Better Late Than Never…
The Constitution of the Church of Ireland requires that an annual General Vestry meeting be held every year around Easter. This year parishes were obviously unable to fulfill this requirement due to the corona virus pandemic.
Accordingly, new arrangements were put in place and the outgoing officers and Select Vestry members remained in place until an Easter General Vestry Meeting could be convened- many thanks to all concerned!
The rescheduled Easter General Vestry Meeting in our parish will be held, DV, on Wednesday 2nd September at 8pm in the Church.
As this is a triennial election year, Diocesan Synod Members and Parochial Nominators must be elected along with a new Select Vestry, Churchwardens, and Glebewardens.
This meeting is similar in many ways to an AGM, when those present will hear a review of the main happenings of the past twelve months; get a chance to hear and discuss plans for the future, including the ongoing significant challenges posed by Covid-19, and be presented with the parish accounts for year ended 31-12-2019.
The meeting will also elect members to the new Select Vestry (the parish management committee if you like), People’s Churchwarden (assists on Sunday mornings and other events) and Glebewarden (responsible for upkeep of Rectory & church grounds). The Rector will announce her choice for the appointments of Rector’s Churchwarden and Rector’s Glebewarden.
While only those on the official parish general register are entitled to vote (should a vote arise), everyone is welcome to attend and speak.
Normally I encourage as many people as possible to attend and to take an interest in and ownership of the running of our wonderful parish- this year of course our numbers will be limited by the guidelines in place at the time around social distancing and indoor gatherings. Health and safety protocols remain a priority, so the length of the meeting will be shortened and there will be no refreshments afterwards, not even Easter Eggs!
We do however, need people to attend and to be willing to serve in various capacities, and I’m sure I can depend on you to consider seriously how best you can give something back to the parish which we all love.
Many thanks in anticipation.