The Parish Church of

St. Melyd's, Meliden

Annual Report

of the Parochial Church Council

for the year ended 31 December 2015

The aims and purpose of the Parish, and its legal status, are stated in the following extract from the Constitution of the Church in Wales:

The Parish of Meliden is part of the Diocese of St. Asaph within the Church in Wales. The Church in Wales is a province within the Anglican Communion and, as such, exists to advance the Christian religion through world-wide mission. The object of the Parochial Church Council is to

ensure that the Life and Work of the Church within the Parish helps fulfill that mission, both locally and more widely.

The PCC is not a body corporate. Its composition, procedure and powers are regulated by the Constitution of the Church in Wales, as amended from time to time by its Governing Body, set up under Section 13(1) of the Welsh Church Acts 1914. Elections are held at an Annual Vestry Meeting which must take place on or before 30 April. All persons whose names are entered on the Electoral Roll are entitled to vote and to stand for election. Before assuming office, every member of the Council must sign a

declaration that he or she will be bound by the Constitution.

The Representative Body of the Church in Wales holds the land and

property of the Church in Wales, including the church building, its contents and the churchyard. The Representative Body is an Exempt Charity and was set up under Section 13(2) of the Welsh Church Acts 1914. It acts on behalf of the Province in paying the stipends of full time clergy; and administers the Church in Wales scheme of covenanted giving and recovers tax on behalf of parishes.

The PCC is responsible inter alia for promoting the mission of the Church, the parochial budget and all expenditure thereunder, the care and maintenance of the church fabric and of the churchyard, and for action on any other matter referred to it in accordance with the Constitution. The Council is also the normal channel of communication between the parishioners and the Bishop of the diocese.

Incumbent: The Reverend John C. Harvey

The Vicarage, Meliden LL19 8HN

Diocesan Vocations Advisor & Diocesan Director of Ordinands

Bankers: Barclays Bank, 68/70 High Street, Rhyl LL18 1EU

Independent Examiner: Mr. Steve Hatfield

Architect: Paterson, Macaulay & Owens, 9 Earl Road, Mold CH7 1AD

The aims and purpose of the Parish, and its legal status, are stated in the following extract from the Constitution of the Church in Wales:

The Parish of Meliden is part of the Diocese of St. Asaph within the Church in Wales. The Church in Wales is a province within the Anglican Communion and, as such, exists to advance the Christian religion through world-wide mission. The object of the Parochial Church Council is to

ensure that the Life and Work of the Church within the Parish helps fulfill that mission, both locally and more widely.

The PCC is not a body corporate. Its composition, procedure and powers are regulated by the Constitution of the Church in Wales, as amended from time to time by its Governing Body, set up under Section 13(1) of the Welsh Church Acts 1914. Elections are held at an Annual Vestry Meeting which must take place on or before 30 April. All persons whose names are entered on the Electoral Roll are entitled to vote and to stand for election. Before assuming office, every member of the Council must sign a declaration that he or she will be bound by the Constitution.

The Representative Body of the Church in Wales holds the land and property of the Church in Wales, including the church building, its contents and the churchyard. The Representative Body is an Exempt Charity and was set up under Section 13(2) of the Welsh Church Acts 1914. It acts on behalf of the Province in paying the stipends of full time clergy; and administers the Church in Wales scheme of covenanted giving and recovers tax on behalf of parishes.

The PCC is responsible inter alia for promoting the mission of the Church, the parochial budget and all expenditure thereunder, the care and maintenance of the church fabric and of the churchyard, and for action on any other matter referred to it in accordance with the Constitution. The Council is also the normal channel of communication between the parishioners and the Bishop of the diocese.

