St Johns, Johnsonville and Holy Trinity, Ohariu
At the AGM, there was a request to post a summary the decisions from each month’s vestry meeting on the website and include it in Contact. This is the first one for the year, covering the meeting on 18 March.
These summaries will cover the general topics of discussion and significant decisions made. Just so you know, it won’t include all the boring, detailed business. Also, where matters are still under consideration and/or need to be worked out with other parties, these won’t be included until they can be publicly discussed. And of course, no personal or private business will be included.
The March vestry meeting was the first of new vestry, where we welcomed Sudharshini Dharmawasdane. Elizabeth and Don Rushworth were away and gave their apologies. A significant part of the meeting was spent introducing ourselves, talking about what makes St Johns an important place for us and going through some of the formalities required at a first meeting of the year. We also started to discuss what the statements on the Role of Vestry and Bishop’s Expectations for Ministry Leaders mean for us. These are attached here (vestry roles).
Ben is planning a retreat day for Vestry following Easter. We will be going up to Waikanae and plan to join the Ngatiaawa Community for morning worship. The retreat will be a chance to discuss the parish goals and aims and what we are called to achieve at St John’s.
The other significant part of our discussion was working out what subcommittees we need to keep going or set up to undertake work throughout the parish. We will continue that discussion at our April meeting. One of the areas of priority is fundraising, and we talked about bringing together people to brainstorm ideas for different approaches to doing this.
We agreed that we need to reconvene the Stewardship Committee after Easter to develop a Stewardship Programme for the year. As one part of this Alan will provide quarterly updates on our giving and financial position.
Our final decision of the night was to agree to a modest improvement to the church sound system. This should eliminate the problems we have been having with static noise. It will also make it much easier for the system to be used for weddings and other services.
The next meeting of Vestry is 7.30pm on Tuesday 8 April.
If you have any questions about these matters or questions for Vestry, feel free to talk with the wardens or any of the members of vestry.