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St. David’s Church,  Broom Leys

“Out of the believer’s heart shall flow streams of living water”

‘Growing in Christ, living in faith’

Vicar - Revd. Andrew Rhoades

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St. David’s Parochial Church Council (PCC)

Within St. David’s there are a number of groups - or teams - who work on different areas of church life. These are Worship, Pastoral Care, Mission and Evangelism, Youth, Fabric, Fun and Fellowship, Communication and Hall Management.

These groups consist of both members of the PCC and church members who do not sit on the PCC. Each team has a coordinator who must be a member of the church council and report back to the council about the work and plans of their team.

The 2017 APCM was well attended and copies of the Annual Report are available.

During the meeting, Andy outlined our vision for the future, which he wrote about last month in this magazine.

After the APCM, the new PCC met briefly to elect a treasurer and secretary and to assign leadership roles to members. See Parish Contacts page for details.

PCC Report presented to the 2018 APCM

2017 was another busy year with lots of exciting things happening in and around

St David’s. There were many opportunities to serve God, each other, our neighbours, and the wider world as we tried to live out our lives as disciples of Christ in the power of his Holy Spirit.

 The PCC continued to meet regularly, and to be organised into teams so that everyone could use their particular gifts, skills and interests, and then combine to fulfil the whole of the church’s ministry.  

Sunday services consisting of BCP and Common Worship Holy Communions, All-age Communion,All-age Worship, Morning Praise, Evening Praise and Evensong continued. The numbers attending Sunday services showed a decrease on last year.

The Chill Out area for parents and under 5s was provided in the Lady Chapel during the 10am Sunday service.

The Thursday Holy Communion continued to be popular.

There were quite a number of special services  to celebrate the church's year or events in the community. These included a variety of Easter and Christmas services, Memorial, Remembrance, Harvest, Ascension Day, Ash Wednesday, Shoebox Sunday, Women's World Day of Prayer and United Services. The Christmas Midnight Communion was once again transmitted on Hermitage FM.

We were pleased to have Bishop Martyn visiting us for a Holy Communion service in February, and following the lifting of the suspension of our benefice, Bishop Christopher visited in March to license Andy as our vicar. This was a joyful, inspiring service where we celebrated the work of our church.

Joyce Bull decided to step down as our full-time organist, but she, Alan Price and Eileen Baldwin agreed to be on a rota to play the organ at services.

New Mission Praise hymn books and a new cd player were puchased.

New guidelines to help sidespeople, welcomers, intercessors and readers were introduced.

Monthly services continued at Tillson House, and the monthly Café Church was enjoyed by all who attended and continued to provide a valuable opportunity for retired people or people on their own to socialise and worship in an accessible way.

Home Communion was taken to those who were ill, house-bound or in care homes.

In October a good number of us travelled to Leicester Cathedral to see Jenny Holland commissioned as our Pastoral Assistant. In November two groups went to Leicester and to Lougborough to see the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, as part of his Prayer Event, and a small group attended the Bishop's Lay Congress at the cathedral. In December we were represented at the service of welcome for Bishop Guli, the new Bishop of Loughborough.

Morning Prayer on each week-day attracted more people, the monthly prayer group continued to meet and looked at the idea of introducing prayer for Wholeness and Healing to our church. Some prayer triplets met and the quarterly prayer mornings provided a welcome opportunity for quiet reflection. Compline was held each evening during Holy Week. From Pentecost to Ascension, as part of the 'Thy Kingdom Come' initiative, the church was open for prayer from 9am to 9pm each day. All these things strengthened our prayer life and  helped to ensure that all our decisions and  initiatives are underpinned by prayer.

Home Groups continued to be invaluable ways of meeting together to learn more about God, our faith and one another. There were five regular groups, and other courses were held as needed.

Pastoral Link visiting continued, as did the sending of cards on special occasions, distribution of Hospital Packs and the regular get-togethers for the church family and the visitors. The committee continued to think about ways of updating the scheme and looked at the idea of a Companionship scheme.

Parish visiting was adapted and instead of a personal visit the homes in Willow Green, Stretton Drive and Belton Close received a letter and a church leaflet.

On Shrove Tuesday, as part of the diocesan 'We Give Thanks' event, we gave out free cakes and cards to passers by.

The Mission Team put a lot of time and effort into putting together an excellent plan for Bishop Martyn's three day visit to us in January 2018.

We continued to have working relationships with Hall Lane Methodist Church and Greenhill Community Church, having some joint services and distributing shared Easter and Christmas cards.