Incumbent: The Reverend John C. Harvey

The Vicarage, Meliden LL19 8HN

Diocesan Vocations Advisor & Diocesan Director of Ordinands

Bankers: Barclays Bank, 68/70 High Street, Rhyl LL18 1EU

Independent Examiner: Mr. Steve Hatfield

Architect: Paterson, Macaulay & Owens, 9 Earl Road, Mold CH7 1AD

Parochial Church Council from 2015 Annual Vestry Meeting:

Churchwardens: Mrs. Kay Hemsley (People's Warden) 12 Garwyn Avenue, Meliden LL19 8LR

Mr. Peter Tyrer (Vicar's Warden) 21 Burns Drive, Rhyl LL18 3BN

Mrs. Sue Rees: Secretary, Electoral Roll Secretary

Mr. Peter Foreman: Treasurer

Mr. Christopher Jones (Eucharistic Assistant)

Mrs. Veronica Astles, Mrs. Sandra Cragg, Mr. Mark Hall, Mrs. Jean Hughes, Mrs Maryon Hughes, Mrs. Mary Morris, Mr. Peter Morris, Mrs. Brenda Newell, Mr. Tim Roberts and Mr. Rob Vickery.

Deanery Conference Reps: Mrs. Mary Morris and Mr. Andre Cartwright. Mrs Maryon Hughes is the Ex Officio Deputy Leader.

Diocesan Conference Reps: Mrs. Maryon Hughes and Mr. Peter Morris.

The P.C.C. meets six times a year.

Pastoral Assistants: Mrs. Maryon Hughes, Mr. Mark Hall, Mr. Andre

Cartwright & Mrs. Sheila Roberts.

Eucharistic Assistant: Mr. Andre Cartwright

Worship Leaders: Mr. Mark Hall, Mrs. Maryon Hughes, Mrs. Mary Morris.

Organists: Mrs. Jeanette Lee at the 11.15am Service and Mr. Tim Roberts at the 6pm Service, with Mr Robert Jones playing when needed.

Parish Statistics

In 2015 there were 95 parishioners on the Electoral Roll at the Annual Vestry meeting. The average attendance during 2015 was 49 on Sundays and 7 on Wednesdays. 66 people attended services on Easter Sunday. There were 7 weddings and 21 baptisms held during 2015. 33 funerals took place and there were 11 interments of ashes.

Our website at www.parishofmeliden.org.uk provides information, including details of events to be held during the coming month.

St. Melyd's continued to be a Fair Trade Parish. Fair Trade tea, coffee and sugar is always used at coffee mornings and other events.

Services

Sunday 8.00am

9.00am

11.15am

6.00pm

Holy Eucharist the 1984 rite on 1st Sunday

Golfers' Service (short Morning Prayer) 2nd only

Holy Eucharist 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday

Morning Worship 2nd and 4th Sunday

Evening Prayer except 4th Sunday when Holy Eucharist

Wednesday 11am

Holy Eucharist (spoken)

Large print copies of the Holy Eucharist, Evening Prayer and hymn books are available for the visually impaired. The Church is fitted with a loop system for those with hearing difficulties.

Facilities for Children

All ages are welcome to services and there is an area at the back of the church for very young children and their parents, stocked with books and toys. There are also bags for small children which contain a toy, books, paper and crayons for use during services.

Special Services

Families were invited to attend Mothering Sunday and Harvest Services. A frugal supper was shared by about 35 people in the School Hall in Gwaenysgor on Maundy Thursday followed by a communion service at the same tables. Carol and Christingle services were very well attended. The Church has hosted services and events for Ysgol Melyd, Ysgol Clawdd Offa and Mothers' Union.

In March 2015 members attended the Women's World Day of Prayer Service held in the Presbyterian Church in Nant Hall Road, Prestatyn. The collection taken at this service is sent to the WWDP Headquarters for use for Christian projects throughout the world.

A service was held in June to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Reverend John Harvey's ordination to the priesthood and this was followed by afternoon tea in the Melyd Hall. A Civic Service was held in September for the Mayor, Bob Paterson, which included a brass band.

Open Church

The church was open to the public almost every day during 2015, usually between 9.30am and 4.00pm. We are grateful to the members who organise this and know from comments received that it is appreciated by both parishioners and visitors.

A coffee morning is held in the vestry every Thursday morning from 10am until noon. Pupils from Prestatyn High School visit each year as part of their Religious Studies.

