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PARISH PROFILE St. Peter & St. Paul, Moulton, Northamptonshire

“God’s people with God’s word for God’s world”

2017


WELCOME Welcome to the Parish Profile of St Peter and St Paul, Moulton. We hope that from reading this profile you will gain an insight into how the Lord is working in us and through us here at Moulton as we seek to serve and honour Him. We are a Parish Church with a longing to share the Good News of Jesus Christ both within our local community and beyond. We recognise the Christian life is a continual journey and to that end our church is committed to seeing people come to faith in Christ and enabling Christians to mature in their faith, with Christ at the centre of all that we do. Over the last few years we have been greatly blessed with significant growth in many areas of ministry and yet we cannot stand still. We want to fulfil the plans which God has called us to in Jesus Christ. We want to be challenged and move forward together, developing new ways of furthering the gospel and expressing our faith. Yours in Christ Malcolm Shipley and Jane Cosby Churchwardens

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CONTENTS

St. Peter & St. Paul, Moulton, Northamptonshire .................................................................... 1 WELCOME ................................................................................................................................ 2 CONTENTS................................................................................................................................ 3 MOULTON PARISH AND SURROUNDING AREA......................................................................... 4 INTRODUCTION TO MINISTRY .................................................................................................. 8 STAFF ....................................................................................................................................... 9 SUNDAY SERVICES .................................................................................................................. 16 OTHER SERVICES .................................................................................................................... 18 CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH WORK ............................................................................................. 19 MIDWEEK ADULT GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES ........................................................................... 23 LAY MINISTRY......................................................................................................................... 26 ORGANISATION ...................................................................................................................... 28

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MOULTON PARISH AND SURROUNDING AREA The Parish Moulton Parish is made up of Moulton village, Moulton Leys, Moulton Park Industrial Estate and a large area of rural land to the north of the village. The church is held in high regard by the local community and is seen as the catalyst for a large number of activities within the area catering for the needs of differing age groups. Indicative of this is an extract from the latest edition of the village magazine, Moulton Scene, the Chair of the Parish Council wrote “....whilst some church congregations have fallen away, Moulton Church is a thriving and successful Christian fellowship giving strong support and help within the village community�.

Character Moulton is a large village of 3,500 people in the centre of Northamptonshire. Situated four miles north-east of the county town of Northampton, it is close to the centre of England. There are 1,000 homes in the community and the oldest cottages in the central figure-ofeight road system are built of the rich dark honey coloured local stone. The oldest part of the village is designated as a conservation area, and has many distinctive high raised pathways and several thatched cottages dating back hundreds of years. The housing comprises approximately 75% owner-occupied dwellings and 25% socially rented properties.

Moulton Leys is a residential area that has been developed since the 1970s on the south edge of the older Moulton village. It adjoins Northampton and has a population of approximately 2,700 people. Although in different local authority areas the two communities are seen very much as one.

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Moulton has a strong community spirit, and is a friendly place to live. It has a number of local amenities including a local library, village hall, sports centre, four pubs and a Working Men’s Club and many active clubs and organisations for all ages. Each year in May, a week long programme of entertaining events is held under the title of Moulton Village Festival. Planning consent has been granted for further developments on the edges of Moulton village including 125 houses at Sandy Hill, 40 at Thorpeville and several thousand to the east of the parish boundary in Overstone.

Commerce There are a number of thriving businesses and retail outlets within Moulton including a mid size Co-op, chemist, garages and newsagents. Also within the Parish is Moulton Park which is a large industrial estate located on the edge of Moulton that houses a wide variety of businesses including the administration centre for Nationwide Building Society. This is an area where we have limited impact in spreading God’s word.

Schools & Education Moulton has a real focus on young people and education. It has three schools and Moulton College all being located in close proximity within the Parish. The church has links with all the schools and undertakes various activities on their premises including school assemblies,

