Annual Report 2016

Annual Report of the Parochial Church Council

 For the year ending 31st December 2015

Reference and Administrative Information

The Parochial Church Council of the Parish of St Mary, Great Sankey is a charity.

St Marys Church is located at the crossroads of Liverpool Road and Station Road in Great Sankey. The parish is part of the Diocese of Liverpool and its official correspondence address is:

St Marys Church, Liverpool Road, Great Sankey, Warrington WA5 1RE

For the period 1st January 2015 until the date of approval of this report, the following people served as members of the Parochial Church Council:

Ex-Officio

Chair :                     Rev  Dr Baker, Pioneer Team Rector (from 1st January – 26th September

                                Rev Jeremy Tear, Pioneer Team Vicar (from 27th September -31st December)

Curate:                     Rev Phil Turner (until 26th April)

Reader:                    Mr Roy Allen (until 7th October)        


Churchwarden:        Mrs Gail Patullo (April 2010)


Deanery Synod representatives:        Mr David Grierson (April 2014 for 3 years)

                                                           Mrs Sylvia Morris (April 2013 3 year term now complete)


Elected Members   

Treasurer                                            Mr Doug Plimmer (April 2014 for 3 years)

Electoral Roll Officer, DBS Verifier   Mrs Jan Plimmer (April 2014 for 3 years)

Mrs Ann Cheung (April 2014 for 3 years)

Secretary                                             Mrs Audrey Scarisbrick (April 2015 for 3 years)


Mr David Scarisbrick (April 2015 for 3 years)

                                                            Mr Ted Rigby (April 2015 for three years)

                                                            Mr Derek Bowden (April 2015 for 3 years)

Mr Terry Finnegan was co-opted as the Gift Aid Secretary  

                                                                                                     

Banking: Lloyds Warrington, Birmingham OSC 4 Ariel House, 2138 Coventry Road, Sheldon, B26 3JW

Structure, Management and Governance

As a member of the Church of England St Marys is governed by a Parochial Church Council that is constituted and elected to as described in the Church Regulation Rules 2011. The Electoral Roll has 118 members and thus we have the ability to elect 12 representatives to the PCC. Each election is for a period of three years.

We are grateful to Ann Cheung who is stepping down from the PCC at this APCM.

At this meeting we will want to elect five new members of the PCC, plus one casual vacancy, and to fill our two casual vacancies to the Deanery Synod.

Day to day management of the Church was exercised by the Standing Committee: Rev Dr Sarah Baker (from 27th September Rev Jeremy Tear), Mrs Gail Pattulo, Mr Doug Plimmer, Mrs Ann Cheung (from 14th December Mrs Audrey Scarisbrick).

Risk Assessments

Safeguarding procedures have been carried out as advised by the Diocese of Liverpool. All key personnel have DBS certificates. The Team Rector and Team Vicar have both attended Diocesan safeguarding training.

Financial Risk

An annual budget is prepared to ensure short term viability. Actual results compared with budget are reported to the PCC quarterly. All assets are insured and levels reviewed annually and approved by the PCC. A new financial management system is in the process of being implemented.

Objectives and Activities


The general functions of the PCC are stated within section 2 of the Parochial Church Councils (Powers) Measure 1956.

At St. Mary’s, we are part of the West Warrington Team Ministry which has as vision statement that we are committed to ‘growing God’s Kingdom in West Warrington’ by living out our values which are:

 All involved

Being disciples

Creating community

Doing evangelism

Encountering God

We have also said that we are committed to growing …..

Outwards - increasing involvement and engagement with the communities we serve and growing our numbers

Upwards - demonstrating individual spiritual growth

Inwards - demonstrating deepening of relationships within the community of the church.


When planning our activities for the year, we have considered the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit and, in particular, the specific guidance to charities for the advancement of religion. Our activities in 2015 provided the following public benefits:

The provision of regular public worship, both on Sundays, midweek and for the occasional offices (funerals, baptism and weddings)

Serving our community through taking services for our local primary school, providing a monthly community lunch, fortnightly craft club, and monthly cinema session

Supporting a range of national and international charities

Working with other churches in West Warrington to share God’s love through providing “Open the Book” bible story telling sessions in local schools

Achievements and Performance

We are pleased with our performance in relation to the above activities undertaken in 2015. However, we are by no means complacent. The following reports highlight our areas of activity and performance


Pioneer Team Rector’s Report

West Warrington Church Team Prayer


O God of the Great Heart,

May your churches be true to their birthright,

May they be places of prayer and eating,

Living and learning,

Work and celebration;

The warming, welcoming fire of Christ in their midst Drawing all peoples to you.


Dear friends,

As I come to write my first Rector’s annual report I am amazed at just how much has happened in the last twelve months.

Throughout the year we kept coming back to three key scriptures

Mark 12: 29-31 The Great Command

Matthew 28: 18 - 20 The Great Commission

Acts 2: 42- 47 The example of the early church

In January 2015 these scriptures and research about factors that help churches to grow were considered by over 100 people, drawn from all five congregations at our Vision Day. The energy and enthusiasm of every-one who participated made it a very successful day. We built on all the good things that were happening across the congregations and began to identify where we could move forward together as team.

The outcome of the day was a Vision statement for West Warrington Church Growing God’s Kingdom in West Warrington …… by living the Values:

All Involved

Becoming disciples

Creating Community

Doing Evangelism

Encountering God; …and growing:

outwards increasing involvement and engagement with the communities we serve and growing our numbers

upwards demonstrating individual spiritual growth

inwards demonstrating deepening of relationships within the community of the church

18th February saw 92 of us come together with friends from other local churches to mark the beginning of Lent in our Ash Wednesday service. Following on from this over 40 people met together in small groups studying “Life on the Frontline”. We considered how God can use us just where He has put us, with family, neighbours, school, college, workplace…these are the places where we can be active, intentional Followers of Jesus. WestWarringtonChurch Facebook page was also launched this month.

Jane Simmons, from Christ Church, Croft, joined us as a Reader in Training worshipping, and leading worship, with us at St Mary’s and St Philip’s. Others got to know her when she joined in a Lent Group.

In March the Team Council agreed an action plan based on the work of the Vision Day. This was shared with all congregations at services on Sunday 15th March at St Philip’s and Sunday 22nd March at the other three churches. We also developed Parish profiles and role descriptions for 2 new Team Vicar posts.

In April the Team Council was joined by Archdeacon Peter who led a Section 12 meeting to proceed with appointment of Team Vicars. Jan Plimmer began to develop the role of Team Administrator. And St Mary’s said goodbye to Rev Phil Turner who completed his curacy. He and Ruth are now ministering at Christ Church Netherley.

May found us holding our first team baptism tea. This new development allows us to meet informally with families bringing their children to baptism. The St Mary’s Guides look after refreshments and members of each of the congregations are present to get to know the families. The teas are held in rotation around the different churches. Some of the congregations have built on this by developing Baptism teams. We are planning to continue a relationship with these families inviting them to specific family services and events.

