APCM 2019 Minutes
St. Lawrence with St. Paul, Longridge.
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Parishioners held on 29th April, 2019.
Present: Revd. Mike Barton, Revd. John Ball, Wendy Smyth, Vernon Kinrade, Merilyn Kinrade, Graham Kelsall, Kathleen Sturzaker, Chris Page, Theresa Page, Muriel Anderson, Peter Turver, Lib Turver, Gwyneth Jones, Mae Heys, Dorothy Laver, Rosemary Lyons, David Hartley, Lisa Monks, Ali Ng, Jeff Warburton, Val Wardley, Malcolm Welch, Gerald Mack, Ray Saunders, Jean Saunders, Rie Rogers-Waterman, Karen Boardman, Lawrence Ingham, Michael Dawson, Ellen Dawson, Janet Heap, Mary Wilkinson, Doreen Smart, Alan Coupe, Fred Little, Dot Little.
The meeting was chaired by the Vicar and opened with prayer.
Apologies were received from: Revd. Gill Mack and Isobel Holden.
Following a proposal by Gwyneth Jones, seconded by Ray Saunders, the minutes of the Annual Meeting of Parishioners held on 22nd April, 2018 were approved as a true record. There were no matters arising.
Revd. Mike informed the meeting that Vernon Kinrade was stepping down as churchwarden after kindly serving for a year longer than he had planned. We are delighted that Vernon wishes to stay on the PCC and will continue to co-ordinate issues relating to the fabric of our two church buildings.
A card and voucher were presented to Vernon as a token of the parish’s appreciation for the work and commitment he has given to the role of Deputy Warden and over the last two years as Churchwarden.
Revd. Mike was pleased to inform the meeting that the two current Deputy Wardens, Mae Heys and Dorothy Laver, were prepared to serve for a further year. They will remain as ex officio members of the PCC.
A signed nomination form with proposer and seconder for the post of Churchwarden had been received from Mr. Chris Page and although it’s a sadness that we will have only one churchwarden again this year, Chris comes to the post with a wealth of experience, having served as churchwarden before and therefore familiar with the role and what’s involved.
It was proposed by Graham Kelsall, seconded by Vernon Kinrade and unanimously agreed by the meeting that Chris Page be duly elected to serve as Churchwarden for the coming year.
There being no further business, the meeting was closed.
St. Lawrence with St. Paul, Longridge.
Minutes of the Annual Parochial Meeting, held on 29th April, 2019
Present: See attendance list for Annual meeting of Parishioners (Vestry meeting) above.
Apologies were received from: Revd. Gill Mack and Isobel Holden.
Wendy Smyth proposed and Jeff Warburton seconded that the minutes of the meeting held on the 22nd April, 2018 were an accurate record. The motion was unanimously supported.
In any other business at the 2018 meeting Revd. Gill Mack asked the PCC to give consideration to allowing children below the age of eleven and not Confirmed to receive Holy Communion here, if they had been allowed to do so in their previous church.
This matter was discussed at the May, 2018 PCC meeting and it was agreed that we would continue with the same clear policy that we presently have – that young people should be Confirmed before receiving Holy Communion here.
Following points made by Jeff Warburton and by Lawrence Ingham, Revd. Mike accepted that the situation was complex and it was very difficult to refuse people who come to the altar rail wanting Communion and certainly not appropriate to ask questions as to their eligibility.
Electoral Roll. A new electoral roll had been compiled and the number confirmed as 216.
Churchwarden’s Report, presented by Vernon Kinrade
The past year could be said to have been characterised by two opposite, yet complimentary, perspectives: On the one hand, as we know, we’ve been “Celebrating the Past”, on the other, we’ve been “Looking to the Future”. Let’s face it, If you don’t know where you’ve been, it’s hard to know where to go.
Well, the frenetic level of activity and commitment that went into preparing exhibitions and events to celebrate our 150 years as an Ecclesiastical Parish left us in little doubt as to where we’ve been and we’re grateful to all who worked so tirelessly to make the celebrations such a resounding success, especially Dot Little, the main driving force behind delivering the initiative.
