Welcome today if you’re visiting with us. I pray that the Lord will bless you and refresh you. Please make yourself known to our staff and ushers, we would love to get to know you.
Annual Parish Meeting (APM) Thursday night 13March
We will be holding it as usual from 7.30pm to 9.15pm at the Church. All of our members are encouraged to attend. It is a good opportunity to come together and hear what God has been doing amongst us in the past year, along with what we plan to attempt in the year ahead under God’s good hand. It is also when we elect lay-people to positions of responsibility in our Parish. I believe we have been very well served by this year’s team, but there is always a need for “new blood”.
The meeting this year will elect people to five different positions:
First, we need three Parish Wardens. Parish Wardens are responsible for management of the Parish’s money and properties. This is a very busy and responsible role, and I also rely on our Wardens for spiritual insight & advice. Laurie Archer has indicated 2013 was his last year in this role, in which he has served so faithfully. Both the Parish and myself owe Laurie (and Barbara) a great deal of thanks.
Second, we need Parish Councillors (number to be determined by the APM). The Parish Council is responsible for deciding matters of policy in relation to finances budget and property, which includes making the big decisions on projects and other measures involving money and property. The Council also consults with the Senior Pastor on ministry matters. Parish Councillors ideally need to be able to see the bigger picture and consider the interests of the Parish as a whole, rather than merely representing the interests of the congregation they attend.
Third, we need an auditor for the accounts. This is a paid role and is usually a person recommended by the Wardens.
Fourth, we need five Parish Nominators, whose very demanding job it is to work with a committee from the Diocese to nominate a new Senior Minister for the Archbishop to invite, should the position become vacant.
Fifth, we need two Synod Representatives, who join me for the next three years in representing our Parish at the annual Diocesan Synod in October, where the policy and rules of our Diocese and its churches are formed.
I encourage all of our members to prayerfully consider who might best serve in these roles or to stand for the position themselves. To nominate someone, ask their permission and nominate them in writing on the forms provided in the church foyer and return the forms to our church office no later than Friday 7th March. Again, please come to the Annual Parish Meeting. It’s not just for the ‘players’ – it’s for everyone who cares about our church, which I hope means you!
Your brother in Christ, Graham Crew