[Saint Laurence]

St. Laurence’s Roman Catholic Church

Diocese of East Anglia

Parish Priest:
Fr. Simon Blakesley
(Tel: 07946 390060)

91 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1XB
Tel/Fax: 01223 704640
Email: office@saintlaurence.org.uk
Office opening times: 10am−1.30pm Monday to Friday

Rev. Geoffrey Cook
(Tel: 01223 351650)

St. Laurence’s Parishioners’ Open Meeting (Forum)

Next Parishioners' Open Meeting

Thursday, 25th January, 7.30pm

This meeting will be a hybrid meeting. It will be held BOTH in the Parish Room (for those who want to join in-person) AND on Zoom (for those preferring to join from home).

Zoom details will be posted here and in the Newsletter.

Minutes of November 2023 meeting (minutes of all meetings are at the foot of this page).

At this meeting we aim to confirm arrangements for our new Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) - see below for more information.

Please send any additional items to openmeetings@saintlaurence.org.uk by 20th Jan.

Proposal for a Parish Pastoral Council (PPC)

Our Parishioners' Open Meeting on 21st Nov approved the proposal to establish a Parish Pastoral Council.

Why is this proposal being made?

We want to strengthen the involvement of parishioners in the management of the Parish and its pastoral life and provide better support to our Parish Priest. All parishes in our diocese must have structures for lay involvement – either a Parish Pastoral Council (PPC), or regular open meetings of the parish, or both. At St Laurence’s, we have used the open meeting approach. These provide a valuable place to share and discuss Parish issues. However, open meetings are not suitable for detailed planning, and it often proves hard to get things done between meetings. The informal groups that try to fill this gap do not have clear responsibilities, are small, and have no process to renew and refresh.

Key points of the proposal

More details are available in the Proposal for Parish Governance agreed at the last Open Meeting.

Proposed next steps

Any comments on this proposal or suggestions for improvement are very welcome. Please email openmeetings@saintlaurence.org.uk and/or come along to the Open Meeting!

Future meetings

Saint Laurence’s Parishioners’ Open Meetings are held every 2-3 months.

Next meetings:

All parishioners are warmly invited and encouraged to attend all meetings.

Further information

More information on the Parishioners' Open Meetings can be found here.

Minutes of previous meetings