Annual Report Of The Parochial Church Council for the Year Ended 31st December 2016

By Linda Robinson

Administrative information

St James’ Church is situated on Tithe Barn Lane, Woodhouse, Sheffield.  It is part of the Diocese of Sheffield within the Church of England.  The correspondence address is The Vicarage, 65 Cardwell Avenue, Woodhouse, Sheffield.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is a charity excepted from registration with the Charity Commission.

PCC members who have served from 24th April 2016 until the date this report was approved are:

Incumbent:  Rev David Gough

Reader:        Mrs June Fox

Wardens:     Mr Martin Ripley & Mr William Rolls

Treasurer:    Mr Ashley Lidster (Ex-Officio)

Representatives on the Deanery Synod:

Mr John Parkin until APCM 2017

Mrs Catherine Rooker-Brown until APCM 2017

Elected members:

Mr James Varns until APCM 2017

Ms Linda Robinson until APCM 2017

Mrs Suzanna Schofield until APCM 2018

Ms Ann Allen until APCM 2018

Miss Amy Keeley until APCM 2018

Mrs Cheryl Gaughan until APCM 2019

Structure, governance and management

The method of appointment of PCC members is set out in the Church Representation Rules.  All church attendees are encouraged to register on the Electoral Roll and stand for election to the PCC.

Objectives and Activities

Our Vision

St James is a welcoming, nurturing church for the whole family of God, telling the Good News of Jesus Christ and encourages discipleship through actions and words in Woodhouse and beyond.

Mission Statement

St James’ congregation will provide a safe, relaxed and welcoming place for people of all ages to come and explore their faith in God. This will be through the provision of worship services, open church groups and by outreach and participation in Woodhouse community groups, schools and nursing homes.

Our Values

  1. We are family orientated
  2. Bible based and prayerful
  3. Every person is welcomed
  4. Open & honest
  5. Led by the Holy Spirit

St James’ PCC has the responsibility of co-operating with the incumbent and the Diocese of Sheffield, in promoting in the ecclesiastical parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.  It also has maintenance responsibilities for St James’ Parish Hall, Tithe Barn Way, Woodhouse, Sheffield.

Achievements and Performance

Church Attendance

There are 76 parishioners on the Church Electoral Roll of the parish, of which 52 live in the parish and 24 live outside. The average weekly attendance, counted during October, was 71 (53 adults 18 children).

Service Times and regular activities include:-

  • 1st Sunday Family Service 10:30 am
  • 2nd Sunday Holy Communion 10:30 am followed by 12.30 Holy Baptism
  • 3rd Sunday Family Baptism 10:30 am
  • 4th Sunday Holy Communion 10:30 am
  • 5th Sunday Family Communion 10:30 am
  • Sunbeams & Blazing Stars at Sunday services
  • Alternate Tuesday’s 92Teens youth group at 7.00pm
  • 3rd Sunday Brunswick Retirement Village service 5:30 pm
  • Last Thursday of month service at Balmoral Care Home 10.30am
  • 3rd Monday in the month Messy Church 3:45 pm
  • Festival Messy Church on Good Friday and during Advent
  • Every Tuesday morning Tots and Tea group 10:30 am
  • Monday morning prayers at 9.00am
  • Every Wednesday Praise & Prayer at 9.00am
  • 2 Discipleship groups
  • Second Tuesday of each month Mother’s Union at 2.30pm
  • Second Thursday of each month Friendship Group at 10.00am

Review of year

The full PCC met 9 times during the year.  Items discussed included:-

  • Review and update of Mission Action Plan
  • Organising Community Christmas Tree Festival
  • Maintenance of Buildings and Garden
  • Finance and Fundraising
  • Funding and employment of a Youth Worker
  • Updates from Youth Worker

Financial Review

See separate Treasurer’s Report