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St. John’s Church, Gateshead Fell Parish Profile The Area Gateshead is part of the busy conurbation of Tyneside. It has an important industrial heritage which together with forward looking planning and development in architecture, sport and the arts makes it an interesting and changing place in which to live. Central Gateshead is predominantly urban but parts of the Borough are still rural whilst remoter countryside and the coast are only a short drive away. There are good local, regional and national transport links. Gateshead is home to The Sage, The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, The International Sports Stadium and Saltwell Park. Gateshead is predominantly a white British population, however central Gateshead has a significant Jewish community and the largest Talmudic Teaching College outside Israel. An increasing number of asylum seekers and refugees have been located in the Gateshead area over recent years. The Parish The parish of St John's is a well-established residential area situated towards the south of Gateshead Metropolitan Borough. The population is around 10,000 and consists mainly of local people, born and brought up in the area. As is so often the case, the parish has no clearly defined boundaries or one single unifying feature and in reality it consists of a number of disparate estates and communities. There is no major employer in the area and consistent with most other parts of Gateshead and North East England levels of unemployment are higher than the national average. Those in work are employed predominantly in Gateshead or Newcastle. Some parts of the parish have a high number of retired people. There are small numbers of people from ethnic minorities. The eastern side of the parish has several large council estates, the earliest having been built shortly after the First War, the most recent dating from the mid 1960's. The parish has the Queen Elizabeth Hospital situated within its bounds; this is the main hospital in Gateshead with nearly 600 beds together with outpatient 2 and accident & emergency services. Larkspur and Glynwood are two primary schools within the parish where previous incumbents have had regular and useful involvement, principally through taking assemblies and as governor of both schools. Members of the congregation also have a number of links with these schools including one person who is a governor of Larkspur. There is no major shopping area within the parish, but there are a number of rows of small local shops, take-aways and public houses. Many of the shops are struggling to compete with the lower prices and convenience of the supermarkets situated in central Gateshead, the Metro Centre and the Team Valley. The parish boundary can be viewed at http://www.achurchnearyou.com/parishmap.php?x=- 1.5887260437011718&y=54.9382619479423 The Buildings The Church itself is a large stone building with a spire, the highest point in Gateshead, and was consecrated in 1825. It underwent long-awaited building work in the late 1990’s to construct two meeting rooms at the rear of the church and two toilets. One of the meeting rooms has a kitchen area. The formation of these spaces has allowed the Church to be used for a range of meetings that was not previously possible and with the removal of Church pews and replacement with quality chairs and carpet, midweek activities using the body of the church have also been made possible. The majority of these have been church orientated but the space has also been used occasionally for community purposes. A good quality Harrison’s Organ was obtained from a redundant church and installed in 1999 and a number of concerts have been held. The most recent Quinequennial inspection highlighted a small number of repairs, some of which have already been undertaken but there are no other substantial problems. The Church has a graveyard but this has been closed for several years; the upkeep is now the responsibility of Gateshead Council. The Vicarage is about thirty-five years old. It has 4 bedrooms, a lounge, dining room, study, upstairs and downstairs toilets, kitchen, utility room and garage as well as gardens to the front and rear. It is situated in a pleasant residential area approximately one mile from the Church. 3 Worship Sunday services are: 8am Holy Communion (BCP) said with sermon 10am 1st Sundays All-age non eucharistic service (partly lay-led). Has included Baptisms. other Sundays Holy Communion (CW) 8 and 10am 3rd Sundays Service includes Prayer Ministry for healing and other personal needs. Sunday attendance averages around 12 at the 8 am service and 70 at the 10 am service. There are currently 113 people on the Electoral Roll. Lay members of the congregation are involved in many aspects of both 8am and 10am services: Welcomers Helping with Sunday School Reading the Bible Leading Intercessions Assisting with the chalice Serving refreshments after the service Being involved in Prayer Ministry (3rd Sundays) both during and after the service So our Rotas are vitally important! We also have a lively and committed music group which meets weekly for practice and plays a range of different music at the 10am service. We use the new Mission Praise books and also some Taize and Iona songs. The children who come to church are really important to us all. One has written, ‘I like St. John’s. I feel part of the family and everybody is friendly’. Our Sunday group for children is an integral part of the 10am service. It is now a single group with an age range of 3 – 11 years. 