Meetings were held with our Mission Partners at Whitwick, Thringstone and Swannington. Well-attended united services and some joint Lent Groups were held.

We were part of Churches Together and helped at various events including Christmas, Easter and Picnic in the Park.

Sunday Club, with a team of leaders and helpers met regularly and two more of our older girls were received into Communion.

The CL&CGB continued to meet each week, and following Ann and Alan Sankey's retirement from Brigade after many years of dedicated service, Tim and Vanessa Cole were commissioned as the new leaders.

After School Church continued to meet every Wednesday during term time and thrived. Numbers increased and a really dedicated and enthusiastic community of children, parents, carers and church members was built up.

The church hosted services for Broom Leys School, Warren Hills School and, for the first time, Castle Rock High School.

 Our work with young people outside the church building continued. We carried on taking the Open the Book scheme into Warren Hills and Broom Leys Schools where we were asked to extend the scheme to years 5 and 6. This meant that in our primary schools around 700 children, who might otherwise have had little or no contact with a church, were hearing God's story every fortnight.

Excellent relationships were built up with Castle Rock and along with HYFC we became part of a lunch time club and a  Personal Challenges project.  

There were additional visits for various reasons to all three schools by members of St David’s, and we are  represented on the governing body of both the primary schools as well as Swannington Primary School.

Visits were made to our Play Group and Warren Hills Nursery to share Bible stories, and to hold services for Harvest and Christmas.

A lot of time and effort was put into furthering our desire to employ a Youth Worker to work with our older children and students at Castle Rock School. Our grant application was accepted by the diocese and agreement received to appoint an Anglican Youth Worker who would be jointly funded by the Diocesan Growth Fund,

St David's and St John the Baptist Whitwick, and managed by HYFC.


Our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults Policies were reviewed and approved and Safeguarding Training was provided for everyone who required this in order to carry out their church activities .

There were a number of social events to encourage fellowship including the Harvest Supper, a quiz, a Tanzanian Evening following Neil's visit to our link diocese, and the Pastoral Link Christmas get together.

The Summer Fair was once again a time of fun, teamwork and witness to the community, as well as a great fund-raiser, and a November Market, including hot lunches,  was another good fund-raising event.

The church magazine was re-designed and given a new focus and look, eye-catching posters were displayed on our exterior notice boards, and to extend our communication to more people, a blog was added to the existing media of the website, Facebook and Twitter.  

St David’s continued to be a referral agency for Food banks, and continued to collect food. Members of the church were involved in food collections at supermarkets.

A Christmas Day lunch for those who would otherwise have been alone was once again held in the church hall.


The Hall was well-used by both church groups, youth groups, charities and the community for both regular and one-off events.

Following our PCC Away Day towards the end of 2016, a lot of  time was spent at our PCC meetings in 2017 looking at our ideas and going through a visioning process. We had a number of sessions where we looked at our vision and our competences and prioritised our initiatives together. A summary of our ideas and priorities was produced. It was a long list but the top three came out as :– 1.Deepening prayer,

2. Improving our whole welcoming, 3. Deepening and growing home groups.

The results were presented to the rest of the church with a special service and display in September. There are PCC  members wishing to be part of all these areas but the task is huge and needs the whole church to be on board. There are plenty of opportunities for everyone in the church to become involved in making our vision a reality.

I think you will agree with me that St David's is a special church, with special people who are hard-working, dedicated, and committed to one another, to the body and to the Lord. We are Jesus' hands, feet, eyes and ears in this place. What a responsibility, but what a privilege! So, this year, let's all dedicate ourselves once again to his service, and use the gifts he has given us to live out the gospel here. The future of this place is entrusted to us, and so, together, united in one body,let us grow in Christ, live in faith and be streams of living water in our church, in our community and in the world.

Mary Smith

Chair - Rev’d Andrew Rhoades – Vicar of St. David’s

John Allwood – Verger & Deputy Churchwarden

Eileen Baldwin

Paul Bingley –Churchwarden

Liz Blacklock

Lesley Bowler

Norma Bristoll – Secretary

Bec Burton – Deanery Synod rep.

Liz Eames – Recorder

David Finney

Tara Gamble

Rev’d Neil Griffiths – Curate and Deanery & Diocesan Synod rep.

Jill Harris – Treasurer

Sarah Jacklin

Jenny Holland - Pastoral Assistant

Alan Liggins – Deputy Churchwarden and Deanery Synod rep.

Chris Liggins – Churchwarden

Martin Mawby

Mary Smith

Ruth Twells – Deanery Synod rep.