The PCC approved the Away Giving recommendations on the basis of project submissions by the community, totalling £12,000
Finna Ayres, SJP’s Site Manager, reported to the PCC on the high quality of the North Wall renovations, and the new gates, both of which have drawn positive comments. A rail to assist negotiating the entrance stairs is still to be installed. A Hoist for the disabled loo is to be installed asap, despite unsuccessful grant applications. The mite infestation affecting the new Lime tree is not unusual for London Limes, and the tree should eventually recover. The PCC warmly thanked Finna for her dedicated 15 years of work at SJP, and for the splendid round bench surrounding the new tree donated by Finna and Christopher to mark her retirement.
Maggie Butcher has been appointed Planned Giving coordinator, and will work closely with our Treasurer, Simon Steadman, to ensure a vibrant and effective scheme.
As part of preparations for inviting wider SJP community involvement in the Wren project, it was agreed that a list of possible enterprises for community members to visit during July and August would be handed out, with an invitation for feedback, comments and ideas. These will be integrated in time for the September 7 Community meeting, where progress on the Wren project will be presented and discussed.
Various reviews were approved, with small task groups to prepare proposals for discussion at the PCC Away Day, at Bromley-by-Bow, on July 19th. Reviews include how SJP welcomes and involves children and young people; the newcomers welcoming scheme; and Away Giving procedures, aiming to increase community involvement. At the Away day, the PCC would also review its work plan, and set up a rota for regular PCC surgeries on Sundays, after the 11h00 liturgy.
Three student ordinands will soon spend time at SJP, as part of their training placements: two in July and one in October; and it is hoped that they will have opportunities to spend time with PCC members as well as the SJP congregation, as part of their placement experiences.
The PCC agreed to renew its membership of Citizens UK; and to test and improve the sound system as necessary (especially for the gallery and for space behind the altar).
The ongoing legacy of Bethlehem Unwrapped was noted – including the attendance by SJP community members to the Launch of the Bethlehem Unwrapped Film and auction of the Wall, at St Luke's in Holloway, on June 4. The next PCC meeting is on 21 July.