Last Saturday’s parish council was attended by around 30 people, all of whom engaged with gusto in the exercises presented to them.
We began with an exercise that expanded on the work of the past two Parish Councils and the recent Leadership Retreat, where we worked with models taught at the Diocese Congregational Development School. We have been working together for a long time to identify what our ministry will be as we move into the future, and last Saturday saw us take that information and identify some priorities from the long list of things that we as a congregation have indicated we would like to be doing in God’s service.
The priorities identified will be taken to the next Board of Trustees meeting and more information will follow.
Next came a listening exercise as part of our membership with the Metro Vancouver Alliance (MVA). Fr. Kevin explained the importance of our part in the MVA as pertaining to our Anglo-Catholic history and values surrounding social justice and supporting those whose voices are not always heard. The outcome highlighted that housing, transit, social inclusion, cost of living remain priorities, with many voicing concerns that drug addiction is not being taken seriously by the government. If you would like to know more about the work of the MVA, please speak to Pat McSherry or Justin Berger.
Nancy and Peggy gave an update on the renovations to the rectory and were pleased to confirm that the next phase will be to get the necessary permits, then work will begin. This should take about six months.
It is an exciting time at St. James’ as we move into the Harvest and Thanksgiving season. We have much to be grateful for and must continue to pray for and encourage each other as we move forward. As ever there are many service opportunities in our various guilds and we are moving towards a time of considering stewardship and giving. We have spent a great deal of time as a community discussing and discerning what’s next. This Parish Council meeting emphasised that we are ready for action! If you are looking for a place to serve please get in touch.