Messy Church

At the start of 2015 the Messy Church team found themselves very low in numbers of team members and also of attendees but we were reluctant to abandon the project as there was at that time no other provision for family worship at St. Melyd's and those members of the team who were still attending were finding the alternative worship style of Messy Church personally helpful.

For the first half of 2015 the team continued to provide monthly worship in the Messy Church template which included activities, praise and sharing food and fellowship. We also tried one month to branch out with a beach worship session (to include explaining to any passers-by who asked what we were doing and to invite them to join us if they wished - as an outreach). This session unfortunately coincided with torrential rain and so we had to adjourn to Mary Morris' conservatory (thanks Mary!)

However as the year progressed it was often hard to staff each event. Our team was so small that if one was ill and another away we were almost unable to put together even the simplest worship session. During a meeting to try to plan one of our late summer events it became clear that once again we couldn't find a date which enough people would be able to attend to provide even a skeleton Messy Church. At this point we discussed seriously if the time had come to end our Messy Church project. Rev John suggested that our small team could continue to do some form of good - the team may be small but we weren't ending because we wished to stop only because there weren't enough of us to reasonably continue providing Messy Church.

We first of all decided that there were enough of us to continue to provide family activity tables at church events like the ones we have long provided for the Mother's Union Christmas Fair and the one we put together for the Rev. John's 25th anniversary of Ordination. We look forward to continuing in this work.

John also suggested that those of us who wished to continue to do more could consider helping our community in another way - perhaps by providing support in our local school, Ysgol Melyd, with hearing children read. Jean Hughes has taken part in this work for years and the Head would like more volunteers if possible. John facilitated a meeting at the school for the Head to meet our team and several of us were allocated classes to help. Health and other issues have affected the ability of some of the team to take part but other congregation members have also come forward to take part so overall St. Melyd's is now offering practical love to our area in a different way. There remains a space for the provision of alternative worship at St. Melyd's for others to pray about and, perhaps, be called to take up.

                                                                                                                       Sally Harvey

Pastoral Care

To a certain extent, pastoral care in St Melyd's and our community reflects what is happening in the church itself - we are all growing older and the congregation has diminished during the last year, although we are fortunate in gaining new members, with new gifts and enthusiasms. The overarching aim in our Deanery (and in the diocese as a whole) of becoming a Mission Area, in which clergy and laity alike work together with their communities, is already practiced in pastoral care.

Community and neighbourly care happen naturally in the village and surrounding areas: visiting, clubs, social care initiatives. The church hosts a weekly coffee morning which is itself an opportunity for caring: regulars look after each other and the community is often involved.

The Mothers' Union and the Ladies' Circle local groups also take care of their members. The core pastoral team in the church works to supplement the visiting and care by friends and family when needed. This can be offered in different ways depending on what people visited want and what visitors are able to give.

During the last year, one pastoral assistant has mainly visited nursing and residential homes almost exclusively: another mostly visits folk still in their own homes. As more older people become less mobile and more isolated, pastoral care grows more important: we may need to adjust our priorities to meet needs more effectively.

Last autumn, Sheila Roberts and I, pastoral assistants from St Melyd's, with Pam Jones and Isobel Jones (pastoral assistants from Christchurch, Prestatyn and St Ann's in the Parish of Rhyl, respectively) with the Revds John Harvey, Andy Grimwood, Revd. Canons Robert Rowland and Ian Day, Area Dean, formed a temporary Deanery/Mission Area Task Group to identify best practice in pastoral care and on going training needs for pastoral assistants.

Training needs were prioritised for the future and Andy ran an initial diocesan training course for new pastoral assistants and a refresher for the rest of us in January/February, with an intended follow-up after Easter. In this way, our church is sharing good practice and learning from others in pastoral care.

Since January, the church and community in Meliden have mourned a remarkable man who served people voluntarily, consistently, unstintingly and unshowily as trusted friend, chauffeur, at times carer, odd-jobs man, (he was a professional plumber) and, as was said at his crowded funeral, 'good Samaritan' : Michael Roberts. He belonged to no team, but what he did for others exemplifies one of the Church's Five Marks of Mission, often quoted by our Vicar:

'to respond to human need by loving service.'

