in the name and love of God


St Laurence, Appleton

is a registered Fairtrade Church




APCM Sunday 18th October 2020

The APCM is to take place in church after a short service starting at 10am. If we are unable to meet physically this meeting will take place via Zoom. We will notify you as soon as possible of any alternative arrangements for the meeting.


You will need the above documents for the meeting. Please print off and bring with you. If you have difficulty printing these documents please email PCC Secretary [email protected]


We look forward to welcoming you. All Electoral Roll members are eligible to stand for election to the PCC and nomination forms can be obtained from PCC Secretary. All Electoral Roll members can vote at the APCM.


With best wishes

Carol Dodimead

PCC Secretary



*The website also provides details of our other policies; a calendar of events; information about forthcoming services; contact details; and also a gallery of photographs. The Communications Team hope that the website, along with the Appleton Advertiser and the half-termly School Flier (distributed through pupils’ book bags), enables as many people as possible in the village – and beyond – to feel connected with our life as a Church-family.










Annual Parochial Church Meeting - Sunday 24th March 2019

10 am Short All Age Service followed by APCM



1. Annual Vestry Meeting


•Apologies for absence

•Election of Church Wardens


2. Annual Parochial Church Meeting


•Approval of Minutes of APCM held on 18th March 2018

•Matters Arising

•Presentation of Electoral Roll

•Financial Statements for 2018

•Appointment of independent examiner

•Future Plans and Thanks


•Responses to written reports:


Rector’s report

Church wardens report

Parish Safeguarding report

Deanery Synod report

Bells report


•Election of PCC members


•Election of Deanery Synod Representatives


•Election of Sidespersons




•Closing Prayer



St. Laurence, Appleton Annual Parochial Church Meeting

Sunday 18th March 2018


In attendance: Revd Ken Campbell (Chair), Carol Dodimead, Roger Mitty, Stuart Gibson, Duncan Montgomery, Ellie Montgomery, Barbara Payne, Peter Day, Mary White, Chris Cairns, John Cairns, Jennie Revell, Alison Jeffreys, Patty Tuckwell, Mary Blake, Claire Barratt, Lesley Lowe, Lucinda Lewis-Crosby, Margaret Howard, Brian Howard, Diana Lawrence, Fiona Davis, Maria Davis, Vivian White, Ann Ford, Annewen Rowe, Judi Gowing, Trish Wagstaff, Jane Cranston, Christine Harris, Tian Davidson, Betty Griffiths, Victoria Marcham (33 attendees).


Apologies: Pauline Smith, Richard Dick, Felicity Dick, Joanne Challis, Sylvia Harrison, Stephen Barratt, Stephen Day, Pam Feast.


Annual Vestry Meeting


Election of Church Wardens


Thanks are recorded to Roger Mitty and Brian Howard for all their work as Church Wardens over the past year. Roger has agreed to continue and Stuart Gibson has agreed to stand. Nomination forms were received.


Proposer for Roger Mitty was Peter Day and Brian Howard seconded.


Victoria Marcham proposer for Stuart Gibson and Carol Dodimead seconded.


No other nominations received and all present were in favour.




Annual Parochial Church Meeting


Minutes from APCM - 12th March 2017


There were no comments / amendments. These were proposed by Brian Howard and seconded by Chris Cairns, all in favour. Ken Campbell signed.


Matters Arising


There were no matters arising.




Presentation of Electoral Roll


Alison Jeffreys presented the electoral roll which now stands at 105.


Financial Statements for 2017


Duncan Montgomery has been treasurer since August 2017, took over from Peter Day.


Huge amount to be grateful for, the annual expenditure was covered through giving.


There were no specific questions on the accounts. All those present were happy with the figures presented.


The financial statements were proposed by Tian Davidson and seconded by Claire Barratt. They were signed by Ken Campbell and Carol Dodimead.


Thanks were recorded for Duncan and Peter.


Appointment of Independent Examiner


The accounts have been audited by Mary Carey. We acknowledge our thanks for examining the last set of accounts. Mary has been asked to be continue and awaiting her confirmation. All were in favour of Mary continuing subject to her agreement.


Future Plans and Thanks


Ken told us of his overwhelming sense of what God is doing in the village. He has undertaken his first two Baptisms. Baptism preparation includes the Christianity Explored course.


Ken described how he feels things are warming up spiritually, as people are showing an interest in spiritual things, “Aslan is on the move”. Ken thanks God for his work in you and us.


He reported feedback received by some bell ringers from Somerset who attended the recent bell ringers’ weekend, “there was something special in our church. God is at work”.


Sunday club has been running for a year, this provision will continue and be refined.


