What Vestry did in November and December

This is a summary of the decisions made at the vestry meetings in November and December 2014.  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.

The November meeting was held at Don’s place.

There was further discussion of the Church of England report “From Anecdote to Evidence” and how it applies to our parish.

John  reported on the outcomes of the parish fair. Vestry thanked him for his work in achieving a successful fair.  The work undertaken in pastoral care and welcoming was discussed and efforts of people doing this was supported.

The plans for restoration of Holy Trinity, Ohariu were discussed. It was agreed that a Special General Meeting be held on 14 December to approve expenditure of up to $105,000,  on the condition that work only be undertaken as funding is secured.

The December meeting was held at Warren’s place, in Ohariu Valley.

Ben reported that James Vinod has been ordained in Wellington Cathedral and issued a license as Assistant Priest in the Parish of Johnsonville. This is a non-stipendiary position.

Ben also reported that the 10.00am service fundraising for Shanuki to travel to Cambodia had raised about $400, which demonstrates the support and generosity of the parish.

Alan reported that there had been a further increase in offertories and if the trends continues we will break even in the New Year.

Don reported from the Property Committee. Two manual fire alarms and associated equipment have been installed in the Church to comply with building regulations. The final inspection of the Bell Tower is being organised, after which an application will be made for a Code of Compliance Certificate. Alan reported that the WCC Heritage Fund has approved a grant of $8,000 for the Bell Tower strengthening.

The next meeting of vestry was held on 19th February at Alan’s place.

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