WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF SKETTY
It is with great joy that I begin this first Annual Report at the end of our first year with you.
It has been such an enjoyable year for us as a family to share with you Christ’s mission in
The first year in a parish is always an exciting learning experience as you get to know us
and we get to know you and slowly integrate ourselves into the spirituality of a parish
community. The Parish of Sketty certainly has been an exciting and vibrant parish to
join, with its varied worship and amazing community outreach.
So many people have worked so hard to make our church a happy and prayerful community. The Parish, despite its appearances, does not run itself and there is a highly motivated team of members who contribute in so many ways. This report highlights the many ways in which we work for Christ.
As well as thanking all those who have worked so hard in the Parish and beyond can I also thank those who have in such a kind and loving way helped myself, Jane and the boys to settle in with you.
So, can I commend this Annual Report to you and hope that in reading it’s pages you will realise how hard we all work to bring the Gospel of Christ Jesus to this community.
Yours in Christ
Reverend Robert Davies-
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”
Matthew 28:19 KJV
1. STATEMENT OF TRUSTEES’ RESPOSIBILITIES AND GOVERNANCE
The Parochial Church Council [Trustees] (PCC)], is responsible for preparing a Trustees’ Annual Report and the Financial Statements in accordance with applicable law and the United Kingdom Generally Accepted Accounting Standards and Practice. In preparing the Financial Statements, the Trustees are required to:
Select suitable accounting policies and then apply them consistently;
Observe the methods and principle in the Charities’ Standard of Reporting Practice (SORP);
Make judgements and estimates that are reasonable and prudent;
State whether applicable UK accounting standards have been followed, subject to any material departures disclosed and explained in the Financial Statement;
Prepare the Financial Statement on the ongoing concern basis unless it is inappropriate to presume that the charity will continue in business.
The Trustees are responsible for keeping proper accounting records which disclose with reasonable accuracy at any time the financial position of the Charity and to enables them to ensure that the Financial Statements comply with the Charities Act 2011, the applicable Charities’ (Accounts and Reports) Regulations and the provisions of the Trust Deed. They are also responsible for safeguarding the assets of the Charity and taking reasonable steps for the prevention and detection of fraud and other irregularities.
The Trustees acknowledge the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit set out in “The Advancement of Religion for the Public Benefit” and refer to the guidance when reviewing the mission of our charity and planning future activities and we consider how activities will contribute to the aims and objectives we have set. We promote the whole mission of the Church, both in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon and in its individual parishes, providing a benefit to the public by:
promoting Christian values and service by members of the Church to the benefit of individuals and society as a whole; and
providing facilities for public worship, pastoral care, spiritual and moral development for its members and for all who wish to benefit from what the Church offers.
Structure, Governance and Membership
The Church in Wales is governed by its constitution, set up under section 13 (1) of the Welsh Church Act 1914, as amended by its Governing Body (GB). All PCC members sign a declaration affirming that they will be bound by the Constitution.
The Parish is part of the Clyne Trinity Ministry Area (MA) which includes three parishes, Killay, Sketty and Tycoch. Clyne Trinity is one of four MAs in the Deanery of Greater Gower. The PCC meet monthly and has seven sub-
Parochial Church Council (PCC) 2017-
Ex Officio Members
Incumbent/Chairman Revd Robert Davies-
Vicar’s Warden: Eifion Francis From April 2012
People’s Warden: Clive Williams Elected April 2017
Vicar’s Sub Warden: Iris Jones Holy Trinity Church
People’s Sub Warden: Clare Hazell Elected Holy Trinity Church
Family, Children’s Worker: Siân Parkhouse Employed since September 2009
Elected PCC Trustees:
Elaine C Gale
Katrina Guntrip Until Dec 17
Sonia Jones Treasurer
Jane Watkeys Assistant Vicar’s Warden
Religious and Readers:
Sister Marian Single Consecrated Life and Oblate (SCL), Sister of the Society of the Sacred Cross (SSC) and Alan Griffiths.
Eucharist Assistants (HC -
Elaine Gale (HC), Clive Garrish, Sheila Green, Iris Jones (HC), Sonia Jones, Liz Jowett (HC), Ken Lewis (HC), Viv Lewis (HC), Sister Marian; Biddy O’Kane, Karen Phillips, Janet Vine, Jane Watkeys.
Jacob and Caleb Davies-
Licensed Lay Worship Leaders:
Eifion Francis, Jill Francis, Andrea Gould, Iris Jones, Sonia Jones, Liz Jowett, Viv Lewis, Sián Parkhouse; and Wendy Thomas.
Intercessor Prayer Leaders:
David James, Sonia Jones, Liz Jowett, Anne Penton, Joyce Phillips, Karen Williams.
St Paul’s 8am Diane Dark, Anne Morgan, Nell Pugh, David Rowlands.
St Paul’s 9:30am John and Jude Gilbody, David and Susan James, Viv Lewis, Roger and Thelma Pike.
St Paul’s 11:15am Jan Bowen, Carol Davies, Mary and Susan Davies, Carol Edwards, Elsie Hunt.
St Paul’s Evensong Churchwardens, Sonia Jones, Judith Peachy.
Holy Trinity Fred Amner, Ann Iles, Phyllis Leaker, Julia Mitchell, Ken Owens.
PARISH EMPLOYED STAFF (paid for services):
Siân Parkhouse Full time Family Worker
Jayne Cooper Part time Parish Administrator
Timothy Gale Part time Parish Centre Cleaner
Chris Winstanley Part time Holy Trinity Cleaner
ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS:
Committee: Clive Williams (Editor), Sonia Jones, Ken Owens, Karen Phillips and the Vicar.