6 dedicated teachers and helpers operate on a rota basis, leading one month in three. ‘Sunday School is a place where you can let your feelings out’ wrote one child. And another said, ‘I like craft and making things in Sunday School.’ In 2002 children were admitted to Holy Communion prior to Confirmation and we run preparation courses when necessary. The children always enjoy helping to get the Toddler Group toys out when we are setting up after the 10am service! There is no youth group at church but a few attend Deanery and Tyneside Youth For Christ events. A small number of people meet in church most Sunday evenings to pray for the needs of the parish. On Fridays a small but committed group meet to say Morning Prayer together in church. 4 There is a monthly service at Hawksbury House Residential Care Home in the parish. Home Communion is taken regularly to several housebound parishioners. There is lay involvement in sick visiting, both formally requested and informally identified. This visiting tends to be done by a few individuals. In 1992 the PCC identified 5 Parish Aims. 1. To teach and nurture all members of the existing congregation and to help them develop their faith and share it with others. 2. To reach out in evangelism to all ages in the parish. 3. To deepen the relationships and support for one another within the congregation. 4. To use the occasional offices to share our faith with people who have no other church contacts 5. To seek to maintain the Church's charitable giving at a tenth of our total income. We regularly review and reaffirm these and try to let them shape our ministry and mission. Outreach Over the last 15 years or so a number of special services have been held to attract non- regular churchgoers to St John’s. Invitations have been delivered or mailed. Christmas Services including Traditional Carols by Candlelight and an informal and very well-attended Christingle Service on Christmas Eve are publicised on a printed flier. Recently this has been done jointly with nearby Sheriff Hill Methodist Church. The Bereavement Service in early November is especially to remember those who have died the previous year and we invite the families of those whose funerals have been conducted by the incumbent or held at St John’s. Back to Church Sunday was marked in 2008 with invitations being delivered locally and an above average attendance on the day. Occasional Offices On average each year there are 10 baptisms, 15 thanksgiving services, 6 weddings and 50 funerals (not all in church). These occasional offices have provided opportunities for evangelism and a considerable number of the existing congregation first came to St. John’s through one of these routes. Parents wanting a service for a baby are offered either the Thanksgiving Service or Baptism. Thanksgivings are quite popular and take place at 11.30am on a Sunday. With our previous incumbent Baptisms took place within the All-age non-eucharistic service on the first Sunday of the month. For the last 10 years Baptism Preparation has been done by 2 members of the congregation. One of our children writes, ‘I like watching the christenings. It’s the first step in following Jesus.’ During the vacancy we are holding Baptisms after the 10am service on one Sunday in each month. We expect to review our Baptism policy with a new incumbent. 5 Study courses The Church is committed to provision of teaching and instruction for new Christians. In the past, material from the Saints Alive and Emmaus programmes have been used but over recent years the Church has run or helped to run Alpha groups. Around 6 such groups have been run with the most recent ending in late 2008. The Church has also been involved in regular series of Bible studies both at church and in people’s homes, usually with several running in parallel on different days and at different times. These have all been time limited, open membership groups. Between 20-30 people attend the Bible study series when run. The material has been drawn from a wide variety of sources including formal Bible Study of books such as Jonah and James; thematic study on topics such as the Ten Commandments or Our Identity in Christ; Christian reflections on and a perspective of contemporary books, TV and films; sessions linked to the church calendar such as Lent or Advent and most recently the Diocesan course “Growing the Kingdom”. Several members of the congregation have in the past completed the Bishop’s Faith and Life Course. Fellowship In 1998 the church held its first Parish weekend away at Blaithwaite Hall in Cumbria. Around 24 people attended. It has subsequently become an annual event, giving church members an opportunity to get to know one another better and grow together as a group of Christians. Approximately 30 people have attended each year. There are no regular social activities but individual events have taken place including a Pancake Party, Beetle drives, a Geordie night, Football events, a ceilidh, children’s parties, walks and seasonal activities around Harvest or Christmas. Mid Week Activities St Johns Toddlers was set up in 2002 as part of the Church’s ministry to children. It runs on Monday mornings in the main body of the Church with the chairs stacked at the sides to make room for the toys and play-mats. The group is run by three members of the congregation. Around 27 children and their parents or carers attend the group and there is a long waiting list for new members, which is now closed. Monday Club has been running on Monday afternoons for the last 4 years in the main body of the Church. It is an after-school club and is open to children between the ages of 5 and 11 with an average of 8 children attending. They play a number of different games and there is some basic Christian teaching. The previous incumbent took a major leadership role, with a small team of assistants. 