GRANGE ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH, JARROW
ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS 2016
Grange Road West
Tyne and Wear
Revd. Roy Merrin – until July 2016
Mrs Marilyn Merrin – until July 2016
Mrs Marion Curry
Mr. Fred Fulcher (until February 2016)
Mrs Joyce Pritchard
The Baptist Union Corporation Limited
Trustee Savings Bank
Tyne and Wear
Independent Examiner of Accounts:
Mr. Robert Galloway
ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2016
The Trustees present their Annual Report (and financial statements) for 2016.
The Charity is governed by an Approved Governing Document which states that the principal purpose of the Charity is the advancement of the Christian faith according to the principles of the Baptist denomination to include the advancement of education, community service and such other general charitable purposes in such parts of the United Kingdom and the world as the Church shall determine.
The Church occupies premises which are held by the Baptist Union Corporation Limited on Trusts which are entirely compatible with the above object.
Organisational Structure and decision making processes
Members of the Church are accepted in accordance with the Constitution which requires them to be, or to have been, publicly baptised on the profession of faith in Jesus Christ.
The members’ meeting normally takes place four times per year and has responsibility for the overall policy of the Church. In accordance with the Constitution, the members appoint up to five Trustees, who together with the Minister are collectively known as the Charity Trustees, are responsible for the day to day running of the church’s work and witness, and financial and legal aspects of the Charity. All members are encouraged to take an appropriate part in the spiritual and practical tasks involved in the furtherance of the charitable objective.
Relevant matters may be submitted to the Church meeting by the Trustees for guidance, or may be raised by members in Church meetings for further consideration by the Trustees. Though the Constitution permits decisions to be made at Church meetings by appropriate majorities the Church seeks to work by consensus wherever possible.
Objectives and Activities
In order to achieve the principal objective which is set out above, the Church provides a variety of activities both for its membership and to the community generally. The aim is to show the love of Jesus Christ in both word and deed, and to bring people into a closer relationship with Him as living Lord.
Central to the work and witness of the Church is the provision of regular public services of Christian worship. These take place each Sunday at 10.30am. There are also occasional guest services at other times, which are advertised on the Church Notice Board and the website.
There is a children’s programme catering for children during the Sunday morning services. The Church seeks to be a friendly and welcoming community and anybody is free to attend any of our services.
We have a communion service on the third Sunday morning in the month. All those who love the Lord are welcome to join us around His table.
Alongside Sunday worship the Church runs a weekly Bible Study Group for the growth of faith and discipleship.
Mission initiatives during 2016 included a Town Centre witness and occasional Guest Services. During 2016 and ALPHA Course was held. Through the Gideon’s Bible Society, New Testaments were distributed to the Year 7 pupils at Jarrow School. Toys and toiletries were donated to South Tyneside Women’s Aid. The Church continues to act as a collection and distribution point for the South Tyneside Churches Together Foodbank.
At a national level we continued to support the Baptist Union Home Mission Fund, the London City Mission, Gideons Bible Society, Macmillan Cancer Care, Barnardos and United Christian Broadcasters.
International involvements included supporting the work of the Baptist Missionary Society; acting as a collection point for Tools with a Mission (TWAM); supporting the work of Open Doors; Pastor Manuel in Sri Lanka; the PIC Church in Kempesi, Democratic Republic of the Congo; and the work of Christian Aid.
The usual programme of Church activities was maintained including the Parent and Tots Group, Men’s Group, Women’s Group, Prayer and Bible Study Group, Coffee Stop and Sunday School. Occasional activities include fellowship events and the Wednesday Coffee Stop sessions have been greatly enhanced by the participation of the ‘Your Voice Counts’ members.
The Church Hall continued to be used weekly by the South Tyneside Credit Union, Alcoholics Anonymous, Weight Watchers, the Jarrow Choral Society, the YMCA Detached Youth Work Project, ‘Your Voice Counts’ and a Line Dancing Group (the latter two new in 2016).
Sunday services maintained their normal pattern. Special festival services, including a Toy and Christingle Service and the Christmas Candlelight Carol Service,were very well attended, as was an evening Fellowship Meal and Meditation held on Good Friday. We were pleased to welcome Rev. Ben Cartwright and Rev. John Bunce who were the guest speakers at the Harvest Festival and Anniversary and Thank Offering weekends, respectively.
As a congregation, we were saddened by the death of Mrs Annette Duplock but we thank God for that gift of eternal life which is to be found through faith in Jesus.
As in previous years the fabric and resources of the Church have not been neglected, with ongoing repairs and items of maintenance undertaken as required.
The Church has continued to play its part in the life and witness of the Northern Baptist Association and Churches Together in Jarrow. In addition, the Church has continued to be involved in the Big Local Central Jarrow and the Jarrow Festival.
The Church operates systems to ensure that all people working with children and vulnerable adults are appropriately vetted, and reviews its safeguarding policies annually.
The Trustees are mindful of the Charity Commission guidance on public benefit and is satisfied that the activities outlined above clearly demonstrate that the Charity is providing a benefit to the public.
Achievements and Performance
The Church does not measure the success of its programmes only in numbers. Financial constraints are managed, and reported upon, but of more importance to the Church are less tangible areas, like quality of fellowship, teaching and encouragement. The Trustees recognise that these are difficult to measure, but believe that 2016 was a positive year in the life of the Church. Of particular note, were:-
- The retirement on 31st July, 2016 of Roy and Marilyn Merrin as the Ministry Team, after 23 years service in this capacity. The occasion was marked by a Thanksgiving Service and gifts presented to Roy and Marilyn.
- The appointment of Rev. Robert Muir as Moderator of the Church, pending the appointment of a new Minister.
- The baptism of Mr Mohammadi Baker. At the end of 2016 we had a membership of 28 and a further 20 non-members regularly attended for worship.
- The cessation of evening worship services.
- The holding of a special prayer meeting in regard to the future ministry of the Church.
- Participation in the NBA’s Prayer relay baton and the holding of a prayer walk in the town centre area.
- The holding of a Tool and Tins Day, a Heritage Open Day and participation in a Safeguarding Course organised by the NBA.
- The appointment of a Pastoral Care Group (Susan Hogg, Jane Merrin and Margaret Mowat). The group have been active over the past five months.
The Church continues to raise the funds which it needs to carry on its activities from within the membership and congregation, utililisation of its financial reserves and income generated from the hire of the Church premises. No wider public appeal was made for funds during the year.The Church expressed its part in the life of the wider church by making grants to national and international Christian organisations and societies, and to other bodies with aims and objectives compatible with the Church’s own charitable purpose.The Church is heavily dependent on its membership working as volunteers in all aspects of its activities, many of which run with little or no impact on Church expenditure, but nevertheless contribute substantially to the achievement of the Church’s objectives.The financial results for the year, together with a summary of the accounting policies adopted, are set out in the accompanying financial statements. These statements include the following documents:
- Financial Review
- Independent examiner’s report on the accounts
- Receipts and payments account
- Statement of assets and liabilities
- Notes to the accountsThe Trustees have established a Reserves Policy, and are satisfied that they have sufficient reserves at the Balance Sheet date, together with ongoing income anticipated, to enable the Church to function effectively in the coming year.The Trustees have made an assessment of the major risks facing the Church and are satisfied that there are policies in place to minimise these risks.Looking forward to 2017Inevitably, the primary focus will be on establishing the nature of any future ministry. To this end, the guidance of the Association’s Regional Ministers will be of importance.Mission will remain a priority and, to this end, every effort will be made to share the good news of Jesus with the wider community.As we look forward to 2017, we do so with confidence and anticipation knowing that God will continue to meet all our needs.