PCC News January 2020

PCC – could you offer your time and talents?

The PCC have agreed a date for the Annual Parochial Church Meeting as Thursday 23rd April at 7.00pm in St Katharine’s, to be followed by a buffet.

As you probably know, this is the meeting where the membership of the PCC is elected to serve for the following 12 months. In April, five current members will be completing their 3 year term of office, and therefore there will be vacancies for new members. There is plenty of time to have a think about this, and whether you feel you could offer a bit of time to support the “behind the scenes” work of the church and decision-making process. Things discussed and decisions made at PCC meetings can have a positive impact for the future and are an important part of the continuing life of this Parish church.

To quote from the “PCC Members Essential Guide” by Mark Tanner….

“The PCC (Parochial Church Council) is a legal body made up of the people who have legal responsibility for the Parish church, the churchyard, and the church’s money. Importantly though, the PCC V also has responsibility for working with the minister on matters of general concern and importance to the parish, and promoting the whole mission of the Church in the parish. It works for all in its parish, not just for running the church building or looking after Christians.”

If you feel you could get involved and would like more information, please have a chat with Revd Angela, or the churchwardens, to let them know you would like to be considered for this role.


Fabric update

You will be pleased to hear the fault in the wiring for the organ has now been identified and repaired and it is now in full working order.

Dennis from Design Lights has made some polymer covers for the ventilation grids under the windows in church, which is helping to reduce the draughts on windy days! Thank you Dennis.

We are still awaiting approval from the DAC (Diocesan Advisory Committee) for the Faculties to repair the East wall, and restore the hatchment. Hopefully these tasks will be completed in 2020.

Many thanks to Mark Sheehan for making the repairs to the guttering at the front of church.

The proceeds from the Christmas Fair made a big dent to the annual insurance bill of £4,130 and with the gift aid claim of £1,943 (thank you to Chris Skinner) we have been able to pay this in full. Thank you.

The next meeting of the PCC will be held on Monday 20th January at 7.30pm. Items for “Any other Business” should be notified to the Chair, Revd Angela, or secretary, Mary Pryle, at least 24 hours before the meeting please.


Changes in the Diocese

The Manchester Diocese have a new vision…… “Our diocesan vision is to be a worshipping, growing and transforming Christian presence at the heart of every community. We want to be a Church for a Different World. All our energy, effort and prayer is focused on achieving our vision by 2030.”


As a result some changes have been proposed. These include:

  • Consolidating the number of deaneries from 20 to 7 (the Bolton area would become one deanery instead of three as at present).
  • Introducing a new full-time Area Dean role, providing leadership for change and development, as well as the capacity to be directly involved at parish level when there are vacancies.


The Diocese want to hear your views on this and as part of their consultation period have offered details and the opportunity for comments to be made. You can read and make your comments using the below link… https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/S9L9563 or by post. The consultation is open until February 2020).