Registered Charity Number 1134894


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Mission statement

“To know Jesus better and to make Him better known”


March 2011  



            The Setting

            The Congregation

            The Church and Manse

            Synod and Area



Study Groups

Baptisms and Weddings


Church Meetings


Pastoral Carers

Worship Committee and Worship groups

Church in Society

Youth and Children’s Work



            Open the Book

Fun and Fundraising Group

Finance and Premises Committee

Vision Group




Spiritual Development and Preaching

Pastoral Care

Youth and Children’s Work

Evangelism and Church Growth

Action for Justice

Community Development




            (Including Ministerial Terms of Settlement)


1          Population of Broadway

2          Regular Hall Users

3          Church Statistics

4          Summary of the Church Accounts

5          The Geographical Spread of the Church Members and Adherents

6          Map of Broadway


The setting

The village of Broadway is situated in the north-west corner of the beautiful Cotswolds, within 20 miles of Worcester to the north-west, Cheltenham to the south and Stratford upon Avon to the north.  The market town of Evesham, six miles to the north-west, has several supermarkets and shops to meet most needs.  There is a limited bus service. 

The village has two First Schools, a parent and toddler group and two playgroups, one of which uses our hall on two mornings each week.  Doctors, a dentist, an optician, banks, a post office and a number of other shops are all located on the High Street.  Convenience food shops are situated near the main centres of population in the village.  An Activity Park, which has recently been extensively refurbished, is proving to be very popular.

The total population of Broadway, as recorded in the 2001 census, is 3025, of which 37% are over 65.  Further details are shown in Appendix 1.

Driving into Broadway from Evesham, you pass some retirement flats and nursing homes and admire the view that they have of the Dumbleton Hill and the Vale of Evesham.  You continue up the wide High Street with its trim greens and gaze upon the attractive honey-coloured buildings, largely dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, with fascinating shops inviting you to browse.  Continuing to the Upper High Street, past the United Reformed Church and Manse, you can gaze at the ‘chocolate-box’ view of the lovely houses with Broadway Tower in the background, gateway to the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

But there is another side to Broadway.  The large number of retirement flats and nursing homes indicates that a high proportion of the population is elderly.  In the High Street, you realise that what you are looking at comprises, chiefly, hotels, guest houses, restaurants and pubs together with shops which sell antiques, fine art and gifts.  This is an ‘all year round’ tourist village.  The properties in the Upper High Street are, in the main, in the high price range and many are owned by millionaires and ‘second home’ owners.  The majority of people in the village live in the two estates on either side of the Leamington Road: on the one side, the modern estate and, on the other, the former council estate (now mostly owner-occupied).   There is also a recent development of about seventy dwellings on a former industrial site and further small developments are in the process of construction.  It is in these areas that most of Broadway’s community is found.

The surrounding countryside is devoted to agriculture and market gardening (The Vale of Evesham) but both are struggling in the present economic climate.  There is some light industry in neighbouring villages.




  Some views of Broadway

See Appendix 6 – Map of Broadway

The Congregation

The congregation is, in the main, a settled one and mirrors, to some extent, the age profile of the local community, with a large percentage over 65.  The majority have a ‘retired professional’ background, with a wealth and variety of experience (See Appendix 3 for relevant statistics).  As indicated elsewhere in this Profile, this experience is put to good use in both church and the local community.  It is likely, because of the nature of Broadway, that we will continue to have a strong need to minister to the older generation and, to this end, see Pastoral Care as very important.  At the same time, the exciting development of our work with young people (which is described elsewhere in this profile) opens up opportunities to interact with the younger age range, especially with the parents of our Pilots.

There are many members of the congregation who have a deep personal faith and others who are still exploring the Way.  A number take Bible Reading notes and the URC Prayer Handbook.  Over the last two years, the Church has followed parts of the Emmaus Course, allowing members to explore together, and discuss, their faith.  About one-third of the church family has been involved in this and has found it to be beneficial.  An incoming minister might like to develop this further.

Our theology is generally on the liberal side, although there are some who tend to a more fundamental ideology.  There is a tolerance of these differing views which does not cause any difficulty and sometimes enhances discussion.  


                                                    The congregation, Easter Sunday 2010

The Church and Manse

The church is set back from the road and situated in the Upper High Street.  There has been non-conformist worship in the village since 1792.  The present church building dates from 1843 but has been much altered over the years.  It is compact and centrally heated with seating for about 120 on moveable chairs.  In recent years, we have installed a digital organ, a modern sound system with CD, tape and inductive loop, disabled facilities and ramped access to both church and hall.  The cost of all these improvements has been met in full without recourse to loans.  The Vestry area has just been completely rebuilt internally in order to remove a longstanding severe dampness problem.  A new small meeting room has been created.