With Rev’d Mike still relatively new in post, 2017 was very much a year of taking stock and then establishing solid foundations for future growth. That’s why the PCC, under the Vicar’s guidance, set about the process of canvassing opinions from our worshiping community. What do we think works well? What are our strengths - and where are we weak? The exercise threw up some interesting points and, perhaps not surprisingly indicated that, while we like to see ourselves as an active church family, on the whole, we’re not in the first flush of youth and, if we are to survive as a healthy parish, we need to grow our congregation by engaging families and younger people. Out of this, at length, was borne the concept of “Following Jesus in Loving Community”, articulating our wish to bring new people to faith and enliven our witness.
We then did two things that we’ve been talking about doing for a number of years; firstly to assess - formally - the talents which exist within our congregation and secondly to encourage prayerful thought into how we can continue to fund our activities and our two churches on a better and more predictable footing - both of which will greatly assist the process of achieving our aims. Thank you all for your positive response.
I’m sure the Vicar will elaborate on this subject within his report, so I’ll not dwell further at this time, other than to acknowledge his not inconsiderable skill and tact in steering the PCC and encouraging frank discussion in areas we have too often preferred to steer around.
It is my intention to step down from the role of Churchwarden. I’ve been doing this “second stint” for two years - which is a year longer than I had intended.
In leaving office, I’d like to express my thanks to those who have supported me in the role, especially deputy wardens Dorothy Laver and Mae Heys, who have kindly agreed to continue in their roles a while longer. I’d also like to thank the loyal band of sidespeople who have proved themselves not only competent in assisting to set up for Sunday worship but also - and just as importantly - in welcoming members of the congregation. We’ve lost a few sidesmen and women over the past year, but it’s good to be welcoming some new faces as a result of the “time and talents” exercise and I see that succession as a healthy sign.
One sign that’s less healthy and continues to be a cause for concern is declining attendance at the 8.00 a.m. Sunday service. Should we reach a position where numbers regularly fall below ten - including clergy and sidespeople - logic dictates that the service may become a casualty within the context of providing a range of Sunday worshiping options with the aim of growth.
I’ll be handing over my baton to Chris Page, with whom I have served as warden in the past and whom I know to be a safe and capable pair of hands. I know Chris will echo my disappointment, though, that we have been unable to identify, from within our number, another warden to serve alongside him. While being a Churchwarden is quite a responsible task, it is made a good deal easier when it’s a shared ministry and with two churches in our parish, it could be argued that we’d not be over-represented by two pairs of wardens. I would commend the issue to your prayerful thought.
We are indeed blessed to be part of such a vibrant church community and it’s good to see links with our Church School becoming stronger under Mrs Parkin’s headship.
I’d like to thank all who contribute to the life of our church - it’s often surprising how things just get done through small acts of kindness and dedication and it would be invidious to pick out one group for fear of overlooking another. What’s important is that we all act as a team and are all pointed in roughly the same direction. That’s what loving community is, after all - and that’s how we’ll best serve our Lord.
Report on Fabric – presented by Vernon Kinrade
We know, because we all live in houses or flats, that the fabric of buildings is something that requires constant monitoring and attention. Well, if it’s true of our own homes it’s certainly true in the case of God’s House – but on a somewhat larger scale.
It’s this scale which makes many of the tasks in our church buildings challenging and costly. Working at Height legislation, quite rightly, demands the use of scaffolding for access in all but the simplest situations and, more often than not, the provision of appropriate access equipment will be the largest cost constituent of a maintenance task. It’s no longer possible to just send a man up a ladder!
I mention this to give a sense of context, because what it means is that upkeep of our Church buildings is a costly business and is one of the reasons why we need to budget realistically, setting aside appropriate sums for maintenance. If we don’t, then we will always be reliant on ad-hoc fund-raising initiatives in order to tackle the kind of work that typically arises out of the Quinquennial Inspections at both churches.
The aisle roofs at St Paul’s are a case in point. We’ve made good progress in raising funds, which now stand at a little over £61,000 but we are now into our third year of fund raising and, with the exception of a donation from All Churches Trust, we have so far found difficulty in engaging the support of third-party fund-holders. Having now enlisted the experienced support of Ali Ng and Rosemary Lyons we are in useful dialogue with, among others, the Heritage Lottery Fund, upon whose advice we are now minded to tackle the project in two halves. Inevitably, it will cost more to do it this way (again, because of access) but we are at a point now where if we don’t act soon on the North side - where the problem seems most acute - we feel we are likely to be risking serious damage to the underlying roof timbers.
