Church/ Parish Governance
Electoral Roll 2023
If you would like to be added to the church Electoral Roll please click on this link to download the most recent form: New version Electoral Roll form March 2023
- 2024: 31st January, 22nd May (APCM), 3rd July, 11th September, 6th November
The Parochial Church Council met on Wednesday 8th November 2023.
- Most of our time was spent discussing our safeguarding policies, specifically ‘safer recruitment’, i.e. the process by which we try to make our recruitment of volunteers as safe as possible. The current process takes a very long time, which isn’t suitable for everyone who wants to volunteer, and it may be that we adopt a ‘fast-track’ policy alongside the standard one. Clergy and safeguarding officers will discuss this and come back to the PCC with a proposal.
- Updates were given on the Mission Action Plan. Home groups have been established and are running fortnightly, discussing a recent sermon. In Advent the groups will run weekly, and these will constitute the parish Advent Course. Youth work is also increasing in scope, as our new youth worker has enabled the youth group to meet more frequently. In addition, six girls from All Saints’ are soon to be confirmed.
- Ruby Vincent was appointed Data Officer for the parish, to monitor our compliance with GDPR.
- We discussed the possibility of joining with other churches to respond to Positively Putney’s request to provide Street Pastors in Putney on Friday nights, and several members were enthusiastic. If anyone is interested in volunteering, please let us know!
Meeting of the Parishioners and APCM 2023
The meeting of the parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting took place on Wednesday 10th May.
- At the meeting of the parishioners Andrew Grocott and Sarah Thomas were elected as churchwardens for the parish, to serve one-year terms.
- At the APCM the reports and accounts of the parish for 2022 were received.
The report can be read by clicking APCM 2022-23 report
The report makes reference to both church 2023 AGMs which can be read by clicking
St Mary’s DCC dates:
- 2024: 17th January, 20th March, 21st April, 12th June, 4th September, 27th November.
- We approved the purchase of 6 new chairs with short arms to help people with mobility issues get up and down more easily. Subject to final due diligence check by Andrew Grocott. The £1800 funding is to be from the Eileen Larkin’s legacy of which the first distribution of £50,000 has been received.
- We agreed to begin a new ministry of service. Baby massage to support parental baby bonding. This will be delivered by Ellen Ley, who has qualifications in this method and we will want to explore how to support her with a wider welcome / hospitality.
- Christmas charities were agreed as Wandsworth Prison Trust and (after meeting agreed) the Archbishops Humanitarian Appeal for Israel Palestine.
- The expected deficit for 2023 remains at around £18k. Constant process of pulling in more people to planned giving and helping all understand the costs of the church, our responsibility for that and the joy of generous giving.
- Two outreach / service possibilities were highlighted: Street Pastors, a sober caring, intentional presence in Putney from 10 pm to 3 am on Friday nights – volunteers needed! Phone call befriending, receiving social prescribing referrals from Putneymead Medical Centre.
The All Saints’ District Church Council met on Wednesday 15th November.
- We discussed volunteering, and the need to recruit to a few more of the rotas, including Welcomers and Small Saints.
- We congratulated Sarah Thomas on the success of the bonfire and fireworks event, and gave feedback that will inform how the event is run next year.
- We discussed giving, and the need for a new chair of the Giving Committee, to lead the group that works on congregational giving throughout the year.
- We discussed various items of building maintenance that have recently been completed, and the progress of the ongoing roundels project.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in the UK on 25 May 2018. It replaced the existing law on data protection (the Data Protection Act 1998) and gives individuals more rights and protection regarding how their personal data is used by organisations.