6 Coffee Morning: Every Tuesday morning a coffee morning is held within the rooms at the back of the Church. It attracts a regular group of around a dozen people as well as occasional visitors or inquirers. It has proved to be a very good way for people to make contact with people from the church during the week and it has also been valuable for those who are recently bereaved who find a supportive social network. Leadership The most recent Incumbent met fortnightly with the Reader to plan and oversee the work and ministry within the Church in consultation with the PCC and Shared Ministry Development Team. The Rector, Church Wardens, Treasurer and PCC secretary form the Standing Committee and meet between PCC meetings to make decisions of immediate concern or recommendations to the PCC. During the vacancy the Lay Chair and Reader are also part of this. PCC: There are 12 members of the PCC including the Reader and two Deanery Synod Representatives. The PCC meets bi-monthly in Church and has in the past been chaired by the Incumbent, though there is a lay chair during Vacancies. The PCC fully endorses the ministry of women priests. SMDT: The Shared Ministry Development Team was formed in August 2007 and began work in September that year. It meets for two hours every four weeks. There are now 6 members on the SMDT. The team has looked at lay participation, Bible study, work with children and young people, marginalised estates and prayer and has held two away days for more detailed planning and discussion. Administration The last incumbent did most of his own administrative work with the support of the PCC secretary and occasionally other individuals taking on specific tasks. There is no newsletter or magazine, but notices and prayers are included on the weekly service sheet. Finance Attached are copies of the accounts for the year ending 31st December 2008. The Parish Share was paid in full. Pledged giving increased 25% between 2007 and 2008. There has been a long-standing commitment for the church to pay 10% of its income to charity; this is done on a quarterly basis throughout the year rather than at the end of the year. There are occasional Gift Days and specific fundraising events such as an Autumn Fair, sponsored walks and recently a Craft Fair. The PCC pays 75% of the incumbent's telephone calls and 100% of postage, stationery and hospitality. It pays the rates for travel recommended by the Diocese. Wider Links Ecumenical Involvement: St John's is a member of Low Fell Churches Together. Joint services are held at Pentecost and Christmas and there are also Lent groups. For the last 7 three years there has been a Good Friday walk of witness. There is a good relationship with the nearby Sheriff Hill Methodist church including Cornerstone, a successful café and thrift shop run every Monday which is a joint venture begun by members of several local Churches, including St Johns. A number of the congregation were involved in the Just 10 event in Gateshead in 2008 led by the evangelist J John. They contributed to marshalling, and prayer ministry. The Deanery: St. John’s has representatives on both Deanery and Diocesan Synods and Deanery Pastoral Committee. During the Localities process the Deanery was divided into 3 mission areas. We are associated with St. Helen’s Low Fell, St. Andrew’s Lamesley with St. Ninian’s Harlow Green and St. Alban’s Windy Nook. We took part in the Deanery Audit and helped with the Deanery Development Plan. The churchwardens meet regularly with others in the deanery to share and keep churches informed about local issues. The Wider Church: There is interest in and giving to the Durham Lesotho Link and we are twinned with a church in Oradea, Romania. Their Pastor visited St Johns last year and we have regular news and contact from them. We have occasional visits from representatives of groups we support such as the Church Army. Community Engagement: Besides the services and events which the Church uses to reach out to the Community, members of the congregation have a high level of involvement in local community activity and wider charitable work. Last year the SMDT asked all members of the congregation to complete a questionnaire about their involvement in other activities within the community. Under the title of “Our Active Lives” it was found that church members were involved with a total of more that 50 different community groups and charities. A service of thanksgiving and dedication was held for all this “hidden” Christian work taking place. The New Incumbent We would like the new incumbent to possess proven leadership strengths and a clear sense of direction alongside a willingness to work in a flexible way. We are looking for an incumbent who will: continue to work with and develop our Parish Aims enable and encourage the developing gifts within the congregation continue to build on what has been established and develop the potential that exists work in partnership with others within the Deanery, ecumenically and with other organisations support the congregation in its involvement with the local community Whatever the new incumbent's circumstances the position is one that requires considerable energy and commitment rooted in firm faith and convictions. The children have said, ‘“We would like a new Vicar who is fun and does lots of quizzes”. “A man or a lady, old or young, it doesn’t matter so long as they are fun and loving”. 