From Saint Aidan’s Church Council
Saint Aidan’s Church Council met via Zoom on Wednesday 20th May – a very different
experience, but it did work.
Re-opening Church Buildings
The Health and Safety Teams at both St Aidans and St Andrews have been
developing plans for safe re-use of church buildings by groups of people.
We will need 1 m physical distancing and names and contacts of all attendees
in case contact tracing for Covid 19 is required. Appropriate sanitizing is also
required and extra volunteers may be needed to assist with this between
services. No morning tea will be available. Assuming that these plans have
been sighted and approved by the Presbytery we will resume worship on June 7 at St Andrews with a simultaneous Zoom session for those who prefer that at the moment.
From Finance Team
• Both Saint Aidans and Saint Andrews are now contributing to Colin’s
• Offerings and donations – there has been a drop of 31% in donations
/ offerings for the month of April 2020, compared with April 2019. We
are reminded that it is possible to make offerings/donations to the
Church’s bank account.
• Fund raising – because of Covid-19 lockdown we have not been able
to hold the planned fund raising concert; when we know that we are
able to hold a gathering of 100 -120 people, planning will be put in
place for a concert and Floral Affair later in the year. It was also
agreed at Church Council that when we are able to meet together
again we should hold a Service of Thanksgiving at which
Thanksgiving offerings could be made.
Contact numbers and important dates
We realised while trying to contact some of our community that Saint Aidans no
longer holds emergency contacts/next of kin phone numbers for members of
the congregation. Your elder will contact you to ask if you are willing to give us
such a number. This will not be part of the usual phone directory, but will only
be available to your elder and Church leadership if it is needed.
On a more cheerful note, we would like to be able to wish Happy Birthday or
pass on other congratulations to members of the congregation; Grace has a list
for Grace Notes, but it is very out of date. If you would like to share your
important dates with your elder we would like to know them.
If you are not sure who your elder is, please contact Nan on 4802271 or Robin
Ministry Settlement Board
The Ministry Settlement Board meets monthly by Zoom, convened by Rev
Martin Fey. It is hoped that shortly they will be able to discuss some issues at
‘live’ congregational meetings. A combined Saint Aidan’s and Saint Andrew’s
parish profile is being developed, with help from some of the congregations.
Nan for St Aidans Church Council.
Notes from St Andrew’s Church Council Meeting Tuesday, 26 May 2020 Online
St Andrews Church Council discussed and agreed to several Ministry Settlement
Board recommendations for a process which could keep us moving towards a merger with St Aidans so that we become a new parish with a new legal identity and
with a timeline for getting there. These recommendations, if agreed to by the two
church Councils, also need approval from Presbytery so that we can then put them
to the two congregations for creative consideration and approval. (NB St Aidans
Church Council will be considering these next week. Ed)
Council, also, agreed to Resource Committee’s recommendation to change to the
Xero Accounting System which will bring us in-line with PCANZ’s
recommendation that parishes do so. This should make the Treasurer’s job easier.
Our elders plan to keep in touch with the congregation.
We received Lisi Foulagi’s resignation from Church Council and the MSB for
personal reasons with sadness and much gratitude for her contribution, not just to Council but for her efforts with the youth of the church and all the other things she does for us.
Rosemary for St Andrews Church Council