Annual Report of
Holy Trinity Parochial Church Council
Holy Trinity and Christ the King, Stevenage has the responsibility of co-operating with the incumbent, the Reverend Geoff Tickner, in promoting in the ecclesiastical parish the whole mission of the church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.
The P.C.C. is a charity excepted from registration with the Charity Commission. Members are either ex-officio or elected by the annual parochial church meeting in accordance with the Church Representation rules.
Standing Committee. This is the only committee required by law. It has power to transact the business of the P.C.C. between its meetings, subject to any directions given by the Council.
Church attendance. There are 217 parishioners on the Church Electoral Role. The usual Sunday attendance, counted during October, was 140 adults and 22 young people under sixteen years.
The P.C.C. met in full six times during the year with a general level of attendance of over 90% with one exception when some members attended Jeremy Crockers induction. The standing committee met between P.C.C. meetings. Anthony Giles started to attend meetings in November after his ordination as deacon in September. Our discussions vary widely from ideas for improvements to the toilets, kitchen and storage facilities to Health and Safety and Child Protection issues to our commitment to overseas mission, which has led to us sponsoring Ruth Huelser in Tanzania.
Task Teams meet regularly and report back to the P.C.C. The work done at these meetings is very valuable and important to all aspects of church life; dealing with worship, faith development, finance and stewardship, youth and children, Christ the King, social occasions and maintaining our church building. Task team members do not have to be on the P.C.C. just enthusiastic and committed members of our church community. We especially welcome willing participants to Working Party on the first Tuesday of each month between 6:30 and 9:00p.m. where there is always a job for everyone. Our Quinquennial inspection has left us with a long list of jobs to tackle so come and help out when you can.
Some highlights this year have been Ysmenas priesting and Anthonys deaconing, the Retreat, the At Home day, the stewardship renewal presentation, Growing Together in Christ and the newcomers tea. The FROGS group for young people meets regularly and the Saturday openings have encouraged people into the church. Our candle stand is well used by both visitors and established members of the church. We now have a press officer, who has been very successful in publicizing events in local newspapers.
We look forward to a new church year with some new faces on the P.C.C.