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extracurricular groups and holiday clubs. In addition, the University of Northampton main campus is sited only a short distance away on the edge of Northampton. Moulton Primary School Moulton Primary School is a warm, friendly Foundation School for 4-11 year olds with approximately 420 pupils. It accepts children from the whole of the Moulton area. A number of members of the congregation currently are, or have been, governors at the school. Moulton School and Science College Moulton School and Science College is a popular and successful school serving Moulton and the surrounding villages to the north of Northampton. There are approximately 1,300 pupils ranging from 11-18 year olds. Members of the church family have in the past acted as School Governors. King’s Meadow School King’s Meadow School is a purpose built school for 40 primary aged pupils with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Moulton College Moulton College is one of the longest established land based Colleges in the country, with an excellent reputation for delivering courses that specialise in the rural, built and recreational environments. Approximately 3,200 full-time students and 4,000 part-time students attend the College. There are strong links between the College and the Parish Church with the Youth Minister at the church also acting as the Chaplain for the College. University of Northampton The University, situated on the northern edge of Northampton, was established in 2005 and has as its strategic aim a vision of being the top university in the UK for social enterprise by 2015. We have been going into the CU to deliver talks recently and the link with the Christians on campus is growing slowly.

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Health Care Moulton Surgery The area is well served with a large modern GP practice situated in the village providing a wide range of services. Northampton General Hospital The major general hospital is Northampton General Hospital situated in the centre of Northampton about 4 miles away.

Other Churches in Moulton We enjoy good relationships with the other churches in Moulton. Carey Baptist Church Around 80-100 worshippers meet each Sunday morning at this historic village church where William Carey was the minister prior to undertaking his great missionary work in India in the late 18th century. We are seeking to grow the links between the church and MPC. Moulton Evangelical Church The church has a small congregation that meet faithfully each Sunday.

Deanery Moulton is part of the Deanery of Greater Northampton which covers churches in the town of Northampton as well as nearby villages. We have five representatives on Deanery Synod. The church has long enjoyed very strong links with Peterborough Diocese and we need to develop and strengthen these in the coming years. Map of Parish boundary

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INTRODUCTION TO MINISTRY Our One Big Aim at Moulton Parish Church He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. Colossians 1:28-29 Everything we do as a Parish Church in Moulton has one ultimate aim:  On the last day we want everyone (everyone who currently attends the Church, and everyone who does not yet attend) to stand before God perfectly mature in Christ and all for the glory of God. To do this we are committed to:  Biblical teaching in every group or activity in order to ‘admonish and teach’ everyone in ways appropriate to their maturity in the faith. The church has a long-standing Conservative Evangelical tradition. We seek to maintain a strong tradition of expository Bible preaching backed up by prayer. At a recent PCC meeting the church formally upheld and committed itself to a Biblically orthodox belief in marriage as between one man and one woman. At a meeting of the PCC on 6 March 2008 Resolution B, under section 3(1) of the Priests (Ordination of Women) Measure 1993, was passed. Subsequently, at a PCC meeting on 27 October 2011, the PCC voted to reaffirm that decision. Since the Act of Synod in 2014 and the rescinding of Resolution B, the PCC on 24th Sept. 2016 passed the following resolution by a large majority ‘This PCC requests, on grounds of theological conviction, that arrangements be made for it in accordance with the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests.’  Focussing people on Jesus Christ. ‘He is the one we proclaim.’ The Bible is not an end in itself but is given to take us to Jesus and specifically to Jesus crucified in our place. We want to know Him better and to introduce Him, through the written word, to others so they too may be saved and matured in the faith.

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We endeavour to work our big aim into the life of Moulton Parish Church through our long term, medium term and short term visions led by our staff team.

STAFF Vicar Andy Byfield was appointed and instituted as the Incumbent here in July 2012 by Bishop Donald. He was previously Curate at Emmanuel, Wimbledon.

Associate Vicar Richard Burbidge joined the staff in September 2014 having been Curate at Christ Church, Lowestoft. In July 2016 he was appointed the Rector of nearby Parish of Billing as part of our church graft initiative.

Curate The Diocese of Peterborough have asked us to train a Curate from July 2016. Rich Duncan was ordained to the role in Peterborough Cathedral in June.

Women’s Worker (part-time, 15 hours, term time only) Rachel Menon oversees the valuable work amongst women in the church including a thriving Friday morning Bible study. Rachel started in January 2007.

Youth Worker and Lay Chaplain to Moulton College (full-time) Jess Welsby started in September 2016 having been our Apprentice for two years previously. The youth worker’s role is deliberately broad, trying to reach as many teenagers in the Parish as possible with the Word of God. Jess works in the College and Church to bring Jesus to as many as possible in the Parish.

Children and Families Worker Nick Lambert took up the post in September 2016. He oversees all our work with younger children, our after school club The Gap, our Junior Church, Dads and Tots group and much more.

