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. Funerals or matters concerning the churchyard should be addressed to Chris Sarson on 01926 632408.

The annual Harvest Festival service at St Peter's will take place on 1st October. We ask you to bring non-perishable items which we can then send to Rugby Foodbank. Children are especially welcome so that they can join in by taking the donated goods to the altar. The service will be followed by a simple lunch (bread and cheese) which will cost £3 to cover costs (nil for children).

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. 

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.

Since 2014 we have been offering a Junior Church for older children (8-12) known as "Hope Gang", once a month on the 4th Sunday. This will be during the first part of the service so that young people can participate in Communion in the second part. We continue to offer Junior Church for younger children on the 3rd and 4th Sundays every month (subject to there being sufficient helpers which can be a problem during school holidays). 

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 25th July and had a very interesting presentation by our organist, Tracey, about the organ and the need for some restoration as it becomes increasingly difficult to play. Reports from two specialists had been received and were considered by the Council. The need for some action was agreed, subject to finance and a further report would be sought to reconcile views on the best way forward and to explore possible funding sources. PCC agreed to forward the names of two potential Foundation Governors for the Junior School.  The Quinquennial inspection had been completed and the church was commended on being well maintained. It was hoped that remedial work arising would not be too onerous. It was agreed to investigate taking part as a pilot for a Stewardship project. A family barbecue and overnight camping were planned for 26th August. A copy of the income and expenses to 30th June were presented and showed a surplus for this period. It was encouraging that planned giving through the bank had risen significantly.

Standing Committee met on 4th July. The Quinquennial inspection had taken place and the architect had said that the church was very well maintained. Some expenditure was likely to arise however on repairs to guttering and the door to the cellar. It was noted that wedding numbers were down for 2017 which would affect income and ability to meet parish Share. The vicar was hoping to instruct children on receiving Communion and names of potential candidates were sought. A family barbecue was planned for the August bank holiday. 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Sunday, Sep 24 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Sunday, Sep 24 at 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday, Sep 24 at 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday, Sep 26 at 9:15 AM - 12:00 PM