St Paul’s shared their plans for the new building with the rest of The Team and on 17th May June Dunning was licensed as Local Missional Leader for St Philip’s.

May also saw the first round of training for Cell (Small Group Leaders) as part of our preparation for introducing small groups. Pam Addison, Marise Seville, Linda Murdoch, Julie Goodwin and Ann Cheung attended a four-week course. We hope over time to widen the group of people who have this training so that we have a consistent approach to leading small groups.

In June we said goodbye to Rev Paul Hockley who retired from St Pauls after 33 years of ministry. He and Hilary moved on to new ministry in Poole, Dorset. Many people from the church and community came to say goodbye with tea and cake at his final service on June 7th.

We said hello to Archdeacon John Day as he started working with us as our Mission/Team Development Consultant.

In July we said more goodbyes to Rev David Nyirongo and Safiya. After four years working in the Team, mostly at St Paul’s and then St Philip’s they left for new ministry in Pontypridd.

August saw the second group of Cell Leaders training, with Martin Thorpe, June Dunning and Gail Pattullo completing it.

September was the start of more new things. Rev Jeremy Tear and Rev Sarah Peppiatt were licensed as Team Vicars with a special service held in St Philip’s. Jeremy to have oversight for St Mary’s and Sarah for St Paul’s.

October was another month of endings and beginnings. On 15th a packed St Mary’s said farewell to Royston Allen. Roy had been a part of St Mary’s for many many years. He had been a faithful minister of the word in his role as Reader. It was my delight and privilege to have worked in partnership with him leading worship at St Mary’s. He will be much missed. And then on 31st October several of us went to Liverpool Cathedral where we said goodbye to Archdeacon Peter Bradley as he retired from a long ministry in the Diocese.

The new leadership team started their work together with an away day on 25th October This was an opportunity for us to review our individual styles and ways of working and begin to develop a “Team Working and accountability agreement”, identifying who would do what across the churches.

We also started daily prayer across the congregations.

• Monday 8.30am St Paul’s

• Tuesday 10.00am The Ford 9, Virginia Gardens

• Wednesday 9.00am St Mary’s

• Thursday 5.00pm St James

• Friday 8.00am St Philip’s.

These provide opportunities for members of the leadership team to meet regularly and pray about key things happening across all the congregations. We are delighted to have been joined by various members of the different congregations. Jesus taught us that prayer is the foundation of our relationship with Our Father, and so we trust that this solid foundation will be built upon in the future, and would welcome others to join us.

November brought further new beginnings in the Diocese with the collation of new Archdeacons on November 14th. Since his appointment, Rev Roger Preece, Archdeacon of St Helens and Warrington has been a huge help, encouragement and support to our work of developing team. He is charged with taking forward the vision that Bishop Paul has shared: of a key focus on Mission and Growth and the importance of each one of us, as followers of Jesus, being able to tell our own story of what God has done, and is doing, in our lives.

The Diocese made a formal offer to Rev Pete Atkinson to join us as Pioneer Team Curate in June 2016.

The Team Council and PCCs reaffirmed the Principles for working as team that had been agreed earlier in the year

• that we do together what makes sense to do together to get best use of resources; people, money and estate. in terms of effectiveness and efficiency both in time and money.

• the main aim being to free people up from administration and governance to focus energy on worship and mission.

• that we support individual congregations to be autonomous in developing their local worship and mission.

• that we seek to identify gifts from across all congregations, empowering, growing and supporting people to exercise them both locally in their congregation and with others across the team where that is appropriate (as above)

And Jeremy led our first Benefice All Souls service.

In December we advertised services across the Benefice with leaflets and Posters. This was great in raising awareness and making our presence in the community more visible. Good numbers attended services at all the churches over the Christmas period.

Saturday 30th January 2016 brought “Showcase West Warrington - an opportunity to review the last twelve months and “showcase” the amazing things God had done in all the churches. It allowed us to see and hear what is happening in congregations other than our own, and to hear about what is happening across the team where folk are working together. Jeremy and Sarah P also gave feedback from the listening exercise which highlighted some of the areas where things may not be working so well.

Again the event was very well attended with hugely positive feedback through the magic buttons, confirmation of the direction of travel for our Vision and a real sense of excitement about what God had been doing - often despite everything - in various aspects of our church life, over the preceding twelve months.

In February many of us, again, joined together to start Lent with the Ash Wednesday service where we again launched ecumenical small groups for Lent. Following on from the previous year we are now studying Fruitfulness on the Frontline.

March brought the confirmation of Marise Seville as Local Missional Leader for St Paul’s. Her commissioning to follow shortly. This allowed us to announce that Rev Sarah Peppiatt would act as Oversight Team Vicar for both St Paul’s and St Philip’s supported by June and Marise. This addressed one of the major concerns expressed in the listening exercise.

A meeting of the Team Council and all PCCs to address other concerns expressed through the listening exercise heard Rev David Burrows and Archdeacon Roger Preece explain some of the issues about the formal establishment of Team Councils. This will lead to resolutions being put to the APCM of each PCC followed by a working party, led by Rev Jeremy Tear, to take forward the development of a formal Team Council Constitution.

Some examples of mission and ministry where folk are working together across the whole Benefice (Team)


Team Choir

St Mary’s and St Philip’s have a history of having worship led by choirs so Musical Directors Julie Goodwin and Miranda Lomas thought it would be a good idea to get together. Miranda Lomas writes... Julie and I felt that a Team Choir was a very practical demonstration of what Team is all about. I have loved working with Julie and the others - it has broadened our knowledge of music and worship and is a huge pleasure. We hope to do more in the future and have ideas for concerts etc. We would welcome more members, particularly from the other two churches.


Open The Book

Linda Murdoch writes... Open the Book is now fully established within 4 schools in the local area, three of which are non-faith schools. Each school has a team of between 4- 6 volunteers that attend weekly and act out the stories with a short message. All the schools are very welcoming and grateful for the teams' input.

The teams consist of volunteers from a variety of churches and this working together with Christians from other churches/ denominations continues to be one of the biggest blessings for the volunteers. At Christmas each child in Key stage 1 were presented with a delightful small booklet, containing the Christmas story which was very well received. Teams are currently working on the Easter theme presentations. It is hoped we can expand into some other local schools for September 16 and we are already seeking volunteers to join with us in taking OTB to a whole new audience."


Team Youth Work:

Pam Addison and Linda Murdoch write…The West Warrington Youth club is now into its 5th month. Running each Monday night out of Honiton Hall in Penketh, we are seeing between 8 and 20 young people joining together for an informal social time, where we also are able to share a little of God's love for them and able to encourage them to join with other Christian youth activities in the area, such as the games night at The Oaks and a youth club at The Olive Tree.

Wherever possible we are trying to link up and join with other established groups in the area. There have been successful trips to Trampolining and Laser Quest which were attended by up to 30 young people, mainly from St Paul's, Penketh Methodist, Jireh Church and Bethany. We hope to continue to build on these relationships. There are also several new young people who have signed up to MCYC camps in the summer and we pray that they will encounter God in a real way whilst they are there.