Sonia Jones Parish Consolidated and St Paul’s Church
Kenneth Owens Holy Trinity Church
L Michael Johns Parish Centre
PARISH RECORDS: Sonia Jones
INDEPENDENT EXAMINER: David Tolhurst ACA
St Paul’s Church and Parish Centre Charities Aid Foundation
Holy Trinity Church Barclays, Llanelli
2 SERVING GOD IN OUR COMMUNITY
Being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. Col 1:10 NIV
PEOPLE’S WARDEN ~ SUMMARY and HIGHLIGHTS
The year started positively when the Bishop announced that the Reverend Robert Davies-
Llangyfelach with St Teilo, had been selected to be the new Vicar of Sketty and MA Leader of Clyne Trinity. The Induction
Service took place on 2nd March.
Following a donation from a Parish member, a Votive Candle Stand was provided in June. In Christianity, votive candles
are commonplace in churches and symbolize the prayers the worshipper is offering for themselves, or for other people.
It has certainly been welcome and a comfort. It is situated near our Memorial Book.
Clive Williams ~ People’s Warden
The year has seen a number of social events with a primary aim of attracting new people to the Parish. Our Fellowship Committee’s organising and culinary skills produced a Quiz Evening in July and Harvest Supper in September which together raised over £1,000. Also, in September a Macmillan Cancer Support Cake and Coffee Morning event raised £815. In November the Annual Bonfire Evening saw us working in partnership with the 44th Sketty Scout Group. Nearly a thousand people visited our grounds and some visited the church. Collectively we raised over £2,000.
A faculty for the Vivian Chapel Restoration Fund was granted in the Spring and an Autumn Fair, raised £730 to be split equally between the Vivian Memorial Chapel Restoration Appeal and Cancer Research Wales. We exhibited artwork and prayers by the children from Sketty and Dunvant Primary schools in the Church.
The Parish raised £1,000 to fund shelter-
Open the Book, which brings the Bible to life for children at primary school, continued throughout the year with volunteers regularly visiting about 600 children at Bryn-
The year ended with the Carol Service re-
OUR VISION, AIMS and GOALS
We seek to increase. our knowledge and sharing of Christ, doing all in His name for His glory. We continue to build on established mission activities while being open to embracing new ideas and initiatives. Within our Parish we aim to offer:
whilst also obeying Christ’s command “to go out into the world” to share His Word and compassion.
We have a range of services throughout the week. St Paul’s Church has a contemporary 9:30am service with a Sunday School; three 8am Said services as well as one Choral Matins, two Choral Eucharists and two Evensongs per month. Holy Trinity Church has three Sunday Eucharist morning services and one Evening Praise and Holy ‘T’ per month. Lay people are involved in reading, leading intercessions and services and in the Sunday School.
MEMBERSHIP, ATTENDANCE and ELECTORAL ROLL CHECK ER NOS IN BEFORE PRINTING
Note 1. To avoid distorting the figures, the 'special' services listed, are not included in the averages for the regular services. The figure for Eucharistic Services are for full attendance.
VICAR’S CHURCHWARDEN’S REPORT
This past year, we have been only five Wardens (instead of six), so despite the welcome arrival by everyone of the Reverend ]
and other duties as they arise.
Also, of course we attend the meetings of various committees within the Parish, MA and Deanery. As well as all this, we ensure
, as well as the availability of “volunteers”, using the gifts of many to enrich the ministry in our Parish and in keeping it “alive”,
whilst ensuring that it is an attractive and welcoming place. I would like to end this, my final report as Vicar’s Warden
(My time is up!), by adding my thanks. Our lives as churchwardens are made much easier by the willing efforts of all of you. Thank you.
Eifion Francis Vicar’s Warden
HOLY TRINITY CHURCH WARDEN’S REPORT
A PCC sub-
Our services continue to do well especially on Wednesday morning. We have an Agápē Service with Sister Marian on the third Sunday and Alan Griffiths’s Morning Prayer service allows time for members to pray aloud and is relaxed and informal. The Hot Cross Bun service went very well and we enjoyed tea and buns. At Holy “T” a different church member leads a different theme. The children answer questions and it is well worth doing. Messy Harvest was well attended. Carol Praise included readings and sketches involving the adults and the Hand-
Iris Jones (Warden)
FINANCE, INVESTMENT and ACCOUNTS’ REPORT
This year, where possible, we have complied with all financial and accounting practices, procedures and
policies and with all relevant legislation. New budgetary expenditure controls and a Five Year Financial Plan
were agreed and implemented by the PCC. The sub-
Finances and Business Plans.
Parish summary (More detail can be found in the Parish of Sketty Annual Accounts 2017).
The Parish deficit of £9,420 is made up of St Paul’s Church ~ deficit £16,971; Vivian Chapel Memorial
Fund ~ surplus £1,990; Holy Trinity Church ~ surplus £1,117; Parish Centre ~ surplus £841, Church
Organisations ~ surplus £3,604. Parish Income was £167,213 and Expenditure £176,633. The Ministry
Share went up by £6,623 on 2016 to £87,436 (inclusive of 4% rebates in 2016) and has only moved by
£5,764 when compared with 2010 when it was £81,674, notably peaking in 2012 at £95,226.
Thankfully the world markets have consistently increased our investment since 2010 and the unrealised Capital Gain at 31st December 2017 was £9,450 (£18,253 in 2016). However, we must be realistic to values falling as well as rising. This increase has helped maintain out total Parish Assets value which has increased marginally by £30 from £312,959 to £312,989.
St Paul’s Church During 2017 there was an Income/Expenditure deficit of £14,981 of which £1,990 is restricted to the Vivian Chapel Restoration Fund taking the true deficit to £16,971. £16,000 was withdrawn from the Deposit Account to offset the shortfall and to cover the FCW post. Income totalled £118,759 and Expenditure £133,740. There is a positive upturn in planned giving of 5%, but down by 19% when compare to 2013.
Our biggest cost remains the Ministry (Parish) Share and FCW salary and the associated rising costs of Payroll and HR. Other large expenditures were from PCC decisions to transfer funds to Holy Trinity Church of £3,000, toward the disabled toilet, over £3,000 for tree work, and to close the ‘glass lobby faculty’, which resulted in a refund of a restricted donation of £2,000. Despite the Capital Gain increase in the Investment Fund of £9,450, St Paul’s Church Assets decreased by £5,531.
