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NEWS FROM HOLY TRINITY

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting

The APCM normally has to be held before the end of May each year, but this year an extension was given nationally until the end of October, which means they are all now being held under Coronavirus restrictions.  We’ve pencilled in Sunday 18th October for an APCM after the 10.30am service (to be open on Zoom also). It is expected that the meetings will be as light touch as possible, but there is legal business that we must carry out.

The meeting begins with the Vestry Meeting, at which the sole business is to elect the Churchwardens. This meeting is open to all residents of the parish, not just those on the electoral roll, which is a reflection of the importance of the church to the whole community. We are fortunate that our wonderful wardens, Peter John and Mary, have agreed to stand again as Churchwardens, and need only formal election at the meeting,

The APCM itself is open to all, but only those on the electoral roll may vote. The main business of the APCM is to receive the accounts for the previous year, to receive reports from the Treasurer and the Vicar, and any other appropriate reports, and to elect the PCC (Parochial Church Council). The numbers of PCC members is determined by the size of the electoral roll, and since our electoral roll falls between 101 and 200, we can elect 12 members. The Vicar and Wardens are ex-officio members of the PCC. The term of membership is three years, so every year, 4 members of the PCC need to be elected. There is no limit to the time a PCC member can serve, so retiring members may be re-elected. There are two vacancies to be filled on the PCC, and David Bateman and Brian James, who were elected in 2017 reach the end of their terms of office this year. Current other members of the PCC are :

Robert Whitaker, Rob Daunt, Margaret Hutchinson, Andy Williams, Keith Budden, Karen Hillis and Andy Hampshire, and there is one remaining vacancy. The APCM also has to elect Deanery Synod members (currently David Bateman and Keith Budden, with one vacancy) – the Deanery synod members are the electorate for General Synod next year.

Return to Sunday 10.30 service

Sunday 20th September was the first time that we have combined a communion service in church under current Covid regulations and our current Sunday morning Zoom prayer service.  Technology was a challenge.  Our internet connection was slow and kept dropping.  As a matter of priority, we managed to fix this on Sunday afternoon.

Harvest Festival

On Sunday 27th September we are celebrating “Harvest Festival”.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to do this as we have in the past.  We will have our Harvest Communion on Sunday at 10.30 which will be relayed via Zoom.  We also plan to create a focus in the church yard on the theme “Harvest Festival – Gratitude and Gifts”  We will be creating displays which give thanks to God for everything that we have received.  We would also like to make a special effort to collect for the Morecambe Bay Foodbank.  Please bring any gifts to church during open hours on Sunday (10 till 4). If you wish to make a donation to the Foodbank, you can leave it in an enveloped marked ‘Foodbank’ in the secure box at the back of church, or you can visit the Foodbank’s website : morecambebay.foodbank.org.uk and make a direct payment through the bank.

To celebrate harvest we have a number of activities.  We will have displays in the church porch and in the church yard.  If anyone has any home grown vegetables or flowers that they want to donate, please ring Helen on 07866 629041 to let her know what you have available.

Our own church is in need of financial support.  As part of our Harvest Festival think of making an additional donation, not forgetting to Gift Aid it. Please use one of the yellow pew envelopes, which you can mark ‘Harvest Donation’ if you wish. Envelopes with donations can be left in the secure box at the back of church.

Weddings

Sunday 30th August saw the first wedding at Holy Trinity since the lockdown began in March. We were delighted that Andrew Moorby and Kamal Malde were able to go ahead with their wedding plans, albeit under the COVID-19 restrictions in place at that time.

However, new restrictions were put in place from September 22nd, which limit the numbers attending a wedding to 15. The latest guidelines say :

  • Ceremonies should be as short as possible
  • No food or drink should be consumed unless essential for the ceremony
  • Group singing and playing of instruments should be avoided
  • A maximum of 15 should attend, and only where there is space to socially distance. This includes guests, the officiant and any staff not employed by the venue, like a photographer
  • Different households should stay at least one metre apart
  • The venue should record visitors’ details, in case they need to be traced

Receptions at a different venue after a wedding are governed by the restrictions that apply on all hospitality venues.

Funerals

The COVID-19 restrictions for funeral services remain unchanged, with up to 30 people able to attend a service in a COVID secure venue. Before or after the funeral, any gatherings, including any form of ‘wake’ are still subject to the restrictions that apply to gatherings in homes and gardens, and in hospitality venues. All Funeral Directors will be well aware of the regulations, and will be able to explain exactly what can and can’t be done at this very difficult time.

Andrew Holmes

At the end of 2019, Andrew spent three months with us at Holy Trinity as part of his preparation for ordination. Andrew will be remembered for many contributions to life at Holy Trinity, including organist, but many will particularly remember that Andrew introduced and developed the ‘Second Sunday’ service at 9.15am on the second Sunday of each month. This service, and the different form of worship it offered, proved to be very popular and, before lockdown, was attracting new members to our congregation. Andrew will be ordained Deacon by the Bishop of Burnley at St James’ Parish Church, Haslingden on Sunday 27th September at 3.30pm, in a service which will be live streamed on facebook.com/StJamesHaslingden. Andrew will serve as Assistant Curate in the Parish of St James, Haslingden, with St Stephen Grane and St John Stonefield, and St Thomas Musbury. We wish Andrew every success as he continues his journey in this new role, and will remember him in our prayers on that day.