Volunteers are from Warrington YFC, 2 from Bethany Pentecostal church, Rev Sarah Peppiatt, Linda Murdoch representing Penketh Methodist and 3 from St. Paul's. Still wanting representatives from the other churches to be truly a joint venture.

Many of the young people are due to attend a missional event called Higher in Manchester and will be invited to attend a season of discipleship groups to be based at The Oaks.

I end my report with a passage from the bible which the Leadership Team suggest we take as our Word for the Year in 2016.

Isaiah 43:18-19

‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

See, I am doing a new thing!

Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland


Rev Dr Sarah Baker

Pioneer Team Rector

West Warrington Church


 Pioneer Team Vicar’s Review of the Year

Having only come into post for the last quarter of the year, it is difficult for me to give a proper review of it. Having said that, I do want to review what I can, as well as to look at the year ahead. The licensing service at St. Philip’s at the end of September 2015 was, I believe, a momentous occasion in the life of St. Mary’s and the Team. For all three of the clergy – Martin, Sarah Peppiatt and myself – were being licensed (alongside Sarah Baker) as pioneer clergy. That is to say that part of our role is not only concerned with looking after and growing our existing congregations, but also finding ways of reaching out to others who are not currently part of the church and developing church with them, sometimes known as ‘fresh expressions’ of church. For Martin, this is clearly focussed around his work with those in schools but it is not yet clear what specific focus that might have for me (or you! for I hope that some of you will join me on that journey in due course).

At the beginning of October, we had a joyful all age harvest service at St. Mary’s and I would like to pay tribute to George Jones, Julie Goodwin, Ann Cheung and Jacqui Wightman, who have been involved in leading these services over the past year. It has been good to engage our uniformed groups through these and I have invited the groups to help me in leading some of these services this year. It was also good to visit Great Sankey Primary for their harvest service, and I am grateful to George Jones and others who are involved in this important ministry to children, both in school and when the school visit the church for seasonal services.

The start of November saw our first Team All Souls service held at St. Mary’s, which was well attended, and I hope provided comfort to those who had been bereaved in the past year or so. It felt particularly poignant as only three weeks previously we had the funeral service in church of Roy Allen, our long-serving reader, who had died of cancer. The numbers of those attending his service were a tribute to how much his ministry had been appreciated by those both within and outside the church community.

Then at the end of the year, we entered the season of Advent and various special Christmas services for Great Sankey Primary school and the uniformed groups, as well as our usual Christingle service and an excellent modern nativity put on by the children from ‘Lightnings’. And at this point, I would like to say thank you to Clare Archibald and her team of helpers who do an excellent job in catering for the needs of the growing number of children aged 0-10 who regularly come to St. Mary’s week by week. It’s often said that children are the future of the church, and whilst that is undoubtedly true, they are very much part of its present as well.

And whilst I have mentioned various specific activities here, I do also want to put on record my thanks to all those who serve in various ways in the life of St. Mary’s, whether on the PCC, choir, gardening and baptism teams, flower arranging, helping with the craft club, cinema and community lunches, as well as various rotas for cleaning, reading the bible, praying, providing refreshments and acting as sidespeople and welcomers. St. Mary’s couldn’t function without you, so thank you!

So what of 2016 and all that lies ahead this year? We have already conducted a stewardship initiative this Lent at St. Mary’s and we can be rightly thankful for the c.£7,500 additional income (including gift aid) which this has generated per year. This represents half of the sum we were looking to raise so we will need to look carefully at our finances for the rest of this year in order to try to ensure that we keep our projected deficit to a manageable level. If we wish to be a sustainable, and indeed growing, Christian community here in Great Sankey, then we will need to address the financial challenges we face. Part of the solution will be for established members to increase their giving (as some already have) and part of the solution will be to encourage those who are new to St. Mary’s to start giving as well. We will of course need to manage our costs carefully where we can.

At our Annual Parochial Church Meeting this year, Gail Pattullo will be stepping down from her post as Churchwarden, having served for the past six years. I’m sure that you will want to join me in saying thank you to Gail for all her hard work and I very much hope that we will be able to elect two churchwardens to replace her. We also have a number of vacancies on the PCC to be filled, plus we will need to elect representatives to the Deanery Synod to fill casual vacancies, as well as vacancies to Team Council. Please don’t be shy in stepping forward to serve in these, and other, important ways in the life of our church. It’s only as we use our gifts together as the Body of Christ that we can function properly, as St. Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians chapter twelve.

In terms of the rest of the year, I very much hope that the saga of the sale of the church hall will soon be brought to a close, and then we can begin to think creatively about what we do with the proceeds of that sale. I would like to thank Ann Cheung and Gail Pattullo for all their hard work on behalf of the PCC in this respect. At our PCC Away day at the end of June, I hope that the new PCC will be able to reflect on what has been achieved this past year and to think about and set priorities for the coming year, so that we can grow God’s Kingdom in West Warrington, as our team vision statement reminds us. It will also be good to welcome the new team curate, Pete Atkins and his family, amongst us. Do pray for them all as he is ordained at the cathedral on Sunday 26 June, and let Jan (our team administrator) know if you would like to attend.

Finally, I would like to say a big thank you for the warm welcome that you have extended to Emma, Elizabeth, Josie and myself, and particularly for your prayers for Josie who is now much better. And thankyou to each one of you (too many to mention all by name) for the part that you play in the life of St. Mary’s Church through your faithful service, giving and praying. It is all much appreciated.


Jeremy Tear


April 2016


Church Wardens Report

Two thousand and fifteen was a time of change for St. Mary’s church. We became part of the West Warrington Team. Confirmation was given that there would be a team vicar at St. Mary’s, St. Paul’s, St. James as well as a Local Missional Leader at St. Phillips. A post for a curate was also applied for. Sarah continued in her non-stipendiary role as Team Rector. The roles were advertised in the Church Times and on the Diocesan website.

During spring time, the process of appointing two team vicars was underway with a day’s selection process headed up by Archdeacon Peter Bradley. Reverends Jeremy Tear and Sarah Peppiat were appointed with Jeremy given oversight for St. Mary’s. After considerable redecoration, with the cost shared by St. Mary’s & St. Paul’s Jeremy moved into the vicarage in Poplar Avenue Penketh. This property was previously used by the vicar of St. Pauls church.

We welcomed Jeremy to St. Mary’s during September. Whilst it is good to have a minister who has primary responsibility for St. Mary’s it also means that being part of a wider pioneering team some of the clergy responsibilities now fall to the congregation and these changes will need to be reviewed regularly.

The role of a team administrator was required and Jan Plimmer from St. Mary’s volunteered to work at this role to enable and define the need and time required to fulfil the role. It was decided that St. Mary’s church was to be used for administrative purposes. The vestry was turned into the team office and was fitted out accordingly. St. Mary’s PCC paying for half the cost and Team Council paying the other half. Although this was set up as team office St. Mary’s has benefitted from a Wi-Fi connection and a new PC and mobile telephone contact to an administrator based here.