Holy Trinity Church Over the last three years, we have undertaken some major work on the fabric of Holy Trinity and its
surroundings at a cost of £17,476. During 2017, we lost income from the Seventh Day Adventist Church, which was worth almost
£3,000 pa and £15,665 in total.
It is therefore pleasing to see our finances holding up well over this period, although we have had some outside assistance. During the year we converted the gents’ toilet into a disabled/unisex toilet, costing £6,807, but benefited from three donations which reduced the actual cost to Holy Trinity to £2,607. These donations were: Anonymous (£200); Austin Bailey Foundation (£1,000); and St Paul’s Church (£3,000).
The way in which members give has changed over the years, with Gift Direct (Direct Debit) now accounting for 55% of our Direct Giving. This has been boosted by some members of St Paul’s agreeing to a proportion of their giving being channelled to Holy Trinity. This naturally has an impact on Tax Refunds, which generated £2,801.
Our accounts moved back into surplus, with an Excess of Income over Expenditure of £1,117, and Total Assets increasing to £22,696. This is a far cry from 2010, when these had fallen to £9,626, and we can now feel far more confident about our finances.
Parish Centre This year the Parish Centre achieved a surplus of Income over Expenditure of £841 (2016 surplus of £1,759) and Total Assets increased to £26,353. Income was slightly up mainly due to McCarthy and Stone Apartment Promotions and some new regular bookings.
Expenditure was up mainly due to higher utility charges for electricity, which is being investigated. Repairs and Renewals were down by £1,500. Going forward we need to be as prudent as possible, whilst attracting some more one-
PCC Finance and Investment sub-
BUILDINGS AND FABRICS REPORT
The PCC is responsible for three parish buildings and grounds. The Buildings’ Committee work hard to keep the state of
buildings, fabrics and monuments, under review through the Church in Wales Faith in Maintenance Scheme.
Annual and periodic works have been overseen in each building, which include Heating Systems, Fire Risk Assessments,
Health and Safety Audits, Lightning Conductor testing, Sound System upgrading, and clearing of gutters, drains and
For the early part of 2017, we were still in Interregnum, and work on the Vicarage was still in progress. Overseeing this took
up a great deal of time and effort, but it reached a conclusion, in the Spring. More trees were either removed, for safety’s
sake, or were made safe by tree surgeons. In late 2017 work began (completed 2018) on upgrading the halogen lighting
in St Paul’s Church, the advantages being approximately 40% lower consumption and a reduced need for climbing ladders
to a dangerous height.
A Faculty was approved for restoration work in the Vivian Chapel. So far, we have raised £1,989.64 toward the Restricted Fund. More needs to be raised, to reach the total of £6,500 to complete phase one.
The main project work at Holy Trinity Church was the conversion of the gents’ toilet into a disabled and unisex toilet, whilst at the Parish Centre a new CD and USB player and digital microphone system was installed.
PCC Buildings’ and Fabric sub-
PARISH CENTRE REPORT
We hosted approximately 12 church groups, 22 regular groups (such as The Gower Society, National Trust; and National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society). Through 2017 we held 41 one-
In May 2017, one of our regular organisations, the British Federation of Womens’ Graduates Group finished, because it had too few members. In September 2017 a new weekly booking started called Baby College which is bringing lots of new mothers, grandmothers and babies to the Centre. Weekends remain popular for birthday parties, dance groups and one-
The Parish Centre has become so popular we have to turn people away, but we suggest contacting Holy Trinity Church which has often proved fruitful. A file has been started with details of organisations who would like to hire the Parish Centre when it becomes available.
PCC Parish Centre sub-
Spearhead is the PCC sub-
Meetings occur every few weeks discussing progress on matters such as the viability of those groups led by the FCW
as well as the efficiency and value of bringing families into the church community. These include:
TOTs on Thursday and Jigsaw in Holy Trinity Church;
Sharing Together (previously Patchwork) in the Parish Centre;
Arrangements for special services such as Good Friday and Christmas Eve;
Arrangements for MA and other outreach activities – such as Messy Church, Holiday Club, After School Club,
Youth Club and external activities including Spree and the Gower Show.
Activities for families and children occur in the Parish and beyond on five days out of seven. The group supports the work of the FCW, but equally looks at how the church is relating to families and their needs. As this group monitors and participates in what is happening in these activities, it is becoming apparent that many families are seeking our support and help on a social level. In discussing these groups, it has become increasingly relevant to consider their viability and that of the FCW post, because of a shortage of volunteers to help and as investment funds reduce to absorb each annual deficit.
PCC Spearhead sub-
MISSION in the WORLD REPORT
We are a small PCC sub-
PCC World Mission sub-
GREATER GOWER DEANERY
On Trinity Sunday the Greater Gower Deanery gathered at our St Paul’s Church for their annual celebration. Four MA’s came together to take part in the service. Throughout the worship, and in our prayers, we were reminded about the Triune faith and the great strides made in declaring that faith to the world. However, this was not just about celebrating something we have done, but celebrating the great commission that we have to go out and do more.
The main thrust of the general Synod meetings was the consultation and proposal from the Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) that Deaneries should take over the responsibility for allocating Ministry Share from the central Diocesan Office. Treasurers, clergy and the Area Dean considered how the Share should be allocated and collected in the future. Proposals were considered but due to time constraints it was agreed to keep to the current process for 2018. A committee has been set up to start working on how, as a Deanery, it will all work from 2019.
DIOCESAN SAFEGUARDING POLICY
“Safeguarding” is a term of fairly recent usage; it applies in all walks of life not just as a parish matter. As Christians, our values must espouse the teachings and acts of Jesus, who cared for and ministered often to the vulnerable of his time. Everyone needs to feel safe and secure, but that applies especially in the case of young people and vulnerable adults.
