Although our church is open again, anyone entering for whatever reason must wear a face mask until further notice.
ASHAMPSTEAD PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL
Annual Church Meeting
will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday 6th August 20 at 7.00pm
Annual General Meeting of Parishioners
Opening Prayer & Introduction
Election of Churchwardens who will then take the Chair for the APCM
Annual Parochial Church Meeting:
Confirmation of Minutes of Last Year’s Meeting held on 11th April 2019
Matters Arising from the Minutes
Appointments to the PCC (including Chair, Deanery Synod Rep, Hon
Treasurer, Hon Secretary and Safeguarding Officer)
Annual Benefice Report for 2019
Annual Accounts for 2019
Appointment of the Independent Examiner of the finances
Churchwardens’ Report for 2019
Report on the Electoral Roll
Deanery Synod Report
Appointment of Sides-men and women
Any Other Business
The PCC will meet immediately following this meeting. During this first meeting of the next church year, the PCC should agree between them who will act as chair during the continuing interregnum.
Please Note: Due to social distancing, any parishioner who is not on the PCC, but wishes to attend please contact Jenny Fisken at
Changes to Church Procedure due to Covid 19
Over the last few weeks our parish church has had to make changes in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. So we want to let you know what steps we have taken to date to meet the situation.
We have stopped holding services in the church or outside in line with Government restrictions. The church is sadly now locked.
The three parish churches of Basildon, Aldworth and Ashampstead have drawn up a continuity plan, together with our Area Dean, to ensure the continued mission and ministry of all three churches.
Should you want to speak to a member of the Ministry Team for any reason, do ring either Revd Katy Weston (07765 255569), Jonathan or Rosemary Sandbach (01491 672494) or Mike Penny (01491 671357). They are always there to help.
Unfortunately because of the virus restrictions, we have had to postpone the interviews for a new vicar; however the vicarage in Upper Basildon is being redecorated so that it is ready and waiting!
Because all meetings and gatherings are prohibited, we shall have to put off until some future date, the Annual Parish Church Meeting we had scheduled for 28th April.
Caroline Butler and Sally Hardaker (Churchwardens)
It is with great sadness that I have realised we are starting Holy Week today (Palm Sunday) and that we won’t be able to meet either for our Reflections during Holy Week or services during the Paschal Triduum this year. It is such an important event in the Church calendar. We had services planned right round the Benefice and I was particularly looking forward to celebrating Holy Communion on Easter Sunday with you all. I had even bought 2 kilos of mini foil-wrapped eggs to celebrate Easter with you (they are still in sealed bags untouched by human hands!)
However what I thought might help us during the coming week is a little booklet which one of my fellow curates-in-training has produced. I think it is a way for us to be together in prayer, if not in actual physical presence. Click on Church then Easter where you can scroll through the days of Holy Week.
The picture to the right is of a mini-garden created by Monty and India Barton especially for Easter and sits by our church door.
With love and prayers to you all, Katy
Reverend Katy Weston
Curate: Benefice of Basildon, Aldworth & Ashampstead