The spacious hall and kitchen at the rear of the church was built in the 1960s.  In the last six years, it has had a new roof and new flooring.  A sound system with inductive loop has been installed and, recently, 35 new comfortable chairs have been bought.

Studies have been made into the possible development of the area between the church and the hall.  These plans have been put on hold for the time being but we are hoping to erect a timber-framed building which will provide storage and another meeting room. (See Appendix 2 for a list of regular users of the hall)

The recently-refurbished Manse is adjacent to the church and is a two-storey detached house in Cotswold stone.  The house is centrally heated and double-glazed.  It comprises a hall with cloakroom, two reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, study, four double bedrooms, bathroom, secluded garden with shed and parking for cars.

Synod and Area

Broadway is in the West Midlands Synod, about one hour’s drive from the Synod office.  Representatives attend Synod meetings when possible but the congested roads around Birmingham make this difficult when meetings are held in the north of the region.

Broadway was previously in the Hereford and Worcester District.  With the creation of Areas, churches to the north and south became separate areas.  We remain linked with churches in Kidderminster, Worcester and Malvern, the nearest of which is twenty miles away.  Prestbury URC (in the Cheltenham group) and Stratford-upon-Avon URC, in Warwickshire, are both a little nearer in terms of both distance and travelling times but, historically, we have not had as much contact with them as we have had with the Worcestershire churches.  We feel that the URC needs to do more to make Areas work, particularly in rural areas, so that members feel part of a larger Church.



Services are held each Sunday at 10.30am.  The average attendance at Sunday services is about 35-40, of whom most are church members.  We also welcome visitors who share worship with us when they are on holiday in the area.

Our services are mainly traditional in style and content but we are not resistant to new forms or hymns.  The service on the first Sunday of each month includes Holy Communion. 

Several services each year involve our Pilots, who participate in reading from the Bible, preparing and reading prayers and singing.  We are pleased that the young folk seem ‘at home’ in the church and are happy to chat with the ‘slightly older’ members of the congregation who, in turn, are equally happy to welcome and interact with them.  We occasionally hold ‘Songs of Praise’ on the grass in front of the Manse.

On a regular basis, members of the congregation join together to lead worship and this will continue with a 50% scoping. This will be even more necessary during our interregnum, as there are not very many retired ministers or lay preachers in the area.  Most members of the congregation are on the rota to present Bible readings at all services, and some occasionally lead the Prayers of Intercession.

The main hymnbook in use is ‘Rejoice and Sing’.  Other hymns or songs are displayed via a computer and projector, using PowerPoint.  We have a rota of three organists and some good musicians.  We have the Methodist PowerPoint discs as a resource for extra hymns.

Each month there is a service of Quiet, Healing and Holy Communion; this is attended by a small, but appreciative, number of the church family.  The Ministry of Healing was flagged up as desirable in our last profile and these services came out of that wish.  It may be that there is a need to look further at the format or timing of these in order to meet a wider need.

Study Groups   As a result of a wish to engage in more outreach into the community and a recognition that we were not as prepared spiritually or confident to do it as we should be, it was decided to follow the Emmaus Course as a preparation for ourselves, with the hope of further outreach.  About a third of church members have attended these courses over the last few years and they have been much appreciated.  We are proposing to continue these further.

For many years, the church has had a monthly magazine called ‘The Broadsheet’.  In addition, we use the “Sunday Link”, which is an Ecumenical bulletin produced weekly, with comment based on the Common Lectionary.  The reverse side is used to give details of the services, pastoral news and notices of future events.  It also has a section outlining concerns for which prayer is asked.

Baptisms and Weddings

The church does not receive many requests for either Baptisms or Weddings and does not have a set policy.  The Elders would normally expect the Minister to discuss the requests with them.


Church Meetings   These are held ten times each year (not in August or December).  The average attendance is between 20 and 25.  The Annual Church Meeting, at which Elders and committee members are elected and accounts presented, is held in March.  

                        Easter Breakfast                                      Refreshments before a Church meeting

 Elders  Meetings are normally held monthly.  There are currently eight serving elders and a number of non-serving ones.  Recent Elders Meetings have concentrated on pastoral concerns, the Wychavon District Council’s decision to build on the car park nearest to the church and its implications for users of our premises, the Child Friendly Church award, the future of the church magazine and the preparation of this Profile.  Money matters and building maintenance are normally dealt with by the Finance and Premises Committee unless more significant matters are at issue. 

Pastoral Carers   There is a team of pastoral carers, most of whom are serving or non-serving Elders. 