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Administrator (part-time, 25 hours) Pete Collins. Started in April 2015 (replacing previous administrators).

The staff meet on Monday and Friday to read the Bible, pray, plan and co-ordinate the church activities.

Support Team Reader Peter Storey Churchwardens and Deputy Churchwardens Malcolm Shipley and Jane Cosby are the Churchwardens; Neil Menon and Neal Kennedy are the Deputy Churchwardens. The Vicar and Wardens meet every fortnight.

Lay preachers There is also a team of people who preach on an occasional basis. The Vicar and preaching team meet once a term to help each other grow in their ability and gifting to ‘proclaim him, admonishing and teaching one another with all wisdom.’ Vergers There is a team of volunteers who act as wedding and funeral vergers.

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LONG TERM VISION Moulton Church Cafe Over the coming years there is a great deal of housing development planned in the Parish and just beyond our borders. We want to plan ways of reaching these new residents with the good news of Jesus Christ and to proclaim Him to them. Consequently, and with our reordered church allowing much greater flexibility (see Time for Change under ‘Medium Term Vision’ in the next few pages), we want to explore the opportunity to open the church midweek to offer a new meeting place for residents in a small but welcoming café space.

Church Grafting and the ReNew Commitment Clearly the need to present everyone mature in Christ does not stop at our Parish boundary. We are very conscious as a church that there are hundreds of thousands of souls in Northampton who need to hear of Christ in the word of God. While Moulton has been richly blessed with good sized congregations over the years, other churches in the town further south are dwindling and are no longer effectively bringing people to maturity in Christ. With the full support of the Diocese (Bishops, Archdeacon and Area Dean) we launched a church graft initiative on Monday 15th September 2014. The Reverend Richard Burbidge was employed specifically to lead a small group from Moulton out to the nearby Parish of Billing to revitalise the church there which he did in summer 2016.

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Since then in November 2016 the PCC committed to continuing to seek the revitalisation of nearby churches. We have committed to:  Lay aside significant funds each year to resource the ReNew commitment:

“As individuals and churches we commit, by God’s grace and in God’s strength, to pray and to work for a nation of healthy, local Anglican churches throughout England.”  With the Archdeacon and Bishops, identify Parish churches in Northampton and beyond that might benefit from and be willing to receive an injection of life from Moulton and its partner churches.  Use the money set aside, in conjunction with other local sympathetic Anglican churches, to fund the stipend of ordained Anglican ministers as they are selected and appointed by the Bishops of the Diocese to revitalise dying churches in the region.  Establish regular prayer meetings to submit our plans to the Lord and seek His ongoing leading with these grafting initiatives.  Foster strong links between graft parishes and Moulton Parish Church in the subsequent years to enable the receiving Parish to grow and Moulton to continue to mature in our discipleship as we focus beyond our own walls.

Over a period of decades, God willing, this will result in a significant impact on Northampton and the wider area for the gospel.

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In the meantime, aware of the many rich resources God has blessed us with, we want to support others in this area who share our priorities for ministry. The Midlands Gospel Partnership has become well established in the region, but it being based in Birmingham and Nottingham means it is too far away to have much impact locally in Moulton. With the blessing of MGP we have setup and established The Midlands Gospel Partnership Northampton. The aim is to draw together likeminded, thoroughly reformed local churches whether Anglican or not in order to train lay preachers and apprentices to serve and minister in the area with Biblical faithfulness. The group meets termly to study an aspect of Biblical ministry together, to deepen fellowship and pray for each other’s churches.

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MEDIUM TERM VISION Tea Time Service in Moulton Leys For many years, the community of Moulton Leys has not been effectively reached with the good news of Jesus Christ. There are many hundreds of young families who have not had Christ proclaimed to them through the word of God. At the same time many families with young children who currently attend the Church increasingly find Sunday mornings a difficult time to come and hear the Word taught. Clashes with sports commitments make all but the keenest families irregular on Sundays. We wish to establish a 4pm, family friendly congregation in the heart of Moulton Leys to address these two issues.