A decision was taken by the Diocese to sell St. Mary’s vicarage in Parsonage Way. Verbal assurance was given to myself by Alan Gaynor the diocesan rep with responsibility for housing that St. Mary’s would benefit financially from a percentage of the sale. The sale is now complete and profit (amount to be confirmed) from the sale is currently held by the Diocese. No other housing is sought and I have been advised that the intention is to deposit this into the W.W.T. budget. This requires further clarification because the current work to establish the constitution of the Team Council has highlighted that individual PCC’s remain responsible for their church’s financial and property matters.

Discussions took place at PCC around the state of the church hall and whether the building was fit for purpose. A decision was taken to sell the hall and the land at the junction of Liverpool Rd and Highfield Ave which is owned by St. Mary’s church. The sale is currently progressing with two prospective purchasers, one for the Church Hall and the majority of the land and 10th Warrington Scouts (St. Mary’s) who are hoping to purchase the land on which their scout hut stands. Rev Sarah Baker has confirmed that monies from the sale will be held solely by St Mary’s Church and will not be used for normal running cost such as the Parish share and utilities, but it will be ring fenced and used for outreach and mission work. (See PCC Minutes 8 April 2015).

A considerable amount of work has been carried this year both in the church building and around the church gardens. An advice notice is displayed explaining what is allowed to be placed in the Remembrance Garden this has improved the appearance overall. A piece of land and a garden shed was gifted to the church from Osborne Developers who own the land adjacent to the family room. This space is now flagged and the whole area enhanced. The church roof was inspected and any minor work was carried out. The guttering around the church building was cleared, the lightening conductor checked and the annual service of the alarm system completed. The interior of the church was decorated and the carpets cleaned prior to Advent. Discussions at PCC level to upgrade the heating system at a cost of £3.5k-£4k are still are still ongoing, Sarah Baker has requested that 2/3 more quotes are required.

In the my sixth and final year as Church Warden here at St. Mary’s I have experienced many changes. Our much loved minister Michael Buckley retired, our curate for 3 years Phil Turner moved on and we became part of the WW team. Sad to say our Reader and a friend for many years Roy Allen sadly passed away. I relied on Roy on many occasions to point me in the right

direction. Without Roy to call upon for advice my role as warden would have been even more of a challenge.

I’m pleased to say that many others are here who continue to support the role of warden by quietly carrying out tasks, mostly the things we all take for granted, opening the church building, putting out the bins, changing light bulbs, putting up banners, moving furniture and many other things. I thank you all for the help you have given me and the wider congregation over the years.


Gail Pattullo

Church Warden - St. Mary’s Parish Church 24th April 2016.


Treasurer’s Report

Accounts for the Year End 31 December 2015

The accounts for 2015 are available to view on the Church notice board as you come into the main body of the Church. They will also be on the Churches web site. Email copies will be sent to those members of the congregation whose email details are held on the Church App.

I have adopted the format used for the accounts for 2014, which members of the congregation and ministers seemed to find easy to follow.

I have ensured that the Parish share was paid in full for 2015 and all invoices and bills have been paid for such things as Utilities’, Insurances and general running costs which you will see are all itemised in the attached accounts. I am pleased to be able to say that the income from all sources was greater than the outgoings which has left us in a total credit balance of £34,418.93 across all funds at the end of the year 31 December 2015 (this has only been achievable because we received a Gift aid repayment from HM Revenue of Customs of £11622.13 relating to the donations made in 2014). Within the £34,418.93 the General Fund was £15657.72 in credit. However it should be noted that November 2015 and Decembers 2015 Parish Share of £10,048.80 were paid on the 5 January 2016 and the Liverpool Diocesan Board Fees for 2015 of £4,755.80 were paid on the 7 March 2016. The actual General Fund credit for 2015 would have been £853.12 and the total credit balance from all funds would have been £19615.13. It is therefore evident that we either try and increase our donations or find ways of cutting back on our expenditure to ensure St Mary’s future is secure.

The Parish Share deficit gift aid claim we make on the donations for 2015 will be reduced, as the income has understandably reduced and we look forward to donors transferring their donations from the Parish Deficit fund to the General Fund to help relieve the strain on that fund.

I have continued to show the income and expenditure on the Church Hall separately within the accounts as this was one of the questions raised during the 2014 annual meeting. In addition, I have shown the income and expenditure for all other funds and the Petty Cash.

I would like to thank all of the people who have provided me with information and paperwork to include in the accounts. George Jones for the Tithing Fund; Eddie Beckett for the Building and Restoration funds; Terry Finnegan for the Deficit Appeal fund; Gail Pattullo for the Petty Cash and Community Lunch; Wilma James for the Flower Fund and Garden Fund; Eric McGonagle for the Magazine Fund and Janet Kerswell for the Sunday Refreshment, details without which I could not have balanced the figures.

It is unfortunate that this year as with last year David Grierson, due to his ill health, has not been able to complete the accounts for the magazine and leprosy Funds, figures for the latter part of the financial years have been based on bank statements provided by Eric McGonagle.

Pauline Grierson has also been ill and has not been able to produce accounts for the Sunday Refreshment donations to the 6 December 2015, figures for the period 6 December 2015 to the 30 December 2015 were provided by Janet Kerswell.

I am sure we all wish David and Pauline better health in the coming months.

I hope to continue to work towards achieving an increase in the income and donations we receive whilst at the same time reducing costs wherever and whenever possible and also simplifying the accounting practises. I know that God will always provide what we need, when we need it but that he sometimes works in mysterious ways, so if you feel in any way able to increase your donations or gifts to the church we will always receive them gratefully and ensure that they will be used wisely.


Doug Plimmer


Treasurer St Mary’s PCC

 


St Mary's Parish Church General Fund 2015

Income Type

Amount

Expenditure Type

Bfwd from 2014

11,370.97

Bank Service Charges

407.11

Gift Aid Repayment

11,622.13

Church Standing Order Direct Debits

0.00

Loose Donations

9,325.75

Church Tithe

4,463.00

Planned Giving

30,218.30

Bishop of Liverpool Church Registry

240.00

Standing Order Donations

5,888.50

Church Insurance

2,027.78

One off Donation

142.50

Church Maintenance & Repairs

1,601.75

Company Donation

375.00

Church Utilities

5,990.01

CAF Donation

25.00

Church Cleaning Items

60.00

Standing Order Utilities etc Refunds

415.99

Paid to Ministers and Reader Fees/Expenses

1,168.96

Legacy

2,500.00

Upkeep of Services

485.22

Sale of Scrap Metal

20.00

Photocopier

709.64

Use of Church Donations

608.90

Stationary

211.65

Weddings/Banns

4,025.00

Copy Right

700.52

Parsonage Phone Bill

195.07

Baptisms

0.00

Vicarage First Utilities

108.60

Baptisms Donations

70.00

David Nyirongo's Leaving Present

100.00

Funerals/Internment of Ashes/Headstone Inscriptions

8,462.00

Reimbursments

125.00

Warrington BC

212.00

Transfer to Petty Cash from Collections

200.00

2014 Parish Share

4,862.24

2015 Parish Share*

50,244.00

Sub Total Income re Church

85,282.04

Governance Audit Fees

200.00

Church Hall

Sub Total Expenditure re church

74,100.55

Rainbows/Brownies/Guides

280.00

Church Hall

Felicia School of Dance

10,275.00

Church Hall Cleaner

3,120.00

Church Hall Hire/Letting

104.00

Church Hall Cleaning Items

48.40

Church Hall Maintenance/Repairs

81.95

Church Hall Utilities

1,577.04

Church Hall Insurance

1,089.40

Sub Total Income re Church Hall

10,659.00

Church Hall Sale

2,166.00

Continued Overleaf

Sub Total Expenditure re Church Hall

8,082.79


 


