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 REPORT TO THE 2019 APCM
(Annual Parish Church Meeting)

Welcome, worship and witness became our new strap line on our new church logo over this last year and helps us now, to both look back in reflection on 2018 and look forward in faith and in trust to our future life in this parish of All Saints Church. So Welcome to you all and to this report, which we the clergy commend to you, by invitation from the Archdeacon and Church Warden.

Reflecting over the year that has passed, it seems only right to start this annual report with immense gratitude and praise to you the members of All Saints Parish Church. It has been an incredibly varied year, with difficulties, challenges and equally with opportunities. A year that has demanded us to reflect ever more upon who we are as a missional community of believers, and as a church family we have been both enthused and committed in our experience from the Leading Your Church into Growth Program (LYCIG), to pursue the shoots of growth that we have seen, shared and nurtured within our church, within the lives of our young children (Mini Saints and +Plus Saints) and within our local community.

It was with immense sadness that in September 2018 we had to say farewell to our Vicar Revd. Tim Boyns and his wife Georgina, also a Reader within our church. Timís retirement came following a prolonged period of illness and difficulty and we look back with immense thanks to them both for their very distinct and special ministries within the church and also within the wider community for over 12 years. Following a service of farewell and a community gathering they went with our sincere thanks, love, prayers and our very best wishes for a new phase starting in their lives in their move to Litchfield.

From September 2018, we have therefore been in vacancy, and the ministry of our church in Hessle has and continues to function as far as is possible by agreement and invitation. It was decided from the beginning that myself along with Carol would continue to work collaboratively as Curates licensed to this parish as far as possible in respect of Carolís full-time role as Hospital Chaplain. 

It is an immense privilege to serve alongside you and to lead the church during this time in vacancy. We would like to record our sincere thanks to the church family, members of the PCC, to our Lay Chair. To the church Warden and Assistant Wardens both past and present for the support and encouragement that they have all given and we also thank our Ministry colleagues Revd. John Walker and Reader Philip Rodmell for their ongoing support to the life of the church.

We as a church are blessed to have incredibly gifted people who are committed, serve, support and contribute to life of the church in so many different ways. Those also involved and work behind the scenes to ensure we meet our financial and legal obligations, so a huge thank you, to you all.

 

The worship in our church is the bedrock of our witness together and this has been further strengthened by the children of our church and our work with the uniformed organisations and local schools throughout the year.

Occasional offices continue to thrive in our parish and the decision to move our 4.00pm baptism service to 12 noon on the first and third Sundays of the month have been greatly received and much more favorable with families.

Our monthly 12 noon 1662 Holy Communion Service came to a natural end with the sad death of a regular attender. However, it was agreed by the PCC that this service would continue to be offered on Christmas Day and Easter Day.

The introduction of the short five minutes daily prayer at 11am in the form of a Litany of Reconciliation and Proclamation of Hope, has been wonderfully successful. It is an encouragement to all, including visitors that we are a worshiping and prayerful community. Our daily open church is a ministry of outreach and provides many opportunities for much valued reflective or quiet space for people to come and be.

Special services continue to play an important part in the life of the church and wider community and we are blessed to share opportunities with our ecumenical partners (Tower Hill Methodist Church and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church), seasonal services and also including the Covenant Service, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the Mayorís Civic Service. Remembrance Sunday 2018 the centenary of the end of World War 1 was perhaps one of the most significant, poignant and powerful services we held.

We as a church continue to look to build upon our strengths, our ways of being a welcoming, worshiping and witnessing church to our faith in Jesus Christ our risen Lord. Our LYCIG reflections on the use of our church space for fellowship brought the arrival of cafť style tables and chairs to the north aisle, lanyards for visibility of assistance, a de-clutter to the back of our church, which has improved both appearance and accessibility even to the flow of our after service refreshments. 

We look forward to continuing our funding venture for our Tower Appeal that is bringing new opportunities, strengthening relationships and moving us forward in mission together. We await with joy to receive our new church doors and baptistry window, which celebrates our commitment to serving Godís people here in this place. And we as a church continue to pray and to be ready and welcoming to receive a new incumbent for this our beloved Church.

By
Revd Gemma Turner
Revd Carol Tetley

 

 

 

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