Time for Change Moulton Parish Church has been providing a Christian focal point in Moulton village for many centuries. Over the years it has undergone numerous changes that have improved the facilities whilst not interfering with the essential historic character of the building itself. During the last few years the numbers attending the church have steadily increased. This has resulted in a need to provide a wider range of facilities, services, meetings and groups to cater for a Sunday congregation of around 250. The plan is to make the building more versatile with greatly improved access, comfort, lighting and flexibility. In this way it can be more easily used during the week, as well as making it a more welcoming environment for the people of Moulton and beyond to come and hear the word of God. The PCC has approved plans to update and modernise the inside of the church building so to make it accessible and welcoming to all. The initial phase of the project has been completed with the installation of a new sound and audio-visual system, reordering the Chancel and reducing the size of the Vicar’s Vestry to provide additional floor space to cater for the larger congregation.

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Artist’s Impression of the Re-ordered Interior of Moulton Church

The next phase will see the aged heating and lighting systems replaced and removal of the pews and raising of the floor. As well as providing more flexibility and comfort these changes will also ensure a more energy-efficient building. There are also plans to put in a kitchenette and toilet. The former Dean of Peterborough Cathedral, Michael Bunker, has been employed since September 2011 as a paid fundraiser and advisor to assist in the completion of the project. A professional design team, comprising of the Church Architect and Building Services Engineers have been appointed to develop design information. An application for a Faculty was granted by the Chancellor of the Diocese in Spring 2015 and God willing we hope to carry out these works in the summer of 2017.

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SHORT TERM VISION Finally, our big aim is worked out day to day in our current pattern of ministry in Moulton Parish Church as follows.

SUNDAY SERVICES The main work of proclaiming Christ from the Scriptures takes place in our weekly gatherings at church.

Monthly Service Structure First Sunday

Second Sunday

Third Sunday

Fourth Sunday

Fifth Sunday

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9.00am

10.30am

6.00pm

Lord’s Supper

Lord’s Supper

Evening Praise

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10.30am

6.00pm

Lord’s Supper

Morning Worship

Lord’s Supper

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10.30am

6.00pm

Lord’s Supper

Morning Worship

Evening Praise

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10.30am

6.00pm

Lord’s Supper

Morning Worship

Evening Praise

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The latest Moulton Church Directory lists just over 200 households, where at least one person is a member of the congregation. There are 200 names on the electoral roll of which 147 live in the Parish. We want to make it easy for people to come through the doors and feel comfortable with the style of what we do while at the same time placing the Word of God and the proclamation of Christ at the heart of each meeting. Our current services get more informal as Sunday progresses beginning with a traditional and liturgical service at 9am. The 10.30 meeting is slightly less liturgical with a blend of old and modern songs. The evening meeting is more contemporary and non-liturgical. Moulton Church’s current congregation largely reflects this part of Northampton. We have a higher proportion of families than many other local churches and a growing number of single people in their twenties and thirties. We want to develop our work with the latter age group to draw more in, something the Curate, Rich Duncan has begun to address. It would be fair to say that people come to Moulton Church from many of the surrounding villages and Northampton itself. We are encouraged by the number of men who come to our services, and we continue to reach out to the students both at Moulton College and at the University of Northampton. We do our best to ensure that visitors and newcomers are made to feel welcome and we encourage them to be drawn into the life of the church. Below is a table setting out average attendances at Sunday services: Service

Children & Youth

Adults

Totals

9.00am Lord’s Supper

6

50

56

10.30am Family Meeting / Lord’s Supper

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100

140

10.30am Occasional All Age Meetings

50

110

160

6.00pm Evening Praise/Lord’s Supper

10

50

60

At 9am we began a Sunday School in the summer of 2016 to cater for young families who prefer a traditional style of service. At 10.30am we have an average of two All Age services per term.

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OTHER SERVICES Christmas Over Christmas a number of additional services take place in the church, giving the opportunity to explain the Christmas message: Moulton College Carol Service; Moulton School and Science College Sixth Form Carol Service; WI Carol Service; Primary School Carol Services. There are usually visits to the church centre of some of the local playgroups and nurseries, with a talk given by the Vicar or another member of staff.

Baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals In 2013 there were 2 baptisms; there were 8 people confirmed, 9 weddings and 24 funeral services. Prior to any baptism or wedding the families involved attend a baptism or wedding preparation session and are encouraged to attend church services regularly. All baptisms and thanksgivings take place during the all-age services in order that the whole of the church family can welcome and support the families involved. In the late 1970s, as the town of Northampton expanded, the Parish of Emmanuel was created and this was made up of parts of a number of other parishes including Moulton. As their church is not a parish church they can conduct a number of their wedding services at St Peter and St Paul’s. On average we hold about 2 or 3 such weddings a year, but the services are conducted by clergy from Emmanuel.

