03 August 2022
As we have recently announced, general inflation, overwhelmingly driven by rising energy costs, has sharply increased the running costs of our Parish. These increases are sapping our financial reserves: currently excess of expenditure over income is around £3500 per month. Although we are now on a two-year fixed price tariff for energy, the increases are likely to persist and soon our reserves will become exhausted. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) has agreed an increase in hall hire charges and is reviewing energy use throughout our facilities.
The PCC is also developing a three-year plan that will review the way the Parish operates including the transformation of energy usage to a minimal carbon footprint. The vision is to be largely self-sufficient for energy at both St Peter’s and St Francis’ within the next three years. In the short term we are doing all we possibly can to cut costs. Our light fixtures support low energy bulbs and tight procedures for use of all energy sources will be observed. Within 18 months we plan to install solar panels at the Church Halls. A recent survey of the solar energy potential of the Church Halls indicated that using solar panels would give significant relief to energy consumption from the grid.
To achieve this ambitious but necessary target, we require regular giving from our congregation. Parishes are self-supporting: we receive no income from the Church of England, nor do we receive income from the Diocese of Guildford. In fact, we are required to support the Diocese through Parish Share, a contribution that each Parish is committed to give (our parish share for this year is £88,000).
Your commitment will give the PCC confifence to put in place changes required to continue our mission in this Parish. We ask you prayerfully to consider your ability to support the Parish by regular donations. If you already give regularly, we ask that you consider increasing the amount you give. Please see over for ways to donate.
With our thanks and all good wishes
Matthew Sleap and Terri Ferro
Churchwardens, Parish of Frimley
30 May 2022
It is hard to believe that we are now heading into June and six months of the year have passed. I am delighted however to welcome on board Matthew Sleap as our new Churchwarden. It will be a privilege to work alongside Matthew and I’m sure you will all continue in your support for both Matthew and I.
We held our APCM earlier this month and as well as Matthew being elected as Churchwarden, we welcomed Caroline Osborne as our new PCC Secretary, she will be taking over from Sophie Gaw who has done a tremendous job over the years. Sophie will continue as PCC member for the coming year.
The PCC held the Section 11 meeting at the end of April and the Parish profile and job advert were approved. The PCC elected Mark Russell and Terri Ferro as the Parish Reps for the interviews.
The advert for the new Rector was placed in the both the Church Times and on the Diocesan Website at the beginning of May with a closing date of the 1 June. Please continue to pray for the parish during the vacancy using our prayer at the end of this letter.
We have now ordered a total of 80 chairs which will be arriving late June. Thank you to all who have donated towards a chair, it is not too late if you still wish to donate, please contact our Parish Administrator, Clare Peel, and she will provide you with the details.
Fundraising and Charity Coffee Mornings
Our Spring sale was back this year after a 3-year break. It raised over £1100, many thanks to Clare and her team of volunteers who made the day a success. Also, to everyone who came and supported it was lovely to see you all and we hope to see you again at the planned Winter Sale on 19 November.
The Charity Coffee mornings continue to be an enormous success and to date we have raised over £1800 for our nominated charities. I received a lovely letter from one local Charity who put into context the difference the money donated can make to people’s lives: ‘96 hours of happiness for families’. In addition to this we also raised £1209 for the Christian Aid Ukraine Crisis Appeal. Please continue to support these events - the next one is Friday 3 June.
Stewardship & Energy Action Plan
As always Churches are constantly in need of funds to be able to support the ongoing worship and running of the church. It is no surprise that the energy costs have also impacted us severely. The PCC are looking at this in more detail drawing up an Energy Action plan to manage the immediate but persistent crisis of large and volatile energy price increases. Long term the PCC are looking to establish an energy strategy to reduce the Parish carbon footprint. We are investigating grants for the longer-term strategy and will be providing details of how you can support us through stewardship over the coming months.
Sadly, the time has come to officially close the Churchyard for burials as there are no longer any available spaces. The PCC formally wrote to the Ministry of Justice and the Surrey Heath Borough Council. A notice is up outside the church and will be there for 4 weeks. Plots for ashes are still available and the PCC approved for a Rose Garden to planted in the memorial garden.
Although the Churchyard will be closed is will still be maintained by the Parish overseen by our Churchyard Administrator Mark Russell.
We are delighted two of our young people have been part of the Diocesan Young Leadership Team and have been meeting with Bishop Andrew along with other young leaders to look at how the church develops for the future. Frimley Parish has now been asked to host the first ‘on the road’ Young Leadership Team meeting and we look forward to welcoming young leaders from the across the Diocese later in June.