8 The Parish Church of St. John, Gateshead Fell Annual Report and Financial Statements of the Parochial Church Council for the year ended 31st December 2008 Rector: Revd David Tully St. John’s Rectory 45 Shotley Gardens Gateshead NE9 5DP Bank: HSBC Bank Grey Street Newcastle Independent Examiner: Mr David Whittock A.C.M.A 22 Kells Gardens Gateshead NE9 5XS 9 Contents Annual Report for 2008, for the AGM April 2009 Background ........................................................................................................................................3 Membership of the PCC.................................................................................................................................3 Committees ........................................................................................................................................3 Standing Committee........................................................................................................................3 Church Attendance .............................................................................................................................4 Review of the Year - (to be given to AGM) ..........................................................................................4 Financial Statement for the year ended 31st December 2008..........................................................5 General Fund ..................................................................................................................................5 Designated and Restricted Funds....................................................................................................7 Statement of Assets and Liabilities at 31st December 2008 ..............................................................8 Notes to the Accounts .....................................................................................................................8 Independent Examiner's Report to the PCC of St. John, Gateshead Fell ......................................9 10 Annual Report for 2008, for the AGM April 2009. (As required by the Charity Act). Background St. John’s Church is situated on Church Road, Sheriff Hill, Gateshead. It is part of the Diocese of Durham within the Church of England. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is a charity excepted from registration with the Charity Commission. Membership of the PCC The members are either ex-officio, or elected at the APCM. The following served as members 2008 – 2009. Incumbent : Rev David Tully Chairman Churchwardens : Shirley Allan Bill Clayton Reader : Ruth Grant Representatives on Deanery Synod : Jean Bush (2008 - 2011) Ann Small (2008 – 2011) Elected Members : Jen Batchelor (until APCM 2009) Margaret Clayton 2009 Brenda Devlin 2009 Val Goodwill 2010 Peter Herbert Treasurer 2009 Cath Pearson 2009 Jo Plunkett 2010 Yvonne Stonebank 2009 Allan Suthren 2010 Dave Wallace 2011 Coopted and non-voting Christine Tully Secretary 2007-8 The General Synod has strongly recommended that PCC Elected members are elected for 3 years and can serve a maximum of 2 terms of 3 years, and then must have a year off. Our PCC has adopted this policy. Structure, governance and management The method of appointment of CC members is set out in the Church Representation Rules. All church attendees are encouraged to register on the Electoral Roll and consider standing for election to the PCC. 11 Objectives and activities St. John’s PCC as the responsibility of cooperating with the incumbent, the Rev David Tully, in promoting the ecclesiastical parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. It also has maintenance responsibilities for the church building of St. John’s. Other Committee Standing Committee This is the only committee required by church law. It has power to transact the business of the PCC between its meetings, subject to any directions give by the PCC. It usually meets 2 weeks before the PCC. It consists of the Rector, churchwardens, treasurer and an elected member of the PCC (Cath Pearson in 2008-9). Church Attendance A report will be given to the AGM about the Electoral Roll. The average Sunday morning communicants* in 2008 was 61.0 (compared with 57.5 in 2007). The average total Sunday morning attendance* was 73.3 in 2008 (compared with 64.3 in 2007). *using Sunday morning figures and excluding All Age Sundays and exceptional Sundays eg Blaithwaite. Review of the Year (to be given to APCM) Church Council Report by PCC Secretary. Churchwardens’ Report on Fabric of Buildings. Rector’s Report. On behalf of the PCC Rev David Tully (Chairman) April 2009 12 St John’s Church Gateshead Fell Financial Statement for the year ended 31st December 2008 General Fund General Fund Receipts and Payments Account 2008 2007 £ £ £ £ Receipts Incoming resources from donors Planned giving 19,296.63 16,057.03 Collections and other giving 4,360.39 4,304.96 Income tax recovered (note 1) 4,581.68 3,336.63 28,238.70 28,238.70 23,698.62 23,698.62 Other voluntary incoming resources Donations 403.45 711.50 Gift Day - 2,063.44 Church Fair - - Other fund raising events 1,972.40 3,252.25 2,375.85 6,027.19 Income from Investments