Updates and useful information
from the St Mary’s Bletchley Annual Church Meeting 2016
Updates and information shared on Monday 25th April 2016 for those unable to make it or who might like some reminders!
Wardens for the coming year: Chris Hayter and Oliver Hermes
Deputy Wardens for the coming year: David Stewart, Rob Harrison, Stuart Burke, Rob Grindley, Peter Johansson.
Electoral role of the church stands at 417
PCC for the coming year: Richard Lyons, Sophie Fletcher, Katie Smith, Chris Day, Jessica Hampson, Sue Burke, Michael Down, Andrew Barton, Stephen Walker, John Penny, Steven Snook and Mike Wittle.
Appreciation was shown to: John Penny standing down as Chair of Finance, Gill Bradley standing down as Warden, Pete Ager standing down from publishing The Good News Magazine, Stephen Walker after 25 years of service with Sound and Audio Vision, Peggy Faithful for her work at Caton House, Susan Winter standing down as a Welcome team leader, Anne Rolfe standing down from PCC, Nicky Whitmore standing down as PCC secretary, Chris Shrimpton standing down as leader of Alpha.
Their roles are being filled by: Chris Day as Chair of Finance, Chris Hayter as Warden, Church office team for Good News, Richard Robinson for AV team. Trevor Kingham for Caton House, Jess Hampson and Sue Burke and Mike Down for PCC, Malcolm and Ann Bagnall as Welcome team leaders, Matt Beer our new Curate as Alpha team leader.
The year ahead: I, as Rector shared the following things that we are looking forward to (the intention was not to cover every aspect of ministry!);
· Our church yard being restored and made beautiful and honouring - the church is already more visible and ‘Open Days’ are soon to take place
· The development of our Youth Vision that was launched last year
· Discovering more creative ways to develop our spiritual lives/worship
· Deepening our relationships with each other through our first Church Weekend Away this Autumn
· The start of a new experimental independent pioneer church with its own minister on Newton Leys
· Overseas mission teams to Uganda and Romania – taking more of all ages away to encourage God’s people abroad
· Community work will be developing and we as God’s church are looking forward to serving our community more sacrificially
· The renewing of our mid-week communion service with more participation and new liturgies
· Discovering a fresh vision for our Children’s Work
· Matt Beer our Curate arriving in the summer with wife Emily
· Pete Stone taking on the newly combined role as Wedding and Funeral Steward
· Stella Bassett taking on the church cleaners role
· Increasing fun social events for the central church family
· Discipleship courses helping us to deepen our spiritual roots
· Finding our way forward in planning and financing a new Church Community Centre
It was a good opportunity to reflect on Acts 2: 42-47 - seeing in that passage what God longs for his church to be like.
“42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved”
God longs for us to belong to His church because our presence, support, faithfulness, fruitfulness, encouragement, prayers, ministry, willingness and love are all very much needed.
We need to belong to God’s church because His church shapes us, sharpens us and secures us in who we are in Christ Jesus.
It was a good positive and envisioning evening.
In this coming year let us offer ourselves to God’s service and see His kingdom grow.
Rev David McDougall
Rector of St Mary's Church Bletchley