 

St Mary's Community Lunch Donations 2015

Community Lunch

Church - Community Lunch

657.30

Church - Carpets Cleaned

245.00

Church - Community Lunch

330.70

Church - Community Lunch

184.00

Church - Community Lunch

208.40

Church - Community Lunch

204.70

Church - Community Lunch

146.00

Church - Community Lunch

428.15

Sub Total Income Community Lunch to Year End 31 December 2015

2,159.25

Sub Total Expenditure re Community Lunch

245.00

Total Income to Year End 31 December 2015

98,100.29

NB Adjustment to Balance

14.23

Less Expenditure as at 31 December 2015

82,442.57

Total Expenditure Year End 31 December 2015

82,442.57

Balance as at 31 December 2015

15,657.72

Bank Balance as at 31 December 2015

15,657.72

St Mary's Fund 2015

Income Type

Expenditure Type

Bfwd from 2014

2,408.61

Bank Service Charges

65.48

Standing Orders Donations Received

120.00

Payments out - PAYE

0.00

Total Income to Year End 31 December 2015

2,528.61

Decorating Popular Ave

1,340.00

Less Expenditure as at 31 December 2015

1,405.48

Total Expenditure Year End 31 December 2015

1,405.48

Balance as at 31 December 2015

1,123.13

Bank Balance as at 31 December 2015

1,123.13

St Mary's General Fund Deposit 2015

Income Type

Expenditure Type

Bfwd from 2014

39.15

Transfer to St Mary's Fund

0.00

Interest

0.00

Total Income to Year End 31 December 2015

39.15

Less Total Expenditure Year End 31 December 2015

0.00

Total Expenditure Year End 31 December 2015

0.00

Balance as at 31 December 2015

39.15

Bank Balance as at 31 December 2015

39.15

St Mary's Parish Church Tithing Fund 2015

Income Type

Expenditure Type

Bfwd from 2014

2,557.49

Water Aid

150.00

Collection for Church Army

354.00

JUMP

200.00

Tithing from Weekly Giving

4,538.00

Leprosy Mission

150.00

Craft Club

68.50

CMS

1,000.00

Anonymous Donation

50.00

Penketh High School

250.00

Amendment re Error

71.00

Church Army

400.00

Church Army

1,000.00

Nepal Earthquake App.

300.00

Cash Gift - Read Children

30.00

 CMS abseil

150.00

CMS

1,000.00

Church Urban Fund

250.00

Blytheswood Care

250.00

Total Income to Year End 31 December 2015

7,638.99

Adjustment

41.00

Less Expenditure 2015

5,171.00

Total Expenditure Year End 31 December 2015

5,171.00

Balance as at 31 December 2015

2,467.99

Bank Balance as at 31 December 2015

2,467.99

St Mary's Church Petty Cash 2015

Income Type

Expenditure Type

Bfwd from 2014

541.59

Funerals - Ministers

890.50

Banns/Banns Certificates

146.00

Funerals - Vergers

840.00

Wedding Deposits

410.00

Services and Stationary

36.48

Weddings

550.00

Weddings - Vergers

315.00

Funerals

975.00

Weddings - Oganists

385.00

Memorial

25.00

Wedding Deposit Refund

50.00

Adjustment

237.24

Thanks Giving

142.50

Total Income as at 31 December 2015

2,884.83

Less Expenditure as at 31 December 2015

2,659.48

Total Expenditure as at 31 December 2015

2,659.48

Cash Balance as at 31December 2015

225.35

Balance as 31 December 2015 per Petty Cash Book

225.35

St Mary's Building & Restoration Fund 2015

Income Type

Expenditure Type

Bfwd from 2014

745.49

Chqs 153 - 159

6,390.95

Transferred from Acc 07839687

6,000.00

Cash Donations

260.74

Standing Orders

320.00

Over Draft Interest

1.15

Total Income as at 31 December 2015

7,326.23

Less Expenditure as at 31 December 2015

6,392.10

Total Expenditure as at 31 December 2015

6,392.10

Balance as at 31December 2015

934.13

Bank Balance as at 31 December 2015

934.13

St Mary's Building & Restoration Fund Investment Acc (30 Day Acc) 2015

Income Type

Expenditure Type

Bfwd from 2014

10,591.03

Transferred to Building & Restoration Fund

6,000.00

Interest

4.35

Total Income to Year End 31 December 2015

10,595.38

Less expenditure as at 31 December 2015

6,000.00

Total Expenditure Year End 31 December 2015

6,000.00

Balance as at 31 December 2015

4,595.38

Bank Balance as at 31 December 2015

4,595.38

St Mary's Deficit Appeal Year end 31 December 2015

Income Type

Expenditure Type

Brought FWD from 2014

1,921.79

Paid to Diocese

0.00

Formal Donations

4,111.25

Tithe

0.00

Other Cash Donations

0.00

Community Lunch

633.50

2014 Gift Aid

0.00

Interest & Dividend

1.93

Total Income to Year End 31 December 2015

6,668.47

Less Expenditure as at 31 December 2015

0.00

Total Expenditure Year End 31 December 2015

0.00

Balance as at 31 December 2015

6,668.47

Bank Balance as at 31 December 2015

6,668.47


 


St Mary's Flower Fund Year End 31 December 2015

Income Type

Expenditure Type

B/fwd 2014

387.65

Country Baskets

£23.04

Collection Sheets

140.00

Country Baskets

£13.47

Cash

190.00

Silk Flowers (CW)

£23.00

Silk Flowers (SC)

£13.45

Total Income as at 31 December 2015

717.65

194 - MISS DAISY'S FLORIST

£68.96

Less Total Expenditure Year End 31 December 2015

141.92

Total Expenditure Year End 31 December 2015

141.92

Cash Balance as at 31December 2015

575.73

St Mary's Garden Fund Year End 31 December 2015

Income Type

Expenditure Type

B/fwd 2014

327.00

GREEN THUMB

£45.00

Cash Green Donation Box

21.00

D & MA SCARISBRICK

£69.31

Cash Green Donation Box

10.00

Garden Fund - Lock(DS)

£9.95

Cash Green Donation Box

10.00

L W GARDENS ST MARYS GT SANKEY

£100.00

Cash Green Donation Box

10.00

D Bowden

16.84

Total Income as at 31 December 2015

378.00

Less Expenditure as at 31 December 2015

241.10

Total Expenditure Year End 31 December 2015

£241.10

Cash Balance as at 31December 2015

136.90


 


 

 

 

St Mary's Magazine and Leprosy Mission Year End 31 December 2015

The Treasurer is unable to set out the 2015 Income and Expenditure for the Magazine and Leprosy Mission funds due to illness of the Treasurer of these funds and lack of sufficient records

Lloyds Bank Account sheet 96 shows Balance for 31 December 2015

1,965.06

The Magazine Account is now run by Eric McGonagle

St Mary's Sunday Morning Refreshment Donations and Expenditure 2015

It should be noted that these figures only represent the period 6/12/15 - 27/12/15. the records prior to the 6/12/15 are not available due to the illness of the treasurer of this fund.

