2015 Annual Report for the Parochial Church Council of St Peter’s Church Wrecclesham
Aim and purposes
St. Peter’s Wrecclesham Parochial Church Council (PCC) has the responsibility of cooperating with the incumbent, the Reverend Canon Anne Gell, in promoting in the ecclesiastical parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. This is summarised in the statement:
St. Peter’s Church stands at the heart of Wrecclesham offering in Christ’s name a warm welcome, faithful witness and loving service
The PCC is also responsible for the maintenance of the church building and the Leverton Hall.
Reference and Administrative information
St. Peter’s Church Wrecclesham is situated on the corner of School Hill and Beales Lane, Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey. GU10 4PY. It is part of the Diocese of Guildford within the Church of England.
The correspondence address is c/o Parish Administrator
The PCC is a body corporate (PCC Powers Measure 1956, Church Representation Rules 2006) and a charity currently exempted from registration with the Charity Commission.
The Independent examiner is Mr Patrick Andrew.
PCC members who have served at any time from 1st January 2015 until the date this report was approved are:
Clergy ex-officio member and ex-officio chairman:
Incumbent: The Revd Canon Anne GELL (Chairman)
Self Supporting Ministers ex-officio Members
The Revd Sandy CAVALIER
The Revd. Rachel STURT
Churchwardens ex-officio members:
Mrs. BLANKLEY, Sadie Churchwarden and Vice Chairman PCC
Mr. ELLIS, Christopher Churchwarden
Deanery Synod Representatives ex-officio members:
Mrs. HENDRY, Elizabeth Deanery Synod Representative
Mr. GELL, Simon Deanery Synod Representative
Mr. SMITH, Paul PCC Secretary
Mrs. LAPWORTH, Pat PCC Treasurer
Mrs. AMBROSE, Elizabeth
Mrs. BEESLEY, Kathryn
Mrs. BOLTON, Vanda
Mr. FROST, Robert to October 2015
Mrs. HENDRY, Elizabeth
Mrs HOARE, Catherine from April 2015
Mr. GELL, Simon
Mr. LAPWORTH, Ian from April 2015
Mrs. LING, Deborah to April 2015
Mrs. MAPES, Kate from April 2015
Mrs. PHILPOTT, Marilyn
Mrs. SCOTT, Judith to April 2015
Miss. WALKER, Kay
Churches together in Farnham representative
Mrs FORSYTH, Rosalind
Structure, governance and management
The method of appointment of PCC members is set out in the Church Representation Rules. At St. Peter’s the membership of the PCC consists of the incumbent, self supporting ministers, churchwardens, and members elected by those members of the congregation who are on the electoral roll of the church. Members of the congregation are encouraged to register on the Electoral Roll and stand for election to the PCC. The electoral roll (April 2015) was116 of which 89 were resident and 27 non-resident within the Parish.
The PCC members are responsible for making decisions on all matters of general concern and importance to the parish including deciding on how the funds of the PCC are to be spent. The full PCC met six times during the year with an additional two extraordinary meetings. The average level of attendance was 84%. The PCC has a standing committee and the following sub-committees, responsible to the PCC and reporting back to it regularly with minutes of their decisions, which are received by the full PCC and discussed as necessary:
- Children and Families
- Fund Raising and Social;
- Buildings and Grounds;
We have a strong team of volunteers involved in all aspects of church life
Objectives and Activities
The vision of St Peter’s is that St. Peter’s stands at the heart of Wrecclesham, offering in Christ’s name a warm welcome, faithful witness and loving service
A PCC away-day was held in July 2015 to consider the ongoing mission of the church and to work towards developing an Action Plan. The Action Plan was formulated under the following headings:
- Engaging with families
- Spirituality and growing in faith
- Every member ministry
- Building development
- Communicating the vision
Engaging with Families
- There are a large and increasing number of families who attend church, whether regularly or occasionally, and others with whom we have good links
- We have a very good relationship with our church school, St Peter’s school, and both church and school are continually looking for ways to strengthen the link. Clergy lead weekly assemblies at the school. St Peter’s School Pause Day is supported by the help of church members.
- Family communion has been made more accessible to younger members.
- Junior Church met twice each month, but was suspended during the renovation work from November 2015. Activities have been provided for children during this period during normal services.
Spirituality and growing in faith (incorporating worship)
- Current pattern is 8am. Holy Communion (1662 BCP) each Sunday; 10am Holy Communion 3 or 4 Sundays each month with All Age Worship once per month. There are also a few occasional services. During the renovation of the church building 8 am services have been held in the Leverton Hall and 10am services in the St. Peter’s School Hall.