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CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH WORK Introduction Moulton Parish Church is well known locally for its vibrant and thriving children’s and youth work. Over the years many young people have been nurtured in their faith here and have subsequently gone on to serve God both locally and further afield. A lot of families are attracted to St Peter and St Paul’s as a result of this work. A safeguarding policy is in place and is actively managed by the appointed safeguarding officer.

Children Children’s work ranges from 0 to 11 years old (school year 6). Pre-school children Sunday Crèche and Tots Crèche. The crèche is available in the church centre during Sunday 10.30am services, for babies. There is a toddlers group for children up to the age of three. It is run by a team of volunteers and offers a relaxed friendly environment for parents to bring their young children and still follow the service, via a live video link to a television screen. Oasis is our weekly contact with parents and preschool children and continues to expand with 40 children attending. Approximately 90% have no other church contact, emphasising the opportunities we have to introduce children and parents to Jesus. The sessions take place in the church centre. As well as providing support and friendship to new parents, it includes Bible story time in church, prayer time and termly pram services. A nativity play is organised every Christmas. The group is led by volunteers from within the church family.

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Primary School children Junior Church: Scramblers, Climbers and Explorers come into church for the initial part of the service on a Sunday morning before leaving to undertake their own activities, including games, singing, activities and a Bible talk. The activities are led by a team of experienced volunteers and follow a structured programme. There are almost 100 names on the registers across the three groups and toddlers with an average attendance of around 25. Various one off events are organised throughout the year such as a ‘Glow in the Dark Party’ each 31 October, to provide children with a Christian alternative to Halloween. The Gap meets once a week and provides children of primary school age and under an opportunity to come and meet friends and play at the end of the school day. Refreshments are provided and two different art and craft activities are arranged each week catering for around 50 children at any session. There is a short talk from the Bible so that Christ can be proclaimed in a relevant way. Christian literature is made available to parents who are encouraged to become involved in church events particularly at times of Christian celebrations. Holiday Club. A highlight of the church year for many is our annual holiday club for primary school children held at King’s Meadow School during the first week of the school summer holidays. In 2016 we had 100 children attend and a team of about 30 adults and teenagers leading and assisting. It is a great opportunity to share the good news of the Bible with young people and their families – some from within the church family and others who join us for the week. The week concludes with a service at the church to which all are invited and 90% attend.

Youth Youth work ranges from 11 to 18 years old (school years 7-13). T3 is made up of young people aged 11 to 13 (school years 7-9) and endeavours to bridge the gap between Junior Church and MYF. It meets on Sunday mornings at the same time as Junior Church but in the youth room in the church centre, though once a month the kids stay in the church service. T3 centres on a group Bible study. Once a month there is a social

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event and in addition an annual weekend away that provides an opportunity to build on relationships. This work is led by volunteers from the church family with support from the youth worker on the staff team. MYF (Moulton Youth Fellowship) is our group for young people aged 14-18 and meets primarily on a Sunday evening before the evening service to relax and enjoy fellowship with each other whilst learning about the Christian faith and what it means to live as a Christian in the twenty-first century. This work is supplemented by an annual weekend away and all kinds of social activities. Members of MYF also meet in smaller single-sex groups during the week to study the Bible with some of the leaders and additionally a number of them have become part of one of the church’s music groups. Overall leadership of MYF is undertaken by our Youth Worker with support from other staff members and members of the church family.

Explore is a lunchtime club run in Moulton Secondary School on Tuesdays and led by the Youth Worker. There is a core attendance of about 10 with usually a few more turning up on any given day.

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Friday Night Live In 2014 we launched an evening group aimed at drawing local unchurched kids into the premises and to Christ. Many of them linger around the village with not much to do of an evening. About 20 come along each week. They have just begun to listen to a short Bible talk given by the Youth Minister. We hope to get our church teenagers more involved and befriending. JAM Club is a lunchtime Bible study meeting in the local Primary School. It was relaunched in 2015 at the instigation of some of our church youngsters who want to reach out to their friends at school. Blue Door is an after-school club for school years 7-11 that plays an important role in reaching out to the young people in Moulton. It meets every Tuesday with an average attendance of 10-15 young people, who normally have little other contact with, or exposure to, the Christian faith. Various activities are undertaken and it provides an opportunity to talk to these young people about their lives and about Christ. It is led by the youth worker on the staff team with support from volunteers within the church family.

