Electoral Roll numbers at St Philip’s have grown by 34% since 2007. In 2013 the Parish was required to prepare a new Electoral Roll. Chris Luxton, St Philip’s Electoral Roll Officer, responsible for collecting information for the church, says “due to everyone’s combined efforts, St Philip’s now stands at 123 people aged 16 and over”.
Although the increase for the three churches in the parish averages 10%, these numbers don’t include the regular parish’s Sunday School attendees, with at least 60 different children having attended St Philip’s alone this year.
What’s the breakdown?
Over half of St Philip’s members (57%) live outside the parish
- There are 82 women to 41 men
- 51% of members have attended since before 2006
Of those who provided their date of birth:
- 26% are in their 40s
- 15% are equally in their 30s, 50s and 60s
- 10% are in their 70s
- 6% are in their 80s
- 4% are equally in their 90s and their 20s
- 3% are 16-20 year olds, on the roll for the first time
Would you like to join the Electoral Roll?
Electoral Roll membership is open to anyone who has been baptised and who lives in our parish, or who has been regularly attending for at least six months. Members are eligible for election to our church council and can vote at the annual meeting. Children of parents on the Electoral Roll become eligible to be considered for a ‘church’ place at St Barnabas and St Philip’s Primary School, and at several other schools. Contact email@example.com or see http://tinyurl.com/
Over the summer, the glazed screens between the church and the lower hall will be replaced to provide better sound separation. Jacquie Sands heads up St Philip’s Fabric Committee, which is overseeing the project. “The work will start at the end of July, when the contractors take out the old track and screens,” she explains.
Some of the ceiling adjacent to the screens will be removed to facilitate the work and to install new lighting and audio-visual cabling. Although the church and lower hall will be one large space for a few weeks, services will continue as normal, with work scheduled to take a month. “If all goes smoothly, we should have our new screens in place by the end of August,” Jacquie says. “We expect the new sound separation to be as good as the upper hall.”
The main benefit of installing the new glazed screens is so both spaces at ground floor level can be used independently.
This means that services can take place without being disturbed by events in the lower hall (for example, for children on a Sunday), and that St Philip’s can increase its income from its lettings business while improving facilities for the local groups who hire our space for their activities.
St Philip’s is part of the Diocese of London, a family of churches north of the Thames. Every few years the Diocese takes time to formulate its vision for the coming years. Over the past twelve months there has been an extensive conversation – which has included St Philip’s – about what the Church’s priorities should be in the years to come.
The result is ‘Capital Vision 2020′, a vision for the future of the church in London over the coming seven years. Three words summarise the priorities we are now asked to take on board: confidence, compassion and creativity. Confidence in speaking and living the Gospel. Compassionate as we serve our communities. And creative in reaching new people and places with the Good News.
Capital Vision 2020 was launched by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, at a big celebratory service at St Paul’s Cathedral on 6 June. St Philip’s was represented by our two church wardens, Anne Steele and Peter Burney, by our reader, Rupert Steele and by David Walsh.
When we at St Philip’s next come to review our own vision for the future, we will ask how we can help take forward this diocesan vision. You can see the launch video here online.
It’s hard to believe it’s now three years since Ije joined us. Her presence on Sunday mornings has made a big contribution to the life of the church. It would normally now be time for her to move on to her next post. But we are currently exploring with the Bishop of Kensington whether it might make sense for Ije to continue to be involved with St Philip’s for another year, though possibly slightly less than in the past three years. We will keep you informed! Ije and her sister Kayo have been very much in our prayers over the past few weeks following the death of her mother, Cecilia Iweajunwa. A major profile of Ije and her time at St Philip’s appears in the latest edition of Kensington Parish News (KPN), which you can find online here.