Income Type

Expenditure Type

Donations

41.90

Refreshments

11.98

Total Income as at 31 December 2015

41.90

Less Expenditure as at 31 December 2015

11.98

Total Expenditure Year End 31 December 2015

11.98

Cash Balance as at 31December 2015

29.92


 


St Mary's Parish Church total Income & Expenditure for the Year End 31 December 2015

Income Source

Expenditure Source

General Fund

98,100.29

General Fund

82,442.57

St Mary's Fund

2,528.61

St Mary's Fund

1,405.48

St Mary's Fund Instant Acc

39.15

St Mary's Fund Instant Acc

0.00

Tithing Fund

7,638.99

Tithing Fund

5,171.00

Petty Cash

2,884.83

Petty Cash

2,659.48

Building & Restoration Fund

7,326.23

Building & Restoration Fund

6,392.10

Building & Restoration Investment Acc (30 day Acc)

10,595.38

Building & Restoration Investment (30 day Acc)

6,000.00

Deficit Appeal

6,668.47

Deficit Appeal

0.00

Flower Fund

717.65

Flower Fund

141.92

Garden Fund

378.00

Garden Fund

241.10

Magazine & Leprosy Mission

1,965.06

Magazine & Leprosy Mission

0.00

Sunday Morning Refreshments

41.90

Sunday Morning Refreshments

11.98

Total Income 2015

138,884.56

Less Expenditure as at 31 December 2015

104,465.63

Total Expenditure Year End 31 December 2015

104,465.63

Total Net Income Year End 31 December 2015

34,418.93


 


Total Bank Balance Year End 31 December 2015

Bank Account

General Fund

15,657.72

St Mary's Fund

1,123.13

St Mary's Fund Instant A/c

39.15

Tithing Fund

2,467.99

Petty Cash

225.35

Building & Restoration

934.13

Building & Restoration Investment (30 Day Acc)

4,595.38

Deficit Appeal

6,668.47

Flower Fund

575.73

Garden Fund

136.90

Magazine & Leprosy Mission

1,965.06

Sunday Refreshment Donations

29.92

Sunday School Investment held by LDBF at 31 December 2015

0.00

Total Bank Balance Year End 31 December 2015

34,418.93

Total Net Income Year End 31 December 2015

34,418.93

Notes

2014 Parish Share Paid in 2015

4,862.24

Parish Share Paid in 2015

 

50,244.00

Parish Share for November & December 2015 Paid 5 January 2016

10,048.80

Total Parish Share Paid for 2015 in 2015 &2016

60,292.80

Total Parish Share Due for 2015

 

60,292.80

2015 Funeral & wedding Fees Paid to LDBF 2016 on 7 March 2016

 

4,755.00


 


 


 


Gift Aid Secretary’s Report – Not Yet Received


PCC Secretary’s Report – Not yet received


Electoral Roll Officer Report 2015/2016 


I have been the electoral roll officer for the year 2015 and would advise that at the start of the year we had 109 people registered. We now have 117. 


80 are resident within the Parish and 37 are not resident within the Parish.  


Following the recent review of the electoral roll we have had 6 new people register with St Mary’s 6 other people were added through the year. A valued member and servant of the church died after many years of service and was removed from the electoral roll and a member of the music group was also removed following his death and 2 others because they have moved out of the area.



I have attached a link below to the Church of England Webpage relating to the rules relating to the Formation of a church electoral roll. 


https://www.churchofengland.org/about-us/structure/churchlawlegis/church-representation-rules/church-representation-rules-online.aspx#cp1 


Jan Plimmer   


4/4/16


 

Safeguarding Officer report 2015/2016 


As I have been setting up a Team Administrator post throughout the year I was asked to undertake the roll as Team Safeguarding Officer which involved ensuring that the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks (formally CRB checks) were carried out for all of the churches within the team. Liverpool Diocese had moved to a new on line checking system administered by a company CCPAS.  


As the previous Safeguarding officer, Mrs Ann Cheung, was stepping down from the position of safeguarding officer, I undertook the duties for St Mary’s church but it does really need to be separate people so as not to confuse the rolls of Safeguarding officer and DBS checker. There are 2 areas within Church safeguarding and they are Children and Vulnerable adults. We follow the Liverpool Diocese Safeguarding policy in both areas, which is available on their website under making it easier/ Safeguarding. The training and help from Liverpool Diocese is extensive.  


Safeguarding is an ongoing process in which DBS checks are carried out every 5 years and of course all new volunteers working in both areas of children or vulnerable adults are fully checked and agreed by the PCC before commencing. 


 


Jan Plimmer 


4/4/16


 



Lightnings (Sunday Club) Report – Not yet received


School Services


 
 In October 2014 St. Mary's was asked by Great Sankey Primary School to hold a Christmas Service at Church for the pupils. Following the success of the services (three were held) services were held at Easter at Church, harvest at school and Christmas at church. 
 
 All services were run by the laiety, with Jeremy giving the blessing at the harvest service. 290 children attended the services along with school staff and relatives. The school chose the songs, the majority of which were Christian based. Children also said prayers.
 
 2016 will see more services being held.
 
 The school love to see members of the church congregation at the services to encourage the children.
 
 George Jones


 


 


 


Uniformed Organisations


35th Warrington (St Mary’s) Guides


22nd Warrington Brownies


St Mary’s Senior Section


Sankey District


At present there are 24 girls in the Unit.


There are currently 4 Guides working on their BP Award. Two ran an event with the Unit as one of the clauses and raised over £250 for Claire’s House Children’s Hospice. Last month saw two of them travel to Lancashire for a weekend away run by Region, and this completed their BP challenge, and they are about to move up to St Mary’s Senior Section. Hopefully by September another 3 Guides will also be moving up.


Again this year Guides have come up to Church and helped with making the Christingles. This is about the 5th year running the girls have helped and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Sadly, no one from Guides was available to help with the mother’s day posies this year.


For about the 13th year running we planted spring bulbs into small flower pots which the Guides decorated and these were given to those receiving home communion and distributed to other members of Church.


The Guides have worked hard and completed various Badges and Go-For-It’s over the past 12 months and all have achieved a Challenge Certificate relevant to their age, and we took 15 of them away to Pettypool for a weekend holiday.


After running the Guide Unit for 23 years I have now retired and the Unit has been taken over by Clare Lockley who first joined us as a Guide 19 years ago.