- Midweek services – The usual pattern of Morning Prayer Monday to Wednesday and Holy Communion Thursday was reduced to a single communion service on Tuesdays at 11.30 during the renovation of the church building.
- ‘Tent’ service on Wrecclesham recreational ground for Patronal service on day of Wrecclesham Fete.
- Home groups meet fortnightly or monthly except in Lent and Advent when themed seasonal groups meet
- There is a monthly prayer group for the “Moving onwards together” initiative which includes prayers for the renovation project.
- Sixteen baptisms
- Six marriages
- Eight funerals in the church building and eight clergy led funerals at the crematorium
Every member ministry (incorporating the Church and wider community)To help and encourage members to identify and use their gifts preachers have been asked to incorporate this in their homilies and there is a monthly “This time tomorrow” slot in which members talk to the congregation about what they do during the week.
- Church members are active in community organisations including the Isabella Schroder Trust, Wrecclesham Community Centre management, cubs
- Three active church members are currently Foundation Governors of St. Peter’s C of E (Aided) Primary School, and the incumbent, as an ex officio Foundation Governor, is also currently Chair of Governors.
- Sunday lunch is provided at Wrecclesham Community Centre each month for those on their own, offering a hot lunch and company, attended by church goers and others
- Tuesday coffee drop-in is popular and growing – particularly well attended by men
- A monthly service is held at the neighbouring care home, Ashton Manor
- Two days of “Holiday at Home” in the Leverton Hall have been introduced in the summer for local older people
- Men’s lunch group
- Focus on extending a warm welcome to newcomers
- A variety of social and fund raising events including concerts, quizzes, barn dance, lunches and whist.
- Leverton Hall is available for hire and is used by a wide variety of community groups
- Regular collections for local food bank
- Outward giving to two charities – Toybox and Church Urban Fund as well as special collections for the Phyllis Tuckwell hospice, the Children’s Society, Christian Aid and Water Aid.
- Members of the Church worked in partnership with local organisations to put on the very successful village fete
- Parish magazine published ten times per year
- Links with Cubs, Guides and Brownies.
- The Restoration and Development work aims to produce a welcoming building containing an open and attractive space, adaptable to church services of varying styles and scale. This flexibility should also facilitate its use for community functions, including concerts, plays, children’s activities and social functions
- The building will have improved access via a new entrance at the West End, be easier to maintain and have reduced running costs through the installing of a new heating system and flooring and new lighting.
- Improved audio visual facilities will benefit all users but particularly those with sensory disabilities for which the previous facilities were inadequate
- The building should facilitate our mission within a rapidly changing society
- Phase 1 of the church restoration started in November 2015 and is well under way
- A significant part of the cost of the project has been met by a permanent endowment fund, as well as through a variety of fund raising efforts.
Communicating the vision
- Attractive and up to date Church website informs members of progress on building project and prospective visitors of the nature of services and church activities
- Parish magazine and weekly printed notices ensure that those who do not use ICT are kept informed
- There has been increased use of social media including Twitter and various forms of e- donation
At the start of the year we had prudently budgeted for a deficit of £5,469 on our general fund. As in some previous years this was not the outcome, as by the end of the year we reported a surplus of £2,464 after transferring £5,000 to the Fabric Fund. This was pleasing as we had used £3,500 from the Fabric Fund in 2014 towards the cost of a new boiler. The surplus was due mainly to receipt of a grant from the Schroder Trust and a VAT refund both relating to the spend on the boiler at the end of 2014 as well as negligible usage of the combined budget of £7,500 for major and minor repairs. The surplus is after allowing £1,940 for outward giving.
In calculating the budget for 2015, as well as that for 2016, there was some difficulty as we were unable to assess the effect of the church closure (for the development project) on our income and expenditure.
Through the year we have maintained the PCC’s agreed policy of holding three months budgeted expenditure in our general fund.
As in previous years, we are grateful for a transfer into the General Fund from the surplus income generated by the Leverton Hall and this year we received £3,500, some of which covers the cost of the Hall’s electricity usage.
Our Parish Share remained the same as in 2014.
Our overall voluntary giving (income) was £392 below budget and £1,000 below 2014’s actual. Gift Aid Tax Refund (including the small donations scheme) contributes a significant portion of our overall income. Towards the end of the year we successfully trialled the new Parish Giving Scheme with members of the PCC. This will be rolled out to the wider Parish during the first half of 2016.
Other than the under spend on repairs, expenditure was similar to that anticipated.
In addition to fund raising and grants received specifically for the church building refurbishment project, during the year we began using the restricted Endowment Fund (from the sale of the previous St Timothy’s church), under terms agreed.
Approved by the PCC on 16th March 2016 and signed on their behalf by the Reverend Canon Anne Gell (PCC chairman)