Parochial Church Council (PCC)
The Parochial Church Council, or PCC as it is generally known, is an elected body which is responsible for ensuring that the spiritual, legal, financial, pastoral and missionary functions of the Church are carried out.
The PCC consists of the Vicar, the Churchwardens and Deanery Synod representatives who are all ex-officio members, and eight parishioners whose names have been on the Electoral Roll for a minimum of one year at the time of election.
The Vicar acts as Chairman, and a Treasurer and Secretary are appointed from within the Council once it has been formed. Elections take place at the Annual Meeting which is held in April, and to which all parishioners are invited. At this meeting the PCC reports on the year’s work and parishioners have the opportunity to put forward ideas for the coming year or to voice their concerns on matters which they would like the PCC to address.
The PCC meets on average every 8 weeks in the Church meeting room.
The PCC is supported by the Fabric and Finance committee, the Social committee and the Stewardship task group.
Local Ministry and Youth Team
The Local Ministry and Youth team discuss and seek ways to support faith and ministry in the parish with a particular focus on our own young people.
Over the past year the team has worked on a number of important initiatives:
- working jointly with the parishes of Mitford, Stannington and Morpeth on ways we can share and develop our work with young people. Chaired by Rev. Simon White, we continue to explore ways of jointly supporting our young people in faith;
- we arranged and delivered our Christmas Service of Nine Lessons and Carols with our wonderful choir as well as acting as taxi service for Midnight Mass. We have also produced an order of service for our Good Friday this year;
- the Local Ministry and Youth team also undertake the role of Responsible Caring Group in support of the Safeguarding Officer to ensure St. Helen’s consistently applies the Diocesan Policy and Procedures in this most sensitive area. These matters were discussed at length and have been successfully taken forward in the parish.
St. Helen’s Church Mice
Six ladies from church continue to enjoy going into school each month, three on the third Wednesday and three on the fourth Wednesday. This is an opportunity to meet the children and hopefully they enjoy the bible stories we read to them. We also have little chats about all sorts of things. We are always made most welcome and appreciate being invited to their various activities, and very much enjoyed the lovely afternoon tea they provided accompanied by the children’s singing.
Coffee and Chat group
There has been an increase in the number of people joining us for Coffee and Chat on alternate Wednesdays and thanks go to those on the rota who come and open up the church and make coffee. We enjoyed a lovely “Christmas Special” this year and thanks must go to those who organised it. There is a warm welcome there for everyone so why not just pop in when you see the sign outside church.