Parish Council

Parish Council 2018

Revd Martin Johnson
Rector's Warden: Denise Manley
People's Wardens: Dr Rosemary Knight and Roger Sharp
Councillors: Ian Cousins, Tim Gulliver, Leighton Mann, Rebecca Palethorpe, Shane Woodburn (Treasurer) and 1 vacancy

Key points from Council meetings

July 2018

As mentioned last month Parish Council has been reviewing how we handle the personal details of parishioners in the pew sheet and on the Parish website and on Facebook as well as the question of photographs and video clips taken at St. Philips. The purpose of the review has been to ensure our processes comply with the law and meet new Diocesan standards in respect of privacy.

A new personal particulars form has been developed. It is a combined Parish Permissions Form and a personal information form for compiling the Parish Directory. An explanatory note from Parish Council will be available with the new form in the foyer.

Parish Council would be grateful if all parishioners could complete the form by Sunday 19 August and place it in the marked box in the foyer so that we can start the new practice with an updated database.

Parish Council have recently and unexpectedly received a cheque for additional funds from the Carola Parke estate. These new funds will be handled in accordance with the decisions by successive AGMs concerning this bequest.

The three Parish mission projects for 2018 are the Northbourne Community Centre ministry of Rev. Robin Moore, the ABM program “Youth Engagement across Top End Remote Communities” and the ABM Myanmar Education project. The Northbourne Community Centre program, as we have known it, has come to an end. Pandora’s has generously contributed $1000 to the final expenses of the program.

The month of August will be our national mission month focussing on the Top End Remote Communities project and the month of October will be our international mission month focussing on the Myanmar Education project.

June 2018

Bishop Stephen Pickard will visit the Parish for a Confirmation Service, 12 August, 10am

For a number of months Parish Council under the leadership of Rebecca Palethorpe has been reviewing how we handle the personal details of parishioners in the pewsheet and on the Parish website and on Facebook as well as the question of photographs taken at St. Philip's. The purpose of the review has been to ensure our processes meet new Diocesan standards in respect of privacy.

A new Media Permission Release Form is being developed which will be integrated in future with the Parish Directory Form. More details will be provided over the next few months.

The Parish Directory has been updated and copies are available in the foyer.

An ordination gift of a green chasuble and stole has been acquired for Revd Peter Kuot who has a close connection with St Philip's. Anyone wishing to make a small donation please let Martin know.

A “Fix My Street” request has been submitted to the ACT Government for the footpath at the corner of Macpherson and Moorhouse Streets. The gradient to the roadway is non-compliant for wheelchair use.

A Winter Working Bee on the garden will be held from 9-11am on Saturday 23 June.

May 2018

Following discussion at the AGM in February Parish Council has reviewed the food parcel giving and plans to reinvigorate it. Our program will now be more closely aligned than in the past with St. John’s Care and their needs and all foods not required for use by St. Philips will be passed more regularly to St. John’s Care. Further details will appear in the Pewsheet.

The Parish Directory will be updated by the end of May.

There remains an opportunity for voluntary assistance in the Parish Office as well as for more assistance with the gardens. Parish Council is very appreciative of the time Jeanette Dundon-Tunks has been able to give to the front garden but additional assistance would be most welcome. Anyone willing to assist with these duties should speak to Rev’d Martin or a Parish Warden.

This year the sacristan duties are being performed by a Sacristy team.

The work on the courtyard drains has been completed and the courtyard is fully accessible again. The damaged “tactiles” at the access points to the Lamerton Centre deck and ramp have been replaced with a more durable product.

Saturday 22 September from 10 am to 2 pm has been set as the date for this year’s Spring Fling.

April 2018

Parish Council is very grateful for the parishioners who have taken on, or who will continue to serve in valuable parish roles until the next AGM in 2019.

Many thanks to all who contributed to the Holy Week and Easter festivities. The worship was beautiful, the music was sublime, the food was wonderful, the flowers stunning and the fellowship warm.

As mentioned at the AGM in February work needs to be done on the courtyard drains. This work will commence on Monday 16 April and continue for up to 10 days. While the work is in progress access to the church will be through the front door only. Access to the Lamerton Centre will be via the path and gate behind the building and up the side ramp. The Kindergarten and Pandora’s will continue to function and there will continue to be access to the toilets but there will be no access across the courtyard. As background there are three stormwater drains. One tracks along the path by the Kindergarten and was renewed some years ago. The drain to Macpherson Street was renewed during the construction of the Lamerton Centre. It is the middle drain down the centre of the courtyard that is original from 1957 and is causing the problems that now have to be attended to.

The courtyard will be fenced off. Please take care around the work site and follow the signs.

March 2018

The new Council elected Ian Cousins as Chair, Shane Woodburn as Treasurer and Rebecca Palethorpe as Secretary. Points of contact responsibilities have been allocated amongst the new Council members and a revised note will be placed on the Noticeboard.

There is an annual survey of the membership of parish sub-groups - the Liturgy Committee, the St. Philip's Care Management Committee, Pandora's Management Committee, Food @ St Philips and the Children and Youth Ministry Support Group. Parishioners wishing to serve, or to continue to serve, on any of these committees should make their interest known to Rev. Martin, a Warden or any other Parish Councillor.

The Parish Council will also survey the valuable roles performed for the Parish by various individuals, such as Youth Group Coordinators, Parish Office, Newsletter/Pewsheet, Website, Parish Calendar, Banking, Rosters Coordinator, Linen, Flowers Coordinator and Spring Fling Coordinator. Parishioners wishing to serve, or to continue to serve, in any of these roles should make their interest known to Revd Martin, a Warden or any other Parish Councillor.

Key priorities for Revd Martin and the Council this year, in addition to the normal running of the Parish and stewardship, will be: Revd Robin’s Northbourne Community Centre ministry, the Aged Care ministry at Kankinya and Morsehead Village in Lyneham, the Youth and Family ministry and pastoral care. On maintenance, the courtyard drains are a priority.

Parish Council has renewed the arrangement with the Tongan Uniting Church congregation for the hire of church facilities every Sunday from 1pm to about 3pm. The Tongans have been model partners and have advised that they are interested in using the facilities for the long term.

February 2018

At its meeting on 7 February, the Parish Council considered the agenda and papers for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at 11.15am sharp on Sunday 25 February.

After the normal business and elections, the AGM will have two general business items:
- Carola Parke Bequest
- Designation of 2018 Local Mission

Parishioners wishing to, or thinking of, filling vacancies on the Parish Council for 2018 should talk to Rev’d Martin well before the AGM.

Work on the Rectory Renovation Project was essentially completed during December/January with just some final painting and a bit of work on a small section of eaves remaining.

The replacement of the church and kindergarten fascia boards was completed in December and the courtyard tree was pruned. In January, a bee infestation in the vestry was removed, the dishwasher in the Lamerton Centre repaired and the waste from the trimming of the courtyard tree was removed.

The St Philip’s Autumn Market Morning will be held on Saturday 14 April from 9am to 1pm.