The Parish of Burchetts Green

This month Rev Keith looks at

The future in the Parish


AT THE Annual Parish Council Meet ing (APCM), I reflected on the past year in our Parish and the memorable events and achievements in each of our three churches.

The new bells in Hurley to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee were installed and we thanked the sponsors and Hurley Village Association who financed the project.

New toilet facilities at Littlewick Green are now complete and we thanked Jenny Robinson, her husband Keith and Richard Moores for their hard work in managing the project and White Waltham Parish Council who financed it. New furniture designed and made by Martin Westrop has been installed in the Littlewick vestry and we thanked the donors of new carpets in the church.

Although there were no major changes to the buildings at Stubbings, we recalled some events that were particularly memorable including carol singing at the Pinkneys Arms and the huge attendance at the Crib Service. However, memorable moments and events within the Parish are not necessarily a reliable indicator of the overall strength of our churches.

At Stubbings attendance at festivals continues to be very good but congregations at some services are in decline.

Hurley has no churchwardens, although the Local Committee is looking at ways of co-ordinating the various tasks to avoid too much work falling on only a few people.

Littlewick Green is dependent on a relatively small, albeit regular and very supportive group of people.

During the year, the PCC has been engaged in a process of review and planning for the future of our churches under a new 'vision statement

'Seeking to know Jesus, to share his love and make him known in word and action’.

In the next few months the PCC will identify specific priorities which can be moulded into measurable goals for the following 12 months. Please pray for the PCC as they do this and if you have any views on how our churches should evolve over the next few years please speak to me or any PCC member.

With best wishes