Parish of Dunchurch with Thurlaston

"Worshipping God, sharing the love of Jesus and serving our community"

NEWS FROM THE VESTRY AND PCC

Enquiries about weddings or Baptisms should be addressed to Rev Patricia Townshend on 01788 461987 or e mail revptownshend@gmail.com. Funerals or matters concerning the churchyard should be addressed to Chris Sarson on 01926 632408.

From October we are offering a Junior Church on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month. The 1st Sunday is a Family Service. 

It costs well over £1000 per week to meet the running costs of our church. Please consider making a regular gift or review your current contribution. This can be done in church or through a bank standing order. The account sort code is 30-97-17 and account number is 01089602. If you pay tax please use Gift Aid as this increases the gift by 25%. If you are considering making or amending a will, please do think about us. 

Parish Diaries for 2018 are now available at a cost of £1 each. Please speak to Chris after the Sunday service or order from him, phoning 01926 632408. 

Our PCC has agreed that baptised children may receive communion after due preparation. Pat asks that parents who wish their children to be admitted to communion please either phone her (01788 461987) or e mail her (revptownshend@gmail.com) or talk to her after a service.

We really need help with new faces to go on the rotas for coffee, sides-persons and cleaning. The more people we have, the less often it comes your turn. If you would be willing to help and allow us to continue these important services to our church at St Peter's, please contact Bob or Chris.

Please note that every third Friday of the month there will be a coffee morning in the Village Hall at Thurlaston from 10.30 to 12.00.

Bell ringers for St Peter's are wanted. They ring for Sunday services and practice night is Wednesday. If you are interested in having a go, please contact Mike Bennett (see poster in church).

PCC met on 14th November. The meeting was preceded by a talk from Dominic, an organ builder, who had looked at the organ in St Peter's that afternoon and spoke frankly about its condition and ways forward. Recent changes to the pattern of services at St Peter's were considered with some regretting the loss of Morning Prayer on the 3rd Sunday. However attendances were not noticeably down and Pat said that changing back would involve her in a good deal more preparation. A Planning meeting had been held to look at events and dates for 2018 and this would be circulated. The need to find a new Churchwarden for Spring 2018 (or two) was discussed, Chris having prepared a list of his duties and tasks. It was agreed that a Parish Secretary could do much of this. A quiet period before the service started for contemplation would be helpful and further thought would be given as to how best to arrange this. A letter of thanks from the Foodbank had been received for the collection at the Harvest service.

Standing Committee met on 24 October and reviewed future dates for church activities, especially around Christmas. Revd Pat would be on leave from end December to 22 January and had arranged cover for services. The PCC meeting due in January would be rescheduled to 6 February. Another firm of organ builders would look at the organ on 14 November and it was hoped that they might stay on to talk to PCC on that evening.The pastoral care team was to re-formed and volunteers for portfolios sought. There was a discussion on how to bring the congregation to quiet contemplation before a service.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct 13 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Saturday, Oct 14 at 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Saturday, Oct 14 at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday, Oct 15 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM