Kootenay Presbytery in Grand Forks

Published on Apr 4th, 2014 by Webminister | 0


March 28-30, 2014

Theme: “We Are Not Alone”


The Spring Presbytery meeting was held in Grand Forks. Attending as your Presbytery representatives were David Boyd, Nancy Jones and Leah Gray. Robin Murray attended as Outdoor Ministry rep, and Linn Murray as youth rep along with Jenna Wood as Youth Assistant. Lois Berg and Len Dunsford attended the Saturday session.

Prior to the meeting, Presbytery members had reviewed the reports of the standing committees which include: Education and Pastoral Relations; Outdoor Ministry and Youth; Justice and Peace; Support to Congregations; Administration, Finance and Stewardship; and Spiritual Care. Some highlights of the evening business meeting were:

1. The financial report was received and it was noted that Treasurer David has deposited $30,000 in a GIC.

2. A motion presented by the Education and Students team to “Award a $500 bursary to Robin Murray to help with her studies” was passed.

3. Amendments to the Kootenay Presbytery policy manual were ratified with no discussion.

4. George Meier spoke of his changing responsibilities as Conference Minister. Since some of the work previously done by individual presbyteries is shifting now to BC Conference, it is hoped that this will allow for more time to be spent working with individual congregations within each presbytery. One of George’s jobs will be M&P Training.

5. Cheryl Swedburg, Kootenay Presbytery rep to BC Conference, talked about being inspired by all the wonderful things that she noted were happening in various churches as she travelled around with Chris Corrigan.

6. The Spiritual Care team presented a motion to establish a $1000 annual fund to support ministry personnel in their quest for spiritual care. This was passed, and individuals can access up to $200 annually.

7. It was announced that Ann Pollock of Castlegar will be retiring at the end of June.

Evening worship was led by Therese Descamps.

19On Saturday, the day opened with worship led by Kim Horwood and Jean Daniels. The rest of the day was spent exploring the concept of “Open Spaces” facilitated by Chris Corrigan. This concept is based on the premise that the best learning often happens during conversations that take place during coffee breaks. In other words, we are our own best teachers. Participants wrote down their concerns and questions and what they would have to contribute in knowledge or experience to a group. In 3 different time slots, people gathered to discuss the various topics. Some of the topics included: spirituality, funding sources, forming new structures, youth, support to small congregations, community outreach, camping, support to older members, service ideas, etc. At the end of the day, people shared how they felt about the process and what they had learned. Notes of each group’s findings were circulated to everyone.

After enjoying yet another delicious dinner, closing worship was presented by the Youth Group. The evening ended with a “show” of talents. Following that, David, Leah and Nancy enjoyed a pleasant visit with Christine and Jody at their lovely bed and breakfast retreat.

BC Conference will be held in May in Nanaimo. Because Peter Busby has retired from presbytery duties, Nelson United Church is seeking another Presbytery Representative. Anyone interested may speak to David, Leah or Nancy.




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