Trustees Report 2013

St Martin’s Methodist ChurchTrustees Annual Reportyear ended 31 August 2013

The trustees have pleasure in presenting their report and the financial statements for the year ended 31 August 2013.

Administrative details:

Registered charity name             St Martin’s Methodist Church

Charity registration number:

Exempt from registration under Statutory Instrument 2655.

Principal office:

St Martin’s Methodist Church, Gig Lane, Woolston, Warrington, WA14 EE

THE TRUSTEES

The trustees who served the charity during the year and since the year end are follows:

Circuit Ministers (Ex Officio)                                                 Revd. Stephen Froggatt

Circuit Superintendent (Ex Officio)                                       Revd. Lucille Rogers

Second minister (appointed by Sankey Valley Circuit)         Revd. Jackie Bellfield

Circuit Steward (appointed by Sankey Valley Circuit)           Kenneth Sims

Church Secretary & Steward                                                 Eric Andrews

Church Stewards:

Glynis Long (Senior & Safeguarding), Sheila Bowden, Pauline Fairhurst (Churches Together), Christopher Betts, Jean Furnival

Church Treasurer :                                                      Kenneth Long

Finance & Property Secretary                                     Eric Andrews

Children and Young People                                        Allison Rimmer/ Christine Lowe

Singing group                                                              Jonathan Rimmer

Pastoral Visitor representative                                    Ann Brown

Representatives of the congregation                          Andrew McLoughlin, Keith Furnival

The Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes act as Custodian Trustees for the Charity’s property.

STRUCTURE GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT

St Martin’s Methodist Church was part of the Warrington Methodist Circuit that on the 1st September 2011 became part of the Sankey Valley Circuit. It is governed by the Deed of Union 1932 and by the Methodist Church Standing Orders.

The church is cared for by a presbyter (ordained minister) employed by Sankey Valley Methodist Circuit.

The decision making body for the Charity (who are its trustees and listed above) is the Church Council that meets 3 times per year.

The Annual General Church meeting which is open to all members of the Church raises issues for consideration by the Church Council.

 OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES

The objectives of the Methodist Church are set out in clause 4 of the Methodist Church Act 1976.  It can be summarised as to the advancement of the Christian faith in accordance with the doctrinal standards and discipline of the Methodist Church and any charitable purpose of the Methodist church.  We confirm that we have had regard to the Charity Commissions guidance on public benefit and specifically the guidance relating to charities for the advancement of religion.

Our vision is of a Church moving forward in faith. We believe in a Church where we are growing together in faith and seeking to serve our local community  whilst maintaining a loving caring fellowship. We wish to thank all those who by freely giving of their time and talents enable these objectives to be met.

ACHIEVEMENTS AND PERFORMANCE

Church activities during the year included:

  • Weekly Sunday morning worship and preaching services commencing 10.30 am.
  • On the first Saturday morning of each month at 10.00 am Sticky Church for young children and parents, continues to flourish.
  • Twice weekly Toddler s group “Tots”; caters for preschool children and their parents, carers and grandparents every Wednesday and Thursday morning 09.00 – 12.00 pm.
  • Take a Look and have a Cuppa (TLC); a twice weekly community shop selling quality second time around clothes, with a specific brief to be an open door to the local community. During the year further visits to Spindles at Hood Manor were also made, giving donated clothes to recently re-housed people and to the YMCA for the homeless. Better quality clothing is now available to the shop which will help to build on the previous year’s growth. TLC shop is open on Tuesday 10.00 – 12.00 pm and Thursday’s 09.00 – 13.30 pm.
  • Meeting Point – second Tuesday of each month at 14.00 pm – fellowship group some 25 strong drawn from both the Church and community.
  • Readers – a rota of 8 people who regularly take turns to read the Bible for each Sunday morning service.
  • Music group – a small but enthusiastic singing group who meet weekly and take part in occasional morning worship as well as perform an annual concert.
  • Annual Summer Holiday Club – held in August this year involved 50 children and families from both Church and local community. This is jointly organised with members from our ex Partnership Churches, Padgate, Rixton and Lymm.  A very successful venture, which this year was oversubscribed. Unfortunately due to space and safety limitations some children booking late could not be accommodated.
  • Pastoral links with Heathercroft Nursing Home – probably our nearest neighbour as it is situated almost next door to the Church. Communion services held there usually on the last Sunday of each month at 12.15 pm
  • Ecumenical relationship – St Martin’s are active members of the Churches Together in Padgate & Woolston. This group is responsible for local ecumenical matters including the annual Walking Day or procession of witness and Women’s World Day of Prayer.
  • A quarterly newsletter is published and printed notice sheet is available every two weeks.
  • Successful Church Open Day where both Church and Church hall users demonstrated their activities to the local community.
  • Working together with Ex East Partnership Churches preparing local arrangement services three times a year.

The Church hall is used daily for community activities as well as by the local families for private children’s parties. Regular users are:

  • Two local dancing groups both modern and ballet
  • Martial Arts 3 sessions weekly
  • Children’s art class during school holidays
  • Local popular music band complete with amplifiers!
  • Local and general elections
  • Warrington Cine & Video Society

PLANS FOR FUTURE PERIODS

We will continue to seek ways and means of fulfilling our existing mission statement with a specific focus on mission within the community we serve including:

  • Jointly with our minister to develop a stronger personal discipleship and faith commitment. Advent and Lent weekly house fellowships introduced.
  • Continued development of present mission activities with children.
  • Develop further the community link with TLC and its activities.
  • Continued involvement with other ex East Partnership churches to develop mission and worship activities we are unable to do ourselves.
  • Commence work on our Hall Kitchen and Church Heating Project. In August 2013 the Church was successful in their application for a grant of £12,343 from Waste Recycling Environment Ltd (WREN), as a result we now have sufficient funds to award a contract to commence work during Autumn 2013. This is the third grant the Church has received from WREN over a period of 8 years and we acknowledge with thanks their support for our various property improvements over this period.

INDEPENDENT EXAMINER

Mr Graham Pegg has been reappointed as independent examiner for the ensuing year.

Signed on behalf of the Trustees

Rev Stephen Froggat

3rd November 2013.