The Church in Wales “Safeguarding Procedure Document” can be read on its website. Each year the PCC agrees to adopt a safeguarding policy and in 2017 several representatives from the Parish attended a MA Safeguarding Workshop. Our volunteers undergo formal checks, repeated regularly, in the hope of reducing the risk of harm to the vulnerable. This duty of care extends to us all so that we may maintain a safe and secure environment for all.
The Diocesan Conference is made up of elected representatives who take forward the work of the Diocese and implement decisions made by GB. The Conference affirmed support for the Faith in Families initiative fighting for its future because it loses its Communities First grant (80% of funding) in March 2018 and “urged those partners and others to explore possible alternatives to secure the initiative’s future”. Other speakers talked about church transformation; housing justice; and gave tips on fundraising.
GOVERNING BODY (GB) OF THE CHURCH IN WALES
At City Hall, Cardiff, in April, in the absence of an elected Archbishop, Bishop John addressed concerns about falling church attendance. He said, ”We need to become, afresh, a Jesus movement, and put evangelism at the heart of ministry. But, and this is a big ‘but’ we have to begin with ourselves, we have to re-
In September Archbishop John opened GB at the University of Wales, Lampeter, by saying “We need to have open hearts and open doors”. He focused on five issues that framed his vision for a re-
2 PRAYER, EVANGELISM and WORSHIP LEADERSHIP
I will sing to the LORD all my life, I will sing praise to my GOD as long as I live Ps 104:33 ESV
PRAYER and LEADING WORSHIP
Prayer, Evangelism and Vison are central to our church. We look for new ideas to support, encourage
and explore ways of communicating with God that underpin existing study, like House and Alpha Groups, and
new initiatives from church members.
Clergy do all they can to support our Readers, Licensed Lay Leaders and to support Sister Marian in her
ministry. Marian says “prayer is central to my vocation and it is my privilege to receive requests from individuals
and groups”. Marian is co-
Four House Groups, open to all, support members with prayer, through teaching and discussion, and which are valued by many. Spiritual and healing services are often lead by laity and we hold vigils for the sick, for healing and for any problems that affect the spiritual life of our Parish and the Church across the world. Our groups meet regularly, studying a wide range of topics including the Parables of Jesus, the ower of the Holy Spirit’s influence on us and the world, as well as the “I Am” sayings of Jesus from John’s gospel and John’s three tests of genuine Christianity.
With the variety of styles of worship in the Parish, our nine Licensed Lay Worship Leaders are able t
o contribute where they feel most comfortable. Most attended the Clergy Synod Day on the preparation
Sometimes these have followed a liturgical theme, such as on Transfiguration Sunday, and a more general
Christian theme, such as ‘All Things New’’ in January, or to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight in March.
At Holy Trinity, members of the Team also prepare ‘Holy T’ Services, usually on a topical theme, such
as Saints or Nativity, and each month we plan an informal Evening Praise hour, with opportunities for prayer,
discussion, Bible study, and new songs.
The ‘Freedom in Christ, Discipleship Course‘ was delivered by one of the house groups over the Summer at Maxime Court. Many felt it to be a challenging and rewarding experience. The year ended with a wonderful lunch at Nicholaston House where we learned about “Christians Against Poverty” and their crucial work in the Swansea area helping people deal with their debt problems.
In September a party of 23 “Retreated” to the beautiful setting of Lee Abbey in North Devon to enjoy, a week-
The sound of the bells is a witness to those that hear them, a reminder that the Church is here for everyone as well as being a call to prayer. We have eight bells in St Paul's Church, but it is not often that all eight are heard on Sundays. Ringing a bell is not a difficult skill to learn and we need new ringers to train.
Sketty Church Bell-
On New Year's Eve ten Cambridge University ringers joined us to ring in the New Year at midnight.
The Music Group continues to lead the 9.30am congregation in a more contemporary style of worship.
Some attended an evening of such songs composed by Noel and Tricia Richards, when they returned to their
home church in Cardiff. Singing with them ‘’To be in Your Presence’’, ‘’All Heaven Declares’’, and
many more, will continue to be an inspiration. During his visit here in March, we enjoyed other
new songs introduced by Miles Quick, the Royal School of Church Music’s Head of Congregational
and Instrumental Music. The music on our visit to Lee Abbey in September was equally well received.
With the welcome addition of our two young guitar players, Jacob and Dan, we look forward to helping t
hem develop their skills in making music ‘’To His Praise and Glory’’.
The Choir continue to lead Morning Eucharist and Matins. With the Music Group and the two other choirs in
our MA we were united in Christ as we all led the congregation in music at the Vicar’s Induction Service in March.
In November, the annual Bonfire Night brought hundreds of young families into our Church grounds. This year the
Church was open and many came inside to have a look around and view the display of pictures by children from
our local primary schools. As a parish we came together for a Family Carol Service by Candle-
“Each day we pray that God will bless our prayer ministry and bring healing and peace to all for whom we pray and those He loves beyond our prayers” Sister Marian.
Bonfire Night in partnership with 44th Scouts After celebrating Eucharist mid-
3 MISSION in the PARISH and PASTORAL CARE
Pastoral care and its associated ministries are central to our mission. As well as our ordained parish priest we have a dedicated team of lay workers specialising in a variety of areas. Prayer, spiritual direction, visiting and supporting at the major hinges in lives such as baptism marriages, illness and funerals are all part of this ministry.
A PCC Fellowship sub-
In 2017 two fundraising events were arranged. One was a Quiz and Supper Evening and the other a Harvest Supper with a speaker, Gary Gregor who talked about ‘The Blue Plaques of Swansea’. We raised nearly £1,000 for the Church. Catering takes place for special services and events such as the Vicar’s Induction Service and at times we help with serving teas and coffees after funeral services.
We offer Breakfast in the Parish Centre on the ﬁrst Sunday of each month after the 8am Communion Service. It’s a great opportunity to share fellowship, which is mainly supported by our early Christians who are joined by a few of the 9:30am congregation, but everyone is welcome.
