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Annual Church Meetings – Sunday 26th April 2015

Annual Church Meetings – Sunday 26th April The Annual Meetings which take place next month following the 10am Parish Communion on Sunday 26th April are important occasions in the life of a parish.

At the meetings we elect those who will share in the leadership of the parish for the coming year and we have the opportunity to reflect together on the past year and to help think about the future life of God’s church in this parish.

At the Annual Meeting of Parishioners (open to everyone resident in the parish and those on the church electoral roll) we will elect our two churchwardens for the coming year.

At the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (open to those on the church electoral roll) we will elect up to 2 persons to serve on the Deanery Synod (to serve for a period of 2 years), up to 2 persons to serve on the Cross Hills & District Fellowship of Churches Council (to serve for a period of 1 year), and up to 5 persons to serve on the Parochial Church Council (3 to serve for a period of 3 years, 1 to serve for a period of 2 years, 1 to serve for a period of 1 year). To share in the leadership of the parish is an important function and everyone is encouraged to prayerfully consider if they are being called by God to serve in this way.

We hope as many members of our church community as possible will come to our Annual Church Meetings. Please book the date in your diary.

The 2015 report

 

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What’s on in the parish.. 29 March – 5th April 2015

Holy Week & Easter

Holy Week is the most important of all weeks in the Christian calendar and, again, all Christians are encouraged to join in with as much of Holy Week as possible. Of particular importance is experiencing the great period from Maundy Thursday through to Easter Day. It is only by experiencing the sorrow of the Cross on Good Friday that we can most fully experience the joy of the empty tomb on Easter Day.

Holy Week & Easter Services

Sunday 29th March – Palm Sunday
8.15am Blessing of Palms and Holy Communion
10.00am Blessing of Palms, Procession (from Barretts Bridge, Priestbank Road) and Holy Communion. Those who prefer not to process meet in church for Blessing of Palms.

Monday 30th, Tuesday 31st March & Wednesday 1st April
12.30pm Stations of the Cross
7.30pm Meditative Service

Thursday 2nd April – Maundy Thursday
7.30pm Eucharist of the Last Supper followed by vigil of prayer
until 11pm

Friday 3rd April – Good Friday
10.10am Procession of witness from St Andrew’s to Cross Hills for…
10.30am Prayers at the gates of St Peter’s Methodist Church.
12 noon Prayer around the cross until…
2.00pm Liturgy of the Cross
7.30pm Ecumenical Service (t.b.c.)

Saturday 4th April – Easter Eve
8.45pm Easter Vigil and Renewal of Baptismal Vows

Sunday 5th April – Easter Day
8.15am Holy Communion
10.00am Family Holy Communion and Renewal of Baptismal Vows (followed by Easter Egg hunt)
6.00pm CDFC Celebration Songs of Praise

 

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Church ceiling – plaster fall – an update

22nd February 2015

Church ceiling – plaster fall – an update.  The report on the inspection of the ceiling by Building Conservation Solutions Ltd has been received. The inspecting team removed all unstable plaster and has recommended the erection of debris netting in the nave and chancel within 4 months as an interim measure before a full re-plastering of the church can be carried out in the future. We are now able to resume use of the nave and north aisles.  Please contact Robin if you have any questions about this.

 

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Church ceiling – plaster fall – an update

8th February 2015

Church ceiling – plaster fall – an update.  The PCC approved the quote from Building Conservation Solutions Ltd for the tactile inspection of the church ceiling. This will begin on Monday 9th February and is expected to take 3-4 days. The PCC will then consider the inspection report with any recommendations for the erection of debris netting. A longer term and permanent solution will also be necessary. The Sunday 10am service will continue to take place in the chancel until further notice.   Please contact Robin if you have any questions about this.

 

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Church ceiling – plaster fall – an update

1st February 2015

Church ceiling – plaster fall – an update.  Church ceiling – plaster fall – an update. The PCC approved the quote from Conservation Solutions Ltd for the tactile inspection of the church ceiling. This will begin on Monday 9th February and is expected to take 3-4 days. The PCC will then consider the inspection report with any recommendations for the erection of debris netting. A longer term and permanent solution will also be necessary. The Sunday 10am service will continue to take place in the chancel until further notice.   Please contact Robin if you have any questions about this.

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Church ceiling – plaster fall – an update

25 January 2015

Church ceiling – plaster fall – an update.  A further meeting took place last Tuesday with our architect and an adviser from a building conservation firm to discuss the option for a tactile inspection of the ceiling to ascertain its condition with subsequent possible erection of debris netting as necessary. Proposals, including costs, for these measures are now being prepared for consideration by the PCC. A longer term and permanent solution will also be necessary. The Sunday 10am service will continue to take place in the chancel until further notice. Please contact Robin if you have any questions about this.  Please contact Robin if you have any questions about this.

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Reordering of the central area of the church

Reordering of the central area of the church.  The 28 day period for the display of the Public Notice ended on 17th January.  As at this weekend we have not been notified by the Registry of any letters of objection.  Should this be the case the faculty application should be considered by the Diocesan Chancellor in the coming weeks.  All the relevant documents pertaining to the application are on display in the south aisle.

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Church ceiling – plaster fall – an update

18th January 2015

Church ceiling – plaster fall – an update.  Following a meeting in the church last Wednesday with an architect and an adviser from a Conservation & Restoration company, we are now actively exploring the option to erect debris netting in the nave and side aisle as an interim measure to enable us to resume use of the whole church building.  A longer term and permanent solution is also under consideration.  The Sunday 10am service will continue to take place in the chancel until further notice.  Please contact Robin if you have any questions about this.

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Fall of Plaster

8 January 2015

Recently we had a fall of plaster from the church ceiling above the pews near the front of the nave. Following the PCC Standing Committee on Monday we have been in touch with our Archdeacon, the Secretary of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (the body which deals with the care of church buildings) and our church insurers, Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, to discuss the situation. Our insurers advised, understandably, that the PCC must undertake a risk assessment and then take appropriate measures in response to the assessment.

The Standing Committee met again this afternoon to carry out a risk assessment. We determined that the Risk Rating for the nave and north aisle areas of the church is such that we should not use these areas of the church until such time as a professional person has carried out a high level close inspection of the ceiling plaster in situ; this will be arranged with our architect as soon as possible. We determined that we can continue to use the chancel and south aisle areas of the church.

The purpose of this email is to let you know what has happened and to inform you that the 10am service on Sundays will take place in the chancel at the east end of the church until further notice.

Please pass on this information to friends and neighbours who are not on email so the news is as widely circulated as possible.

If you have any questions about this please do contact me.

Robin