Steve Innes and Mercedes Pavlicevic were thanked for their dedication and work as churchwardens for 2016-17 and the congregation offered its best wishes to Steve who was moving away.
For 2017-18, Deborah Colvin and Trevor Lines were appointed as Churchwardens and Mercédès Pavlicevic was appointed as Deputy Churchwarden. As elected Churchwardens, Deborah and Trevor became ex-officio members of St James’s PCC for the year and the meeting expressed its will that the PCC should also co-opt Mercédès as a PCC member.
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
David Hamilton-Peters, the Parish Secretary and Electoral Roll Officer reported an increase in the number on St James’s electoral roll to 207, and the congregation thanked David for his work throughout the year.
Thanks to St James’s staff team
Thanks were expressed to all members of the St James’s staff team for their dedicated service throughout the year.
PCC Secretary’s Report
Graham Cooper, PCC Secretary, had submitted a written report on the activities and business discussed by the PCC during 2016-17 and the congregation thanked Graham for the support that he had provided to the PCC during the year.
PCC Honorary Treasurer’s Report and Annual Financial Report & Financial Statements for the year ended 31st December 2016
Simon Stedman, Honorary Treasurer, presented his report, along with the Annual Report & Financial Statements for the year ended 31st December 2016, highlighting the surplus of income over expenditure.
Simon had decided to step down as Honorary Treasurer after five years in the role and the congregation expressed its gratitude for the expertise and care with which he had undertaken the role. Simon thanked Chris Rogers, Finance Manager, for his work throughout the year.
Re-appointment of Auditors
St James’s current auditors, Mazars, were re-appointed for the audit for the financial year ending 31st December 2017.
A written copy of the Churchwardens’ report had been provided. The Chair thanked Steve Innes and Mercédès Pavlicevic for their tremendous contributions and hard work throughout the year and for their report.
Deanery Synod Representatives Report
A report was received and Lia Shimada, Trevor Lines and Paul Little were thanked for their service as St James’s Deanery Synod representatives for 2016-17.
Election of new PCC members
Thanks were expressed to Maggie Butcher, Penelope Douglas, Simon Perfect and once again to Simon Stedman, who would not be continuing as PCC members, for the valued contributions that they had made during their service as elected lay PCC members. Stephen Bell, Carolyn Davies, Robert Duirs, Leah Hoskin, Natasha Imison, Evelyn Namutebi and Wilson Wong were elected as Lay PCC members for a term of office of three years.
Election of Deanery Synod Representatives
Lia Shimada and Pearl Willis were elected as St James’s Deanery Synod representatives for the next term of office of three years.
The meeting received written copies of the annual Safeguarding Report, provided by Jane Preest, Safeguarding Officer and Jane Preest, HR Advisor. Thanks were expressed to Jane Preest and Jane Gray for their work and their report.
The Chair referred the meeting to her written report, copies of which had been provided. She also gave a presentation to the meeting on a review of key events, activities and relationships during year. Individual members of the congregation were invited to speak on items in relation to which they played a significant role.
Eco Church Update
Deborah Colvin, St James’s Sustainability Champion provided a report on activities underpinning St James’s Eco Church initiative.
Wren Project update
A progress report to the congregation on the Wren Project was included on the agenda, but in view of time constraints, the meeting agreed that this should be provided separately after a future Sunday service.
Raks Patel provided a report on Away Giving 2016, explaining that £12,000 had been awarded, split between thirteen organisations. Raks also advised that forms for members of the congregation to nominate organisations for Away Giving 2017 were available and must be submitted by Sunday 28th May, with applications to be reviewed and considered by the PCC at its meeting of 26th June 2017. She also provided information on the criteria against which applications would be assessed, which included a strong alignment with St James’s mission and Strategic Plan objectives.
Timing of the 2018 Annual Parochial Church Meeting
A request was made and acknowledged to try to avoid a clash of dates of the 2018 APCM with that of the London Marathon, the travel disruption arising from which had caused difficulty to some members of the congregation in attending this meeting.
Thanks to the Rector
The congregation expressed its thanks to Lucy Winkett, in her role as Rector, for her contribution to the life of St James’s throughout the year.
Implementation of a scheme for postal voting
The meeting approved a resolution for the implementation of a scheme entitling members of the electoral roll who are unable to attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting to submit their votes by post, to take effect from the 2018 APCM.
Limitation on the future number of elected Lay PCC members
A resolution was proposed and debated to limit the number of elected lay PCC members to nine with effect from 2018. Members of the congregation provided a variety of views in favour and against the resolution, and following the counting of votes the resolution was passed.