship, and Pastoral Care, which are ongoing items which we revisit at every meeting.
In Any Other Business we were glad to hear about the formal establishment of the Woodstock Youth Trust, and committed ourselves to praying for Matt Bodinham and his ministry.
We next meet on November 2nd – please pray for us.