Minutes of the PCC Meetings
Summary of Beaulieu PCC meeting 14th November 2017
In addition to usual committee matters the following were discussed:
- Pmap – focuses on hospitality and welcome. Twice monthly coffee after Wednesday Communion well attended and appreciated. Church welcomerswork so appreciated, though more volunteers are needed. Training will be given, and you can help as little or often as you wish. In addition, help is needed across many areas of church life, and it is hoped that volunteers can be attracted from the congregation and wider community. Details of help needed to be published shortly, but anyone interested should please speak to Fr John or a church warden. Prayer tree and votive candles are valuable additions in the Abbey church.Mens Breakfasts at the Turfcutters Arms very popular; perhaps a Ladies Lunch group could be a possibility. The visitors group is becoming established with positive feedback, and they meet quarterly to reflect any issues which arise. Confirmation classes begin this month, with the Confirmationservice at BAC 14th January 2018.
- Deanery Synod: Full report to be placed on board by East Door. Deanery Mission Plan is to form part of the Archdeaconry Mission Plan, which will feed into our own Parish Mission Plan.
Updates given for Waterside Night Shelter and Safe Families for Children UK; information for both these projects to be placed on church website. New Forest Show Church tent to celebrate 50th anniversary in 2020, 0ver 2000 people visited the tent this year. Next DS meeting 7.2.18.
- Fabric Report: repointing work, ground gutters, lighting work all being addressed. New bookstall completed and is well used by congregation and visitors, though it is disappointing that locks have already been damaged.
- The Charles Sykes Triptych to be displayed in the church over the Easter period.
- Flower Festival: already reported in Parish News, but raised £2395 profit for the church and was a happy, successful event. Thanks to the many stewards and catering helpers. Couples married at the church were invited and several visited the festival.
- The PCC introduced a policy prohibiting the flying of drones over the churchyard, as already introduced over the grounds around the church by the Estate.
- Safeguarding: processes to register certificates and complete applications ongoing.
- Social Committee: continues to cater for our events and are much appreciated. This is one aspect of church life where help is needed, not necessarily to join the committee but on the day of an event, with moving furniture for example.
- Christmas service collections: At the Abbey Church and Bucklers Hard on Advent Sunday, will go to St James Society. Collections from the Carol Service, Crib service and other Christmas services will be shared between St James Society and Marys Meals. Both are Beaulieu Abbey PCC chosen charities for this year.
Secretary Beaulieu PCC 18.11.17