At the APCM on 26th April we reviewed last year:
What was new in 2014?
In many ways 2014 was a momentous year for the Parish. The team was restructured into a Parish without Districts which makes the governance much simpler (fewer meetings) and also takes away the ‘us’ and ‘them’ feel that the two districts seemed to reinforce. Then the suspension was lifted which means we cannot be ‘pastorally reorganised’ (eg joined with other parishes or split in two). For the first time in what feels like forever we paid our Parish Share which is what we owe the Diocese for giving us a vicar, a house for the vicar, training new vicars, employing diocesan staff and a host of other things. Also:
- We Planted a Community Orchard at St Mark’s
- We started having All Age Services at St John’s
- We improved outward communications (articles in the press, e-newsletters, new website, new noticeboards, better Facebook communication).
- There was a very moving WWI Commemoration Service at St John’s
- We had our first Christmas Fayre at St George’s
- Jane Voake and her team have done tremendous work running courses and support for parents of children with challenging behaviour, (often those with ADHD), especially on Sandy Hill.
- Open the Book was started and is a way of telling Bible Stories to children during times of Collective Worship – it has been magical.
- Messy Church is a new congregation on Thursday afternoons after school once a month. It has had congregations of 80.
- Mindfulness has been running, led by Suzette Jones, the Diocesan Health and Spirituality Advisor. It is a way of becoming more present, less anxious and more accepting through simple meditations focussing on the breath.
- The ‘Real Me’ is a talk Suzette gave for us both at St Mark’s and St John’s on Mental Health.
- Dave Tomlinson is an author of many books but he came to talk to us about ‘A Bad Christian’s Manifesto’.
- The Sumner Room at St John’s was redecorated.
- St John’s had two Vision Days looking at putting together a Growth Strategy and both times decided that children and young families should be the priority.
- At the PCC a new Vision was discussed and decided upon – more later
- We had larger congregations in 2014 compared with the previous three years.
- We had more children in church
2014 was a year of growth for most of the congregations. St Mark’s in particular grew by a massive 41%, St George’s grew 3%, St John’s grew by 1%, the Youth Service reduced but that is a bit of a statistical anomaly due to it being termly. Family Praise also reduced, perhaps because all the churches now are offering more for children in the Communion services.
Note – all the numbers below are the number of people per Sunday…. So Family Praise is every other week – you have to double the number to get the congregation. Messy Church is once a month. Youth is three times a year. All the other Sunday services are weekly.
It can be seen that the growth in 2014 was 3.1% which is not bad considering the Church of England tell us that congregations are generally elderly and therefore to stand still we need to grow in real terms by 10% on a Sunday to offset the people going into residential care etc.
Number of people worshiping each Sunday (with all the specials, baptisms etc stripped out of the data):
The number of under 16s has been growing for the last three years:
Where does that leave us?
If we were a school then back in 2011 we were in “Special Measures”, we are doing a bit better now – probably in the “Requires Improvement” category. Across England the average Sunday attendance in Church of England parishes is 1.48% of the population, in our parish it is 0.81%. It would take another 88 people to worship with us every Sunday before we are “average”. Still – that leaves us plenty to go at and hopefully we will continue to grow.
Thank-you to everyone who has worked so hard in 2014 – it has been a tremendous year and a great joint effort.
You can read the full report here and see the presentation slides here.
Every chair was taken and every table was used at St George’s Church Rooms last night as we packed in for the Quiz Night. No real idea how many people were there – over a hundred. Carrie and Jason Grafham, helped by Mat and Christine Brown put on a great evening. The idea wasn’t to make money – it was to have fun – but I think somewhere between £400-£600 pounds was made for church funds. Thanks to all who helped!
Here are the photos of the evening:
Would you like to come to a Communion service but worry that your children woud be bored? If so and your children are aged between 4 and 10, then St. George’s Dragons is for you!