Moulton College Chaplaincy Opportunities to witness and raise awareness of the chaplaincy occur in both formal and informal settings. Freshers’ Fair and the College Carol Service continue to be key events in the College calendar and are important in the relationship between the church and College. Additionally drop-in sessions are run on a regular basis to provide one to one pastoral support to both students and staff. “Mutual Misunderstandings� workshops give students the chance to hear about different faiths and think about interacting with people who believe different things to themselves. They are generally well received by both students and staff and raise lots of discussion.

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Christian summer camps Many of our young people attend a variety of different camps across the country during July and August. Additionally, a significant number of our church family are involved in leading and assisting with some of these camps. Each year we host a weekend training event for the leaders and helpers of a CYFA camp that is held in Maidwell in August.

MIDWEEK ADULT GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES Home groups There are 12 home groups that meet weekly at various times for Bible study, prayer and fellowship. These groups meet in homes in and around Moulton and provide an important opportunity for pastoral care. Home group leaders meet once a term with the Curate. Connect In 2016 the Curate began a new group designed to draw in more 18-30s in the area and to disciple them to maturity in Christ. Currently the group has a membership of around 10 with new people joining regularly. Ladies’ Fellowship A monthly meeting on a Tuesday afternoon, usually in the church centre, with a Christian speaker and opportunity for ladies to meet for fellowship and encouragement. Women’s Bible study A weekly Bible study takes place on a Friday morning in the church centre during term time. About 30 women meet to study the Bible together.

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Daytime and Early Morning Men’s Bible Study For men who struggle to manage an evening Home Group we run two earlier Bible studies where we proclaim Christ. About 10 men attend each regularly. Luncheon Club A fortnightly lunch for approximately 60 older people is held in the church centre and is well regarded and supported within the wider community. Attendees consist of church members as well as some for whom it is their only contact with the church. After the meal we have a short talk from a Christian speaker.

Prayer Opportunities As a church family we recognise that praying for God’s will to be done is the most important activity we can join in. Outside the main Sunday services we seek to encourage people to pray individually, corporately and in small groups. The main church prayer meeting, Prayer and Praise, happens once a month, on the second Wednesday of the month when our home groups are not taking place. They are hosted in turn by different home groups. All members of the church family are encouraged to come because we see this as the most important meeting of the month. We would like to encourage greater numbers to attend, though for a village church the numbers are encouraging with between 30 and 50 people joining us. There is an opportunity for individuals to seek support through prayer with our prayer team after all meetings. Prayer triplets have been happening in the life of the church for many years and are actively encouraged. Initially prayer triplets were formally coordinated but this has evolved into people joining together to form their own groups.

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In addition we have recently begun some ad hoc 24/7 prayer times and Whole Nights of Prayer which have been an exciting addition to our prayer life. One to One Bible Reading Partnerships We have seen a large number in the Church family meeting one to one to read the Bible together midweek. Around 30 pairs have been happening regularly for which we praise God. This has resulted in significant growth in spiritual maturity in the Church. Digging Deeper

In September 2014 we began a monthly session on a Saturday morning seeking to teach doctrine to the church family in a systematic way. About 20 attend to study the Doctrine of God and we are seeing gentle growth in maturity as people understand and know Christ better. Men’s and Women’s Weekends Away Twice a year a group of ten men or women go away to spend a weekend together studying the Scriptures, grow in Christian maturity and deepen bonds of fellowship as we spend time together in a fun environment.

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Church Weekend/Day Away We recognise that with three growing congregations that have their own distinct style it can be hard for the whole church to come together.

The biannual weekend/day away is a vital opportunity to bring everyone together under the Word of God. A visiting speaker is brought in to give a series of talks and there is plenty of time for fun and friendship building.

LAY MINISTRY There are a variety of ways in which we encourage individuals to get involved in serving in the life of the church. We believe that it is the staff team’s job to ‘equip the saints for works of service’ (Ephesians 4:12) and that a mark of being a healthy church is that each person in the church is involved in using their various gifts to build up the body as a whole. We have a long way to go in achieving truly every member ministry but we are growing in this with God’s help. Music groups We currently have several music groups, each under different leadership, and a number of organists/keyboard players. The Vicar with a small team selects the hymns and songs that are sung across our services.