22nd Warrington Brownies


Brownie numbers are still high, and the Unit has 25 girls who have been busy on their badges and working on exploring the three areas of how they fit into the world around them – ie Me, Me and the Community, Me and the World.


Brownies enjoyed a fun filled and active holiday at Pettypool and are planning their next weekend for later this year


Brownies too had a go at planting bulbs and brought quite a few pots back to be given out to the community.


St Mary’s Senior Section


Numbers have remained steady over this last year, but the Unit is looking forward to an increase in numbers now as there are 4/5 Guides who are eligible to move up between now and September.


September last year saw them at Pettypool on an assessment holiday for their Leader to enable her to take them away. They are now well into the planning for an International Trip to Copenhagen at the start of the summer holidays to celebrate Senior Sections’ 100th birthday. They will be joining Seniors from all over Europe for the celebrations.


Members of the Senior Section came up to Church to help make the Mother’s Day Posies.


Sankey District


As District Commissioner for Sankey I regretfully report that we have had to close two units due to Leaders retiring and our being unable to recruit new Leaders. These were 30th Warrington (St Mary’s) Brownies and 30th Warrington (St Mary’s) Guides.


We now only have 1 Guide Unit in the District. However, we have waiting lists of Girls wishing to join both Rainbows and Brownies. The Guide Unit also has a waiting list of girls wishing to move up, and it could well be that we have difficulty placing them all in the future. Currently with girls and Leaders there are 177 members in the District.


Units have relocated from the Church Hall and are now in various community buildings run by Gt Sankey Parish Council.


Senior Section and Leaders took part in the Remembrance Day Parade again this year, and all Units attended the District Carol Service held here in St Mary’s with quite a few families staying as well.


My 5year term as District Commissioner comes to an end in April, however Gail Cordon, with whom I have been job sharing this last 12 months will take over completely for the next four years, so we will have continuity within the District.


Sylvia Morris


30th Warrington St Mary’s Sankey Rainbows.


Rainbow Guides are the youngest section of girl guiding. They are aged 5 – 7 years. Their program is called the Rainbow Jigsaw. By fitting together all the elements they have a balanced program of fun and learning.


With the birth of Princess Charlotte and as our Patron HRH Queen Elizabeth 11 is the longest reigning monarch we have been taking part in princess activities, making crowns, tiaras, “queen cakes” and finding out about castles and Royal residences. In April we will be helping the rainbows to make their own sandwiches and scones so we can have a special afternoon tea in honour of the Queens 90th birthday.


We have just completed a Scottish Guiding badge where the girls made Nessie cakes, mascots, learned some Scottish songs and had a go at Scottish dancing – they absolutely loved it and so did the guiders!!


We continue to support St Mary’s by attending Harvest Festival, Sankey District Christmas Carol Service and All Age Worship. Within our unit meetings we celebrate Saints Days and Festivals. We support Children in Need and the Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal.


Our new Rainbow Promise encourages the girls to think about their beliefs. Recently we have been talking about Easter traditions. The girls spread their own toppings on their pancakes. We had fruit and jam and syrup; but best of all they loved shaking and filling their pancakes with ‘squirty cream’. We played Easter games, made Easter bonnets, decorated Eggs and designed their own Easter Cards.


We encourage girls to be kind and caring for the world we live in and to be kind and helpful to others at home, school or the Rainbow meeting.


Guiding is great fun at any age. I was taught it was fun with a purpose. Being a Rainbow Guider is particularly lovely as you see the quiet timid girl arrive and then over the two years they grow and develop ready to move up to brownies where new challenges await them.


My thanks and appreciation to our Leaders; Rhiannon, Liz and Jean, for their continued and valued support at Rainbow meetings. Without their help the unit would not operate. While you are reading this and you feel you would be interested in helping please come and have a chat with me and I can give you more information.


Finally, I would like to thank Rev Jeremy, members of PCC and congregation for their continued prayers and support.         


 Elizabeth Gregory. 21/3/16


Scout Group Report 


 


10th Warrington (Sankey St Mary’s) Scout Group are pleased to be able to provide this report this year. Our relationship with the Church has improved and we hope to develop this further over the coming years to our mutual benefit. 


The group has resumed attendance at the monthly All Age Worship and have been involved in some of the services. We are working on trying to increase attendance as it has been variable so far, but those who have attended have really enjoyed the experience. We are pleased that the style and content of the services have been appropriate for the young people. 


We are very happy that we were able to come to an agreement for the group to purchase a plot of land and retain the scout hut in its current location. The Group would like to thank all those involved in the discussions for the hard work undertaken to enable this and we will work to finalise the transaction as quickly as possible. 


The Church is the Scout Group’s “Sponsoring Authority” but this arrangement has never been formalised to our knowledge. We would like to put in place a sponsoring agreement in the near future to help cement relations for the future. 


The group at present has around 50 young members split fairly equally across the three sections; Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Our capacity is about 70 so we don’t have waiting lists and are open to new members. If you know any boys or girls aged between 6 and 14 who are interested in joining, then please feel free to contact us. There are no barriers to joining, everyone is welcome. 


This year is the 100th anniversary of Cub Scouts and also the 30th anniversary of Beaver Scouts. We are hoping to have some special activities this year by way of celebration with a birthday camp for cubs and an activity day for beavers. Scouts will be following their usual programme of exciting and challenging activities. 


We rely entirely on adult volunteers to run the scout group. We would be very interested to hear from anyone who thinks they can help, as a leader, or in any other capacity. It doesn’t have to be a full time commitment; we will be pleased with whatever time you can spare; whether that is regular or infrequent, long or short term, expert or amateur. 


So in summary we are looking forward to a good year. We have some hard work ahead to raise the funds we need and to catch up on our planned maintenance for the hut, but we have a determined team willing to do it. We need to ensure we have the right facilities in place to be able to provide the programme for our young people. 


 


Ian Skilling 


Group Scout Leader 


 


 


Crossroads Craft club


The Cross Roads Craft Club is now entering its 7th year. We meet every 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings from 7pm until 9pm. There are a range of crafts, card making being the most popular, but we also have knitting/crocheting, water colour painting and calligraphy. It is open to everyone, male & female. The age range is from 9 years to 80 plus. Our subscription remains constant at £2 for card makers, as we provide the materials, and £1 for everyone else. We tithe the money and have donated £79.15 over the past year, we also donate £10 to the Church from each meeting and have paid £220. On average there are 25 members each meeting and everyone seems to enjoy themselves.


As always the accounts are available should anyone wish to view them, please see Anita Turner.


 


Community Lunch Report


The Community Lunch celebrated its 4th birthday at the end of February 2015 and the team would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported this venture over the last four years.  Not only has the lunch provided nourishing home-made soup, which is kindly donated by our excellent “chefs” it is followed by wonderful cakes which are also donated by church members, it has increased fellowship amongst our church family and the wider community.  We also have first class entertainment at some lunches so a special thanks to St. Mary’s singing group and the Liverpool Ukelele Orchestra.


