A New Year for the Church Council

An update from St Mary’s new Parochial Church Council (PCC)

St Mary’s new Parochial Church Council (PCC) met in early May and we welcomed new members to it. Chris Moxey has generously returned for another spell as Church Warden but we also have welcomed four new members: Ed Carlton, Serena Cox, Stuart McAlpine, Susanna Williams. All have particular gifts to bring and we welcomed them over a glass of wine and some nibbles.

Our major concern of course is the Moorings Project which continues to make encouraging progress. The details remain confidential at this stage, mainly because we are in the middle of legal proceedings. There are a few local rumours going round, with some unfounded stories included in them. We are advised not to say anything at this stage, but people are welcome to contact the Diocesan Communications Officer at Trinity House if they wish to have a formal response.

Other matters which may interest readers include:

• St Mary’s PCC borrowed some money from a separate Trust, the St Mary’s Battersea Fabric Trust (a separate charity) some years ago. Following the sale of Kerrison Road, that debt has now been settled.
• The PCC was pleased to more than match the amount given by Church Members over the weeks of Passiontide to the Disasters Emergency Committee East Africa Appeal. We sent a cheque for £2,200.
• We took a look at our Mission Action Plan 2015-20, as we approach the midway point. Among the positives are growth in Study Groups and a much more secure financial footing. Areas to focus on in the coming years include our work in the community and our evangelism: we hope our planned Parish Mission next year will help address these priorities.
• We received a first report on Health & Safety from our new Health & Safety Officers.

If there is anything you would like to have raised with the Church Council, you can contact any member of the PCC (the minutes are on the board at the back of church) or contact the PCC Secretary, Adrienne Slaughter ([email protected])