The children stay in church for the start of the service and then all go next door together to enjoy singing action songs, playing games, reading bible stories and praying. Please come along on any of the dates below or contact Maxine on 01252 318135 if you have any questions.
The next dates (all at 10am at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea, GU9 9LD) are:
We invited back to our churches ll those who had been baptised or confirmed in 2014:
We thank God for those who were baptised in our Parish in 2014:
at St Georges:
Alfie William Arthur Yeomans
Chloe Grace Hill
Elle Holly Basley
Erin Macy Langham
Florence Ann Aggie Burling
Harry Joseph Panton
Issac Jacob Daniels
Ruby May Hill
at St Johns:
Dylan James David Bond
Emme Nicola Pickles
Harriet Alexa Allibone
Penelope Ada Rowe
at St Marks:
Andrew Maxwell Robertson
Ben Dominic Cabrera
Benjamin James Taylor
Bethany Rose Taylor
Holly Gabrielle Flanagan
Isabel Louise Cabrera
Isabella Jane Featherstone
Jack Joshua Browne
Jaiden Aston Bowes
Kate Alexandra Sowden
Lucas Tommy Bowes
Mason Olly Bowes
Mollie Elizabeth Helen Burton
Poppy Stella Rae Searle
Sofia Elizabeth Bainbridge
Thomas Asher Sowden
Toby Joseph Johnson
William Edward Ronald Parris
William James Best
We thank God for those from our Parish who were confirmed in 2014:
Confirmed at Guildford Cathedral:
from St George’s:
from St John’s
from St Mark’s
Baptised and Confirmed at Guildford Cathedral:
from St George’s:
Jamie Adam Finlayson
Julie Erin Mansfield
Lucy Jane Finlayson
Sarah Anne Small
from St John’s:
Joanne Elaine Richardson
Oliver Richard Pendle
from St Mark’s:
Deborah Louise Pearce-Simmonds
Jasmine Chelsea Flanagan
Here are the photos thanks to Alison Ridgeon and Lesley Shatwell
Crafters and others will be selling their wares at a Christmas Fayre which will take place on 13th December from 2-5pm at St George’s Church, Badshot Lea
The congregation at St George’s have decided to bring a bit of Christmas Spirit to Badshot Lea this year and hold a Christmas Fayre.
It will be great fun, crafters selling their wares, yummy cakes to buy or to eat, a tombola, book stall and lots of other fun to be had.
Parish Priest The Revd. Lesley Crawley said:
“People remember with great fondness the annual parish fete in Badshot Lea which was held in the old vicarage gardens. When the new vicarage was built, there wasn’t room for the fete in the little garden and sadly the event fizzled out. We wanted to start a new community event in the village and decided that a Christmas Fayre inside the church sounded like fun.”
Thank you Barry for a lovely concert on Friday evening.
Barry arranged everything from the tickets, to the refreshments and introduced all the items. He played lots of different organ music, which we do not hear on Sundays! And must have practised for hours! He played the tenor recorder, he arranged practises for everyone at times to suit them and accompanied many different items on the piano.
There were also recorder duets, a flute solo, vocal and instrumental duets and trios in a variety of musical styles. Barry organised a choir made up of lots of his friends. The Parish Family band played and there was lots of audience participation, and hearty singing from everyone.
SO ANOTHER BIG “THANK YOU “ TO BARRY FOR A LOVELY MUSICAL EVENING.
He also raised £500 for church funds.
Thank-you too to Georgie Fry for such beautiful photographs of the event!
On November 9th the following services of Remembrance will take place:
In Hale the 9:30 Service at St John’s followed by 10:45 at the War Memorial then a 11:15 Joint Service at Hale Methodist Church (no service at St Mark’s).
In Badshot Lea the 10:00 Shortened Service at St George’s followed by 10:50 at the War Memorial.
In Weybourne a service at 4pm at the War Memorial followed by refreshments in the Village Hall.
You are very warmly invited to the services.