Parish Council

Parish Council 2017

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

Key points from Council meetings

June 2017

A ‘first Sunday of the month’ family service will be introduced from 2 July as part of the normal 10am service.

There will be an election for nominees for the remaining Synod vacancies at the end of the 10am service on Sunday 9 July. Under Diocesan requirements, these are representative positions that need to be elected at a parish general meeting.

The first aid kits in the foyer and Lamerton Centre have been updated by St. John’s Ambulance.

The major church maintenance item this year will be the renewal of the fascia boards of the church and church hall with long lasting colourbond. Work is planned to be carried out towards the end of the year.

May 2017

There remain two alternate Synod representative vacancies for this years’ Diocesan Synod, which will be held in Goulburn from 6-8 October. Any parishioner interested in representing the parish at Synod should talk to Rev. Martin. Philippa Wicks and Ashton Robinson have kindly accepted nomination for the second and third Synod positions while Rosemary Knight has agreed to be an alternate representative. Brian McKinlay was elected as a Synod representative at the AGM.

There remains an opportunity for voluntary assistance in the Parish Office. Anyone willing to assist with these duties should speak to Rev. Martin or a Parish Warden.<

The Rectory renovation project is very largely complete with the landscaping works and fences now in place. The Rectory grounds were open for viewing by parishioners on 14 May after the 10am service.

Parish Council is most grateful to Denise Manley for leading the Rectory project team with assistance from Tim Gulliver and Roger Sharp. It was a considerable effort over a period of 19 months.

April 2017

There remains one Synod representative vacancy for this years’ Diocesan Synod which will be held in Goulburn from 6-8 October. Any parishioner interested in representing the parish at Synod should talk to Revd Martin. Ashton Robinson has kindly accepted nomination for the second Synod position. Brian McKinlay was elected as a Synod representative at the AGM.

There remains an opportunity for voluntary assistance in the Parish Office. Anyone willing to assist with these duties should speak to Revd Martin or a Parish Warden.

St Philip's day will be celebrated on Sunday 7 May. After the 10am service a plaque will be dedicated in the courtyard in memory of Carola Parke followed by a special morning tea.

The Rectory renovation project is very largely complete with the landscaping works and fences now in place. The Rectory grounds will be open for viewing by parishioners on 14 May after the 10am service.

Parish Council is most grateful to Denise Manley for leading the Rectory project team with assistance from Tim Gulliver and Roger Sharp. It was a considerable effort over a period of 19 months.

March 2017

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 Revd 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, 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 Rev. Martin, a Warden or any other Parish Councillor.

Key issues before the Council this year, in addition to the normal running of the Parish, will be: a new Covenant with Revd Martin, the children’s and youth ministry; support for Revd Robin’s Northbourne Community Centre ministry and completing the rectory renovation project in the near future. On regular maintenance, the building fascia boards and eaves are a priority.

Parish Council has agreed to hire the church and Lamerton Centre meeting room to a local Tongan Uniting Church congregation for use every Sunday from 1pm to about 3pm.

February 2017

At its meeting on 8 February, the Parish Council considered the agenda and papers for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at 11.15am sharp on Sunday 26 February in the Lamerton Centre.

After the normal business and elections, the AGM will have three general business items:
Rectory Renovation Project
Carola Parke Bequest
2017 Review of Mission Program

The meeting business will be handled as quickly as possible and it is hoped that as many parishioners as possible can remain for the important general business items.

On the storm damage front, the tree has been removed and the stump ground. A new sign is being made – only the bottom notice box was retrievable. The costs will be largely covered by insurance.

Work on the Rectory Renovation Project will resume soon. The principal remaining work is landscaping together with a number of other outdoor items.

The St. Philips Autumn Market will be held on Saturday 1 April from 9am to 1pm.