Home groups have been running since September, people have reported- great joy in discussing the bible and what it means to follow Jesus.


Priorities for the year ahead:


Main aspiration is to engage fully and better, mainly with the school- parents and children, families with younger children. This isn’t going to happen quickly, currently not set up with provision for under fours. Until we are it is difficult to really encourage newly Baptised infants to come every week.


Each PCC subgroup has been tasked with reviewing their terms of reference with that aspiration in mind. However, there is a need to be careful in not over reaching ourselves.


Children and Youth sub group have decided to run a two-day football camp (for boys and girls) at the end of August, finishing with a Sunday 10 am service with a football focus. Also considering running a one-day event for families or children.


Ken gave thanks to everyone who helps on Sunday and also those who help on other days of the week in different capacities.




Responses to written reports


Ken’s report included the reports from the Pastoral and children and youth sub groups.


Chris Cairns commented on how helpful it was to receive the half term flier produced by us and distributed by school.


Chris raised a question about homegroups and how people who weren’t involved in one could become involved; to ensure we were inclusive and there was a place for everyone. It was felt there was a need to communicate about homegroups in a different way and to understand who should do Christianity Explored.


Ken clarified that homegroups are for people who say they want to follow Jesus. Christianity Explored courses are for people who: aren’t sure but show an interest; no-one is expected to say anything, it is light touch. Anyone can invite/ encourage a friend or neighbour to come to church to find out more or to join a Christianity Explored group.


When talking about homegroups on a Sunday it was suggested that Ken should make explicit that if anyone was interested in finding out about a homegroup they should talk to him.


People interested in Christianity Explored courses could be directed to the St Laurence website or talk to Ken.


Claire Barratt asked about future plans for the 10 plus age group. Currently we don’t have any, Ken felt we would be over reaching ourselves to expand what we are currently offering. The football camp would be aimed at primary aged children. It was acknowledged the importance of providing for the 10 plus age range so they didn’t ‘drop off the radar’. Claire mentioned that we might find the resources available from the diocese helpful.


Mary White congratulated Roger and Viv for organizing a great celebration for the 200th anniversary of the bells. Thanks to Richard and Felicity for opening up the barn.


Ken thanked everyone for the work that had gone into producing the reports.


No other comments were made from the floor.      


Election of PCC members


Pam Feast, Tammy Day and Fiona Davies are standing down from the PCC at this time


Six people had been nominated to stand


Victoria Marcham (previously co-opted onto PCC), Duncan Montgomery (previously co-opted onto PCC), Carol Dodimead, Tian Davidson, Jane Cranston, Stephen Day.


Ken suggested that the six be elected ‘en masse’. All present were in favour of this and all six were elected.


Election of Deanery Synod Representatives


Current representatives are Alison Jeffreys and Lucinda Lewis Crosby. Both are happy to continue for the time being.  Although Alison would like to step down. We are eligible to have three representatives. It is important that we utilize all of our votes on Deanery matters. We are entitled to three lay votes and one clergy vote.  It is not an onerous role and it is interesting. No nominations from the floor.


Action: Agreed to try and find another Deanery Synod Representative.


Election of Sidespersons


Currently we have seven sidespersons, no-one is stepping down. Brian Howard, Patty Tuckwell and Peter Day agreed to be sidespersons. All present were in favour of this.






Ken reported that Alison Jeffreys and Carol Dodimead were working on policies and procedures to ensure we were compliant with regards to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


Ken raised the need for some help with book keeping, this will be advertised in the Appleton Advertiser. Additional help with admin is requested, mainly for larger services: formatting service sheets and printing. Anyone who could help, please talk to Ken.


The Charity Policy is being reviewed by Finance and Risk Sub group, the policy will provide a process for suggesting charities that we would like to support and transparency in the decision making process.


The formal relationship with MAI and Embo ended in October 2017. We had committed to a three-year partnership, this was extended for a further two years. The PCC voted to end the partnership and will think about what to support in the future.


Claire informed us that Pastor Leonard was visiting the UK in April. She was organizing two local events during his visit: a concert on 7th April at Kennington Village Hall and an ‘At home’ evening on 11th April. Please contact Claire for more information / confirm attendance.


Roger wanted to record a vote of thanks to Ken. The progress that has been made is amazing, and he is conscious of all the hours that Ken and Sallie contribute. It is our ambition to release Ken from the admin load, which holds Ken back. We also need to be mindful that we need to do what we are currently doing, properly before embarking on new initiatives.


Ken thanked people for attending and he was available after the meeting if anyone wanted to discuss the points raised.



Closing Prayer


Meeting closed at 11

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