You may be aware that as a result of receiving a letter from Taunton Deane, the PCC commissioned a report on the implications of Minster status possibly being granted to our church by Bishop Peter. The report was carefully prepared and it was thoroughly discussed by PCC members. The recommendation was to inform, answer questions, and pray about this proposal with the congregation over the coming months. A “Frequently Asked Questions” sheet about minster status will be prepared and a prayer and discussion day set aside to enable PCC members to hear comments and opinions. Other outside bodies, such as the Deanery Pastoral Committee and our patrons, will be invited to comment too. The PCC will then consider the proposal again in the light of what is said.
Coffee Shop Enlargement
Another important issue discussed was the enlargement of the coffee shop. This includes a larger seating area, a new lobby allowing an entrance through the north door and an expanded kitchen. New quality chairs and tables will be sourced. The PCC agreed that the next stage would to get the project costed, take counsel from the DAC and continue to consult our church architect.
Church Wardens’ Workload
One of the goals of this PCC has been to find ways to reduce the workload of our church wardens. It is proposed that three permanent deputy church wardens will be created to deputise for the church wardens when they cannot be at St Mary’s. These would continue to be supported by our team of church wardens’ assistants.