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St John's Church, Old Trafford

Annual Report of the Parochial Church Council for the year ending

31st December 2020



Administrative Information:

St John's Church is situated on Ayres Road, Old Trafford. It is part of the Diocese of Manchester within the Church of England. The correspondence address is The Rectory, 1 Lindum Avenue, Manchester M16 9NQ.


The Parochial Church Council (PCC) is a charity exempted from registration with the Charity Commission.


The PCC members who have served from September 27th 2020 until the date this report was approved are:


Rector: Revd John Hughes, Chair

Curate (OLM): Revd Christine Aspinall


Wardens:        Evan Rainford 

            Louise Dunn                    


Representatives on the Deanery Synod:

            Beryl Berrisford


Elected Members:  

            Evelyn Cosham (Treasurer)

            Louise Dunn

            Elaine Eland                         

            Una Lozer                 

            Janet Smith

            Grace Valentine

                  Anita Ward (Secretary)

            John Ward (Reader)

                  Mark Wiseman


We remember former member Claudette Emmanuel, who died suddenly in June, and Pat Williams, who is very ill and being cared for at home. We give thanks for their contributions to the work of St John's.


Structure, governance and management

The method of appointment of PCC members is set out in the Church Representation Rules. All church attendees are encouraged to register on the Electoral Roll and stand for election to the PCC.


Objectives  and activities

St John's PCC has the responsibility of co-operating with the Rector, Revd John Hughes, in promoting in the ecclesiastical parish the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.

As a church-based community initiative, St John's Centre continues to use St John's church hall as its base free of charge, with the agreement that the Centre maintains the building and generates income through hall hirings and other activities. The church is represented on the board of the Centre by 4 members of St John's church: Revd John Hughes, Louise Dunn, Evelyn Cosham and Glynis Craig who is the present Chair. The Centre continues to flourish and successfully serve the local community, though the challenge to renew funding remains.


Achievements and performance: attendance

There were 64 parishioners on the Church Electoral Roll, of whom 20 were non-resident within the parish. The average weekly attendance, counted during October, was 33, lower than usual because of COVID, but this number increased at festivals.


Review of the year

2020 was dominated by Covid-19, and the church had to adapt and change to be able to serve the community while still adhering to government guidelines.

From 23rd March 2020, the country was in lockdown, with church services suspended. In May, twice-weekly evening services began online, with Sunday morning services following a few weeks later. These were well-received by those who could access them. However, many of our congregation lack the technology to take part online, so the clergy had to find ways to keep in touch via phone calls and newsletters.


PCC meetings were also held on Zoom from May 2020. The PCC met 11 times during the year with an average level of attendance of 5 (out of 11 members, not including clergy)


Meetings cover a variety of subjects, but, as stated above, the focus in 2020 was on keeping the church building Covid-safe, as well as providing pastoral care for those unable to come to church.


The other main subject of discussion was fund-raising, and plans, for installing ramps, accessible toilet, and re-ordering the chancel. This is proving to be more costly than anticipated, due to asbestos under the chancel area, which would have to be removed before any work began.

The PCC also operates through the following committees which meet between its full  meetings:


Standing Committee: This is the only committee required by law. It has the power to transact the business of the PCC between its meetings, subject to any directions given by the Council.

The Standing Committee did not meet in 2020.


St John's Centre has its own Board of Directors which oversees governance; the day-to-day business of the Centre is overseen by the Centre Manager and staff team. The Centre continues to be a registered charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee.


All the above committees report back to the PCC for its approval on any proposed actions.


Statistics for Mission: weddings, baptisms and funerals

As reported in the annual Statistics for Mission,  there were no weddings in St John’s  last year, 3 baptisms and 26  funerals, though in relation to the latter, some of these services were held at graveside only or crematorium because of Covid


Statistics for Mission: Easter and Christmas

No services were held at St John's at Easter, due to the national lockdown. 105 attended church on Christmas Eve / Christmas Day.


Mission + Evangelism with a social context

Messy Church, normally held every month, has not met since March 2020, due to Covid-19 restrictions.


In June 2020, the first Black Lives Matter protest was held outside the church, at the request of local residents who asked if they could use the space to meet once a week to show solidarity with George Floyd and others who have died at the hands of the police.


In October, the Bread and Butter Thing moved  into the church, providing low-cost weekly groceries for the local community, while the Centre continued as a Covid-response hub.


Cabaret for Freedom was again held in October, mainly online but with a small socially-distanced group in church, watching pre-recorded contributions from poets and singers celebrating the life and music of Nina Simone.


Despite the restrictions of lockdown, the church was still able to offer the following:

  • Love Notes Christmas concert, safely filmed in the beautifully-decorated chancel space
  • Christmas music (via Facebook) by the talented pianist Julia Chernyavsky
  • Harmony singing outside church, before wandering through a forest of Christmas trees inside church
  • Amos Trust Carol Service
  • Covid-safe Christingle with a difference!
  • Sadly, for most of the year the church has not been able to provide rehearsal space for local drummers and bands, and there have been no coffee mornings.
  • However, Stephen Raw, Cathedral Artist in Residence, has continued to use the church cellar - in perfect isolation - as his studio space


As always the PCC relies on and appreciates the support and generosity of the congregation and wider community in holding successful fund-raising and social events, although this has not been possible during lockdown.



Deanery + Diocese



Financial Review 

The net result of excess income over  expenditure was £4227.04. This means we spent more than we received.


Donations received were:

  Unrestricted £3568.43

  Restricted (ramp)      £2225.00


Rents received were £1060.00.


No donations were made to charities.


It is our policy to invest our funds with Barclay's Bank.


Evelyn Cosham (PCC Treasurer) and

Anita Ward (PCC Secretary)

 John Hughes


Approved by the PCC on  23rd March              and signed on their behalf by Revd John Hughes (PCC chairman)