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If you’ve been receiving the KCB Weekly Newsletter by e-mail or hard copy, you’ll remember that I wrote to you recently about the concept of Teams to support and realise the work of being the church in the parish of Kildwick, Cononley and Bradley. This idea was first mentioned just before coronavirus led to lockdown.

Here’s a reminder of why we want to create and establish Teams.

In many traditional church models, PCC members (some elected, some who are members because of another office, such as clergy and churchwardens) end up as the people who do much if not most of the activities that sustain church life. But I’m sure you know the phrase, ‘Many hands make light work’. By setting up Teams, we hope to create a way in which the work of being the Church can be carried out by a much wider group. The Teams will be linked and accountable to the PCC, but it’s hoped that many more people will be a member of (or linked to) a Team than belong to the PCC. If you’re prepared to get involved practically with church life, but don’t feel that being on the PCC is your thing, then Teams are for you!

Ideally, it would be great to see everyone in our churches belonging (in however big or small a way) to one or another Team. And you don’t have to be a churchgoer to belong! For people who value their local church and want to support it in any way, there’s a Team that would welcome their help.

The four Teams are:

  • Buildings and Land;
  • Pastoral and Outreach
  • Worship
  • Treasury

These four Teams are supported by a fifth, comprised of the churchwardens, who together with the Vicar have a particular role in overseeing the parish and encouraging co-operation and fostering the relationships between the churches.

Together, the Teams encompass the broad span of activities that constitute regular church life.

Each Team has its own terms of reference, outlining its sphere of activity and how it works. The hope is that each of the three churches will have at least one person on each Team, and there’s provision for occasional meetings between one or more Team members from each church, for the purposes of support, encouragement and swapping of ideas and good practice. If Teams are well-supported, it will provide a group of people amongst whom tasks can be shared, and who can be approached for help with a specific task or activity.

Of course, we know that the numbers at each church differ, and not every church is able to do everything. The idea of the Team structure is not to create additional burdens for anyone, or to generate more unnecessary meetings! Instead, it’s a way of organising what we already do, hopefully in a more connected way than we’ve done it in the past. It’s also a way of encouraging a greater number of people to get involved, rather than looking to a small number of people to carry the whole weight of all that is needed to sustain church life.

Draft terms of reference have been prepared for each Team – they will be available shortly on the website, or ask me if you’d like hard copies posting to you.

Please think and pray about whether you can join a Team, and which one. You don’t have to do it all! But the Church is all of us – and we are all called to play a part, big or small, as part of the Church, the body of Christ. Joining a Team is a good way to do that.

The people to contact in the first instance for more information about a Team or to express an interest in joining it are:

  • Buildings and Land – Robert Hall (churchwarden)
    01535 635549;
  • Pastoral and Outreach – Jill Wright
    01535 634526;
  • Worship – Revd. Julie Bacon
    01274 405170;
  • Treasury – this team comprises the PCC Treasurer (Janet Wade) and Finance Assistants from each of the three churches who oversee financial matters relating to that church.

Starting the work of the Teams in the current circumstances is challenging but not impossible. Until we can arrange physical meetings, we can do a lot by phone and e-mail, and possibly by meeting virtually via Zoom or similar. We may even be able to have small physically distanced meetings outside whilst the weather is kind! Don’t be put off if you don’t feel technologically equipped. It’s much more important to do what we can in the ways that we can.

Revd. Julie Bacon

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