Whether we are ultimately successful in gaining financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to complete the project or not, we are now - mostly through the generosity of parishioners and the local community - at least in a position to make a start and the PCC thanks you for your continued generosity and patience.
Meanwhile, there are some issues related to the tower at St Paul’s which also require attention. Again, because of the height, scaffolding is likely to be a big element of cost, when we can get round to it.
At lower level you will probably have noticed that many of the issues to do with masonry pointing at St Paul’s have been attended to and some of the large copings of the car park wall have been set straight and re-bedded. A similar list is to be attended to at St Lawrence’s over the coming months.
Routine checks and servicing to the electrics, gas boilers and fire extinguishers are up to date at both churches, as well as the roof alarm and lightning conductor at St Paul’s and the clock at St Lawrence’s. Smart electricity meters have been fitted at both churches during the course of the year and a smart gas meter at St Paul’s. We await conversion at St Lawrence’s, where the current gas meter, due to its tight location, proved incapable of being replaced without modification to pipework.
One of the big success stories of the year has been the refurbishment of the Memorial East Window at St Lawrence’s, recently completed. The work occasioned the closure of the church, when we were able to experience the more intimate surroundings of the Eckton Room for Sunday worship.
The project, part-funded by the War Memorials Trust, was expertly overseen by Messrs Jubb Clews, local conservation surveyors based at Salesbury. As part of the restoration, several panes have been expertly replaced by craftsmen at Pendle Glass and the exterior of the eastern wall has been completely re-pointed by stonemasons, Mather & Ellis. The main problem causing water ingress was believed to be the proximity of the old protective plexigass to the window itself, leading to trapped condensation. This has now been completely replaced with an appropriate air gap left and the whole job looks very neat; although the brilliance of the window does lead one to the view that the programme of repainting, undertaken some months earlier at the opposite end of the church, now needs extending to include the chancel.
At the end of September, we were persuaded by a concerned neighbour in Fell Brow that the large sycamore tree hard against the churchyard wall had the potential to endanger his property. It was a tree whose roots had been causing the wall to belly out for some years and we had been maintaining a watching brief. A tree survey was rapidly undertaken and the surveyor suggested that because of the size and density of the canopy, the tree might indeed represent such a threat under certain wind conditions. Thanks to further intervention by the aforementioned resident, permission from the council to fell the tree was rapidly accelerated and its removal promptly arranged.
That was an otherwise healthy tree and it’s sad to note that it may soon become necessary to apply for removal of other trees along the perimeter of the churchyard due to die back - it’s an issue that Terry Lewis, in his valued role as groundsman, is monitoring.
As usual, I’d like to express my thanks to you all for your vigilance in pointing out issues to do with fabric at each of the churches, so that potential problems can be nipped in the bud.
I’m always pleased when people - typically contractors - come in to either church and are clearly impressed with the general standard of their upkeep. I think it does credit to all who are involved in looking after our buildings and their surroundings; more importantly it does credit to the God whom we seek to serve and glorify.
The Log Book, Terrier and Inventory is now kept in electronic format, the information is up-to-date and available for people to view.
Treasurer’s Report presented by Graham Kelsall.
Graham commenced his report by thanking David and Stella Hartley and Hannah Green for dealing with the weekly banking and also Dorothy Laver for ‘casting her eye’ over the accounts.
A detailed power point presentation followed, a summary of which is given below.
Report and Accounts of St Lawrence with St Paul Presented by Graham Kelsall.
In 2018 we continued to raise funds towards the repair of the roof at St Pauls’, and indeed, including Gift Aid recovered, the balance of the Roof Fund increased by £28,445 during the year.
We arranged many events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Parish, and whilst they were designed to be cost neutral, there was in fact a net income to general funds of £1,771 from these events.
For 2018, total receipts were £208,005, of which £157,302 was received as unrestricted funds, and £50,703 was received as restricted funds. However, it should be noted that we received £29,217 more in Gift Aid from HMRC than in 2017, and whilst this shows as income for 2018, in reality, much of this was claims due for previous years. Additionally a bequest of £21,425 previously held by the Vicar and Churchwardens was transferred to the PCC, both these events have made the income seem higher. Planned giving was £41,471, broadly similar to 2017, and collections at services saw a reduction of £794 over the previous year.
