2011 Annual Report

Extracts from the Annual Report to the 2011 Annual Meeting

 

All Saints’ PCC has the responsibility of cooperating with the incumbent, the Revd Paul Reynolds, in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the Church.  It also has the maintenance responsibilities for the church-building in Curry Mallet, Somerset.

Achievements and Performance

There are 36 parishioners on the Church Electoral Roll.  No names were added during the year and one was deleted through death.  The average attendance across the three services counted in October, was 25, including children, but this number increased to over 50, at major festivals with ‘all-age’ services and for personal celebrations such as weddings and baptisms.

Review of the year

The new pattern of services was revised in June 2009 with Communion introduced on the fourth Sunday of the month.  Discussion about the service arrangements continues.  Attendance at the ‘Worship for All’ service fluctuates, has recently improved a little, although often with few children.

The Curry Mallet Home Group meets most weeks.  Attendance is variable but few attend.  The group welcomes Christians from all denominations from across the area to join the group as we all learn more about our faith.

The appointment of a benefice youth worker, Cheryl Govier, shared with the Blackdowns benefice was proving to be successful, both across the benefice and within the parish.

The fabric of the church building has continued to be a concern.  The Quinquennial review had identified a disturbing list of remedial work that is needed.  As well as much needed improvements to the heating and lighting, further work is need on walls, stonework and windows. Funding sources and possible grants for these projects have been investigated and applications submitted to a variety of charities and other funding bodies.  The pro bono survey by a very well qualified and experienced structural engineer had suggested major remedial work to the entire periphery of the building. Decisions have yet to be made.

Social/Fund raising activities have been minimal this year.  Planned giving through Gift Aid has increased by 9.8%.  Over 10% of giving to the church is given to charities and good causes – see the financial review notes for details.

The PCC has further developed links with the village school.  The ‘Worship for All’ service is to be held in the school once a term.  The first in the autumn term 2010 had been successful, with increased attendance.  Church members attended school celebration services held in the church building.  As usual, in July, the church gave a bible to each of the pupils leaving the school.  Again this year, church members organised and funded a summer-day’s craft activity for the children of the village, and another day in a neighbouring village.

Members help with the Benefice Pastoral Team and seek to meet the needs of the community.