St James Church Bulkington Nuneaton Deanery,
Diocese of Coventry
Annual Report of the Parochial Church Council for the year ended 31st December 2021
A very warm welcome to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) for this year. During this meeting we will look back on 2021, look forward to the rest of 2022, as well as fulfilling our legal duties to this parish that has been entrusted to our care. In one of the reports that follow, Sue insightfully calls 2021 a year of “twists and turns” and indeed it was. We went into the longest national lockdown on 6th January 2021 and we ended the year with “plan B” measures, which heightened restrictions relaxed in the summer. Navigating these twists and turns has been draining in all sorts of expected and unexpected ways. St James has dealt with all of these things with characteristic creativity, determination and commitment 4 that I have found profoundly moving and for which I must thank each one of you. All through the Bible, there is a pattern of exile and return. Abraham is called out of obscurity to follow God. The Israelites are rescued from slavery in Egypt and brought to the Promised Land. Generations later they are taken into exile in Babylon and brought back to a different world. Through all of these twists and turns, the Bible bears witness to the key truth they realise in the midst of difficulty and uncertainty: God is with us. We have lived in that pattern of exile and return this year. Throughout all that change, we have held one another in that truth that has not and will not change: God is with us. I commend this report to you as a snapshot of the way that God has been with us and we have been with one another and with our parish in 2021. I shall present a fuller spoken report to the Annual Meeting on 15th May 2022, which will explore 2021 thinking about the gifts that God gives us. You are one of those gifts: thank you for all you bring to St James. I would like to thank Sue and Rachel, Ken, the PCC, and for everyone who serves God here, noticed and unnoticed. As ever, I am especially grateful to Vicky Buckley and May Davis for preparing the electoral roll, and to May for her tireless efforts drawing up the paperwork for the APCM and preparing this report.
With every blessing,
The full APCM document can be accessed fron the link below.