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The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) took place on April 2nd during the 9.15am service. Churchwardens, Deanery synod representatives and Parochial Church Council (PCC) members were elected and a note of the proceedings can be found on the APCM page
Our new Administrator, Tim White, is settling in after his first couple of months with us. Pop in to the office and make yourself known. Office hours are 9.30 – 12.30 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL MEETING – The next PCC meeting will be at 7.30pm on Monday, May 9th, 2017. The PCC last met on Monday March 13th, 2017. Minutes of PCC meetings are available for inspection by arrangement with the Church office. Here is a current list of PCC members
We are applying for grants to enable us to do vital work towards repairing our ancient (and modern!) buildings so that they continue to provide a focus and amenity base for the community, as well as a sacred space for worship – and the Autumn beer festival and recent concert are two excellent examples of that in practice. Many thanks to those of you, as beneficiaries of the building, who signed the statement of support for this work. Our urgent need is to make the Chapter House watertight to prevent further deterioration of fabric and internal decoration now the Spring rains are in the offing.
REMEMBER, EVENING SERVICES HAVE REVERTED TO 6.00PM SINCE THE CLOCKS WENT FORWARD AT THE END OF MARCH.
This Sunday will be April 23rd – Easter 2 (Low Sunday). Bishop Nick will officiate, alongside Rev. Mark Godfrey, Pannal’s Methodist Minister, at the joint confirmation service welcoming 13 young people into full membership of our churches. The service will be at St Robert’s at 10.00am.
You are welcome to join the regular services of Morning Prayer held at 9.15am on Mondays and Wednesdays at St Robert’s and on Tuesdays at St Michael’s. Get a good start to your day with this short service of prayer, reading and reflection.
We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that, however tremendous our fund-raising activities are (and they are really important for us in pursing vital projects), our ability to make ends meet in maintaining our Church and furthering its ministry in our community and beyond, rests primarily on the personal, regular and adequate giving of our congregation. We are now in the Springtide period following Easter when we examine our relationship with God and those around us in the world, it is a good time to reflect on how seriously we take that relationship and how we should respond to His supreme gift of His Son; born into humanity; loving, teaching and healing us as he shows us what the Father wants from us; suffering and dying for the redemption of us all; and finally rising again to demonstrate that evil has been, is being and will be vanquished and set aside in God’s plan for His creation and us His children. So let’s remind ourselves, as we celebrate God’s great gift to us – his Son, how good it is to give from what God in His infinite generosity has given us; and as we renew our search for the ways in which God calls us to make a difference in our world – and the power and gifts He has given us with which to do so – let’s take a serious Springtide opportunity to review our own personal giving to our Church as a token of our commitment to all that it does in furthering the Kingdom of God among us all. Please do ask if you would like to talk further about this. The Vicar or Treasurer – Anita Hawker or Iain Ward-Campbell the Chairman of the Finance Committee would all be happy to discuss this with you. Indeed, you can ask any Member of the PCC. We have prepared a leaflet to answer some questions and to give guidance to those considering joining the Planned Giving Scheme or renewing or upgrading their giving. Here is the leaflet
Yes, we really do need to keep at the fund raising. We have several projects to take forward – and support for all our fundraising events is a great way for members of our congregation (and others….friends, neighbours, relations and colleagues) to engage in something specific and targeted to both our immediate and long-term needs. So….as we approach the end of the first quarter of 2017 we need to get things underway! Please let the Churchwardens or Vicar know if you have any bright ideas for possible fund-raising events…..especially if you would like to mastermind the running of one.
A date for your diaries should be Friday 19th May at 7.30 when Peter Stretton is running a fund-raising Quiz Night with fish and chip supper and raffle at Pannal Village Hall (Tickets £12 available from Peter at church on Sunday mornings or by ringing 549837) . Also, don’t forget Saturday June 17th, when Chris and Iain Ward-Campbell, assisted by members of the choir, will be running a barbecue and garden party at 12 Rossett Green Lane, along the lines of the successful event two years ago. More details of this a little nearer the time.
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM)
Please go to Annual Parochial Church meeting for details of the last meeting held at St Robert’s on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017.
Here is a copy of the accounts to December 31st, 2016 which was presented at the APCM on April 2nd, 2017
What better present for a music-loving friend or family member, could there be than THE CHOIR’S CD?! Tracks drawn from your favourites – take a look. They are on sale now at only £5 – just speak to Sarah Paynes….or give her a ring on 01423 872651. If you are really quick you can get one or more already beautifully gift wrapped and ready to be presented to the lucky recipient.
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