April – a month for reviewing our life together
At the end of April we have our annual church meeting (APCM), on Sunday 24th April, after our Sunday morning service.
The APCM is an opportunity for us to look back over the past year and to ready ourselves and the PCC for the year ahead.
Each year our annual meeting is accompanied by a booklet of reports which covers all areas of our life together; ranging from our toddler group, to our Christmas Market.
The booklet also includes an overview of our church finances, approved at March’s PCC meeting. Booklets are now available at the back of the church – one booklet per household. I am sure this report will be a real encouragement to you- we have so much to celebrate. I have also laid out the opportunities and challenges for Christ Church. Do pick up your copy next time you are in church.
At the APCM we will be electing six people onto the PCC (Parochial Church Council) of Christ Church. A member of the PCC has two roles, firstly to be involved in church council meetings, jut six a year; also to be part of one of the working groups of the PCC, which meet a similar number of times. The PCC seeks to ensure that the church is a safe and welcoming place for all, and that as a church we minister effectively in our worship, our prayer life and in serving the local community. For the PCC to operate well we need a good mix of people and talents. The real work of the PCC is in these six sub-groups – from this year each member of the PCC will belong to one.
The groups are: Worship & Spirituality, Buildings & Safety, Pastoral Care, Children & Youth, Admin & Communication, and Finance. The work of the PCC enables members of the congregation to play a real, active part, in shaping the current and future ministry of the church………so please consider coming on-board! Come and talk to me or one of the wardens (Mark and Brendon) and pick up an application form.
The Shape course starts on 13th April at 8.00pm. The Shape course is all about helping each one of us find out how our gifts, talents and heart’s desire ‘shape’ us for God’s service. If you would like to find about where God is calling you, this course is for you: it will be in church, every other Wednesday at Christ Church at 8.00pm.