St. David’s Church, Broom Leys
“Out of the believer’s heart shall flow streams of living water”
‘Growing in Christ, living in faith’
Postcode: LE67 4RL
St. David’s Parochial Church Council (PCC)
Within St. David’s there are a number of groups -
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-
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-
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-
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-
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-
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-
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-
The church magazine was re-
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-
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-
John Allwood – Verger & Deputy Churchwarden
Paul Bingley –Churchwarden
Norma Bristoll – Secretary
Bec Burton – Deanery Synod rep.
Liz Eames – Recorder
Rev’d Neil Griffiths – Curate and Deanery & Diocesan Synod rep.
Jill Harris – Treasurer
Jenny Holland -
Alan Liggins – Deputy Churchwarden and Deanery Synod rep.
Chris Liggins – Churchwarden
Ruth Twells – Deanery Synod rep.
|Who We Are|
|Messages from the Clergy|
|Thankgiving for a Child|
|Baptism and Confirmation|
|Church Lads and Girls|
|After School Church|
|Open the Book|
|This Week's Diary|
|Mission & Evangelism|
|Ladies' Evening Fellowship|
|MW Gallery Page 1|
|Fun and Fellowship|
|Fund Raising and Fairs|
|Café Church Gallery|
|Cafe Church 2|
|Church Message Board|
|Warren Hills School|
|Broom Leys School|
|Castle Rock School|