Volunteers sought to set new directions

At the Special Vestry meeting on October 21, 2018, a number of task forces and special committees were established through motions approved by the congregation.

Members of St. James are invited to join one of these new groups. If you have questions about any of the groups, please contact Rev. Keith Nethery or Wardens Rob Vass or Jennifer Meister. If you would like to join the worship or education committees, please send a note to Rev. Nethery stating what you can bring to the group and why your are interested in being part of this committee.

These groups have been proposed in response to the 2018 Mission and Ministry Task Force Report.

Renovation Task Force
This group will document a comprehensive plan and accurate costing for renovations required for St. James Westminster Church as documented and presented in the Architectural and Mechanical Engineering Report submitted by Terry Marklevitz of Markelevitz Architects and Pow Petermen of PPA Consulting Engineers in January 2017. This report will be presented at the 2019 Annual Vestry and will include recommendations for a fully contracted and fully vetted cost of the proposed project and will offer insight to both proposed immediate work to be done as well as a frame work for work to be done in the future in order to secure both immediate and long term building code compliance and safety.

The Renovation Task Force as part of their comprehensive plan for renovations required for St. James Westminster Church as documented in the Marklevitz report also take into consideration any other Structural, Mechanical, Electrical or Building Code concerns that require immediate attention. As an example the building Heating System has been identified as a potential risk. These findings will also be presented at 2019 Annual Vestry or earlier as required.

The Renovation Task Force will include the four current Wardens (Rob Vass, Jennifer Meister, Tim Fewster, Vaughan Minor) and other members as approved by the Wardens. Rob Vass is to act as Chair of this Task Force, given his familiarity with the various reports and contacts.

Liturgical Development and Worship Space Reform Task Force
The terms of reference for the LDWSR Task Force will be further specified at the 2019 Vestry meeting. Rationale: the possibility for reforming liturgical practices at the parish should be coordinated with the renovations of the church proper building, and advance our capacity to attract young people and families, and be more accessible to all ages and abilities.

Parish Partnerships and Relationships Task Force
The terms of reference for the NPPR Task Force will be further specified at the 2019 Vestry meeting. Rationale: the parish confronts an urgent and sustained need for substantial membership growth and a renewal of stewardship from the grassroots.

Parish Worship Committee
This group will plan and coordinate liturgical seasons and events, and embrace liturgy as the work of the people. Committee membership could include representatives from Altar Guild, Server Guild, Hospitality Group, Director of Music, Church School leaders, and Outreach committee and members at large. The goal of the committee is annual planning to allow for improved communication, parishioner involvement, coordination of use of space and other parish and community events. Rationale: the parish should seek ways to improve internal coordination and communication and to act collectively to attract new members and increase our community relevance.

Parish Education Committee
This group will plan and coordinate educational events and programs within the parish, deanery, diocese and local community. The events could encompass a range of topics and approaches (Bible Study, Book Study, Life Issues) and could be led by both clergy and lay people. In order to ensure maximum participation, we should address transportation, child care and accessibility needs. Rationale: the parish should seek ways to improve our attractiveness to families, children, and youth – as well as to nurture learning and fellowship across the life-cycle.