On 42 Friday’s of the year the Parish Centre has been a hive of activity. Its especially notable this year because Luncheon Club celebrated its tenth Anniversary, originally started in 2007 by Pam Treseder. Sadly, our lovely Mavis Price died and she is very much missed. Our happy band of hard working volunteers ensure that our members have a warm welcome to enjoy their two-
The Altar Flower Guild continues week by week to enhance the beauty of St. Paul`s Church. We have not been asked to decorate for any weddings or funerals this year which is reflected in the financial situation. The Memorial Book pedestal continues to be well supported and two new names have been added.
Many have helped at major festivals, particularly at Christmas when the Church looked peaceful with the green, white and silver colour scheme. On the Tuesday after Harvest Festival the children from TOT’s, with their mothers, visited the decorated church. The 2017 calendars made from photographs taken at the 2016 Flower Festival were very popular and another calendar is underway. Plenty of help is given to new members should you wish to join us.
All except one of the scheduled Parish Walks were undertaken. The advice and expert knowledge of Graham Wattley
has been much appreciated by the group and will be y missed. It is proposed that the walks be named after Graham –
The Wattley Walks.
The average group attendance was 13, including young people, who managed to keep us on our toes especially when they
were perched high up on the rocks at Tor Bay while we enjoyed a cuppa and a sandwich on the beach! It is a joy to be able
to enjoy the beautiful countryside and God’s creation while discussing church, countryside and faith matters. Comments
are often made such as “This is what heaven must be like” especially when the weather is good and the sunsets so beautiful.
WORKING with CHILDREN and FAMILIES
At Sunday School we follow the church calendar, and meet together for a Bible story. This is told in various ways, through join-
Jigsaw is a group of families who meet in Holy Trinity Church. Its aim is to support, encourage and grow faith in the community and we run holiday activities for families with children of all ages. These are based on Bible stories and we always have a short interactive time of reflection. We used the garden extensively in all weathers, growing vegetables, playing in the sand pit or just running around. On dry days we organise messy water or large physical play under the shade of the big tree. On Wednesday afternoons we have a bring-
Sharing Together Meet on a Wednesday afternoon at 12.30-
Summer Holiday Club In July we worked together as a MA team. The theme was “Fidget Spinners”, to help us teach about the Trinity. The OtB Team led the story sessions and the children recognised the adults on the team which created a relaxed and confident atmosphere, immediately putting everyone at ease. Lots of the children are now becoming ‘regulars’ which is helping to build a path for their future with Christ. The stories are reinforced through activities, craft and physical games. We had over 50 children from across the MA, an average of 30 a day.
COMMUNICATION AND LEARNING MEDIUMS www.parishofsketty.org.uk
The Parish uses many ways to spread the Good News of Jesus, to aid spiritual growth and learning, teaching and to advertise events and activities.
In August 2017, our Webmaster Sister Marian designed and uploaded a new Parish Website and by January 2018 we had received over 5,000 visitors. Many use it to check on the times of services and to look for activities.
The Beacon Magazine may be for some the only point of contact with either church, and aims to offer articles and information of a local nature about the different parish groups, together with wider items that it is hoped may also be of interest.
The magazine and the website are under review and, as we move to benefit from communication through our newly inaugurated MA, we would welcome your views, thoughts and comments or, even better, your skills to help in their production.
On Facebook, we are in regular contact with over 150 young families, which we use to reach out and draw people closer to our Lord. The Parish of Sketty, Holy Trinity TOTs, Sharing Together and Jigsaw all continue to grow in use.
Bible Reading Fellowship comes in a range of small, easy to read booklets which are packed with
the Word of God and that help to keep us focused on Jesus. In the Parish we use the following publications:
New Daylight is a very accessible and stimulating aid to spending time with God each day,
Guidelines offers a more challenging Bible study for today’s ministry,
Day by Day is especially for women, a source of great inspiration and strength during difficult times as
well as in times of joy.
A Library is located at the back of St Paul’s Church where you will find a range of Christian books and DVDs.
A range of Technology and equipment is used throughout a variety of services and we do our best to accommodate all
requests and needs for weddings, funerals and memorial services.
4 MISSION OUTSIDE the PARISH, OUTREACH and ECUMENICAL
We who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread 1Corinthians 10:17 ESV
CLYNE TRINITY MINISTRY AREA STEERING GROUP (MASG)
During 2017 we have worked on many projects as a MA, such as Messy Church, the Christmas Experience and Youth Club. We joined together in Sunday worship every fifth Sunday of the year. We shared a Lent Course, and are well ahead with our new MA website and a joint MA magazine both highlighting across the whole MA the variety and depth of what we can offer our respective communities and MA friends. We hope that these projects will give 2018 a fresh impetus to our newly inaugurated MA.
CHILDREN and YOUNG PEOPLE
On Tuesday afternoons, from the end of the school day until 4.20pm, we help with Parkland After-
In Holy Trinity Church, TOTs on Thursday, meets between 9.40-
With volunteers from across the MA we regularly hold Messy Church. The activity involves a different type of worship as well as sharing a meal. Sessions are usually during the school holidays, as this seems to attract the most people. We have a regular number of 40 but our busiest session achieved 80; of all ages! We provide messy and not so messy activities and craft for all ages and abilities. We base the activities around Biblical themes and then have a time of interactive worship followed by eating together.
Youth Club meet regularly on the first Thursday of each month in the Parish Centre. We acted out sketches of parables,
built scarecrows, discussed the meaning of life, ate cake, had a barbecue, played games and generally had a good
time! The young people show great enthusiasm for life and learning and how to live it with Christian values. They support
and encourage each other during the discussions, in their actions and when looking for solutions to the difficulties
in their lives. The year ended with a Christmas Party. Youth Alpha ran through the whole of 2017 with one session
per month. Thanks to all house group volunteers who helped with the hot food and the discussion groups. It was encouraging that so much discussion came out of the sessions and that the film clips used not only underpinned the Christian message so well, but also added to the enjoyment of the sessions.
