St Thomas Church
Lowther St,
YorkY031 7ND

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PCC Summary – December 2020

The PCC reappointed Dave Pennock as treasurer, Tom Dennis as secretary, and appointed Abi Oscroft as safeguarding officer (with Ruth Dunlop as PCC link for safeguarding). We are very thankful for all Jenny Bingham’s work as safeguarding officer as she steps down.

We discussed the application for a temporary licence from the archdeacon for the removal of pews from the nave. We agreed that we should make this application. It requires that the pews are stored until and unless a permanent faculty is granted for their permanent removal. We hope that this will give us more options for gathered worship and for community groups during this period of social distancing. We also hope it will give us the opportunity to ‘experiment’ and therefore to think creatively about the plans for the development of the church interior in the longer term. We are aware that this will mean things will have a ‘temporary’ feel for the time being, should this application be granted – ie, using a variety of chairs, not yet having the floor levelled etc. We hope that this will help us to see the possibilities for the future rather than put us off!

We agreed to increase the hours for Charlotte, the children’s and families worker, up until the end of March (from 18 to 24 hours per week). The role has changed substantially during the pandemic and the ‘church in bag’ resources which have been very successful (going to fifteen families, including some not previously involved with Sunday services) are very time consuming. We want Charlotte also to have opportunities to develop school relationships etc as well. We will again review the expected part-time role (connected with worship and creative outreach) in the new year – this has been put on hold because of the current restrictions.

We agreed the budget for 2021 (please ask Dave Pennock if you would like more details) and are very grateful to Dave for his work on this. This included a 5% increase on our freewill offering to the diocese. We also decided on the charities between which we’d distribute our £3000 of charity gifts for 2020 – these included Friends International, YoYo, Family Matters and the 2nd St Thomas’ Scout Group.

I was able to update the PCC on the appointment of Claire Smith as our Project Development Manager for the building project, starting in January.

There will also be a new boiler installed in the hall before the end of this year.

We continue to support St Wulstan’s informally, with myself, Phil, Sam and Erin having gone to give talks over the past few months. This will continue in Jan/Feb.