Dates for your Diary
· Charity Coffee Morning for Marie Curie Fri 3 June
· Jubilee Weekend - Sat 4 June Count on Nature followed by our Jubilee Picnic.
· Pentecost Sunday – Sun 5 June
· St Peters Patronal Service – Sun 26 June
· Churchyard Gardening Mornings – Sat 16 July and Sat 20 August
Future Charity Coffee Mornings:
· July - Step by Step
· August - Mustard Seed
· September - Macmillan
· October – The Grove Primary School Music Room Project
· November – The Hope Hub
· December – Children’s Society
Thank you for your continued support
Ferro and Matthew Sleap
Churchwardens, Parish of Frimley
Parish Vacancy Prayer
As we serve you in this vacancy, open our eyes to all you are doing in our community and our lives, open our hearts to be constant in faith and committed in service, open our arms to welcome whoever you send as our next incumbent to Frimley. Bless and guide the one called to serve you and us here in the coming years; bless and guide those who will make the decision to appoint them, so that in joy and collaboration we work together to build your kingdom here for the growth of our church fellowship and the blessing of our wider community. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
13th April 2022
This is my second update to you all about what is happening across the Parish, and I do hope you are finding it useful.
We are moving ahead with the vacancy process. Following a productive PCC meeting with the Diocese’s Mission Enabler Team, to look at our Statement of Needs and Person Specification, a small team have been putting together the Parish Profile. I would like to thank you all for your helpful input, in completing our comment slips. These will be used within the profile. The profile will be signed off by the PCC on April 26th at our Section 11 meeting at which we will also appoint our two parish reps for the interviews. The Area Dean and I, as the Sequestrators, have put together a Leadership Team, who meet regularly. This team is made up of David Harrison, Matthew Sleap, Clare Peel and John Ray. The next step will then be to place the advert in the Church Times which we anticipate will be at the beginning of May.
Thank you to all who have made their pledge a reality and we are pleased to say that the first part of our order has been placed and we hope to take delivery of 60 chairs in late June. If you would like to donate towards a chair please contact our Parish Administrator, Clare Peel and she will provide you with the details.
Huge thank you to Anna Mansbridge our new Magazine Editor on her first bumper edition! Her and the team have worked hard to pull this together and thanks must go to all those who contributed towards it. If you would like a copy, you can either download from our website or alternatively if you would like a hard copy, please contact the Parish Office.
I would like to draw your attention to a few events we are running in May and June. We do hope you will be able to support these - 7th May – Spring Sale and 4th June – Count on Nature followed by our Jubilee Picnic.
I would like to thank the Ministry and Worship Team for the variety of services and events we have been able to offer during Lent and Holy Week.
A Vacancy is a challenging time for any Parish, and I would like to personally thank you for your continued support for me as we all pull together over the coming months. I wish you all blessings over the Easter Period and that you are able spend time with those close to you.
Terri Ferro, Churchwarden
9th March 2022
Welcome to a new parish comms which I will issue throughout the Vacancy to keep you all updated on developments, events, and general communication.
I would like to thank everyone who came and helped us during Stuart and Heather’s last weekend to show our appreciation for everything that they have done for us during their time in the Parish. I think we can all agree it was lovely to see everyone all together in the Church. A personal thanks to Clare and her team of volunteers who organised everything. I am pleased to report that they have now settled into their new home in Dorset, although still surrounded by boxes!
Last Sunday Archdeacon Paul joined us for our service and helpfully talked us through the Vacancy process and issued a Newsletter which included a framework for how the Parish will operate during the Vacancy, as well as a timeline for the recruitment of a new incumbent. We now have an updated copy, with all the correct dates, which you will find attached to this email. If anyone has any questions regarding the process, please let me know.
You may have heard by now that the Chancellor has given his approval of our faculty to permanently remove the pews in St Peter’s Church and replace them with chairs. The Chancellor’s judgement is available for you all to see. Please contact our Parish Administrator, Clare, if you wish to see a copy. The Chancellor has been thorough in his response, specifically emphasising that we continue in Frimley Parish with our mission work supporting the local community and those most vulnerable. We understand that for some of you this will be disappointing news, however, we are one Church Family, and we are all there to support and pray for each other.
The Chancellor has approved our preferred choice of chair design and colour and we will now move forward in ordering the new chairs. If you have previously pledged a chair or would now like to buy a chair, please kindly contact our Parish Administrator Clare and she will provide you with the details.
The Chancellor was specific in his statement about how we should dispose of the existing pews. We have already received expressions of interest for the pews. If you are considering rehoming a pew, please speak to me.
Churchwarden, Parish of Frimley