It’s lovely to see people attending our lunches who are visiting St. Mary's church for the first time, some of whom now attend our Sunday services which is great news.   


Proceeds from the lunch go towards the general running of St. Mary’s church.


We hope you will come along and support us during 2016, why not bring along a friend or neighbour? You know they will enjoy the company, the entertainment and the lunch!  Also if you would like to join us in the team we would love to have you.


Thanks


The Community Lunch Team


 


Saturday at Cinema 2015
 
 Saturday at Cinema is held on the first Saturdays of January to March and October to December inclusive. The licence does not allow for advertising other than in church building and in the weekend sheet and magazine.
 It also bars charging to watch the film, however voluntary donations are allowed. Donations are paid into church funds.
 The films shown were:
 
 January - The Impossible
 February - Friendly Persuasion 
 March - Pay it Forward
 October - 12 years a slave
 November - The second best Marigold Hotel
 December - Nativity
 
 George Jones


Garden Report April 2015 – April 2016


Another successful and progressive year was achieved in the garden by the dedicated team which consists of Ted Rigby, David Scarisbrick, Eric McGonagle and Derek Bowden. Several hundred annual bedding plants were grown on and planted, as well as additional shrubs to produce a continuous array of colour throughout Spring, Summer and Autumn. But perhaps the outstanding feature was the introduction of the Brusch Mania (Angel’s Trumpets) plant, which we hope to repeat this coming year, assuming it has survived the Winter in the shed.


However, to maintain a successful garden, requires investment as well as time and effort and the team are very grateful to all who have made donations to the Garden Fund, as we need to maintain a certain balance for emergencies such as the lawnmower breaking down etc; Also in 2015 we entered into a contract with Green Thumb for necessary treatment of the lawns So, regular donations, be it in the form of plants or money are essential.


The acquisition of a substantial garden shed and relaying of the flags at the side of the church has not only made a big improvement but has freed up much needed church storage space underneath the stairs. A new lockable door on the cellar is proposed with internal lighting to provide further storage space.


The Remembrance Garden is now in its 13th year and has proved to be a great asset to the church and community providing a tranquil and peaceful place for prayer and contemplation. However, in April 2015 the PCC agreed that it was necessary to enforce certain rules which are in line with existing Diocese Regulations, regarding what items can and cannot be placed on or in the Garden of Remembrance. A Notice to this effect is now in place on the garden.


The year ended on a somewhat disappointing note when our new neighbours decided to remove the party hedge and erect a trellis fence, without any prior consultation whatsoever with the church. This has left us with the cost of replacing the hedge so as to obscure the trellis fence and caravan as these are incompatible with the appearance of the church garden.


The garden team are committed to achieving the highest possible standards, so as to provide a wonderful welcome to everyone, not only to church members, but to visitors’ weddings, funerals, baptisms, and the community as a whole. Indeed, the community take a great interest in the garden and some people have made anonymous donations for which we are most grateful.


Derek Bowden


 


 


 


Mission Agencies Reports


Tithe Report 2015


 


Ten percent of monies received by the church (other than fees for weddings etc.) is kept one side for donations to local, national and international good causes.  During 2015 donations were made to the following good causes:


 


CMS. £2000


Church Army £1400


JUMP £200 - 


JUMP is a Registered Children's Charity based in Warrington, that supports children across the North West who have life limiting health conditions.


They provide a professional photography service to capture special memories with families & deliver photographs and film in a range of formats.


Leprosy Mission £150


 


Water Aid. £150


 


Church Urban Fund £250 


Their aim is to support churches working with community groups wanting to tackle poverty, deprivation and disadvantage in their boroughs.





Penketh High School £250 towards costs of 


Remembrance Day Service.


 


Childrens Society Abseil £150 


sponsoring members of the congregation who took part.


 


Blythswood Appeal £250


Nepal earthquake Appeal £300


Gift for Read children (CMS). £30


 


Total £5130


 


George Jones


 


Church Mission Society


St. Mary’s have a Parish Link with ERIC and SANDRA READ, CMS Mission Partners based, with their children Peter and Atiyyah, on the main southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Their vision is to train and mentor local churches and other groups to reach out holistically and practically to local communities, particularly within the context of barriers between different people groups.


Eric and Sandra have bought a farm (held in Sandra’s name as a Filipino). It has become an organic fruit farm with their main produce being guavas and calamansi. These should provide funds for their future outreach and help them to ‘practise what they will preach’ of self-reliance, sustainability and care for God’s creation and the environment. Farming also enables Eric and Sandra to interact with a lot of people in ways and places difficult to be accepted as a ‘missionary’. Unfortunately the five month drought (in 2015) has delayed the farm’s break-even point. Their farming experience enables Eric and Sandra to share the practical know-ho


w with others as needed, sometimes within church communities. Plans are ahead to work with the churches.


Peter and Atiyyah joined a boarding school in Manila, the capital, to further their education, perhaps to potential university standards.


St. Mary’s Tithe Account provided £2000 and CMS boxes added a further £179.46, helped by Lent, in 2015 towards the upkeep of Eric and Sandra. Their other Link churches also help. Eric and Sandra make a point, always, of thanking us for our prayers and financial help. Without this they would not be there.


Heather Allen


 


The Children's Society 2015


The aim of the Children's Society is to help and support children and young people suffering through poverty and neglect.


 Services include drop-in centres for young runaways and case workers to protect those already on the streets at risk of drug abuse or sexual exploitation.


 2015 has been a good year here at St. Mary's Great Sankey. On the first of August 5 brave people representing our Church rose to the challenge and successfully completed an abseil down Liverpool Cathedral. Their efforts raised over £2000 for the Children's Society. Well done all who took part, donated or helped in any way.


We have 24 people holding collection boxes which are emptied each year. The total amount collected in 2015 was £763-15p., a really good result.


This year's Christingle Service candle collection raised £270-25p., another excellent effort.   This brings the total amount donated overall in 2015 to over £3000.


We think you will agree that the Children's Society is a very worthy cause and well worth supporting. Thanks to all who have donated or been involved in any way. We look forward to another successful year in 2016.


Ros and John Lawrie.


Blythswood Care Shoebox Appeal

Blythswood started life in 1966 as the Blythswood Tract Society, providing practical and spiritual help to those on the streets of Glasgow at that time. This year marks their 50th anniversary and they have various projects one of which we from St Marys support – namely the Shoebox Appeal. Blythswood are still spreading the Gospel by including bible stories diaries and calendars within the shoeboxes.

My thanks and appreciation to Rainbows, Brownies, friends, family and members of St Mary’s Congregation for their help in supporting this charity. We collected 137 boxes which is a good total for us and these were sent along with others from North West England to Hungary.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Appeal. It cheers my heart every year to see so many bright, lovingly wrapped boxes being carried out by our team of supporters to the Blythswood van on the start of their journey. To everyone who filled boxes, knitted hats, donated items for the boxes I thank you for your kindness.

I look forward to sharing with you, news of the 2016 Appeal.


God Bless and thank you all.


Elizabeth Gregory. 21/3/16