Chapter met on 18th of October.
The Christian Meditation group, which was in suspension, was discussed, and Chapter resolved to identify an approach to resuming this if practical. (please note that following further discussion we found people to run the meditation group and it is now meeting on Fridays at 1pm – CM 23/11/2015)
Christopher Martin provided a report on Gift Aid. Over the past months he has dealt with a hugely tedious and time-consuming task of managing all the paperwork for Gift Aid for the past four years. Chapter discussed how best to manage Gift Aid in the future. In particular, it was noted that Gift Aid envelopes are available on Sundays, and it might be that some are not aware of these. To enable the church to recoup tax on anything you put in the collection:
– take an envelope, and put the money in there instead of directly in the bag
– write your name and address on the envelope.
This does not commit you to anything. However, it does mean that the gift is worth about 25% more. Of course, you can only do this if you are a tax payer, and the tax you pay within the year exceeds the amount you give charitably.
We discussed the fact that we do not have any church bibles, and resolved to obtain a set.
In each Chapter meeting, we review the church services to attempt to ensure these are serving the needs of the congregation. The 5pm service now has a regular monthly pattern (evening prayer, Taize, evening prayer with no sermon and meditative Eucharist), having resumed following the summer. The 8am service continues to have a very small congregation, so we considered whether this service is still viable: it was felt that it is still useful to do so. We reviewed the 11am service in the light of the relatively small congregation, but it was generally felt that the approach that is being taken there (Contemplative Morning Prayer, Common Worship Communion, Embodied) is the right one.
As always, Chapter depends on feedback from congregants in order better to put together services and groups that meet their needs and enable them to grow spiritually. Please get in touch if there are aspects of services that you feel work, that we should have more of, or – equally – don’t work for you, or you feel to be unhelpful.
It is worth emphasising that feedback from the congregation on the activities of St Edward’s as it stands now is particularly important as we move towards the point of starting the process of actively looking for a new incumbent. If there are any things about which you feel strongly, or even opinions that you would like to air, there is no better time to do this than the present!
Feedback can be given to any member of Chapter, or either of the church-wardens.