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Minutes of the Co-ordinating Committee Meeting held in
The Salvation Army Hall, on Wednesday, 2 April at 7:30 pm

Purpose of Meeting: A forum for ‘communion’ and communication between PACT churches, PACT organisations and local Christians, to facilitate events aimed at increasing opportunities for joint worship, witness and work between PACT churches.

Present: John Callaghan (Chair), Paula Hudson (acting Secretary), Judith Bee, Hilary Bonney, Rosemary Davies, Brian Edwards, Peter Hollins, Will Hughes, Simon Mason, Patsy Robinson, Richard Saunders, John Studd, Christine Tully, Lindy Young.

1. Introduction: John welcomed members to the meeting and opened the meeting with prayer. After a brief introduction between committee members, he introduced Paula Hudson who was acting as Secretary, and Patsy Robinson

2. Apologies for absence: Received from Carolyn Barton, David Barton, Emma Dean, Vanessa Dowse, Joanna Farrell, Andy Hall, Tom James.

3. Items for Discussion under Item 11:

4. Minutes for 19 Feb 2014: Agreed.

5. Matters Arising: None

6. Arrangements for Good Friday: John Callaghan to check on licence following discussion with Christine Tully, Treasurer. St. Peter’s will host provision of refreshments following the Good Friday service in the Square. It was agreed that each church would provide 2 packets of Hot Cross Buns to be delivered to St Peter’s the evening before. The Salvation Army band will provide the music, Richard Saunders will give the talk, Blaze (Life Church young people group) prayers, & St Peter’s provide electricity. John Callaghan is preparing the service; he confirmed readings & megaphone have been organised.
Buriton & Steep are organising their own Good Friday walks.

7. Report on events since last meeting:

8. Treasurer’s Report: Chris Tully reported that:

9. Request to Add Events and Campaigns to PACT website

John Callaghan thanked John Studd for his work on the PACT website. He said he had been reading through past PACT documents and found it very inspirational.

The Petersfield Society had asked for contributions from the churches for their anniversary book illustrating life in Petersfield today. He had tried to explain what PACT was and that the churches are more than just buildings.

Hilary Bonney reported there was a wide knowledge of the Food Bank, and that Curves was collecting for the Food Bank. There had also been a recent collection at Waitrose.

Christian Aid week. The Salvation Army are doing a door to door collection and value the contact with the public. St Peter’s are doing their own streets, but other churches are struggling to get collectors.

10. Chairman’s Items

The Chairman invited Patsy Robinson from the Methodist Church to share her proposal for a Church Healing Day, led by Flame International, on Saturday 15th November 2014. Patsy has spoken to the PACT lay representatives and ministers individually and undertook to give copies of the proposals to all the PACT churches. Her aim was to deal with any hurts, particularly between congregations. She referred to Russ Parker’s book Healing Wounded History (Russ was Director of the Acorn Healing Trust in Bordon), and explained Flame Intl’s role. Will Hughes & Peter Hollins asked for clarification of the aims. Patsy asked if the churches could let her know after they had studied her outline whether they were interested so she could contact Flame Intl by next meeting.

King’s Arms. John Callaghan said the proposed development in the Avenue is within the Conservation area. He and Hugo from St Peter’s had contacted people living nearby and proposed to give them more information about what The King’s Arms does – they were putting out a letter & the King’s Arms Annual Report to the people affected. Other plans were to hire the Pavilion and do a demonstration of the proposals. The Council had previously rejected a POD for the site but this was an unsupervised shelter for teenagers to congregate in. They wanted to reassure residents that the new development was entirely different, and that their concerns would be accommodated where feasible. There had already been responses which the Chairman was dealing with. Letters went out 31.3.14. The Mayor, Peter Marshall, supported The King’s Arms project. Lottery grants and other funding was available.

Sing Gospel The Chairman would like to have Gospel Singing like Gareth Malone did on his workplace choirs TV programme. A friend of his daughter Jenny could train a choir on Saturday pms. He was prepared to make the running on this and host it at Life Church one Sunday. This would be a fun event which could attract different types of people from the town.

Holiday Club Dates: 28th July to 1st August 2014.

Unity Bookshop Thanks and blessings were given to Rosemary Davies, following the closure of the Unity Bookshop, for all her hard work as manager, and to the volunteers and others involved in running the shop. Rosemary said that there were some cds & gifts left over from the shop stock, currently stored at St Peter’s. If any of the PACT churches was fund raising, they could take these items to sell, returning any unsold items.

Secretary Thanks were expressed for the work of the outgoing Secretary, Linda Cawsey. John Callaghan will consult Chris Tully about sending a gift.

11. Proposed Future Dates and Events

Friday, 18th April  9.30 a.m. Good Friday Walk of Witness and Service in the Square
Sunday, 25th  May     12 noon onwards Bank Holiday Service in Square
Wednesday, 11th June   7.30 p.m.  PACT Co-ordinating Committee (Confirm Holiday Club)
Monday 28th July to Friday 1st August Holiday Club
Sunday, 24th August      12 noon onwards Bank Holiday Service in Square
Wednesday, 10th September    7.30 p.m. PACT Co-ordinating Committee (Christmas Cards, Carols, Lunch & Lent)
Wednesday, 12th November      7.30 p.m   PACT Co-ordinating Committee (Annual Accounts, Christmas & new Vice Chair for 2015, Easter Card for 2015)     
Wednesday, 14th January, 2015    7.30 p.m  PACT AGM
Sunday, 18th January, 2015    Service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity & Induction of new Chair

12. Any other business

13. Closing Prayer

The members spent time together in getting to know one another and relating on a more personal level before the meeting closed in prayer.

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