General Church Meeting Sunday 22nd May 2022

This year’s General Church Meeting (GCM) will be held on Sunday 22nd May after the service. A Faith Lunch will precede the meeting. Everyone is very welcome to attend and contribute to the discussions. Only members of Liverpool Road Methodist Church can vote. The Annual Report and Review will be a PowerPoint presentation which will also be shown after and before a subsequent Sunday morning service.

Nominations for Church Stewards and for Representatives to the Church Council may be made by anyone entitled to vote and notice should be given to Patrick Evans, in writing, no less than seven days before the meeting. All the Church Stewards and Representatives to the Church Council from the GCM must be nominated and appointed annually.  No one should feel unable to serve because they are unable or unwilling to make a six-year commitment. It is very helpful if people can serve a minimum of three years. 

All new nominees must complete a Methodist Confidential Self-declaration form for that appointment and submit it with the agreed nomination. Copies of the form are available from our Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Janet Oldham. The form says that the nominee is aware of our safeguarding policy (see the Safeguarding notice on notice boards around the church) and that they are able to meet these requirements. 

Our current Church Stewards are: Mrs Pamela Christopher (2018) Mrs Antone Lindsay (2018), Mr Craig Horan (2018) and Mrs Doreen Iddon (2019). None of the current stewards have to retire under the six year rule (SO 607). This leaves vacancies for two Church Stewards.

The current representatives from the GCM to Church Council are  Mrs Doreen Iddon (2016), Mrs Ann Taylor (2016), Mrs Christine Wakefield (2016), Mr Colin Fyles (2019), Mr Peter and Mrs Janet Oldham (2019), Mrs Valerie and Mr Derek Taberner (2019). Mrs Iddon, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Wakefield are due to retire as elected members under the 6 year rule, which means we will have 5 nominated members.We must appoint at least six representatives and may appoint up to fifteen. This means we need at least one further elected member.

Standing Orders say that in nominating and electing representatives the members of the GCM shall consider the composition of the Church Council as a whole with regard to age, sex and ethnic origin and shall in particular seek to include, wherever possible, young people in its representation.

Andy Trimble, Church Council Secretary




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