 Worship Committee   This has a two-fold role:

  a)     Meeting twice a year to assist with Pulpit Supply.  Members of the local Methodist Church attend this.
   b)     Worship Groups - members of the congregation who meet together to prepare and lead worship from time to time.

  Church in Society   This is the church’s conscience on world concerns and needs, and aims to inform and educate the congregation on these.  The group supports and promotes Christian Aid, including Commitment for Life, CWM (one member of the group is a CWM advocate), One World Week and Trade Justice.  We had a regular Traidcraft stall until local stores stocked Fair Trade goods.  Church members also support the Leprosy Mission and Chernobyl 2000.  The Church has set aside a small amount of money, donated by the congregation, to enable sums to be sent quickly to areas hit by disaster.  This is controlled by the Group.  The Church has four special collections a year – Christian Aid and three other charities, a local one, a national one and one with a wider remit.

In 2009, the Group organised a study day on the situation in Palestine/Israel and the Occupied Territories with a speaker from Christian Aid’s team.  Members of other churches supporting Palestine through Commitment for Life attended the day.



We are a member company of the National URC organisation



Broadway Pilots company started in November 2002 and is well-supported by our congregation.

It has grown to between 20 and 30 Pilots attending each week and we have 54 on the roll.

All the young people have joined us through our outreach, since we have no parents with young children in the congregation.

We have an enthusiastic team of ten leaders which enables us to operate all four age groups from 4 to 18 years old – Deckhands, Adventurers, Voyagers and Navigators, with some 6-10 folk attending regularly in each age group.

A typical Friday meeting starts in our hall at 6.30pm and ends at 8pm.  The entire company join the opening circle, songs and pop & biscuits.  Then we divide into age groups for crafts, discussions and games.   We have cross-company projects such as making a ‘four seasons’ quilt, a ‘Journey of the Cross’ quiet corner, and the Christmas Tree festival. In the summer, we go to the nearby local Activity Park which is extremely well-equipped with apparatus and has a good size field for games.




We were awarded Child Friendly Church status in October 2009, presented to us by West Midlands Synod. This includes all leaders having been CRB checked and our Policy for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable adults is in place.  We feel that this rewards our commitment to providing a welcoming and encouraging environment for our young folk.

We have experimented with the ‘messy church format’ on five Pilots evenings and are encouraging parents to join us for these. On the first occasion, three parents joined us and latterly seven, so it is early days but encouraging.

Broadway Pilots attend the residential summer camps arranged by the National Pilots or the West Midlands Synod, together with 65 other Christian youth from around the country. Usually around eight of our company attend each year.

To enable our young people to appreciate that they are part of a wider movement, we have taken a coach-full of Pilots and their families to the national Pilots events at Legoland, Longleat and Warwick Castle which around 4,000 PILOTS attend.

Through our Captain we have strong links with the National Pilots and West Midlands Synod Children and Youth Committees.  Eight of our older Pilots have been trained and mentored as Young Leaders and three of them are on the Synod Youth Executive

The lectionary is followed in the form of Roots for Children and Young People and the Youth Emmaus, thus synchronising with Sunday Services with which Pilots assist three or four times per year.

This is what some of the Pilots say they like about Broadway Pilots

(excerpts from the ‘Thinking about my Church’ questionnaire, March 2010):

‘Happy people, friendly people, making new friends’

‘playing games, singing songs’  ‘cake’

‘fun, it makes us feel good’

“He’s on his way now and it’s all thanks to PILOTS” - Mother of PILOT

‘It makes me talk more about God’  ‘stops me worrying about things’

‘Happy, fun times’  ‘Good things what make me happy’

PILOTS has transformed her” - PILOT’S mother

 ‘a variety of activities, and PILOTS has a positive effect on my life when it is stressful, I turn to God for his help to find a way forward’

PILOTS is my church’   ‘Friends’   ‘I respect people more’

‘I can be myself and feel welcome’   ‘More cake please'.


