As our Annual Parochial Church meeting (APCM) approaches on Sunday 27th April 11am
here"s a picture of St Giles at Easter 2014.
60 folk gather on an average Sunday, 10 at 8am and 50 at 10am including on average
8 children. These figures have been constant over my 5 years as Rector so we"re drawing
in new members sufficient to balance loss through illness, death or moves away from
the village. Our Mission aim is "to be a church growing in faith, love and numbers".
The leadership of the parish priest is allied to that of the Churchwardens David
Lamb and James Nicholson – we salute James as he stands down this month after 5 years
fantastic service – and is shared with another 8 members of the Parochial Church
Council (PCC) who coordinate the life and work of St Giles. We hope to elect a new
Churchwarden and some new PCC members at the APCM.
The PCC oversees four energetic groups serving Churchyard, Fabric, Finance and the
Martindale and it liaises with School Governors, Five o"clock service, Friends of
Horsted Keynes Church, Deanery Synod and our Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator Kath
Brooke-Webb and Webmaster David Ollington.
In recent months PCC agenda included planning and reflection afterwards on outreach
services, dealing with carpet beetle in Church, sharing our faith, the new memorial
path for cremated remains, renewing Prayerline, funding the work of the Church, inviting
church members to write a Letter to God at Easter and working towards a church toilet
– St Giles Church has an interesting and varied agenda.