Dear Friends

I wanted to update you on the PCC ‘Away Day’ we held in church yesterday at which we discussed two key issues:

Proposed Extension/Re-ordering/Car Park

The PCC decided to go ahead with seeking permission for an extension linking the northwest corner of the church to the family room which will incorporate 2 toilets, a kitchen, a front entrance and lobby, and a rear entrance and lobby from the rear churchyard.

It has yet to make a decision about whether to put a dividing screen into the family room and create a separate entrance off the linkway, and also whether to install a dividing screen under the gallery in the church, and create a car park in the rear churchyard. These areas will be revisited at its September meeting when the costings from the recent quinquennial inspection are available.

Covid Restrictions

Having reached step 4 of the Government’s roadmap, the PCC revisited its risk assessment measures. It has decided to retain current social distancing measures (2m between individuals or groups of people in church) for regular Wednesday and Sunday services with the wearing of masks however people will be allowed to sing (if they wish) with their masks on. This will allow us to accommodate up to 54 people in church (42 downstairs and 12 upstairs)

The same arrangements will apply for baptisms, weddings and funerals however if there is no singing in the service, we will accommodate up to 80 people in church wearing masks at a reduced social distance (1-1.5m between individuals or groups in church) with 50 people downstairs and 30 upstairs. These arrangements will be reviewed at the September PCC meeting

May I say thank you for your prayers for us as we met yesterday. To get to the point of having decided what we want to do about a linkway, following the challenges of lockdown and having received preliminary planning advice from Warrington Borough Council last December, is a significant one and we will keep you informed of developments when we have them. It was also encouraging to receive our first half yearly financial report from our new treasurer, Julie Shaw (attached/enclosed), and I am pleased to report that we are roughly on track at this stage of proceedings, showing a small deficit of £3,374. We cannot be complacent, of course, and we are still hoping to have a bumper income from our Summer and Christmas fairs to help us balance our books this year, albeit by paying a lower share amount of £50,000.

Finally, please note that there will be no Zoom service this Sunday 1st August. Our archdeacon Simon Fisher will be taking our services on Sunday 8 August and hosting the 10am Zoom service then. See below for the special link for that.

Best wishes

Jeremy Tear

Pioneer Team Vicar

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