Open the Book (OtB) teams continue to visit each of the six Ministry Area Primary Schools – Cila, Dunvant, Hendrefoilan, Parkland, Penyfro, Sketty – on a weekly basis during term time. In addition, a Welsh speaking team visits Bryn y Mor School under the banner Agor y Lyfr.
In order to share ideas and raise awareness a presentation was given to a joint congregation at the MA service in St Hilary’s Church, Killay, on Bible Sunday, and more recently a regional meeting took place at the Parish Centre.
Linked, although not part of OtB, the Christmas Experience was shared with all 250 Year Seven pupils at Bishop Gore School. The story of the first Christmas was told in a sequence of chronological events as the children processed around the church, led by a Town Crier. They stopped at each station on the way for an explanation, activity or reflection. A further 75 children from Sketty and Cila Schools also participated in this event in All Souls’ and St Hilary’s Churches respectively
MORE PARISH OUTREACH
Our AGM took place in February. We have had some very interesting speakers throughout the year and our Wave of Prayer went well. In April, a few of us went with friends from Killay, to Brecon to the Diocesan Festival, where the proceeds went to Faith in Families.
We visited St Mary’s Church to see ‘Chosen’, a play about the life of Mary Sumner. To start our Autumn session in September Reverend Sue Knight led our Eucharist. At Christmas we once again joined Killay MU Group for lunch in Sketty Hall.
TOTs on Tuesday, run by volunteers, is held during term time at the Parish Centre at 10am. We start with a short informal service to hear and sing some Christian stories and music. This is followed by refreshments, play and fellowship and after nursery rhyme singing we finish at 11.30am It is good to report another successful year in which this Christian Parent/Carer and Toddler Group aims to reach the community providing friendship and support for parents, carers and young children.
Women on Wednesday meet every second Wednesday. We report another successful year with some interesting speakers intermingled with social evenings, outings and making donations to charities. The social and fellowship aspects remain a focus and priority and all are welcome to our meetings and annual trips.
We supply the Foodbank depot at Elim Church which is under the auspices of the Trussell Trust, a national Christian Charity. We now have an ‘official’ foodbank ‘cage’ at St Paul’s Church for the deposit of much needed donations. We need toiletries, toilet paper and pet food; as well as the obvious non-
We are a Fairtrade Parish, using fairly traded goods, at all church functions. We have extended our range by using Tradecraft ‘’Clean and Fair’’ range of household goods in the Parish Centre. In a world of plenty, the inequalities of trade still keep billions of children trapped in grinding poverty. Tradecraft was established over 30 years ago as a Christian response to this need. The colourful catalogue and ease of ordering at our Parish shop, mean that we can support thousands of farmers and artisans in developing countries.
Swansea Street Pastors’ is an inter-
There are five Street Pastor teams in Swansea. Four go out on Saturdays and one covers one Friday a month near pay day. Two of the teams have onsite prayer support, which is so important for the work on the streets. Friday nights (the big student night out) are getting busier, with students being bussed in from the new Bay Campus. A ‘help point’ run by the Council and St John's Ambulance operates on Wednesdays and Saturdays. A new point of contact is being trialled in Castle Square, as a safe place to wait for lifts, charge mobiles or have some water.
Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help. Isaiah 58:7
In early 2017 the Swansea Night Shelter (SNS) operated for the sixth year, It is managed by Christian volunteers offering a warm welcome, hot dinner, bed and breakfast in a safe environment in church buildings every night of the week. Training is provided to all volunteers.
Partnership and teamworking are important and many agencies support the ongoing work. During January – March 2017 we accommodated 602 rough sleepers, with an average of seven per night. Two guests were suspended and no one was banned. By 31st March 2017, 21 guests had moved into permanent accommodation. Five moved on, (destination unclear), and one returned to another area. Three remained of no fixed abode.
Funding received from churches contributed to ongoing running costs such as bedding, airbeds, minibus hire, laundry, travel expenses, and Night Shelter Manager’s salary. The City and County of Swansea also made a contribution. With the generosity of the church venues, volunteers and partners, the SNS made a notable impact on homelessness. Existing policies and practices continue to be reviewed, and improvements made in areas of young volunteers; confidentiality; violence; people from abroad; equal opportunities; and addiction. Complaints’ and Grievance policies were put in place. A greater awareness is needed about how to help with homelessness in Swansea. By 2018, it is expected there will be changes in social care, housing, immigration and asylum legislation. SNS will plan to meet the new demands.
A full review is required of what is needed and how best it can be supplied. Swansea Hope will consider adopting charitable status to secure a comprehensive structure that supports developments in social care. These efforts need support, volunteers, and prayer.
Source SNS Manager April 2017
Evelyn Elizabeth Metcalfe 12th March
Abigail Elizabeth Mair Armstrong 24th April
Isabelle Claire Lewis 25th June
Amelie Summer Davies 25th June
Dylan Caerwyn Davies 25th June
Elinor Rose Davies 20th August
Jesus said, “Let the little Children come to me” Matthew 19:14 ESV
Jack Joseph Colley to Nia Victoria 1st April
Ian Repath to Kylie Hearne 26th June
Philip Boardman to Rachel White 3rd June
Stephen Harrison to Bethan Tracey 23rd July
Gavin Vincent Forrester to Harriett Frances Bennett 5th August
Christian John Halliday to Tammy Mary Davies 2nd September
Andrew Dunn to Sophie Newington 23rd September
Peter Griffiths to Lucy Williams 21st December
“They are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate”. Matthew 19:6 NIV
Graham Huggleston January
William (Bill) Perrins March
Mavis Diana Price March
Elsie Richards April
Glenys King April
Arthur Collington May
Alice Margaret Parkin June
Joyce E Davies September
Rita Furzland November
Graham Wattley November
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His faithful servants. Psalm 116:15 NIV
7. LOOKING FORWARD
… press on toward the goal. Philippians 3:14 NIV
I think it was the second week I was with you way back in March that I preached using the Instant Vicar Kit that I found in a joke shop in Tenby. Glasses moustache and collar all went to make up a typical dusty old vicar costume, suitable for all fancy-
We come to you at a very interesting time in the Churches’ ministry. The Church in Wales is in a period of great change, probably the greatest since disestablishment in 1914, when we split as a Church from the Church of England. The birth pains of a new church were difficult then, but I think it will be even more of a change this time than it was all those years ago. This will bring with it great challenges and the need for prayer, strength and faith. With clergy numbers dropping, and congregations slipping, change is inevitable. Ministry has to be seen as being far greater than those of us in collars and thankfully that is the case here in Sketty. As a Parish we now have just one cleric and two in the MA. There will need to be changes that are not unique to us but certainly requiring your support to put strength, wisdom and God into what we have and will achieve in taking our vision and evangelism forward.
