The purpose of this committee has continued to be to facilitate the provision of practical care and support in the church and wider community.
To this end we have met as a committee on 3 occasions since the last APCC (May, Oct and Feb) with regular support from around 6 lay members and the Rector and Sandy. Gill Price, as Chair, has reported regularly to PCC.
We have continued to try to promote the use of our Register of Skills and Practical Support, with articles in the Parish Magazine and a poster in church. This has been successful to a degree with visiting, the provision of meals and sewing tasks being examples of the help given. We strongly feel that the onus is on the offering of assistance, as people maybe reluctant to request it.
The Wednesday Cuppa continues to thrive and having set this in motion this now runs quite independently of this committee, being very capably organised by Sylvie Thomas and Susan Houlding.
A number of Bereavement Support Teas were hosted by the clergy on the Sunday afternoons. These were becoming less well attended and it is now hoped to move forward with support to the clergy being provided by lay members with some training in this role.
We will be providing name labels for all members of the congregation as last year on Pentecost Sunday, 19th May. The feedback from this was sufficiently encouraging for us to feel it was worth repeating as a small way of fostering our sense of friendship a community.
We await the outcome of the Parish Away Day to take forward our remit.