We are pleased to present our Annual Report for 2017. Here are a few snippets
The church is the people, not the building. Put it another way: What happens when we gather on a Sunday? Maybe our habit is to say “we go to church”. In fact, the church enters its building. The church is the people. (Revd James Oakley, Vicar)
The PCC set up a “Church Hall Working Group” to work with the architect on the technical design, fund-raising and tender process. The year ended with those plans proceeding well. Meanwhile, the Diocese continues to work towards planning consent for a vicarage, and it may yet be that the two can be built at the same time. We shall see, but we aim to keep up our new momentum in 2018, and to make significant progress towards a hall.
So we are now a single parish, the parish of “Kemsing and Woodlands”. Going forwards we will have one PCC, one set of accounts, and so on. This should reduce the time we spend administering the structures, and give us more time to spend on serving people.
Sunday Special continues to run in 3 groups, with 30 children on the roll of whom 12-15 come in a typical week. We use two sets of resources: Click and Mustard Seeds.
Each street in Kemsing has a Road Steward who looks out for those who have recently moved in or who may be in need. The pastoral team maintains the intercessory prayer list in church, and also distributes the housebound library.
With support from the whole village community, we took part again in Operation Christmas Child, sending off 169 shoeboxes—our best year yet. This year’s boxes went to “Central Asia”.
… and much, much more. Please download and read it, and join us in thanking God for his many blessings.