From Church Council – November 2019

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From Church Council – November 2019

Garden Working Bee
Thank you very much to all who took part in either or
both Working Bees. All the hard work made the
church grounds look very good, and is greatly
appreciated.
Floral Affair
This year’s Floral Affair, with the theme ‘Heavens
Above’ was a really excellent event. A huge thank
you to all who took part – the organising team, led by
Dale Kerr, those who provided the beautiful flower
arrangements, who set up and hosted tables,
provided and served food, sold tickets, bought
tickets, and of course to the amazing performers. It
was wonderful to hear the happy buzz of
conversation from the guests who clearly enjoyed
the concert, the afternoon tea and the lovely
atmosphere. Well done – and thank you to
everybody.
AGM
Saint Aidan’s Church AGM was held on Sunday 20th
October at the end of a shortened Café Church
service. We were happy to welcome Rev Alf Taylor
who facilitated a very worthwhile discussion and
‘table talk’ on the Three Churches Working Group
report. The feedback from the congregation will be
discussed by Church Council and a further meeting
of the congregation will be held shortly.
Christmas Services with Saint Lukes
We will join with Saint Luke’s Methodist Church as
usual over the summer period. Christmas Eve
service will be at Saint Lukes, and Christmas Day
service at Saint Aidans. After that, services will be
held at each church on alternate Sundays, starting at
Saint Lukes on Sunday 29th December.
Mary and Joseph
Continuing to think about the approach to Christmas
time, we would like Mary and Joseph to travel from
home to home during the Advent period. Please
think about whether you would like to host them for a
night (they are very easy guests) then look out for
the list which will be available before Advent – or
give your name to Lynda Burkett.
Gifts for children at de Paul House and for
Salvation Army foodbank
We will also be collecting Christmas ‘goodies’ to go
to children and adults who are being supported by de
Paul House. See notice elsewhere in ‘Informer’ as to
how you can help. And if you miss that deadline, or
if you want to donate more Christmas cheer, the
Salvation Army foodbank likes to put something
special into food parcels at Christmas time, and they
appreciate anything we can donate. Thank you very
much.
Nan, for Church Council
Information for special meeting of congregation
of Community of Saint Aidans
to be held at end of service on Sunday 17th
November call/appoint personnel to serve an amalgamated Saint Andrews
and Saint Aidans parish.
At our AGM on Sunday 20th October many aspects of the Three
Churches Working Group report were discussed. Thank you to Rev Alf
Taylor who facilitated this discussion, and to all who participated with
thoughtful comments and ideas.
Feedback from the AGM was discussed at a special meeting of
Church Council on 23rd October. At this meeting it was agreed that the
following recommendations be brought to the congregation at a special
meeting on 17th November:
Recommendations from our Church Council for the
Special Congregational Meeting on 17th November
1. Church Council puts forward to the congregation the
recommendation that we form a joint Ministry Settlement Board
from Saint Aidans and Saint Andrews.
2. Church Council accepts in principal the recommendation that we
accept Option One from the structural possibilities paper, that is: that
Saint Aidans and Saint Andrews become one congregation, but
Church Council does not support the recommendation as it stands.
3. Church Council recommends that we proceed with staged
implementation in preparation to adopting Option One,
commencing with Saint Aidans and Saint Andrews worshipping
together weekly from February 2020, to identify and establish the
appropriate steps to forming a new congregation.
Note:
the patterns of worship,
(for example alternate weeks in each venue )
to be determined by Ministers and Church Councils.
It was also suggested that Church Councils from Saint Aidans and
Saint Andrews should meet together for fellowship in
preparation for the process towards becoming one congregation.