PCC Raughton Head Parish Magazine Rose Castle
Parochial Church Council
The next PCC meeting is on
Wednesday 6th June at 7.30 pm. in All Saints Church.

Chairman’s Report -
Annual Parochial Church Meeting 2017 All Saints Raughton Head
This year’s Annual meeting feels very different without John Thomlinson, who served us for a number of years as treasurer and who will be missed by all.  Once more we give thanks for the part he has played in the life of this church and community over many years.  Thanks must also go to Kay Robinson for stepping into the breach as treasurer.
The Highlight of this past year must, of course, be the Celebration of Farming weekend held at the end of October.  It brought the community together brilliantly and was very informative for those of us not directly involved in farming.

Looking forward, we continue to work towards the formation of Mission Communities in our deanery, the most likely one for us being formed from the 4 rural benefices of the deanery – stretching from Wreay to Bowness-on-Solway and from Castle Sowerby to Burgh-by-Sands.  In order to promote a sense of community within that area, we are holding 2 events.  The first is a bring-and-share supper on Wednesday
3rd May at 6.30pm. in the Methodist Chapel in Thursby.  All PCC members are encouraged to attend, but it is open to anyone who would like to go.  The second is also a part of the Moving Mountains initiative – on Friday 17th November, we are hosting a production of the new play by James Cary entitled “A Monk’s Tale” in Great Orton Village Hall at 7pm.  It is a play to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, performed by a professional company, and we as a PCC have agreed to underwrite it to the tune of £100.  This will be a great opportunity to invite friends to a good quality Christian performance.

As Bishop Robert reminded us when he preached at the united service in Dalston at the end of May, Moving Mountains is part of the God For All county-wide vision for Cumbria which seeks to give every person in Cumbria the opportunity to know more of God and his purpose for our lives by the year 2020.  Moving Mountains is the title for 4 days of intentional mission from
8th - 11th March 2018 when about 40 teams from all over the north of England will arrive in the diocese to accompany us as we seek to fulfil the God For All vision.  Many events will be held across Cumbria and we will be looking at what our involvement will be.  Much prayer is needed, especially as to how God wants us to be involved.  This coming year is set to be a very exciting year in the life of the church in Cumbria, and it will be great to be part of it.

Prayer was, indeed, the focus of the Archbishops’ “Thy Kingdom Come” week of prayer last year.  This proved a very beneficial time for all who took part in it, and it is being repeated this year from
4th - 11th June (Pentecost Sunday to Trinity Sunday).

We are also having a return visit from the team from Northern Argentina at the end of May, and details of their program will be shared once they are confirmed.

It just remains for me to thank everybody that has had a part to play in the life of All Saints this year, praying that God lead us and guide us in all that the coming year has in store for us.

Steve Carter – 01228 710215