We offer Sheila and her family our continued condolences and prayers.Thanks are due to all who let John, our Vicar, church staff and pastoral team know if anyone is unwell. And thanks to John for his continued support of pastoral care. Maryon Hughes

Parish Discussion Groups

In 2015 the year's first season of group meetings took place in Lent, as usual. Group members met at the Miners' Arms in Meliden, a comfortable location for discussion, and an act of witness by meeting outside the church building.

Rather than follow a video-based course as we have done for the past few years in Lent, we decided to apply ourselves to the Gospel of Mark, currently being read in church each Sunday. We had the opportunity to read the Gospel in its entirety, or listen to an audio recording if preferred, to catch the sense of the Gospel as a complete story. We explored our initial reactions and expectations, and then read the Gospel section by section, using an outline from a Bible Dictionary, but basing our conversation on our own responses to the text.

The group met for several weeks in Lent, then after a break for the Easter celebration, met again in Easter time for a second season to continue its Gospel exploring, and then met fortnightly through June and July, finally bringing the meetings to a close with the beginning of the school summer holidays.

Outreach

Mrs Veronica Astles organised the house to house collection in the village for Christian Aid and was helped by a group of collectors .

A group of children from Chernobyl came to stay in North Wales during the summer and members provided refreshments for them at a leaving party which they attended with their host families.

250 copies are printed each month of the magazine which are sold here and in Gwaenysgor.

Social

A lunch was enjoyed at The Eagle & Child in January. A quiz was held in The Red Lion in November and earlier in the year a team represented St Melyd's Church at a Deanery quiz. Members returned to the Red Lion in December for Carol singing.

The Garden Fete was held on the 13th of June, which turned out to be a lovely day despite dire weather warnings in the run up to the day. The event was very well attended and we had a good array of stalls, as well as Ken Say singing.

Mrs Veronica Astles set up a Craft and Chatter group on Wednesday afternoons, and although this has had to take a break it will resume at a later date.

Churchyard

Work continues to keep the churchyard as clear and tidy as possible.

Health & Safety

A Health & Safety Policy is in place and the PCC keep all matters under review

Involvement in the Community

Many Church members are actively involved in a wide range of local and national groups and charities, including Meliden Residents' Action Group and Meliden Historical Society. Reverend Harvey and Mr. Mark Hall continued their roles as Governors at Ysgol Melyd. Reverend Harvey also regularly took assemblies at Ysgol Clawdd Offa. Food contributions are given by parishioners to Rhyl Night Shelter throughout the year.

Mothers' Union

The year has run smoothly thanks to all our officers and committee although it began sadly with the deaths of three of our members and the illness of others.

The Theme for the year was United in Prayer and the Project was A.F.I.A. which provides holidays for families who are having a difficult time and would not otherwise be able to have a holiday. We have been able to contribute generously to this Fund thanks to the money raised at our Strawberry Tea in the summer and our Christmas Fayre in November. We have also sent a substantial amount of money to the " Make a Mother's Day " appeal and to other Mothers Union Charities.

We have had some excellent speakers including a talk on Childline and a particularly inspirational talk by Rev'd Kathy Trimby,about the Mothers' Union,what it does and how we can support it. In early September we had an enjoyable outing to Burleydam Garden Centre and Parkgate. The Wave of Prayer was held in

November and we now have different links around the World. In December our Christmas lunch was at The Eagle and Child in Gwaenysgor.

The Deanery Festival was held at Holy Trinity Church in Rhyl. One of the highlights of the year was the visit of the Worldwide President who spoke at the

Diocesan Festival in September at the Cathedral. She spoke of her pride in the important and wide ranging work done by Mothers' Union members here and around the world. In our parishes and branch we try to support that work.

                                                                                                                                                                       Janet Rees

Charitable Giving

Retiring Collections During 2015

Wales Air Ambulance St. Kentigern

Fire Brigade Benevolent Fund Medecins Sans Frontiere

Save the Children Refugee Crisis Appeal

Collection Boxes and Donations

Archbishop of Wales' Fund for Children (through the Christingle Service)

Rhyl Night Shelter (Food)