Report from the Annual Parochial Church Meeting

On the 19th of April at 2pm in the church, we held the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. The Master of Trinity Hall, Jeremy Morris, generously chaired the meeting, and there were around 30 people present in total. Reports were received concerning various aspects of the life of St Edwards.

The number of people on the electoral roll has remained roughly constant this year at just under 100.

Chapter meetings have to some extent been dominated by matters arising from the appointment and subsequent departure of the Vicar-Chaplain, although other matters have been covered as necessary. Moving forwards, the 11:00 service is intended to continue to provide a mix between more traditional (BCP) liturgy and more contemporary (Common Worship) services. The Friday 10:30 service is going well. The Sunday 08:00 service continues to have a relatively small congregation and the Friday meditation group is continuing.

Particular attention was given during the APCM to discussion of the 17:00 service on Sundays. Ann Kember and Br Chris Martin SSF have worked hard on this service in consultation with the congregation, and work will continue to keep and build on the beautiful aspects of this service whilst acknowledging that we have to move forward in line with the requirements of the Diocese.

There is a plan to improve the sound system, building on previous work to ensure that everyone in the church will be able to hear clearly – wherever they are sitting! Other than this, the year has very much been “business as usual” for the fabric committee. The church’s finances were also reviewed, and Geoffrey Barnes highlighted the fact that the church costs a little over £100 per day on average to run. Despite this, the finances are relatively sound but with no room for complacency.

The new churchwardens highlighted some of the immediate challenges in our life as a church:  getting everything back on a firm footing, and recapturing much of what makes St Edward’s special. We will need to work together for St Edward’s to thrive, but, as is written on the arch of the Trinity Chapel, “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it” (Psalm 127:1).

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