£165,422 was spent in total; to provide the Christian ministry from St Lawrence with St Paul, including the contribution of £77,512 to the diocesan parish share which largely provides the stipends, housing, training etc. for the clergy. Our required contribution to parish share was £7,106 higher this year, following a reduced request in 2017 following the interregnum. We also spent £6,000 on improving the sound system at St Lawrence’s, as well as funds required in the run up to the repair and renewal of the East window.
With respect to the investments held, the Central Investment Fund share balance has seen an increase in value of £27,588, however £30,260 of ‘cash’ held within CIF was converted to shares, so in fact these saw a ‘real’ reduction in value of £2,672 whereas the United Utilities shares showed an increase of £1,259. Overall, following the transfer, our endowment funds increased in value by £28,847, but without the transfer in of £30,260, this would have been a loss of £1,413.
The net result for the year was an excess of receipts over payments of £42,583. However, it should be noted that as the restricted roof fund has increased by £28,445, and if you exclude the Gift Aid effect and the transferred bequest, then the true position is that expenditure was £36,504 higher than receipts. This was a higher deficit than last year, however following the setting of the 2019 budget, and the Resourcing the Vision series at the beginning of 2019, the PCC are looking to balance the budget this year.
A full copy of the accounts were available to review in both churches.
It was proposed by Peter Turver, seconded by Gwyneth Jones and unanimously agreed that the Financial report be accepted.
No questions followed.
Revd. Mike thanked Graham Kelsall for the tremendous amount of work done on the accounts and finances, including the importance of setting the budget for 2019.
In Preston Deanery currently there are 14 clergy members (including our vicar) and 42 lay members (including our Vision Champion). In 2018-2019 Preston Deanery Synod met three times: at St Michael’s Grimsargh, at St Andrew’s Ashton, and at St Stephen’s Broadgate where Bishop Jill spoke. Reports from these meetings have been given to the PCC and included in the Log.
At the Annual Parish Meeting in April 2017, Jeff Warburton and Gwyneth Jones were elected to Preston Deanery Synod. Jeff Warburton has had to stand down due to other commitments. Our parish should/could have three lay representatives on Preston Deanery Synod. I hope someone can be elected at this APM for the remainder of the current term which ends 31 May 2020.
Note: The Deanery Synod is part of the way the Church of England gives people at different levels a chance to discuss key issues and organise the church's ministry and mission. It sits between the parishes with their Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) and the full diocese, with its Diocesan Synod. Deanery Synod is convened by an Area Dean and Lay Chair and consists of all the licensed clergy in the Deanery and lay people elected by the parishes at their Annual Parish Church Meeting to serve for three years. The lay members are ‘ex-officio’ members of their Parochial Church Council. Longridge Parish, Preston Deanery Synod Lay member, Gwyneth N Jones
Parochial Church Council.
This year John Collinson and Jean Saunders chose to stand down from the PCC and were thanked for their interest, John especially on fabric and Jean who has done an excellent job in both setting up and maintaining the new parish website.
Nomination forms had been received from Vernon Kinrade, Lisa Monks, Peter Turver, AnnaMarie Rogers Waterman and Barbara McCormick, taking the five available places and able to serve for three years.
The sidespeople were thanked for their welcoming and help at Services
It was proposed by Jeff Warburton and seconded by Theresa Page that the following people serve for the coming year.
Chris Page + Vernon Kinrade, Mae Heys, Dorothy Laver, Dot Little, Gwyneth Jones, Kathleen Sturzaker, Val Wardley.
Sidesmen and Sideswomen
Yvonne Ball, Hilda Marle Collis, Ian Cookson, Helen Eccles, Tom Haworth, Janet Heap, Lawrence Ingham, Merilyn Kinrade, Theresa Page, Ray Saunders, Judith Singleton, Alistair Silcock, Jennifer Sturzaker, Keith Thompson, Lib Turver, Peter Turver,
Appointment of PCC Independent Examiner.
It was proposed by Lisa Monks, seconded by Ali Ng and unanimously agreed by the meeting that Wallwork, Nelson and Johnson of Preston be appointed for the coming year. Graham Kelsall felt however that there should be a review on a cost basis carried out before the 2020 APM.
