The AGM is an important opportunity for us to review the last year as parish, and to elect and commission those who will serve on our vestry. If you're not sure what vestry is, scroll down to the checklist "In a nutshell, what is vestry?" which is produced by the Diocese of Nelson.
The AGM is taking place at 7pm on Wednesday 24th March at St John's Church in Westport. For those out of town, there is the option of joining by Zoom, please see the zoom link in the weekly email.
Here are all the documents that you will need for this year's AGM:
Nominations received for People's Warden: No nominations received. Nominations are now closed, and a Special General Meeting will be held in April to elect a new People's Warden.
Nominations received for vestry: Raewyn Johnson (Westport) Margaret Fripp (Westport) Dave Stone (Granity) Faye Stone (Granity) Phil England (Granity) Pauline Thorn (Granity) Ian Hedgman (Karamea) Lynda Hyndman (Karamea)
Synod Reps continuing in office on 3 year term (no election required) Leigh Palmer (Westport) Margaret Fripp (Westport)
Appointment of Vicar's Warden (no election required): Bryan Hopkinson (Westport)
In a Nutshell, What is Vestry?
IS A group of individuals who are … United in the Holy Spirit Supportive encouragers and co-workers with the clergy Responsible for oversight of the church’s operations The spiritual leadership of the parish Informed about the parish and life of the wider church.
ISN’T A group of individuals who are … Each seeking to push their own views An extension of the personalities of the clergy Just another secular business management system.
DOES Spend time in prayer Listen to each other and to parishioners Inform the whole parish of its business and decisions Arrive at unified decisions while aiming for consensus Delegate in order to use the gifts of all.
DOESN’T Make decisions which they individually will not support themselves Disregard the wisdom of scripture, tradition and reason Ignore the insights of various cultures as represented on Vestry.