David Hamilton-Peters, our Parish Secretary, presented his report. The PCC discussed, in particular, matters relating to the production and distribution of the monthly diary, along with other aspects of the Parish Secretary’s work, and thanked him for his ongoing work and commitment. Improvements to the working environment following the office decluttering day in October and subsequent redecoration of the Parish Office were also noted.
Malcom Stern and Venetia David, Trustees and Directors of Alternatives provided an update on the activities of Alternatives, including an overview of recent talks and events. The PCC discussed a number of aspects of the ongoing relationship between Alternatives and St James’s including the extent of alignment of values and important areas of governance and safeguarding.
Estates Manager’s Report
Ryan Tyler, our Estates Manager presented his report. The PCC discussed, in particular, a number of aspects of ongoing maintenance and repairs, specifically following recent incidents of failure of the boiler and the electrical infrastructure. Plans were noted for an audit and undertaking of essential remedial works to the electrical infrastructure in the short term. These would also be informed by the recent quinquennial inspection of the site completed by St James’s inspecting architect.
The PCC received and noted a report from Debbie O’Brien on the activities of the Winter Shelter, including funding and the organisation and work of the team of volunteers who, under Debbie’s leadership, are critical to the success of the Shelter.
The PCC discussed and approved a number of revisions to the budget for 2018 that was approved at the previous meeting.
Lindsay Meader, Associate Rector, provided a report on the Lent Quiet Day that was held in March 2017 at the Kairos Centre in Roehampton and the Parish Weekend Away held at the Emmaus Centre in West Wickham in June 2017. She also explained plans that were being developed for 2018. These included at least three Quiet Days – one in mid-late February just before Lent begins, one in the summer – possibly linked to the Patronal Festival and one at the beginning of Advent. In view of the Human Rights pilgrimage planned for June, it was likely that a year-off would be taken from holding a Parish Weekend. LM also reported that plans were being explored for a longer residential retreat (4/5/6 nights) for Summer 2019.
Pastoral (Visitors) Group
Lindsay Meader provided a report on St James’s approach to pastoral care provided by the Visitors Group and plans to further develop the membership and support provided by this group, along with a more systematic approach to managing prayer requests and the possibility of developing a programme for local groups.
Archdeacon’s Visitation February 2018
The PCC discussed plans for the Archdeacon’s visitation planned for Monday 5th February 2018, to be undertaken by Revd Paul Thomas, Area Dean of Paddington, including key elements and the timetable for the visitation.
Support for Asylum Seekers and others of limited means
The PCC received a report on developments relating to St James’s approach to providing support for Asylum Seekers and others of limited means, in respect of each of four main strands of support: the Winter Shelter, the International Breakfast Group, the Hosting Hub and a new Acts2Share structure to support participation in the activities of St James’s social groups
Social Events update
MP provided a report on recent activities of St James’s social groups, including Walking Boots, Walking Sticks, the Let’s Go Out Group and Theatre trips.
The PCC received for information and noted:
• A schedule of PCC and Standing Committee meeting dates for 2018-19.
• The minutes of the Staff meeting of 1st November 2017