The Work of the People for February 11, 2022
Outreach at St. Simon’s and Annual Vestry Meeting
Make sure you have a look at yesterday’s stand-alone emails, one on Outreach activities, and the other, sent to those on the Parish Role, about the upcoming annual meeting, which includes links to both the non-financial and financial reports to Vestry.
Proof of Third COVID Vaccine
The Diocese is now requiring everyone who is employed by the church, and everyone who volunteers in the Church to have a booster shot, and to provide proof of the third shot by February 28. You can read more about it by clicking here. If you’re a volunteer at St. Simon’s please send a screen shot, or a photo of your proof of vaccine to our parish administrator, Chris, at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Simon’s online Wednesday Morning Prayer can be viewed on St. Simon’s YouTube Channel. Visit Cathedral YouTube Channel for the Diocese’s Morning Prayer Service which is streamed live at 10:30am on Sundays and posted to YouTube for viewing at any time.
Lent 2022 Book Study – “Being Christian” led by Fr Malcolm
This Lent, the Christian Education Cluster is offering a four-week study of the book Being Christian written by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury. In this book, Archbishop Williams explores four essential components of the Christian life: baptism, Bible, Eucharist, and prayer. Despite huge differences in Christian thinking and practice both today and in past centuries, he says, these four basic elements have remained constant and indispensable for the majority of those who call themselves Christians. The book is easy to read and is very accessible. The sessions will be led by Fr Malcolm.
Each week participants are asked to read a chapter (approximately 20 pages) of the book and consider the questions posed at the end of that chapter. We will then gather each week as a group to consider and discuss what we have read, and the questions posed.
The group sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, starting on March 16, 2022. We will be using Zoom for the group sessions.
If you are interested in participating in this study, or have any questions, please contact the Christian Education Cluster at 905-483-7818 or at email@example.com. We will be ordering copies of the book for the study, so please let us know by February 14 if you are interested, so we can order a sufficient number of books in time for the start of the study. Each book costs about $14 Cdn.
You might already know this, but just in case:
What is the function of the church wardens, who are they at St. Simon’s and why are they, with the rector, called Corporation?
Fr Malcolm provided this answer:
“The first use of the term Churchwarden only seems to date to just before the English Reformation. The principal lay officials of an Anglican or Episcopal congregation are the People’s Warden (elected by the people – currently Rod Freeman) and the Rector’s Warden (appointed by the Rector – currently Jennifer MacKenzie). In some places (including St. Simon’s) it is customary to elect a Deputy Warden (currently Judy Tong) who is usually being mentored to step into one of the two roles.
The term derives from a more or less archaic usage of the word ward as meaning to guard or preserve or protect, which is also the origin of the term as used in relation to the chief official of a prison. A prison Warden guards the prisoners; a Churchwarden protects the fabric of Church property.
While the term Churchwarden is common throughout the Anglican Communion, the scope of their authority varies significantly. In the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario, the two Wardens together with the Rector constitute the Corporation. The three of them together constitute the legal entity of the Parish, with all decision making responsibility, analogous to the Board of Directors of a company.
Although the Romantic Poet George Herbert refers to the Rector and Wardens of a Parish as “taken for a kinde of Corporation” in the early 17th century, he appears to be using the term as an analogy rather than a legal description. I am not aware of any part of the Anglican Communion – or even the Anglican Church of Canada – outside of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario where Corporation is used in this way as a legal designation.
The annual general meeting of parishioners is called the Vestry (which can be confusing since the room where the clergy vest is also called the Vestry). The Vestry elects the People’s Warden, accepts the financial reports, and ratifies the decisions of the Corporation over the previous year.
At St. Simon’s the Corporation is advised by the Parish Council. In most other parts of the Anglican Communion this body is called the Vestry, just to create a little bit more confusion. In those places, the annual meeting is called the Annual Meeting, which would be one of the few areas where Anglicanism has ever opted for clarity in naming anything.
The position of People’s Warden at St. Simon’s will be vacant a year from now when Rod Freeman’s term expires. To prepare someone to be a Warden the church created the position of Deputy Warden. As Deputy Warden a person would learn about the governing of the church, and also provide input into decisions. Judy Tong will transition to Rector’s Warden with Jennifer’s term expiring later this month. It is expected that following a one-year term the new Deputy Warden would step into the vacant warden’s position. If you know of someone (including yourself) who you think would be good in that role please let me or the nominating committee know.” Either email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
If there’s something you are curious about, please reply to this email with your question.
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