  In 1977, we started the village Children’s Activities and have hosted them ever since.  These comprise a week of activities in August and a morning’s activities on Good Friday and another before Christmas.  The leadership comes from this church, with help from the other churches and from people not connected with any of them.  In the Summer of 2009, 33 adults and young people led (10 of them from our church) and helped over 70 children to enjoy themselves.
The format on Good Friday and the Christmas Activities mornings is to start with a game, have a short Christian message (by one of the Broadway clergy), sing some religious fun/action songs, have some juice and biscuits and then take part in up to five art/craft/kitchen activities.
The format of the Summer Activities is to have an opening game, DVD/Story, Comment, Memory Verse, Drama, Songs, juice and biscuits and then split into age groups for two hours of appropriate art, craft, dance, indoor and outdoor activities.  On the Thursday, we have a coach outing for all the children and helpers and any parents who want to come.  This is very expensive, as we try to make the children’s trips cost-free – coach and entrance fees.  We have managed to secure a number of Grants each year from various Trusts, etc, and this has made these trips possible.  In recent years, we have been to the Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford, The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Educational Centre near Worcester, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm near Bristol and, in 2009, due to lack of funds, a walk up to Broadway Tower for a picnic lunch and games - only it poured with rain, so we had to come back to the Church for the games!  In 2010, we visited Weston-super-Mare and had a day at the seaside.  We had 26 adults involved and 58 children for the week. 



          Open the Book        A team of members from various churches takes Assembly once a week at      each of the two primary schools in Broadway, Broadway First School and St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School.  We are now in our fifth year with one school and third year with the other. We follow the Ofsted-approved ‘Open the Book’ syllabus, a national scheme, where we act out Bible stories  each week. We include the children in the acting and crowd scenes as much as we can; every request from us for help is met by a forest of hands!  Many of the children come to Pilots and Activities.  A new departure, at Christmas 2009, was when we held Assembly for both schools together in our church. This was deemed to be so successful by the schools that they asked if we could do the same at Easter and Christmas 2010.  Hopefully, this will be a pattern for the future.  The feedback from individual children is extremely encouraging.  For the last four years, we have given a copy of The Children’s Bible to all the leavers from Broadway First School.


                                             Christmas Assembly amongst the Christmas Trees

           Fun and Fundraising Group   This group organises social and fundraising events, including an
          annual Fayre on the village green and the popular Christmas Tree Festival. 



            A catering group occasionally provides lunches and teas for coach parties visiting Broadway, as part
            of our outreach.

            Finance and Premises Committee.   This oversees the maintenance of the premises and all
            aspects of finance.

           Vision Group.  This considers ideas for the future of the church, predominantly buildings and major
            alterations projects where  grant-seeking may be required.  Proposals are placed before the Church
            Meeting for discussion, alterations and final approval.

           Website. The church has had a website for several years. It contains information about the church,
           its activities and various articles. There are links to Synod and National URC websites and the local
           village website.


        As will be seen from the statistics, the pastorate has two distinct characteristics:

        Its age profile. Although a high percentage of the congregation is over 80, most are relatively active
        and involved in the life of the church. A number of them are non-serving Elders and provide the church
        with a wealth of experience and ability.

      The geographical spread.   Less than a half of the congregation lives in Broadway, the rest living in
        small towns or villages within a fifteen-mile radius.

         Both of these characteristics impact upon the active mission of the church.  The infirmities of age do
         limit the mobility of a number of our members and the extent to which some can become involved in
         outreach, but this does not hamper their ongoing involvement in pastoral care.
         Members have a range of abilities and take leading roles in many of the local non-church activities, in

Signpost – a community help and information service for the village, providing access to Age Concern, DIAL, Relate, CAB, Cancer Support and others.

Evergreens (formerly Darby and Joan) which meets in the Methodist Church is supported by several members of the church.

The Broadway Music Makers – the village choir – two double concerts a year – several of our members are involved.

The Broadway Players - amateur Drama and Pantomime group (which was started by our church about fourteen years ago) – in which a number of our members and Pilots are now performing or involved.




Girl Guides – one member heavily involved

The Broadway Trust – whose objectives include ‘to encourage high standards of architecture, planning and landscaping’ and ‘to ensure that the appearance of Broadway befits its designation as a Conservation Area within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)’.

The Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway.

Parish Councillors, including one mayor, in nearby villages or towns.


            Although our previous profile is only five years old, there have been quite a few changes in that time
            and the preparation
  of this document has enabled us to take stock and to see how we are meeting
            our Mission Statement, which is:

                                  ‘To know Jesus better and to make Him better known’

          Spiritual development and Preaching.   Although we have made a start with the Emmaus course,
            with its encouragement to members  to develop and discuss their faith, we still see the need for
             further spiritual development and preaching to increase our knowledge of our  Lord.  A deeper
             understanding and increased confidence should help us to be more effective sharers of the Gospel,
             especially with those outside the church family. 

        Pastoral Care.   Given our age profile, and that of the communities we serve, Pastoral Care continues
         to be a vital part of our mission. We perhaps need to help the carers to develop their skills. 

        Youth and Children’s Work.  Thanks to the enthusiasm of dedicated leaders, our work with young
         people (as outlined elsewhere) is encouraging. We must continue to develop and support this part of
         the Church’s life, including ministering, where possible, to the families  from which the children come.