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Choir We have a small but dedicated choir who sing at the 9am service and rehearse on a fortnightly basis. Bell Ringers We have a dedicated team of bell ringers mainly from the local community and the bells are rung twice every Sunday. Practices take place on a Monday evening. They also make themselves available to ring at weddings if requested. We regularly have visiting bands of ringers attend our church. Welcome team A number of volunteers are on hand at every service to ensure that all our members and visitors have a warm welcome on Sundays. This is organised by our Pastoral Committee. Prayer team After the main morning service and the Evening Praise a prayer team is available in the side chapel of the church to pray individually with any member of the congregation who has been touched by what has been said or occurred during the service or who has something on their heart that they wish to pray about. Sunday tea and coffee Teams of volunteers provide tea and coffee after all our Sunday services. In the mornings this is served in the church centre and after evening services in the church itself. Flower team There is a small team of volunteers who look after the flowers in the church and if requested will decorate the church for weddings and other special occasions. Audio and Visual team A team of volunteers operate the audio and visual systems on a rota basis during Sunday services. Working closely with the leaders, teachers and music groups they ensure everything can be seen and heard clearly by all those in church.

Church Cleaners Every other Friday a group of helpers attend the church to clean and tidy it. We employ a cleaner to look after the church centre.

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ORGANISATION The Parochial Church Council is comprised of 12 annually elected members, the two Churchwardens and five Deanery Synod representatives. Co-opted onto the PCC are the Readers. It meets 5 or 6 times a year, and there are a number of sub-committees charged with particular responsibilities of planning and implementation as shown below

Parochial Church Council

Standing and Finance Team

Buildings and Maintenance Team

Evangelism Team

Outreach Team

Pastoral Team

Time for Change Team

Standing & Finance Team This has a management role in addition to handling the day to day PCC matters, employment of staff, finances and strategy. St Peter and St Paul’s has been blessed by a fellowship that has given generously and sacrificially to the Lord’s work. We have, as a priority, always paid our Parish Share (around £90,000) in full. Church Giving Giving has always been seen as part of the teaching of the church and we hold an annual ‘Giving Sunday’ where money is given for a specific theme(s) and the services are dedicated to biblical teaching on this subject. People are encouraged to give regularly through the giving scheme, and wherever possible by standing order, and if tax payers to give by gift aid. There are currently 120 people giving by standing order and 46 giving through weekly/monthly envelopes. Mission Giving The PCC has made a commitment to give 10% of the regular income of the church to mission work.

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Treasurer and Finance team The Church Treasurer is supported by a Planned Giving Secretary and a small team of helpers who count and bank the monies collected every week. Strong financial management of our day to day affairs, with budgetary control and regular reporting to the Parochial Church Council, is an important part of our stewardship. MAST (Moulton Additional Staff Trust) The PCC has set up its own charitable Trust, called Moulton Additional Staff Trust (MAST), to raise funds to employ additional workers in the staff team. Our Youth Worker, Women’s Worker and Children’s Worker are funded through MAST. In addition to working in partnership with local organisations we have received a number of donations from different foundations and have 40 supporters within the church family who give regularly to this work. Moulton College has made a significant financial contribution to assist with the employment of the Youth Worker; the Parish Council also makes a regular contribution to the position of the Youth Worker.

Buildings & Property Maintenance Team This has responsibility for the maintenance of the church and church centre and their fabric. It has ownership of the Quinquennial Inspection report and ensures all issues highlighted in the report are addressed. MOULTON CHURCH BUILDINGS The Church Building Brief history up to present day The first stone building, dedicated to St Peter, was erected on the site in the eleventh century. In 1265 the church was laid in ruin and later that century rebuilt, with additional arcades dedicated to St Paul. This was the beginning of the present day church. In the fourteenth century, the south porch was added and the tower was made taller. Little changed until the late 1800s when extensive restoration work took place. In 1879 the churchyard was closed to any further burials due to a lack of space. Burials now take place in the village cemetery approximately ¼ mile away from the church. The tower houses a ring of 12 bells with a ringing floor situated 18ft above ground level and accessed via the church tower. The church building is Grade 1 listed.

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The Church Centre The current church centre was opened in 2000. The PCC are planning a major refurbishment of the building in the near future to enable it to continue to be used for the gospel.

