Baildon Leadership Team (BLT) Summary Report February to June 2017
BLT continue to meet roughly every three weeks. Current members of BLT are Janet Binks (Steward); Ashley France (Property and Enabling); Jennifer Evans / Caroline Pollard (Pastoral); Allen Pollard (Work with young people); Chris Flecknoe (Worship and Church Life and Fund-raising Strategy Group). Rev Nick Blundell also attends regularly; Mervyn Flecknoe and Peter Jackson, Lay Pastors, receive the minutes but attend only when there is to be a discussion which it is important for them to take part in.
Summary of key issues dealt with (discussed responded to, supported, overseen etc.) over recent months.
- Equipment, cleaning, and communications.
- Updating church family photo wall
- Discussion of barriers that stop people coming to church.
- Developing a Beaver Colony / Scouting at our church.
- Pastoral Secretary.
- The Great Get-Together / Big Lunch – inspired by the late Joe Cox.
- Review of wedding and funerals fees.
- Future of “Parade” services. Agreement has now been reached with the Guide leaaders that in future the all-age worships in February, May and November will be “Parade” Services. The other 2nd Sundays will continue as All-age Family worship but without any expectation of flags and parading.
- Strengthening communication with the Uniformed Organisation leaders. New closed Facebook site for the Church and Uniformed Organisations leaders to make it easier for us to share information and publicise events at church has been set up.
- Church membership issues.
- Summer drama workshop for children. Double Take Theatre Company
- Easter arrangements.
- Christian Aid – future fund-raising. This year will be the last year when our church will organise door-to-door collections for CA.
- Commencement of after morning worship prayer volunteers – arrangements.
- Updates from BIG Team: we are kept up to date on significant issues.
- Stationing – Rev Nick Blundell – consultation carried out.
- EasyFundraising –
- Continuing success of “Occasional Stewards” system.
Chris Flecknoe, Chair of BLT and Janet Binks, Senior Steward.
UPDATE: Oct 2016 to Feb 2017
Since the last Church Council, BLT has met roughly every three weeks as a team and members have undertaken other work to address and resolve issues in-between these meetings. Current members of BLT are Janet Binks (Steward); Ashley France (Property and Enabling); Jennifer Evans (Pastoral); Allen Pollard (Work with young people); Chris Flecknoe (Worship and Church Life and Fund-raising Strategy Group). Rev Nick Blundell also attends regularly; Mervyn and Peter receive the minutes but attend only when there is to be a discussion which it is important for them to take part in. John Sykes also attended one of the BLT meetings when financial matters were on the agenda.
Summary of issues dealt with (discussed responded to, supported, overseen etc.) over recent months:
1. Worship issues:
a) Pulpit consultation. Over 200 survey responses were received. 60% favoured retaining the pulpit; 40% favoured removal. The majority of younger people favoured removal, whilst the majority of over 60s favoured retaining it. There were differences of view within BLT about what recommendation we should present to Church Council. The majority decision within BLT was to recommend to Church Council: “That in the light of the results of the consultation about the future of the pulpit, the pulpit should be retained for the time being.” It was noted that this issue will need to be revisited when the building improvement plans for our premises reach Phase 3.
b) Welcome and Information leaflet for preachers at our morning worship – updated
c) Technical support to worship: computer hardware and software issues; trouble-shooting; computer rota (lack of volunteers); sound system improvements. Training on use of the new portable sound system for anyone who wishes to attend will be arranged soon by Allen.
d) Leadership and Ministry. These issues were discussed at some length in BLT and led to two papers being written for publication in the February Centre Pages.
e) Parables for Baildon and the Start Programme discussed with Mervyn and Peter.
f) Occasional stewards. Following concerns about the difficulty of recruiting stewards, BLT were delighted when Janet reported that 11 people have now offered to assist.
g) Visit of Lord Mayor: arrangements (Christmas Carol Service).
2. Youth work:
a) Junior Church: continued discussions to find ways to support our Adventurers Leaders and encourage attendance.
b) Scouting. We have been approached by the District Scout Commissioner who would like to see the full range of scout groups gradually be created at our church.
c) Youth Club: we are delighted that Circuit Youth Worker, Laura Tunicliffe, is spending time supporting our Youth Club and Leaders on a Friday night.
3. Voluntary job vacancies:
a) Pastoral secretary. Helping to find a replacement to Jennifer for the important role
b) Need for a church historian / archivist: to look after our historical material.
4. Financial matters.
a) Review of charges for flower arranging at weddings and general charges for wedding and funerals.
b) Redundancy calculations – and the need to be aware of our potential liability for these. .
