St Dunstan's Catholic Church, Woking

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St Dunstan’s Parish Team 2015-2016

2015 was about re-establishing the parish team which had not met since the sad passing of Peter Hogan, who had been chairman for many years. 2015 was a year of exploration and renewal.

Our first task was to consider the nature of the parish team and why it existed.

• looked at examples of Parish Teams and Parish Councils.
• considered the name: Parish Council, Parish Pastoral Council, Parish Pastoral Team or simply Parish Team. After discussion, we opted to retain the simple title: Parish Team.
• explored the nature and purpose of the Parish Team and clarified our role.

Our next task was to inform the parish.

• informed the parish that the Parish Team had reconvened.
• published a definition of the Parish Team and explained what we are called to do. (Click link above to see publication)

In 2015 we:

    • held five meetings - and one extraordinary meeting to consider the “Refugee Crisis” and published our response to that crisis. (Click link above for report);
    • updated the “Parish Team” notice board;
    • published articles about parish life, together with photographs, on the notice board, in the newsletter and the Parish Magazine, including “news from the parish team” in the magazine;
    • we have published articles in the local press and the diocesan newspaper - the A & B News;
    • worked with the Finance Committee to plan an open parish meeting on finance. This was held on Sunday 18 October, when the Finance committee presented a summary of the financial state of the parish, including a final financial statement on the cost of moving to the “new” site and the sources of finance for the move;
    • placed a financial statement on the notice board;
    • founded an “Estate Management team” to oversee the maintenance and possible development of the estate; and
    • considered Safeguarding (protection of the vulnerable) and how we need to publicise our policy on this.

In 2016, we will continue discussions about the parish with particular emphasis on:

    • a “Vision Statement” for the Parish Team;
    • how we should enhance the Parish Team;
    • further articles in the local press and the diocesan newspaper - the A & B News;
    • how we can promote documents from Pope Francis and Bishop Richard;
    • how we can promote “The Year of Mercy” ;
    • how we can communicate more effectively with parishioners - and with the community beyond;
    • holding “open meetings” similar to an AGM but with the emphasis on a “celebration of parish life” –we plan to hold the first event on the weekend of 21/22 May 2016;
    • having a competition for a parish prayer;
    • having a census of the parish and a review of all parish activities;
    • how we could support such groups and individuals and how we might encourage more to become involved;
    • Health and Safety Policy, including: Safeguarding - training and clearly publicising our policy.

We hope that 2016 will be a year of consolidation, further development, planning and action.

Suggestions welcome.

John Sexton
13 October 2015 (updated 11 February 2016)

Parish Team Documents

Click on the title below to see further details


Find out more about the Parish Team

Statement on the Refugee Crisis.

Creating History.

Parish Statement - Easter 2017

Refugee Week 19th to 25th June 2017

Summary of Parish meeting 4th June 2017

Response to the 'Consultation Future of the Diocese'


The parish is part of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.  Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Trust is a registered charity number 252878 Privacy Policy Page last updated on 29 May, 2018