Our purpose

The charitable purpose of the Clitheroe Community Church Trust is the advancement of the Christian faith, in particular by the provision and maintenance of a church in Clitheroe for public worship. A variety of activities have helped the church to achieve its purpose over the year for the benefit of members, the local community, and others in the UK and abroad.

In planning these activities, the Charity Commission’s guidance on public benefit has been taken into account. We believe that advancing the Christian faith is of benefit to individuals and to society as a whole by providing facilities for public worship, pastoral care and spiritual development and by promoting Christian values and service by church members in and to their communities.

Activities and achievements

The focus of our vision has been prayer, ministry development and meeting together effectively. The end of our financial year is 31 January 2020, so the way vision has been worked out reflects the situation before the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the strategic focus for the year, the ongoing work of the church has continued for the benefit of members and the local community. The trustees wish to place on record their thanks to the many volunteers who enable this to happen. It is not possible to quantify the value of this public benefit provided. The buildings also provide an affordable base for many local groups and family events.

  • Week of prayer and 24 hours of prayer
  • Days of prayer and fasting, often followed by a half-night of prayer
  • Lighthouses of prayer for our local community
  • Developing a dedicated prayer space, which has been used by individuals and groups
  • Prayer ministry team to provide prayer after meetings and a prayer chain
  • Prayer for healing
  • Times to pray for children and young people
  • Development has continued with the worship and tech teams
  • ‘Next Gen’ was a year-long programme investing in upcoming young leaders
  • Family outreach events included a pancake party, picnic in the park, Family Fun Fest and Breakfast at Bethlehem
  • Outreach events were held at Bramwell House homeless hostel
  • The outreach/social action team also met with representatives from local organisations and prayed with local people in the town centre
  • Lunch Club engaged with more local people due to increased leafleting and social media
  • CCC Women held a film night, pamper night and barge trip for local women
  • CCC Men hosted speakers and held a coffee-and-chat time for local men
  • A team took part in faith panels at a local high school, answering topical questions, and a family was invited to share about faith at a local primary school
  • Life groups, the Time 4 You ladies’ group and the After Hours 15-25 group met for fellowship, prayer and study
  • A team was developed for pastoral care in Life groups
  • Groups for children and youth included the Ark toddler group, Sunday morning groups and Encounter Youth
  • Development continued with the preaching team and prayer ministry team
  • Public worship, including children’s groups, took place weekly. Increased opportunities were made for testimony and for reflection and response after the message.
  • Special services to mark life events included a wedding, two dedications and a funeral
  • Members also took services at other churches and care homes

partnerships

We have partnered with a number of other organisations and groups for greater effectiveness in specialised work. Some of these partnerships involved the church as a whole and others were through links with individual church members. Support took the form of volunteer help, prayer and/or donations. Financial support is detailed in the annual accounts.

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Managing risk

The trustees are aware of potential risks to staff, volunteers and visitors and to the organisation as a whole. They have put in place measures to manage these risks, which include the following.

  • The condition of buildings and equipment is kept under review.
  • All boilers are professionally serviced and a Gas Safe certificate obtained.
  • Inspections of portable appliances and electrical installations have taken place.
  • The fire safety installations and equipment have been inspected and serviced. Fire extinguishers suitable for any type of fire were installed to replace expired units and bring provision up to standard.
  • The annual review of the fire safety risk assessment and financial controls has been completed.
  • The church operates a safeguarding policy, which is reviewed and updated annually. Other policies and procedures have been reviewed and updated as appropriate.
  • All children’s/youth workers, trustees and elders have Enhanced Disclosures from the Disclosure and Barring Service, updated every three years. They receive child protection training and a copy of our safeguarding policy.
  • The church held public and employer’s liability Insurance and copyright licences.
  • Anti-virus protection and backups are in place for church computer equipment.
  • Three-yearly food safety training took place.
  • N.B. Since the end of the financial year, risk assessments and guidance have been introduced to manage the risks associated with COVID-19

Finance review

The annual accounts show the finances for the year. The trustees are satisfied that they are sound and were prepared in accordance with the relevant regulations and guidance.

INCOME AND EXPENDITURE
Income is largely derived from free-will giving, most coming from church members. Tax refunds via the Gift Aid scheme supplement this, and room hire payments contribute towards running costs and building refurbishment.

The trustees work closely with the elders to establish spending priorities. Quarterly and ad hoc board meetings, aided by treasurer’s reports, allow the trustees regularly to make judgements relating to available funds and the appropriate allocation of those funds. We ensure that at least 10% of our income goes to support other ministries who have similar aims, alongside using funds for the relief of poverty and special need.

