SIMPLIFICATION – Should the four Parishes of the Avon Valley Churches become one?

At the end of last year, the Simplification Working Group was given the task by the four PCCs of considering whether the AVC would be better served with one PCC, rather than four.

The documents below summarise where our conversations have led us, and are offered to the PCCs and wider congregations for their consideration.  The PCCs will each take a formal vote on the Proposal for the Avon Valley Churches to become one Parish by September 21st, 2020. 

The Summary Document gives an outline of the proposals.

The Simplification Booklet is the full set of papers. which are the result of all of our discussions on different areas of our life togehter.

Do make your views known to your PCC Members over the next couple of weeks.

Hyde PCC has proposed the following Consultation Process:

  • Sunday, September 6th, 11.00a.m., a Meeting in the Church Building or Church Centre, after the Morning Service, for those who would like to be there in person.
  • Friday, September 11th, 4.00p.m., a Meeting outdoors, for those who would not feel comfortable coming into the Church Building or Church Centre, but are not able to access Zoom easily.
  • Friday, September 11th, 5.00p.m., a Meeting on Zoom, for those who would not feel comfortable coming into the Church Building or Church Centre, but can access Zoom.
  • That will be followed by a PCC Meeting, on Monday, September 14th (Holy Cross Day) at 7.30p.m., in the Church Centre, but with the facility for any members to attend by Zoom (video, or by telephone) if they would prefer, at which the Simplification Proposals will be voted on.

Members of any of our congregations would be welcome to join in any of the consultations, and if anyone would like any further consultations, please let us know.  I, Jon Whale, and members of the WG, are very happy to discuss the proposals with individuals or groups; and people are still welcome to make submissions by e-mail, post, phone, or in person, if they have questions to which they cannot find the answers.

I would like to thank Jon Whale and the Simplification Working Group for the many hours they have spent discussing and interrogating the documents, and for the way in which differences of opinion have been so carefully dealt with along the way.

If you have any concerns about this process, do be in touch with me.

Canon Gary Philbrick Rector