NW Presbytery Snippets – November 21, 2017, at Shelburne, Ontario
Rev. Candice Bist welcomed everyone to Trinity United Church. The Northern Waters Presbytery chaplains,
Rev. Sandra McLauchlan-Abuja and Rev. Karen Ptolemy-Stam led the worship. Karen’s meditation centred on Martin Luther and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Marg Krauter, presbytery chair, thanked all who were involved with and attended the “The Way Forward” event with the Moderator, in Collingwood on November 4th. The budget for 2018 and several grant requests were approved. We have two NW Presbytery members on the Mission and Service Consultation. It allocates Mission & Service funds. The priority is Indigenous ministries and 50% is allocated to that. In Toronto Conference there are three Indigenous ministries: Christian Island United Church, Georgina Island United Church, and Toronto Urban Native Ministry. Three applications came from Northern Waters: Christian Island United Church; Grey Bruce Chaplaincy Council and the Queen’s Bush Rural Ministry.
The Congregational Life Commission is looking at what needs to be done before the end of 2018. It has set priorities. Reminders have been sent to communities of faith to complete their Ministry Articulation Plan (MAP) or to review it, if it has been more than two years since it was completed. The Commission is encouraging clustering and networking. The Commission will help as they can.
The Program Commission continues to be busy planning or being involved in special events. The Niagara Youth Festival was great. Only four spots are left in the Mid-Winter Mush event. The UCW Togetherness Day was excellent. Open Hands Nicaragua is looking at more trips. The confirmation retreat is being planned. The Youth have been making breakfast bags and more donations are welcome. The Youth Leaders’ Network meets regularly. They are looking for GO Project sites.
To broaden attendees understanding, The Affirming Ministry Task Group had two speakers who shared personal stories and a skit with a theological reflection.
The United Church Women are in the 5th year of their poverty dolls project. The dolls are meant to remind people about child poverty in Canada. On the same day as the Presbytery meeting, 338 dolls were distributed by London Conference Presbyterial to the Members of Parliament. UCW is celebrating its 55th year. We also heard about upcoming events in churches.
Revs. John Neff and Todd McDonald led Presbyters in a Transitioning Well process. Because the remit on changing the church structure passed, it is important to consider, “What is important for Northern Waters Presbytery to offer the communities of faith in support and oversight in 2018?” The results of the findings will be brought to the Executive to help with planning. Presbyters paired off to do the interview process looking at times of transition and what they valued. They also looked at wishes that would empower presbytery to offer support and oversight throughout 2018 in the transition to regions from Presbyteries and Conferences. The pairs then joined two other pairs to share what was learned (quotable quote and themes) during the interviews.
Respectfully submitted by Janet Iles