18 Parish Policies
18.1 Christian Initiation - Baptism and Confirmation
We have a team of baptism visitors and invite families and Godparents to come along to Church to make contact with us. Then we organise an informal baptism preparation evening in the Church Hall, when our lay reader and when possible, the officiating clergy join us. We go through the meaning of the Baptism, the symbolism is explained, a short video ("First Steps" by CPAS) is viewed, we run through the service and we hopefully answer any questions the families might have. Our Baptisms are held within the Holy Communion Service and the whole Church welcomes these new families extremely well.
We realise that, for Baptism families, coming to Church is not always an easy thing, and hope to build upon the links between the Church and these families. As a follow-up, we keep in touch with the Baptism families by sending anniversary cards for the first 3 years. We also hold an annual Baptism Anniversary service/event. This is when we invite all Baptism families back and we aim the service/event to include the children in a very special way. We actively encourage the congregation to come along and support the Baptism families. We also send them information about special services, i.e. Mothering Sunday, as much as possible.
Each year all families who have suffered bereavement during the previous 12 months and who have held the funeral in Church are invited to attend a service at All Souls-tide. There has been a positive and welcome response to this initiative. Members of the congregation are also active in providing support to bereaved families.
18.3 Child Protection
The Parish Child Protection Policy conforms to the House of Bishops' National Church of England and Wakefield Diocese Policy of 2004 with a Child Protection Co-ordinator in place.
18.4 Health and Safety
An audit is underway of all Health & Safety risks, following which a comprehensive Health and Safety Policy will be put in place. Work to create toilet facilities for the disabled in the Church Hall is underway, together with assessments of other areas, (such as the possible provision of grab rails and stair banisters) that may require attention.
18.5 Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993
The PCC has not passed resolutions A or B under the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993.
Good communications are essential to the achievement of our Mission at St. John's, from the weekly newsletter, and the Parish Magazine. We strive to keep members of the congregation and the wider Parish regularly informed about forthcoming events and projects in hand. A good relationship with the local press keeps the profile of St. John's in the public eye.
20 Church Administration
Most matters concerning St. John's are brought first to the Standing Committee of the PCC that consists of:
The Priest in Charge
The PCC Secretary
The PCC Treasurer
or to the full PCC. The PCC meets on the third Wednesday of each month, and immediately following the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, the latter having been held on a Sunday evening in recent times. The APCM is well attended, with approximately 40 Parishioners present.
Elected members of the PCC serve for 3 years and currently number 9, with a further 3 elected Deanery Synod Representatives. The Lay Reader and Churchwardens serve as ex-officio members.
Two deputy Churchwardens assist the Churchwardens during services.
The Church has no paid administrative support.