Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2020 Sunday 18th October, 11:15am
We hold our APCM each year to report on the previous year, and to give people an opportunity to ask questions. During this meeting, we also elect our churchwardens; members of our Parochial Church Committee (PCC), which is the committee that takes decisions on everything to do with All Saints that isn't the sole responsibility of the vicar; and ASQ's representatives for Deanery Synod, which is the body that has oversight of all the churches in the Harrow Deanery.
We had been intending to have our APCM on 29th March, but other things intervened and although we'd published all the paperwork, including our accounts, we were not able to go ahead with the meeting at that time. We are now able to reschedule it, and that meeting will take place on Sunday 18th October, after our Sunday morning service has finished, to start at 11:15am.
We will be holding it both in church and online, to give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate. So you'd be very welcome to join us in person on the morning, but if that's not right for you at the moment you'd also be very welcome to join us on Zoom - the link to that meeting is here, or else the meeting ID is 810 7986 0726, and the passcode is 541071. We won't be streaming it to Facebook, but we will be screening the Zoom participants in church so that everyone has an equal opportunity to participate.
Quite a lot of paperwork goes alongside these meetings, so do take a little time to prepare yourselves if you intend to come along, and especially if you're interested in being more involved in ASQ in any capacity.
You can look at our Financial Statement for 2019 here, and our independently audited accounts are here. Our Annual Report, covering details of all the activities going on with in the All Saints' church family during 2019, is here.
If you are interested in being on the PCC, we've prepared a leaflet setting out what the PCC is for, and how we have agreed to conduct ourselves. You can have a look at that here. If after reading that you'd like to put yourself forward to be a member of the PCC, you'll need to complete the nomination form for election to the PCC, which includes finding two people on the electoral roll who are willing to nominate you.
Usually we'd expect you to submit signed hard copies of the nomination form for election to the PCC, but we appreciate that these are difficult times, and that not everyone is able to be in church. Therefore exceptionally this year, you will be able to submit the form via email, to both Rev'd Kate, and to our Churchwarden and PCC Secretary Mrs Beverley Pope, provided you are able to identify the two people on the electoral roll who you have asked and who have agreed to nominate you. You can also post a hard copy to us at The Vicarage, 24 Waltham Drive, Edgware, HA8 5PQ. You'll also need to send us a signed copy of this form confirming that you're eligible to act as a trustee, and that you're a fit and proper person to be a member of the PCC.
If you are emailing a form to us without your nominators' signatures, we will have to confirm with the people nominating you before the date of the APCM, so please don't leave it till the last minute, otherwise your nomination will not be eligible.
Existing members of the PCC also need to be re-elected this year, so if even you're already on the PCC, if you wish to continue to serve the parish in this way please don't neglect this bit of administration.
You will only be able to vote or nominate someone else for office if you are on our electoral roll. The electoral roll is the list of everybody who thinks of All Saints' Queensbury as "their" church. You don't have to live in the parish, and you don't have to come every week, but if ASQ is what you think of when you think about coming to church, then we would recommend that you consider joining our electoral roll. If you're not already on it and would like to take that step, please do get in touch with Rev'd Kate.
We are intending to hold any necessary elections (usually we don't have enough people standing to require an election) using a show of hands of those present and those on Zoom, but if neither of those options is available to you, Rev'd Kate would be very happy to talk to you about how you can cast your vote in the event that it's needed.
The other paperwork we need to draw to your attention is here:
- Notice of the APCM (including some details of who may stand to be on the PCC, and who may vote).
- Notice of the meeting for the election of a Churchwarden, and the Nomination form for election of a Churchwarden. If you're interested in standing to be churchwarden, Rev'd Kate would be delighted to discuss that with you further. We currently have a vacancy.
- Nomination for election to Deanery Synod. We are entitled to two Deanery Synod representatives as a parish, and currently we only have one person in that role; the job is to represent the parish at three meetings per year within Harrow Deanery, so it's not particularly onerous, and again, Rev'd Kate would be delighted to discuss with you whether you might be able to contribute to the work of the parish in that way.
That feels like a lot of documents, but we are a charity and it's right that we are legally accountable to our congregation and our local community, who contribute to our costs and are entitled to know what we're doing. This year it's going to be even more difficult than usual to anticipate our direction as a church over the next year, but do come along to the meeting, either in person or online, and read and hear about what's happening at ASQ, and please do consider where your gifts and skills might be able to support our work here in Queensbury. We need you more than ever.