St Francis’ AGM report

Members of Bideford congregation sitting round table, holding meeting
Bideford AGM at Judith’s

After our service on Sunday we convened for our AGM and morning tea, at Judith’s, where as always we were handsomely treated to a wonderful morning tea.

Although our numbers were down it made for a very amiable meeting, giving us the opportunity not only to cover a range of topics in good depth, but to vote absent people into positions of responsibility!

Plans were discussed as to the next phase of cleaning and restoring this fabulous little church. Monies for this being ‘earned’ by weddings and burial plots.

A good discussion was held about how we could provide pastoral care for locals and how new comers to the district could be welcomed.

Services with a special theme were suggested and these will now be talked through and diaried into the monthly services we hold.

Being on the Masterton Parish website was another topic raised with the realities of poor internet connections in this part of the Wairarapa.

Full of scones, raspberry jam and coffee the meeting finished with farewells to the duckshooters who had wandered through, the new puppy Marge and to our affable hostess. Wonderful.

P.S. Who took the minutes?

Autumn at St Francis, Bideford

Parishioners sit round table
Bideford parishioners sit round Judith’s table for the AGM
Spider's web with dew on it
Spider’s web, with dew, at Bideford Church
Spider's web, wet with dew
Spider’s web (2) from Bideford Church
Layer of mist covering rows of grapevines, Bideford
Mist over vineyard, Bideford.
Grapevines visible from Bideford Church
Grapevines near Bideford Church

Liz Greville took these lovely autumn scenes at St Francis, Bideford, where she took the monthly service.

Liz writes:

The AGM!  We endured fresh coffee, fabulous homemade raspberry jam and cream on warm scones – gosh life is difficult!