Clergy Annual Report 2019
The 2nd May marks the 2nd year anniversary of my licensing as the Vicar of Longridge and during this time it’s been a privilege to share many of life’s ups and downs with you.
If the theme of the first year here was one of looking, listening and learning while my family and I adapted to a different cultural setting and church tradition; the theme of the second year has been one of consolidation and setting down some early structures for growth.
So the report I now give relates to the period between 23 April 2018 – 29 April 2019.
In summary I would say it’s been a brilliant and busy time. I say this because for much of 2018 we were engaged in Celebrating the Past, Looking to the Future as part of our parish’s 150th year anniversary celebrations.
With the blessing of a good deal of sunshine we undertook 18 separate events over a six-month period between Easter and Harvest. Starting with Dot Little’s talk on the history of St Lawrence with St Paul some of the other many highlights included:
- The Musical Safari
- Walking the Parish Boundary
- A very competitive Rounders Competition
- A successful Field Day
- A Sports Quiz
- The Garden Party and Bake Off
- Longridge Band Anniversary Concert
- Two wonderful exhibitions at St Lawrence and St Paul’s
- A Parish Variety Night compered by Irene Reid
- And to top it all off we had 4 unique church services, with the Bishop of Blackburn, Julian Henderson at St Lawrence, an Evensong at our original mother church St Wilfrid’s in Ribchester, a youth friendly Contemporary Service and then Archdeacon of Lancaster, Michael Everett came to help us bring our celebrations to a close at St Paul’s.
To undergird all these events, I hope you remember the ‘By Faith’ series looking at the heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11 to see how they lived for God and how we might apply some of the lessons in our own lives.
The period between Easter and December 2018 was significant for a number of other reasons. In June we launched our new church website and I regularly receive contact enquiries from people through this channel. This has also given us the ability to put our sermons online so people who can’t normally attend church on a Sunday can remain connected.
The 11th November 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and it was good to join with the other churches in Longridge to host a very meaningful civic service at St Paul’s.
As part of preparing for this it was stimulating to share a weekend with Retired Major General Tim Cross who helped us think through sacrificial leadership and the ethics for and against war from a Christian perspective. It was notable how many people came to these events who wouldn’t normally come to church.
Three things that were newly established in 2017 really bedded in in 2018. Firstly, the Children’s Church Team who help at our 10am Sunday service now total nine people, all of them full of energy and creativity and committed to see our children grow in faith. In addition, given that the Holy Spirit is apportioned to all believers, it is important we have a mindset which sees our children as not just being the church of the future but also the church now.
Secondly, the Open the Book Team who go into Berry Lane Primary school on a fortnightly basis has been a constant source of encouragement and helped us forge deeper links with the school. I know these assemblies have become a real highlight for the children and for us. Seeing the bible stories come alive through drama and costume will doubtless make an impact on the children’s lives now and into the future.
Thirdly, the PCC day away has been a pivotal time for getting away from the day to day operations of running the Parish to help the church leadership team think strategically about the future of St Lawrence with St Paul. The PCC have been instrumental in taking the Diocesan Vision ‘Healthy Churches, Transforming Communities’ and applying it to our own Longridge context. Together we identified the following priority characteristics for the type of culture we hope to promote:
- A welcoming atmosphere
- A church that reaches out with the gospel
- A collective sense of family
In 2018 two new initiatives also began. The Bereavement Group started just before the period of this report and settled into a regular monthly routine during the year and the Autism Group was trialled at the end of the 2018 and I expect will go from strength to strength now it has settled into a new home in St Paul’s Centenary Room.
These groups are of course in addition to the many other longstanding activities that form the backbone of our community fellowship, of which there are too many to mention, but the efforts of all involved are deeply appreciated – Thank you.
If the 150th Anniversary celebrations allowed us to take stock and consolidate, then the period from January to Easter 2019 has been one of setting down some early structures for growth.
Principally this came with the Launch of the new church vision, Following Jesus in Loving Community.
You may recall that this vision was inspired by the lives of the two Patron Saints our churches are named after. From Saint Paul we get the first part Following Jesus and from St Lawrence we get the second part In Loving Community.
The bible passage which underlies the vision is from John 15:1-17 where Jesus encourages his followers to remain in him (the true vine) if they want to be fruitful. And testimony to their fruitfulness will be seen by how well they love one another.
