What exactly does the church council do?
Good question! In short, we are the people who are elected to oversee the behind-the-scenes running of the church, making sure that the day-to-day activities of the church run smoothly, along with setting and following a strategic vision for the future. According to a recent memo sent out by the Diocese of Europe, of which we are a part, the council has the following duties:
- Co-operation, with the chaplain, in promoting in the chaplaincy the whole mission of the Church.
- The consideration and discussion of matters concerning the Church of England or any other matters of religious or public interest, but not the declaration of the doctrine of the Church on any question.
- Making known and putting into effect any provision made by the diocesan synod, the archdeaconry synod, or the deanery synod, but without prejudice to the powers of the council on any particular matter.
- Administering the financial affairs of the chaplaincy including the collection and administration of all money raised for purposes of the chaplaincy and the keeping of accounts in relation to such affairs and money.
- The care, maintenance, preservation and insurance of the fabric and of the goods and ornaments of the church unless this duty has been otherwise devolved.
- Giving advice to the diocesan synod, the archdeaconry synod or the deanery synod on any matter referred to the council.
- Raising such matters as the council consider appropriate with the diocesan synod, the archdeaconry synod, or the deanery synod.
If you feel a calling to become more involved with the community here at St. Saviour’s, serving on the church council is a meaningful and rewarding way to do just that! Although elections happen only once per year, it is possible to co-opt new members during the course of the year. Please let us know if this sounds like it is for you!