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Review Of 2016

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Our Annual Church Meeting was held on Sunday 23rd April 2017. You can access the Reports and the Minutes by clicking the links below:

  • Minutes of the Meeting (180 kb)
  • the Reports Booklet (1065 kb)
  • the Reorganisation Presentation (110 kb)
  • Whilst we will continue to build on these and to continue to implement the 5 year plan, in 2017 and into 2018 our major project at the moment is considering the pros and cons for a number of options as to how we might be organised and administered as a group of 5 churches.
    We have created a Reorganisation Booklet (352 kb) which details the different options. The PCCs have had a look at the initial responses and comments, and following our Annual Meeting a working group will be convened to report at the next Annual Meeting what these options might look like in practical terms so that we will have a clearer idea of which one to choose.

A lot has happened since Richard was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of our five churches in May 2011.

The key priorities during this year have been:

  • To build on the successes of last year;
  • To continue encouraging children and families to come to church;
  • To continue implementing the 5 year plan for growing our churches, both spiritually and numerically;
    The focus in 2016 has continued to be on evangelism and discipleship;
  • To increase the Biblical literacy of the congregations and the prayer life of the churches.

Below are some selected highlights from the year.

Evangelism — Community

  • Our version of “Messy Church” — Church With a Difference at Gotham — continues to be well attended by many non-Church folk.
  • St George’s Day parade at Barton.
  • Web site and Facebook page for the 453 Churches continue to be visited regularly by people from all over the world.
  • Hosted a Deanery Dementia meeting at Gotham.
  • West Bridgford Singers concert celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday.
  • Thrumpton held a Spring Event.
  • Kingston held a very successful Chamber Concert.
  • Gotham Village Heritage Day — Church and Hall used to host displays.
  • Jonathan Veira back for his 3rd concert.
  • 453 Churches Carol singing at East Midlands Parkway.
  • Church with a Difference Nativity service at Gotham.

Sunday Services

  • Our sermon series this year have been on Acts and Nehemiah.
  • Carole Edis and Sylvia Cutts continue to lead services at Barton.
  • Andy Dzuda and Dave Cutchey trained on using the Projector and Sound Desk.
  • Mothering Sunday “Church with a Difference” continues to be well attended by a large number of non-Church folk, as well as being supported by Co-op Funeral Directors in East Leake.
  • Father’s Day celebration service well attended for 2nd year.
  • Sonya led Gotham’s Family Crib Service.
  • Carol Services at all 5 churches.
  • Barton, Gotham, Kingston and Thrumpton each held a DIY Christingle Service.

Children & Youth Ministry

  • Jo Leatherland appointed as YfC Key Worker at East Leake Academy to replace Rachel Jones.
  • Open the Book continues going into Gotham School once a fortnight with a team from across the 5 churches.
  • Had one Thanksgiving services for children.
  • Children’s concert at Gotham showing off local talent and raising £497 for Compassion UK with 22 children performing.
  • Gotham Primary School visits to church.
  • Scouts visited Church for their World Faiths badge.
  • Val asked to go into Gotham Primary School to talk to the children about Christianity.

Pastoral Care — Church Family

  • People from across the 453 churches attended the Keswick Convention.
  • Funerals of Sybil Beale, Barry Dabell, Mick Howard, Joan Kemp and Jean Dabell.
  • Sue Davies awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in New Year Honours.
  • Curates, Tom Devas and Mark Orr on placement.
  • Began the process of re-organising our group of churches.
  • People trained to do Home Communions.

Small Groups

  • Our Bible study groups have looked at Mark, Wisdom House course, 1 & 2 Peter, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Prayer, Galatians, Revelation, Life Explored, John.
  • 11 ladies attended the Northern Women’s Convention — a decrease on 19 from last year.
  • 4 men attended the first Midland’s Convention.


  • Richard gave some funeral training to Curates in the Diocese.
  • Testimonies of Pam Wisher, Val Hopkins, Richard & Peter Inskeep on the website.
  • Val Hopkins visited Natal for Melanie’s ordination.
  • 275 Shoeboxes collected.

This is not everything that has been done, but it gives you an idea of what we’ve been up to!

But another exciting year lies ahead of us!