Annual Meeting of Parishioners and Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Sunday 16th May 2021
By Christine Camplin, PCC Secretary
The 2021 Annual Meetings were held via Zoom on Sunday 16 May 2021 at 12 noon. More than 26 people attended.
Annual Meeting of Parishioners
Jim Nurton and Julie Whitney were re-elected as Wardens for a further year.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting
The Electoral Roll was revised in April prior to the meeting. There are now 139 people on the Roll (a reduction from 141) with 45 resident in the parish.
Gill O’Neill thanked those who had completed their terms of office on the PCC: Charles Corbin, Silbert Crichlow, Mary Dawson, Vida Smith. Silbert and Mary were re-elected to serve a second term, and Eloise Fotiadis and Sue O’Neill were elected to the PCC.
Due to circumstances beyond our control the 2020 Accounts were not available to the meeting. Following Diocesan recommendations, the PCC will approve them when they are completed and they will then be circulated to the congregation with the opportunity to ask questions.
The 2020 Annual Report was received and can be downloaded here
Paper copies can be collected from the church on Sunday mornings. Please contact the Parish Office if you need one delivered or posted.
Parochial Church Council
The first meeting of the new PCC took place on Wednesday 26 May, again via Zoom.
Christine Camplin and Sarah Goudge were re-elected Secretary and Treasurer respectively and Jim Nurton was elected Vice-Chair of the PCC. Gill Nash and Joy Taylor were re-appointed Deputy Churchwardens .
Topics discussed included finances and stewardship, the current pattern of worship, use of the Goose Green Centre and life at St John’s post-Covid.
The next meeting of the PCC is on 23 June 2021.
I was asked two questions at the Annual Meetings and have duly consulted the Church Representation Rules (2020) for confirmation.
1. Do we need to meet a quorum for the meeting?
Annual Meetings do not have a quorum unlike PCC meetings which require a third of members to be present, of whom the majority are not clergy. The PCC is required to provide a number of documents to the annual meeting “which the annual meeting may then discuss”. This includes: electoral roll changes, annual reports (with fabric report and deanery synod report) and financial statements. The meeting may then make recommendations for the PCC to consider.
2. Feline representation
The second question was a little more light-hearted. It was observed that there were four cats present at the meeting. Can we count them in the number present?
There are a few hurdles to adding our furry friends. A lay person is entitled to have his or her name on the Electoral Roll of a parish if all the following apply. He or she:
1. is aged 16 or over
2. is baptised *** (i. this is not recommended on the grounds of Health and Safety and ii. cats consider that they are already deities)
3. has made a declaration that they are a member of the Church of England or of a Church in communion with it
4. is either resident in the parish or has habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months
Finally, they need to sign the application form. Paw prints are not accepted.
*** I recently found an article Church of England to consider 'animal baptism
'. Unfortunately the article date (1 April 2018) diminishes its credibility.
By Tayo Olatunde
With lockdown gradually easing, St John has once again commenced its journey towards becoming an Eco Church. As a first step we have now formed an Eco Church Action Group. Tayo Olatunde (St John Eco Church Rep), Jayne Mallett, Clare Brown, Julie Whitney, Martin Howell and Jim Nurton are members of this group, with Revd Gill as Vicar providing oversight.
The aim of the group is to drive eco-friendly initiatives across the church and our local community. These initiatives will fall within any of the following areas:
- Worship & Teaching
- The Church Building
- The Church Land
- Community & Global Engagement
The group has met twice since its formation, most recently on 18 May when we held a Q&A session with the Eco Church Rep of St John Upper Norwood. Our immediate objective is to identify areas within our church/community where we can quickly apply the eco-friendly ethos. Discussions are also ongoing on the longer term initiatives.