Main Hall The main hall has a capacity of 120 people sitting or 150 standing. There is a smaller coffee area with comfortable seating connected to the main hall. Kitchen The kitchen is fitted out to modern catering standards, with serving hatches into the main hall and coffee area. Crèche This is a small downstairs room for the use of parents with babies or pre-school children. The room contains a good supply of toys and equipment for young children. There is a video link into the church so that the Sunday services can be followed whilst caring for children. Toilets There is a disabled toilet as well as toilets for gentlemen and ladies on the ground floor. Youth Room This room is situated upstairs with comfortable seating and is used by youth groups on Sundays. It is also used by the staff team for their Monday morning staff meeting, as well as some women’s Bible study groups on weekdays. Office The other upstairs room is used as the church office. The Administrator works here and occasionally the Children’s Worker and Youth Minister.

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Evangelism Team Moulton Parish Church has a dedicated evangelism team who meet to prayerfully work out the shape of our evangelism to the Parish and beyond. We want our evangelism to be based mainly on friendship with non-Christian people in the community rather than relying too heavily on event evangelism which has a tendency to clog up diaries and prevent us from spending quality time outside church with friends. Nevertheless that friendship evangelism is supported by carefully timed events at church to invite those who are ready to investigate further. Biannual Mission In January 2014 we ran a Parish mission. Evangelist Roger Carswell came to give five evening talks and a number of daytime events at which Jesus was proclaimed.

We have committed ourselves as a church to holding a major mission like this every two years. In 2016 we ran ‘Choose Life’ with main speaker Glen Scrivener. Courses Christianity Explored We usually run three Christianity Explored courses per year; they are run over six weeks. These are vital parts of our evangelistic work as we seek to proclaim Christ, encouraging discussion in small groups and an opportunity for enquirers to ask their questions.

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The Marriage Course Although we have only recently started running this course, it has been well received, and has encouraged and enriched many marriages within the church. The evenings begin with coffee and dessert before exploring God’s gift of marriage. They are designed to feed into Christianity Explored as the next step. Men’s Outreach Various ad hoc men’s outreach events are organised including men’s breakfasts, evening evangelistic evenings. We try to host these in the community, often at the Moulton Club.

Women’s Outreach There are also various Girls’ Night Out activities. These are outreach evenings in Moulton Theatre designed to attract working women into the church to hear Christ proclaimed.

Church family social events There are also regular picnics, shared lunches, quiz nights, etc. These are arranged at regular intervals through the year to be an easy first thing to invite unchurched people along.

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Outreach Team This oversees the giving of the church to different mission organisations and ministry partners and keeps the church family informed about the organisations that we support. The church has made a commitment to give away 10% of its income each year to mission. The mission partners and organisations that we support as a church are: Mission partner / organisation

Location

Ben Williamson (Crosslinks)

South Africa

Antony Delgado, Compassion (sponsored child)

Brazil

Thierry Richards (Crosslinks)

Samurai Project, Tokyo

Moulton Missionary Fund

Sending a missionary out from Moulton

Luke and Mary Foster (Crosslinks)

Chile

During the year a number of events are held to support these individual missions, these include a harvest lunch, Christmas collections, church Gift Days. A nominated person on the Outreach Committee acts as the link for each of these organisations. As well as practical gifts we seek to support them through prayer and correspondence.

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Pastoral Team This oversees the pastoral care across the church family and the welcome of newcomers to the church. Staff members oversee pastoral care at their weekly staff meetings which currently take place on a Monday and Friday morning. It is here that they review those who have been absent from church and also follow up newcomers. People are encouraged to complete the tear off slip on the weekly notice sheet if they would like additional contact with the church family or to come to a welcome tea. A small number of official church visitors support the staff team with a range of help and care for those who are housebound, who find it difficult to get to church, who are in hospital or suffering health or wellbeing issues. This work is co-ordinated by the Pastoral Team, chaired by Jane Cosby, one of our Churchwardens. We record most of our services via an MP3 player linked to our sound desk and the sermons are available to be downloaded online. We produce a monthly magazine called ‘Insight’, which gives news of events both within the life of Moulton Church and further afield. Much more pastoral care and support is provided informally through home groups and personal contacts by members of the congregation. This work is generally overseen by our staff team and Pastoral Team.

Time for Change Team The final stage of the project began in September 2016 with a view to completion in the Autumn of 2017. A small team of dedicated lay members meet regularly to oversee the plans (see ‘Medium Term Vision’) under the project designer and architect William Assheton.

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