Whether something is fruitful for advancing the Kingdom of God therefore becomes a useful measure for deciding how to invest our energies and resources in the future.
With this in mind it has been important to establish a baseline of the Time, Talents and Treasures our congregation has to offer. I’ve been delighted by the positive response to this recent mini-series and this has been evidenced by the generosity of people’s ongoing commitment shown on Pledge Sunday.
In terms of finances I’m optimistic this will help us achieve our short term aim of balancing our books in 2019 while being ambitious for growth in the future.
In terms of human resources, you can see an anonymised list of the time and talents people pledged on the noticeboards at St Lawrence and St Paul. I hope you will find this encouraging to look at.
Another benefit of the new vision Following Jesus in Loving Community is that it gives us a natural two-year revolving cycle of discipleship and building community in which to focus our attention.
The main focus of 2019 is therefore on discipleship. For this reason, 3 new initiatives have been introduced to promote this.
Firstly, a bookstall selling Christian books is up and running in the foyer of St Paul. Secondly, the Alpha Course was launched and 20 people got to explore the claims of Christianity afresh. A new Home Group is about to be born out of this and developing Home Groups is very much at the heart of my vision for the church going forward.
Thirdly, in association with the Church Pastoral Aid Society, I and three other volunteers from our church were able to take 17 year four pupils from Berry Lane School to Hothersall Lodge for a School Ventures activity weekend where the evidence for the resurrection was investigated. My hope is this can be repeated year on year so that when pupils get to Year 6 it will encourage them to join our Confirmation Course.
Also coming soon in the area of discipleship is the Bible Course which starts on Thursday 2nd May and on June 27th we’re hosting the award-winning comedy show ‘Would you Adam and Eve it.
By God’s grace there is certainly still lots to celebrate and give thanks for, not least that amongst all this we still managed to raise another £30,000 towards the St Paul’s roof fund taking our total to over £60,000.
On this note it’s worth saying that St Lawrence with St Paul would be nothing without the people in it and this year has been no exception. Just like the number of different groups in our church, there are too many people who faithfully serve to name individually but I want to acknowledge the commitment of choir members who have rehearsed on Friday nights and lead our sung worship on Sundays; and also the Ministry Team who share the load of leading and preaching with me at each service as well as supporting other local churches.
I would also like to mention a few notable changes in personnel.
After almost 29 years of faithful service Sheila Quigley resigned last June and Barbara McCormick has come onboard as the new Church Administrator. Right across the country churches in all dioceses are realising how essential this position is in releasing vicars to do the job they were called to fulfil.
Then in December Malcom Welch stepped down as the Safeguarding officer. Malcom has gone about this role with steadfast commitment and professionalism and has always given good advice. I’m pleased to say that Janet Redding has volunteered to take up this role and will be commencing it following the APCM.
Muriel Anderson has done a great job in her 3 year term as Mission Champion getting a lot of new initiatives off the ground and I’m very grateful for the inspiration she’s provided. The role is now transitioning over to Karen Boardman, who comes on board as a way of really cementing the close link between the school and the church.
Last but not least, Vernon Kinrade has done a sterling job this last year as the solo Church Warden, this is not to say he’s not been supported by the Deputy wardens and other members of the PCC, however I do want to acknowledge the way Vernon has calmly done everything required of him with diplomacy, efficiency and grace.
I’m very grateful that Chris Page has agreed to step into Vernon’s shoes and he, like me, is hoping another person will be willing to be trained up to occupy the second Warden space soon.
Thank you to everyone here who contributes so much to the church. It continues to be a joy to serve as your vicar.
I’d like to finish with one of my favourite concluding prayers,
‘Go before us, O Lord, in all our doings, with your most gracious favour, and further us with your continual help, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your Holy Name, and finally by your mercy obtain everlasting Life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. – Amen.’
Any other business.
St. Lawrence’s. Gwyneth Jones requested that action be taken to investigate the plaster which continues to drop in the side chapel. Vernon Kinrade confirmed that this would be dealt with.
Lawrence Ingham proposed a vote of thanks to Revd. Mike on behalf of the meeting for his inspirational Vicar’s report and leadership over the last two years.
The meeting closed with prayer.