Last month I wrote about a meeting that I had arranged for the PCCs of Christ Church and St John’s to meet with the Diocesan team who are leading the proposed parish restructure. I am sorry to say that the picture is not much clearer after that meeting than it was before. There will be further discussion at the Deanery Synod on 7th June.
In the church’s year we have now journeyed through Lent, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost. We have recalled the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and his return to be with his Father in heaven. We have celebrated the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Now we enter what can sometimes seem like the endless Sundays of Trinity. This season is known as ‘ordinary time’. I like ordinary time. It’s not ‘boring time’. Although there are no major festivals, we have much to celebrate. Every week we remember God’s continuing goodness to us. In our Communion services we mark the sacrifice that Christ made for us, and each time we meet together as church we are reminded of his love for us.
All of us need to know, and to be reminded, that God loves us. We need to know that when we are celebrating, we certainly need to know it when we are sorrowful, and we need to know it in the ordinary times of life, when we are just getting on with living as best we can.
May you know his love for you today.
So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.1 John 4:16
To maintain good governance of the church during this difficult time, the PCC has continued to meet. Since March 2020, we have only been able to meet once in person, but at other times we have met online. Additionally the Standing Committee meets online most weeks.
At the online meeting on 28th April, the PCC discussed the following:
- The work on the church hall floor has revealed asbestos which now needs safe removal at an additional cost of £7,964 + VAT.
- The Polling station for the May election will be moved to the church building.
- The Diocese is proposing merging Portsdown parish with the parishes of Purbrook, Crookhorn, Waterlooville and Hart Plain. A meeting with the Diocesan team has been requested.
- A donation of £100 has been made on behalf of the PCC to the Bishop’s farewell gift.
- Repairs are needed to the church tower at a cost of £1,640 + VAT.
- No further work will take place on the church drive until the church hall situation is resolved.
- Portsdown Vicarage is to be sold, with funds going to the Diocesan stipend fund.
- Church expenditure is exceeding income.
Revd Andy Wilson
Vicar, Christ Church Portsdown
Priest-in-Charge, St John the Baptist Purbrook
Curate, Church of the Good Shepherd Crookhorn
Chaplain, Havant & Waterlooville FC