5. Miscellaneous organisational matters.
a) Church photo wall: we are delighted that Ros Crosland has agreed to retake-on the job of updating the photo-wall
b) New lettings regime – Ashley reported Diane already achieving additional bookings and speedier invoicing.
c) Charity commission annual return. Review of Rosemary’s excellent draft and small suggested amendments.
d) Complaints and concerns notice: devised and put up on notice board.
6. Circuit Matters:
Consultation from the Circuit as to whether funds should be found for a full-time superintendent.
If you have issues you would like BLT to discuss in the future please speak to any member of BLT for it to be put on the agenda.
Chris Flecknoe and Janet Binks, Baildon Leadership Team. February 2017.
UPDATE: February 2016
The Church Council accepted recommendations from BLT;
- To appoint Peter Jackson as a second Lay Pastor to work closely with Mervyn Flecknoe, who was also re-appointed for the coming year;
- That Mervyn should take on the line-management of Terry Walter, Caretaker, from John Sykes.
Welcoming parents with babies and toddlers. BLT conducted some consultations and brought forward a proposal (which was approved at Church Council) to create a Welcome Baby Corner in the church for Sunday morning worship.
“Spirit and Song” services. Supporting Allen Pollard to co-ordinate and develop experimental Spirit and Song Services in the current year as follows:
- 13 March – combined with a Family Parade Service to be led by Allen Pollard
- 22 May (a 4th Sunday in the month)
- 10 July – combined with a Family Parade Service to be led by Claire Nott
- 30 October (a 5th Sunday).
“Parables for Baildon”: Confirming (under leadership of Mervyn) the plans for the third part of the “Jesus-Shaped People” programme under the title of “Parables for Baildon” for January / February 2016. 125 Anniversary conclusion and recording (see report from W&CL for more details).
Baildon Co-op: Agreeing and liaising over voluntary assistance from the Co-op which has led to donation of some foods to Wesleys and Fair Trade goods to the youth club.
Public telephone in Wesleys: Decision taken to remove.
Wesleys Café afternoon opening hours: discussions ongoing with Wesleys Catering Committee.
Community concerns including our Church’s response to the floods and the proposed transfer of Baildon Library in 14 months’ time to a community group and volunteers.
Circuit Children’s Ministry Enabler Review: BLT has discussed and responded (in conjunction with the Stewards) to Circuit Questionnaire about review of the role of the Circuit Children’s Ministry Enabler.
The future of Christian Aid collections: Beginnings of some new thinking about this both at our church and a wider perspective / review;
Collections for refugees via Red Cross at Baildon Co-op: In conjunction with CTiB. Thanks to everyone who took part and helped to raise over £700.
Other issues discussed:
- Changing patterns of church attendance.
- Improving arrangements for the management of external promotional banners.
- Dealing with assorted queries, requests, and concerns from members of the congregation.
- Sending letters of thanks and concern / support to members of the church family as appropriate.
UPDATE: June 2014
BLT continues to meet approx. three weekly as a team, and members have undertaken other work between meetings to address and resolve issues.
Summary of issues dealt with (discussed responded to, supported, overseen etc.) spring/summer.
- Storage of Church data;
- The forming of a new Safeguarding Group, comprising: Ruth Kerr, Janet Binks, Nick Bundell and Peter Jackson (administrator) with Mary Thresh acting on a consultancy basis and Lindsay Sykes to be liaised with regarding bookings;
- Various other church groups-related issues;
- Arrangements for two Baptisms on 4 May;
- Confirmation of offer of Church Family meal for 8 June and thanks conveyed for Easter breakfast;
- Approval given to request from a learner-organist to practice on our organ, and appropriate arrangements made;
- Use of IT to contact forthcoming preachers / training and practical arrangements;
- Arrangements in the aftermath of a sad theft from Wesleys;
- Advertising policy;
- Church garden trees in need of pruning;
- Church offertory review;
- Liaison re planning and building improvements – Discussions with Mervyn about the aims within the draft Business Plan for our building improvements;
- JSP follow-up;
- Recruitment of additional door stewards and need for other new volunteers;
- Interest in updating and republishing the “Volunteer Booklet”;
- Request from annual meeting for more information to be provided about roles and responsibilities. (Information currently being prepared to go on Wesleys noticeboard);
- Possibility of forming a “Junior Church Council”;
- Arrangement for “Good luck” cards to be sent by Lay Pastor to those young people taking public exams;
- Baildon carnival – discussion of whether our church can take part this year (and conclusion – not);
- Possibility of toilet twinning with a third world country;
- Arrangements for appropriate retirement gift for Geoff Popple;
- Liaison with Ministerial team including request to ministers for “Child friendly communion” and much discussion as to what this means; and Circuit issues;
- Blinds for church;
- Damage to table tennis table;
- P.A.T. (electrical testing).