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CTH Annual General Meeting Wednesday 10 May

posted 1 May 2017, 07:26 by CTH Webmaster   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 07:51 ]

The Annual General Meeting of Churches Together in Headington will take place on 10th May at 7.30 pm in St Andrew's Church, Old Headington. Fr Darren McFarland, vicar of St Andrew's has kindly agreed to chair the meeting. The minutes of last year's AGM can be found here and a draft report for the year just ending can be found here. Our Treasurer, Christine Tucker, is working on the accounts and we shall hope to table a financial report at the meeting. A copy of the constitution, which may be helpful for the discussion, can be found here.

The main work for the evening will be to review the role of Churches Together in Headington. This has been prompted by discussion at the March committee meeting. The relevant minute is reprinted below:

"20. AGM - 10th May at St Andrew’s at 7.30pm

The ongoing lack of a permanent chairperson, and the proposal to reduce the number of meetings, led us to look more deeply at the vision and purpose of CTiH. Should we continue? We noted that work has been managed without a chairperson. Joint activities such as the REInspired project and the Funday run smoothly and fairly independently. The Funday is an important outreach and gift to the community. A number of churches are involved but organisation falls quite heavily on Headington Baptists. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service is usually well attended. At our January meeting we agreed that a small group meet in the autumn to plan the 2018 service."

We have dropped joint activities in Advent and Lent, and there is limited attendance at Priory prayers. We feel that there is a real and current need for Christian unity, to demonstrate that we have more in common and to represent Christianity in the modern age to the world at large.

We agreed
1. To devote the entire AGM to serious, facilitated discussion about the way forward for CTiH
2. Eric will approach Darren and ask him to chair the AGM
3. Beth Crutch will approach a Headington Quaker with a professional background in group facilitation to assist the discussion.
4. Bridget will draft an outline annual report, to be circulated in advance of the AGM

In order to have meaningful discussion we need to have good representation from the churches at the AGM. This will involve communicating both formally through church newsletters and informally by word of mouth to encourage our church members to attend.

The AGM offers us an opportunity to look deeply at how we work together and can be seen to work together as people of faith in the churches in Headington. 

Please, come along and contribute your thoughts and ideas for the way ahead.