Review of 2017
2017 has been an extremely productive year, and God’s grace and blessings have been numerous. Here are some of the highlights…
The PCC are working more effectively thanks to our engagement in CPAS’s PCC Tonight, led by Revd. Trudy and by making better use of the Standing Committee.
We were blessed by the election of Mr. S. Nightingale as Churchwarden, to work with Mrs. S. Noel-Hiles.
A small team worked extremely hard to produce a stewardship programme, Prayer and Pledges 2017- we continue to pray that we will be blessed through this.
Pray God, our new healing boiler will be up and running by Christmas.
Farmer’s Market Mass.
We’ve almost completed our work of ensuring that we have all of the correct polices in place for our own protection, and the wellbeing of those who come to us.
We were extremely blessed by our fifty days of prayer for the Holy Spirit between Easter and Pentecost.
Archbishop’s week of prayer for the nation.
Our relationships with the wider community and organisations continued to be blessed, fruitful and enriching.
We hosted Brigg Town’s first Festival of Christmas Trees and Wreaths
In September 2017, members of the Diocesan Discipleship Team joined us for an evening, and led us through a review of our progress in the first year of our DDP. These are the fruits of our conversations.
What do we want to celebrate?
Increased prayer life
Ecumenical – Shop and sharing services
New look notices – The Three C’s
Costa – Café Church
Increased prayer at meetings: for example, we light a candle and have empty chair at PCC to remind us of God’s presence, and that it is He who chairs our meetings; We stop at 8 p.m. for five minutes of prayer, led by a member of the PCC
PCC is more effective
Coming together – A qualified success
Trudy – Curate training – all involved
Whilst we don’t want to ditch anything, we know we cannot take any more on
Website, notices overhaul and more use of Facebook
Celebrations and Thanksgivings in notices
Five Marks of Mission
PCC Tonight sessions in PCC meetings
Vibrancy in services (people staying longer after services for both discussion and fellowship)
Fifty days of prayer from Easter to Pentecost
People comfortable to just ‘be’ – not all doing
Farmers Market Mass
The desire to improve what we are doing
What sticking points do we want to reflect on?
environment of worship
Things take a long time to progress
Most of the work still falls on a few shoulders – Vicar included
Hard to let go of things – can’t see what to let go of to reduce busyness
Few do a lot of work – “The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few”
Owning corporate decisions
What surprises have we experienced?
Reviewing what we do – we don’t want to ‘let go’ of anything
Growing the Thursday morning coffee group – outreach fellowship
Log jam on church building issues freed up quite suddenly
Support from Methodist congregation… some join us at our prayer groups
Parallel insights, inspirations and affirmations … the Holy Spirit at work
Visitors/encounters with people can be surprising
Other clergy/people in diocese asking for our resources
Parish reputation (good)
Where have we most felt the Spirit at work?
Trudy – refreshes our thinking – new ideas and thoughts – vibrancy
Congregation – growing in confidence to talk about, and share their faith
Interest by town community in St. John’s – openness
New people coming in
The Third Sunday Evening Services – Taize, Celtic Evening Service, Healing Service
Parallel insights, inspirations and affirmations
Parallel discussions between TH/OM and the same ideas coming from PCC members through PCC Tonight
We are a safe place
What might we share with others?
Faith, commitment to tasks and their fulfilment
Prayers during PCC meetings
Notices – new look
DDP Leaders suggest…
- The way the PCC is bringing in prayer to meetings
- helping people to share their faith
- The Three C’s