We had planned to have our annual meeting for St James’s and St Mark’s on the last Sunday of March, but the best laid plans were scuppered by the coronavirus crisis.
We have now been informed that we must have our annual parish and annual church meeting before the end of October. In 2019 we had the meeting directly after the Parish Communion at St James’s and we more than doubled the number of attendees and kept the meeting within one hour! You may be wondering how does this affect me? Well, I hope that all of us in the parish (living in Ewhurst Green, Staplecross and Cripps Corner) have a concern for the mission, finances, fabric and engagement of the local church with the wider community, and reports of things will be presented (this year in advance in written/electronic form) at the meeting when we can ask questions and contribute ideas.
This year the annual meetings will take place (in a socially distanced manner) immediately after a joint Communion service for the whole parish at 9.30am on Sunday 27th September at St James’s church.
The first part of the meeting will be the Annual Meeting of Parishioners at which we will choose those who we would like to serve as churchwardens. This part of the meeting is open to all those who reside in the Parish of Ewhurst.
After this, we move seamlessly into the Annual Parish Church Meeting for the reports and appointment of members to serve on the Parochial Church Council, appointment of sidemen women, Deanery Synod representatives, safeguarding officer and to receive and discuss the various reports.
As we approach the time of this meeting, forms will be available for nominations for churchwardens, Deanery Synod representatives and members of the Parochial Church Council.
So please consider who you would like to nominate, and indeed, whether you would like to serve the church as a member of the PCC yourself.
Sunday 27th September
9.30 Joint Parish Communion at St James’s Church No Service at St Mark’s
10.20 Annual Meeting of Parishioners
10.30 Annual Parochial Church Meeting
Canon Christopher Irvine