Annual Meeting and Election to PCC

St Matthew’s Annual Meeting will be held in the church. The meeting is open to all, but only those on the current electoral roll can speak or vote (see below for more on Electoral Roll). This important church meeting is a chance to look back at 2011 and look forward together to 2012 and beyond. It is also the place where we elect Churchwardens, PCC members and Deanery Synod members for the next 3 years (also see below).
Do pray about the meeting and put it in your diary.

The Reports that you will need can be found in the News section of this web site.

Elections of Church wardens and PCC and Deanery Synod members

Churchwardens. We elect two churchwardens every year. Please do pray about and encourage people to stand for this vital leadership role. Candidates must be over 21 and on the electoral roll or resident in the parish.

PCC. Our expectation at present is that there will be 3 PCC places available for election. Those who stand must be over 16 and on the electoral roll of St Matthew’s.
Please pray about and encourage people to stand.

Deanery Synod. The Diocese of Bristol is divided into 7 Deaneries. Each Deanery has a ‘council’ called a Synod made up of all ordained clergy and elected lay representatives drawn from each church. Deanery Synod members are also a part of the PCC and there are two vacancies available for election this year. Deanery Synod is becoming an increasingly influential body in the Diocese. Elections are for a three year period but replacements for people who have stood down may be for shorter terms. There are up to 5 meetings per year around the Deanery. If you want to know more do speak to Mat, who is currently Area Dean.
Please pray about and encourage people to stand.

Electoral Roll

This is the official list of names and addresses of all those who can vote at the Annual Meeting. It may also be regarded as the ‘membership list’ for a church. In order to be on the roll you must be over 16, a regular worshipper and/or parish resident and have applied. A full current list of roll members is on the board in church and application forms to join the roll are also available there. If you would consider yourself a member of St Matthew’s then you should be on the roll.
Further information from Mat or the Electoral Roll officer.

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Dawit is a 24 year old Eritrean refugee and Christian. He arrived in Bristol two months ago and got refugee status very quickly after arriving here. He has no contact with his family members back home and is very lonely. Dawit is trying to find permanent housing and is anxious to find his feet and integrate. He likes table tennis, action movies and would like to visit some museums.

Could you spare an hour and a half once a fortnight to befriend someone like Dawit and improve life in Bristol for an isolated asylum seeker or refugee? Sam Sayer is looking for new volunteers who would like to befriend someone from another culture and show God’s love practically to those on the margins. Befriending will involve listening, helping with English and spending time enjoying Bristol together. Befriending training runs for four consecutive Thursday evenings starting on 23rd February. On-going support and supervision is also given.

For more details please contact Sam via the church office.

There will be a Church collection for the work of b.friend on Sunday 4th March

CHAIR WANTED! The management group for b.friend is currently looking for a Chair for our meetings which take place bi-monthly. If you would like to be an essential part of this exciting project please contact Sam.

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Church Prayer Meeting

Excited about what God is doing in and through St Matthew’s?
Want to pray for St Matthew’s and the communities we are a part of?

Come and join us on Monday night at 8pm for just one hour. No previous experience necessary.

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Wedding

Liz Taylor & Richard Bessant

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