Escalating costs and dwindling financial reserves are only foolishly ignored. Many of you will be aware that the PCC and its Finance Committee have had to look hard at the numbers as we are spending more than we bring in. This has led to a Five-
It has been with a very hard heart that we have had to consider our FCW role ending in March 2019. As we dig into our reserves to pay the shortfall in income we can only sustain such losses for so long. We have a year to change this or we will lose the post and the outreach we are able to undertake and organise across the Parish. Please remember all our kinds of mission in your prayers as we pray for solutions to emerge so that our work may continue.
Services will inevitably develop and patterns of the past will be fine-
Following our Inauguration Service in January we can now begin to plan for the full commissioning of our Ministry Area and, together along the way, some fun worshipping and fundraising. There is a lot to do in the grounds and to the buildings, as well as in discipleship and outreach, and I pray you will find a niche that enables you to be involved and fulfilled.
And so, this is our challenge as we go into 2018 and beyond towards the celebrations of the Church in Wales at 2020. We can look back and celebrate, but as we stand at the beginning of a new year, we must examine our own faith and discover new ways in which we may share the love of God with those around us as well as grow God’s kingdom in this place.
My thanks again for all you have done and continue to do, Blessings, Robert
Independent Examiner’s Report
INDEPENDENT EXAMINER’S REPORT TO THE MEMBERS OF THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL (PCC) OF THE PARISH OF SKETTY SWANSEA
I report on the accounts of the PCC of the Parish of Sketty, Swansea for the year ended 31st December 2017, which are set out on pages 25 to 29.
Respective Responsibilities of the PCC and Independent Examiner
As members of the PCC you are responsible for the preparation of the accounts; you consider that an audit is not required for this year under section 144(2) of the Charities Act 2011 (the 2011 Act) and that an independent examination is needed. It is my responsibility to:
examine the accounts under section 145 of the 2011 Act;
follow the procedures laid down in the General Directions given by the Charity Commission under section 145(5)(b) of the 2011 Act; and
state whether particular matters have come to my attention.
Basis of Independent Examiner’s Report
My examination of the Parish records was carried with reference to the General Directions given by the Charity Commission. An examination includes a review of the accounting records kept by the charity and a comparison of the accounts presented with those records. It also includes consideration of any unusual items or disclosures in the accounts, and seeking explanations from you as trustees concerning any such matters. The procedures undertaken do not provide all the evidence that would be required in an audit, and consequently no opinion is given as to whether the accounts present a “true and fair view” and the report is limited to those matters set out in the statement below.
Independent Examiner’s Statement
In connection with my examination of the Parish records, no matter has come to my attention:
(1) which gives me reasonable cause to believe that in any material respect the requirements:
to keep accounting records in accordance with section 130 of the 2011 Act; and
to prepare accounts which accord with the accounting records and comply with the requirements of the 2011 Act
has not been met; or
(2) to which, in my opinion, attention should be drawn in order to enable a proper understanding of the accounts to be reached.
David Tolhurst ACA
11 Lilley Walk Honiton Devon EX14 2EA
Date: March 2018
Accounting Policies and Basis of Preparation
The principle accounting policies adopted, judgements and key sources of estimation uncertainty in the preparation of the financial statements are as follows:
The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with Accounting and Reporting by Charities: Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) applicable to charities preparing their accounts in accordance with the Financial Reporting Standard (FRS) applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland (FRS 102) (effective 1st January 2015). Charities SORP (FRS 102).
The financial statements have been prepared to give a ‘true and fair’ view and have departed from the Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008 only to the extent required to provide a ‘true and fair view’. The departure has involved following Accounting and Reporting applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland (FRS 102) (effective 1st January 2015) rather than the Accounting and Reporting by Charities: SORP effective from 1st April 2005 which has been withdrawn. The Parish Consolidated Accounts comprise – St Paul’s Church, Holy Trinity Church, The Parish Centre and six Affiliated Small Church Organisation Accounts.
Property, Contents and Equipment: All properties are vested in and the responsibility of the Representative Body (RB) of the Church in Wales, and are not parish assets. Moveable Church contents (plate, furniture, vestments etc) are inalienable property, require a faculty for disposal and are recorded in the Church Terrier Log. Many are historic for which no reliable cost basis exists and are not recognised in the Balance Sheet. Expenditure on Churches, Churchyards and Vicarages is written off when incurred. Other freehold land and buildings are held in trust by the RB and reported in their Annual Report and Accounts. Equipment used within the church premises is depreciated on a straight-
Funds Accounting: Unrestricted funds are available to spend on activities that further the purposes of the Parish. Designated funds are unrestricted funds of the Parish which the PCC has decided, at their discretion, to set aside for a specific purpose. Restricted funds are donations given by a donor for a specific purpose and may only be expended on those specific purposes and amounts remaining unspent at year end and must be carried forward as balances on those specific funds.
Income: Income represents amounts falling due within the period. Voluntary Income is recognised when the charity becomes entitled to receipt.