ITEMS OF NOTE
Thanks to generous giving, we were able to make extra donations to two new organisations: Great Lakes Outreach, bringing community transformation in Burundi, and The King’s Village, a community development project in Ghana.

Major items requiring replacement over the year included chairs for the main hall, the sound mixer and the boiler in the annexe building.

Budgets for various church groups started to be introduced, which gives leaders more control over spending in their ministry area and helps with forward planning.

RESERVES POLICY
The level of reserves is reviewed periodically by the trustees. They are satisfied that the assets of the charity are available and adequate to fulfil the obligations of the charity.

Vision moving forward

Shortly after the end of the financial year, COVID-19 changed the way we work things out as church. It doesn’t change the purpose and mission of the church, and it didn’t take God by surprise! We just need to find different ways to achieve those purposes and mission.

The rapidly changing situation needs a flexible approach and a readiness to adapt how we do things. This means there’s a little less long-term detail in the plans, but the vision priorities remain prayer, ministry development and meeting together effectively.

Our inability to control circumstances and our need of God couldn’t be more obvious than at the moment. We’ll continue to look for innovative ways to promote and facilitate a vital connection with God through prayer. Examples include:

  • Offering prayer to our community via our website and YouTube live stream
  • Regular prayer times using conference calling
  • Prayer walking in small groups
  • Guidance to facilitate safe in-person meetings for prayer and pastoral care
  • Online prayer ministry rooms
  • Promoting prayer resources available from other sources
  • Using the Prayer 24/7 course in Life groups
  • Online prayer events with contributions from various members and organisations to keep our horizons broad

In common with many churches, this is a time of reflecting on what to take forward, what to change and what to introduce. This is just a snapshot of some current plans.

  • The outreach and social action team are looking for ways we can engage with local people. Many members are reaching out individually to those they have contact with in their communities.
  • Discipleship resources are being prepared to equip us in living out life as a follower of Jesus.
  • The pastoral care team quickly adapted arrangements to connect with people via messages, calls, online groups and on the doorstep. They will continue to look for ways to provide support most effectively as the situation evolves. 
  • The youth and children’s teams are making plans for what will work best once schools start again.
  • The Ark toddler group has been running online sessions and dropping off resources for local families. Plans will be kept under review.
  • Lunch Club isn’t able to meet at present and will be considered as circumstances change.
  • CCC Men, Women and Time 4 You have moved largely online, with occasional smaller groups meeting in person. Future plans are under consideration.
  • The prayer ministry team will continue providing prayer chain support and are starting to provide online prayer ministry after the live stream, which is receiving positive feedback. Ways to develop the team are being considered.
  • Development of the preaching, worship and tech teams is continuing

As ongoing decisions are taken about how best to meet together, we keep in mind how this can be most effective, while being safe and responsible. We value members’ ongoing feedback in this process.

  • We’re taking a phased approach in using the buildings to help with evaluating what works and what doesn’t. This is beginning with Life groups and we’ll then look at how to broaden this out to other groups.
  • Meeting together in person in smaller groups is also encouraged, as appropriate to the COVID-19 situation at the time.
  • The Sunday live stream will continue for a while at least, as it enables us to connect with people who wouldn’t come to the building for one reason or another. The technology also allows more freedom in singing and including contributions from a variety of people. Ways are being found to facilitate testimony, reflection, response and prayer.
  • Times to share together after the meeting and to receive prayer will be facilitated on Zoom.
  • We continue to ask God for wisdom in how to keep things moving forward and seeking his kingdom first.

Governance

The charitable trust was established by a declaration of trust on 29 June 1989. The trustees are to be four in number and they may appoint additional trustees, provided they accept the statement of faith in the declaration of trust.

The trustees cooperate with the elders in furthering the object of the trust. The primary responsibilities of the elders are spiritual, pastoral and for the ministries of the church. The trustees are mainly responsible for financial, legal and property-related matters. Both groups meet regularly and require unanimous decisions from a quorum of at least three. A register of interests is kept, where trustees declare any potential conflicts of interest. They are also required to make declarations confirming their eligibility to act as a trustee. New trustees receive support from an existing trustee sponsor, and all trustees are provided with information from the Charity Commission

Name of the charity: The Clitheroe Community Church Trust
Registered charity number: 701869
Principal office: Clitheroe Community Church, Millthorne Avenue, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2LE
Charity trustees: Sarah Corbridge (from 29/04/2019), Richard Douglas, Andrew Piercy, Gillian Whitfield

The annual report was approved by the trustees and signed on behalf of the board by Richard Douglas on 02/09/2020