Objectives and Activities
The PCC is committed to enabling as many people as possible to worship at our church and to become part of our parish community at St Chad’s. The PCC maintains an overview of worship throughout the Parish and makes suggestions on how our services can involve the many groups that live within our parish. Our services and worship put faith into practice through prayer and scripture, music and sacrament.
When planning our activities for the year, the incumbent and the PCC have considered the Commission's guidance on public benefit and, in particular, the specific guidance on charities for the advancement of religion. In particular, we try to enable ordinary people to live out their faith as part of our parish community through:
· Worship and prayer; learning about the Gospel; and developing their knowledge and trust in Jesus.
· Provision of pastoral care for people living in the parish.
· Missionary and outreach work.
To facilitate this work it is important that we maintain the fabric of the church of St Chad - that of St Mary is the responsibility of the Churches Conservation Trust. The planned installation of new glass doors has significantly improved the entrance to St Chad’s, making it more open and accessible. There has also been a noticeable contribution to the warmth of the building, which has been very welcome. Work continues to ensure that the planned audio-visual system – which we hope will be installed in St Chad’s in 2016, is both fit for purpose and pays due respect to the character of our beautiful and historic building.
Our Mission Action Plan was revised by the PCC in December 2015 during a daylong meeting for strategy and prayer, and will be further reviewed in 2016. The processes for consulting with the wider church community and those outside the church will be further developed using all available means.
The Church is blessed by a large number of volunteers who all contribute to and enhance the life and worship that takes place week by week. These include members of the choir, bell ringers, sidespeople, providers of refreshments and cake, flower arrangers, brass cleaners, servers, readers of lessons and intercessors and an army of helpers for other activities that we do in conjunction with our church school. To this number can be added those who assist with our major events in the Community - notably the annual Bells Run and the biennial Scarecrow Festival.