Expenditure: Where possible, is accounted for Gross, and is included on an accruals basis and has been classified under headings that aggregate all costs related to that category.
Financial Instrument: Financial assets and liabilities recognised (derecognised) when the charity becomes/ (ceases to become) party to the contractual provisions of the instrument. The charity holds the following assets and liabilities:
Short term debtors and creditors with no stated interest rate and receivable or payable within one year are recorded at transaction price. Any losses arising from impairment (doubtful debts) are recognised in the profit and loss account before operating profit;
Investments are valued at market value as 31st December (quoted price). Realised gains and losses on investments, together with any gains or losses on revaluation, are recognised in the SOFA and Balance Sheet
The PCC resolves to hold reserves to cover three months’ expenditure as recommended by the Charity Commission. This is reviewed every three years and in 2017 was increased to £100,000.
There are four employees in the Parish, three of whom are part-
exceeding £60,000. Employees’ salaries are managed by Faith in Families, Diocesan Board of Social Responsibility
(DBSR) Payroll and HR systems. This brings us in line with employment law and HMRC rules on real time recording.
Salaries are reviewed by the PCC in November for changes starting on 1st January each year.
Gross Salaries, Wages and Pensions 2017
Salary FT 21,168 21,000
Employee NIC 1,737 1,412
Employee Pension 847 787
Child Care Vouchers 76 101
Total 23,828 23,300
Wages Total Part Time (2015 # includes Mgt Fee)
(Holy Trinity and Parish Centre) 7,922 6,838
Payroll and HR Management Fee to DBSR [10%] 3,263 2,479
Current Assets and Liabilities
The SORP requires a summary of the assets and liabilities of each category of fund. This is done in columnar Balance Sheet which follows on the page 28.
750 No Fee
Independent Examination Fees
Fees for reporting on the Annual Report and Financial Statements.
None of the Trustees (except FCW and Clergy) or any persons connected with them received any remuneration during 2017. Twelve trustees were reimbursed a total of £4,149.89 (seven Trustees received £2,256 in 2016) for expenses incurred in the line of their duties. There were no other transactions with PCC Trustees.
PARISH ~ SMALL ORGANISATION ACCOUNTS 2017
STATEMENT of FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES, BALANCE SHEET and FUNDS FINANCING the TOTAL ASSETS
Note: for more details on all four accounts please see the Church Accounts 2017 published separately
Throughout the tables rounding anomalies may apply due to figures input from other sources.
Analysis of Income and Expenditure including any Mission and Grants
Note: The Restricted Income has been restated to show only the Income and expenditure relating to PCC agreed Restricted Accounts. Those held in 2017 only relate to the newly set up Vivian Chapel Restoration Fund and the ongoing consolidated Small Organisation Accounts.
All Parish Categories
SIGNED on BEHALF of the PCC TRUSTEES
The Accounts for 2017 have been prepared and approved by all Trustees in compliance with a new Standard of Reporting Practice used by Parishes from 1st January 2015.
Reverend Robert Davies-
Sonia Jones Parish Treasurer
Eifion Francis Vicar’s Churchwarden
Clive G Williams People’s Churchwarden
Dated: March 2018
SERVICES and CONTACTS
Everyone is welcome to our services, full details of which are:
in our weekly newsletter
on the church door
on our website – www.parishofsketty.org.uk
St Paul’s Church: Holy Trinity Church:
8am Quiet Eucharist 2nd, 3rd, 4th Sundays at 11am Eucharist
9:30am Family Communion
11:15 Choral Eucharist/Matins Sunday Evening Services at 6:30pm
6:30pm Evensong 2nd and 4th Sunday
11am Wednesday St Paul’s Church 10am Wednesday Holy Trinity
We have a range of mid-
Vicar and PCC Chairman Reverend Robert Davies-
Sister Marian Religious SCL, Reader 208724
Alan Griffiths Reader 208269
Vicar’s Churchwardens Eifion Francis 796735
People’s Churchwarden Clive Williams 587775
Family Children’s Worker Siân Parkhouse 07805091994
PCC Secretary Ann Peregrine-
PCC Treasurer Sonia Jones 524409
Parish Records Sonia Jones 524409
Parish Centre Bookings Jayne Cooper 208779
Holy Trinity Church Bookings Iris Jones 201955
ANNUAL REPORT and ACCOUNTS 2017
The Parish of Sketty is a Church in Wales parish situated in the City of Swansea within the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon. Sketty is located about two miles to the west of Swansea and the Parish is made up of St Paul’s Church and Holy Trinity Church. The Vicarage and Parish Centre are at St Paul’s Church, De la Beche Road, Sketty, Swansea SA2 9AR.
Registered Charity 1133995
Parish and Trustees’ Mission
“The Parish of Sketty invites all to practise Christian faith, together serving God and our community by sharing the good news of Jesus”.
The Annual Vestry Meeting will take place on
Thursday 12th April 2018 at 7:30pm at St Paul’s Church, Sketty Swansea SA2 9AR
1. Statement of Trustees’ Responsibilities, Governance and Public Benefit
2. Serving God and Our Community
a. Summary and Highlights
b. Vision, Aims and Goals
c. Services, Membership and Attendance
d. Wardens’ and Sub-
e. Safeguarding and Conference Reports
3. Prayer, Evangelism and Worship Leadership
a. Prayer and Leading Worship
b. Bell Ringing and Music
4. Mission in the Parish and Pastoral Care
a. Pastoral Care
c. Working with Children and Families
d. Communication and Learning Mediums
5. Mission Outside the Parish, Ecumenical and Outreach
a. Clyne Trinity Ministry Area (MA) Steering Group
b. Children and Young People and Activities
c. Social Groups
d. Working with the Vulnerable
6. Baptisms, Marriages and In Memorandum
7. Looking Forward
8. Statement of Financial Activities and Financial Reports
APPROVED by the Parochial Church Council, the Trustees and signed on their behalf by
Reverend Robert Davies-