Bank Interest 1.36 2.63 Investment Interest 828.63 1,016.51 829.99 1,019.14 Income from charitable and ancillary trading Fees 2,041.57 1,448.50 Other 50.00 - Traidcraft - - 2,091.57 1,448.50 Other Ordinary Incoming Resources Insurance claim receipts - 937.00 After School Club 153.82 184.40 Toddler group 604.61 590.79 Parish weekend receipts 1,415.00 1,565.00 Sundries 25.00 68.13 Lettings 50.00 340.00 2,248.43 3,685.32 Total Receipts 35,784.54 35,878.77 13 General Fund Receipts and Payments Account (Cont.) 2008 2007 £ £ £ £ 3,684.34 3,258.70 3,684.34 3,258.70 Diocesan Quota 18,735.00 17,232.00 Gateshead Deanery Synod etc. 86.00 100.00 Working expenses of incumbent 308.34 500.07 Rectory expenses - 90.18 Church running expenses 7,497.13 6,474.89 Church Maintenance and repairs 3,257.94 6,473.63 Upkeep of services 1,108.76 1,062.36 After School Club 8.00 1.69 Sunday School 6.90 61.18 Toddler Group 104.71 258.21 Education and training 135.50 - Traidcraft - - 31,248.28 32,254.21 Printing and stationery 417.03 184.25 Postage 32.27 2.90 Telephone 203.50 222.00 652.80 409.15 Parish weekend expenses 1,286.88 1,197.69 Sundries -20.00 30.74 1,266.88 1,228.43 Total Payments 36,852.30 37,150.49 Excess of Receipts over Payments -1,067.76 -1,271.72 Bank current account at 1st January 20,762.97 22,034.69 Bank Current account at 31st December (note 2) 19,695.21 20,762.97 14 Designated Funds Harper Memorial Fund Receipts and Payments Account Designated fund for the provision of Altar hangings 2008 2007 £ £ £ £ Receipts - - Payments - 96.00 Excess of Receipts over Payments - -96.00 Bank current account at 1st January 340.43 436.43 Bank Current account at 31st December 340.43 340.43 Restricted Funds R. Thain Trust Receipts and Payments Account Restricted fund for the provision of church flowers 2008 2007 £ £ £ £ Receipts Bank interest 1.36 1.22 Payments To General fund earmarked for church flowers 1.36 1.22 Excess of Receipts over Payments - - Bank Deposit account at 1st January 50.00 50.00 Bank Deposit account at 31st December 50.00 50.00 Defence Bond Interest Account Receipts and Payments Account Restricted fund (purpose unknown) 2008 2007 £ £ £ £ Receipts Bank interest 3.51 1.94 Payments - - Excess of Receipts over Payments 3.51 1.94 Bank Deposit account at 1st January 88.27 86.33 Bank Deposit account at 31st December 91.78 88.27 15 Statement of Assets and Liabilities at 31st December 2008 General Designated Restricted Total Total Fund Funds Funds 2008 2007 Monetary Assets Bank Current Account 4,695.21 340.43 5,035.64 6,103.40 Bank Deposit Accounts 15,000.00 - 141.78 15,141.78 15,138.27 Total Cash 20,762.97 340.43 141.78 20,177.42 21,241.67 Debtors Income Tax Claim (note 1) 3,000.00 Total Debtors 3,000.00 3,000.00 3,000.00 Adjusted Total Assets 23,177.42 24,241.67 Notes to the Accounts 1. Income tax of £4,533.33 was reclaimed on Gift Aid donations for the year to 31 March 2007. The figure of £3,000.00 represents the reclaimable tax accumulated in the 1 April to 31 December 2008 period. This latter sum will be reclaimed during 2009, after 1 April. 2. A CBF investment account. held £15,000 at the start of the year. There were no transfers to the current account during the year. The balance at the end of the year is £15,000. Peter Herbert - Treasurer 16 Independent Examiner's Report to the PCC of St. John, Gateshead Fell This report on the accounts of the PCC for the year ended 31st December 2008, which are set out on pages 5 to 8, is in respect of an examination carried out under Regulation 3(3) of the Church Accounting Regulations 1997 and s.43 of the Charities Act 1993. Respective responsibilities of trustees and examiner As the members of the PCC you are responsible for the preparation of the accounts; you consider that the audit requirement of Regulation 3(3) of the Church Accounting Regulations 1997 and section 43(2) of the Charities Act 1993 (the Act) do not apply. It is my responsibility to issue this report on those accounts in accordance with the terms of Regulation 25 of the Church Accounting Regulations 1997 and Regulation 7 of the Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 1995. Basis of independent examiner's report My examination was carried out in accordance with the General Directions given by the Charity Commission under section 43(7)(b) of the Act and to be found in the guidance from the CBF. That examination includes a review of the accounting records kept by the PCC and a comparison of the accounts with those records. It also includes considering any unusual items or disclosures in the accounts and seeking explanations from you as trustees concerning any such matters. The procedures undertaken do not provide all the evidence that would be required in an audit, and consequently I do not express an audit opinion on the view given by the accounts. Independent examiner's statement In connection with my examination, no matter has come to my attention: (1) which gives me reasonable cause to believe that in any material respect the requirements • to keep accounting records in accordance with section 41 of the Act; and • to prepare accounts which accord with the accounting records and to comply with the requirements of the Act, as also contained in the Church Accounting Regulations 1997 have not been met; or (2) to which, in my opinion, attention should be drawn in order to enable a proper understanding of the accounts to be reached. Mr David Whittock A.C.M.A. 22 Kells Gardens, Gateshead. 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