         Evangelism and Church Growth.   It is hoped that, by concentrating on the previous three priorities,
         we can encourage more people to share with us in our worship.

         Action for Justice.   See the note on Church in Society in a previous section.

        Community Development.   A number of church members take a strong and active part in local
           non-church groups serving the community.  (See under Ministry and Mission)

         Stewardship.  There is a need for us to take stock of our resources, both human and financial, so that
          they are used as effectively as  possible.

       ECUMENICAL RELATIONS There are four other churches in Broadway – Anglican (St Eadburgha’s, very old and mainly used  in the summer months, and the Parish Church, St. Michael’s), Roman Catholic (St. Saviour’s) and Methodist. The four denominations form Churches Together in Broadway (CTIB).  The main joint events are the Good Friday Walk of Witness, Lent Studies and lunches, Christmas Carols on the Green and the Children’s Activities mentioned above (this last being under the URC for  legal/insurance purposes). The Christian Aid Week collections are also CTIB undertakings. The relationships between individual  members of the congregations are good. A new, young, Catholic Priest has recently been appointed (part-time in Broadway).
      There have been close links with our Methodist neighbours for many years.  We have a number of joint services each year.  It is unlikely that some of the present members of the Methodist Church would agree to an LEP but this should not prevent us continuing to share as much as possible. The local Methodist Circuit is in the process of re-organisation and there may be scope for a closer working  relationship.


      We are looking for a minister to share, and guide us, in the continuing ministry and mission of this church.  In a close-knit church and village community such as this, we feel it is important for a minister to be a ‘people’ person who will give pastoral care and help us to develop our own knowledge of, and witness to, our Saviour. We seek a minister, who is ecumenically-minded, to help us in our discussions with the local Methodist church, with the CTIB and with wider ecumenical relations.
       As mentioned earlier, the Ministry of Healing is important to us but our present arrangements need to be reviewed in order for us to reach out to more people.

       Ministerial Terms of Settlement (abbreviated version) Full Details will be in accordance
       with Synod and Central Office Guidelines.

    Stipend:        The stipend is paid by Central Office in line with agreed national rates.  No supplement or payment for additional work is currently paid.

    Housing:      The manse (described earlier) adjacent to the church will be provided in accordance with guidelines laid down by Synod and Central Office.

    Travel:       It is envisaged that the Minister will own a car and, so, a mileage allowance will be paid at 
                      the rates recommended by Synod, currently 40p per mile for the first 10,000 miles and 25p
                      per mile thereafter, each year.  Personal mileage will not be paid.

                                              A fixed car allowance is payable monthly via the payroll.  As this is a 50% scoped post, the annual  contribution from this church will be £600 (one half of the current annual rate).

     Book Allowance:    A book allowance of £125 per year will be reimbursed on actual purchases.

     Other:     Holidays, in-service training and sabbaticals are in line with Central Office Guidelines. The way
       in which the Ministry will be arranged will be subject to negotiation.

  Authors:       This Profile was prepared by the Serving Elders, in 2010, with the guidance of Rev Gerald England, and has been updated in January 2011.


  Appendix 1.  Population of Broadway taken from the 2001 census.

   Total population is 3025, of which 1376 are male and 1649 female.

                       Age                        Number
                       0-9                           216
                      10-15                        167
                      16-19                        103
                      20-29                        199
                      30-44                        477
                      45-64                        786
                      over 65                      1077

  Appendix 2.   Regular hall users.

             Playgroup                2 weekday mornings
                Guides                     Monday evenings.
                Garden club             Last Monday of the month.
                Tai Chi                    Tuesday evening.
                Beavers                   Wednesday early evening.
                Music Makers         Wednesday evening.
                Ensodo                    Thursday afternoon.
                Cubs                        Thursday evenings.
                Pilots                        Friday evening.

  Appendix 3.  Church Statistics.

  A) Number of members.         Under 45              0
                                                46-64                  5
                                                Over 65             47  
                                                Total                  52

                                Residing in Broadway        20
                                Residing elsewhere            32

                                Number of adherents          11

  B)  Changes to the church role in the past 5 years.

           Additions:      By profession of faith          2
                                By transfer                          3
           Losses:          By death                             11
                                By transfer                           0
                                By removal from the role      8

  C)   Number of households                                48

D)  Within the past 5 years , here have been the following:

      Baptisms 1,   Marriages 0,  Funerals 6.

   Appendix 4, Church Accounts, available on request.
   Appendices 5, map of distribution of members and 6, map of Broadway, cannot be transferred 
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