Parish Council

Annual Meeting: Election of Office Bearers Results

Annual Meeting: Election of Office Bearers Results

Congratulations to those elected today to various roles within the life of our Parish Council (the governing body of St Bart’s). Please pray for John Strachan and Jeremy Freyburg elected to Churchwardens. Please also pray for those elected as nominators (i.e., Trish Rathie, Warren Dutton, and Dennis Gamble) and parish councillors (i.e., Wendy Brodribb, David Cowie, Warren Dutton, Sheila Forknall, Dennis Gamble, Geoff Handley, Hannah Mason, Amy Norman, Jesse Paroz, Trish Rathie, Graeme Thomas, Kate Venables, Rebecca Vonhoff).

AGM Report

AGM Report

On Sunday February 25 at 11.30AM, we will hold our AGM at which our 2017 reports will be tabled and approval sought for our 2018 budget. You can pick up a printed copy of the report from church, or download a copy in PDF. Please read the report (a great opportunity to give thanks to God and encourage our leaders) and come along to the meeting. If you are not yet a member of St Bart's (phone 4636 2922 or email office@stbarts.com.au if you're not sure), please complete a member form online so that you can be eligible to vote.

Car Park Safety

Car Park Safety

To help ensure safety in the St Bart's car park, please observe the new pedestrian signs (attached to the back of the NO ENTRY signs), using the crossing and walking close to the building. You will note that a new speed hump has also been installed in front of the crossing. Thank you so much for your assistance with this matter - by avoiding walking through the driveway to access the church is will greatly improve safety on our property.

Annual Report

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Next Sunday (February 26) we will be holding our annual general meeting at 11.30AM at St Bart's. Having already appointed our parish council members last year for 2017, we will seek approval for the budget, appoint the auditors, and table the reports. You can access an electronic version of the report here.

Every Ministry Matters Sunday

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January 22 is Every Ministry Matters Sunday. This event will be a great opportunity for people to learn more about what is going on at St Bart's and how they can get involved and serve. There will be stalls run by various ministries such Mainly Music, Coffee Ministry, St Bart's Care, Gardening, Kid's Church, and many more. We hope that as we grow as a church we can build these ministries up and get more volunteers involved, in order to share the love of God with our city and help more people! Be sure to check out the various stalls after each of our morning services.

Election of Parish Council

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With great thanks to God, we today elected our new Parish Council for 2017. Our current churchwardens (Jeremy Freyburg, Dennis Gamble, and Wendy Swanson) will continue on. Michael Dennison and Jeremy Freyburg were elected as Synod Representatives, whilst the current nominators (Warren Dutton, Dennis Gamble, and Trish Rathie) will also continue. The Parish Council members for 2017 are:

  • Jeremy Freyburg (Warden and Synod Representative)
  • Dennis Gamble (Priest's Warden and Nominator)
  • Wendy Swanson (Warden)
  • Michael Dennison (Synod Representative)
  • Warren Dutton (Nominator)
  • Jodie O'Shannassy
  • Amy Norman (Priest Appointed)
  • Trish Rathie (Nominator)
  • Nicholas Ryan
  • Matthew Skelton (Priest Appointed)
  • Graeme Thomas
  • Malcolm Thompson
  • Kate Venables
  • Two positions (to be appointed by the Priest-in-Charge) remain vacant.

Please give thanks to God for those elected and pray for them as they serve in this role in the life of our church.

Deferred AGM - Election of Office Bearers

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In just one week, we will have our deferred AGM.  The regulations say that we must have an election of office bearers by a certain time in the New Year. However, for some very good reasons and particularly so we have the new parish council in place by January 1st 2017, we will have the election on the last Sunday of November. Then in February next year we will deal with the other matters relating to the year that has just gone with all the various reports. So on Sunday 27th November we need to have received all the nominations for parish Council, Wardens, Nominators, and Synod Representatives. We like to have them in by the week before.

Generally speaking, we have 3 wardens and 3 Parish Nominators and the Parish Council will need to have a multiple of 3 in its formation. This is because two-thirds of the Parish Council is elected and the other third appointed by the Parish Priest-in-Charge, Adam.

A number of parish councillors and wardens are stepping down, so we asking the congregation to prayerfully consider who you would like to have in that role. Parish Council will be meeting on the third Monday of each month in 2017, a change from previous years. Generally reports from wardens, treasurer and others are tabled after distribution the previous week, so matters can be reviewed expeditiously. That allows time for the PC to review plans for the months and in some cases years ahead. So effectively it is a committee of review but importantly to preposition the parish for a future time.

Nomination Forms are available in the foyer and you must be a member of St Barts to be an elector or office bearer. If you are not on the parish Roll you are not a member and cannot vote, so here’s your opportunity to fill our membership form.

Please prayerfully consider whether you would like to fill one of those roles, or know just the person who would be just right in that position.

Deferred AGM - Election of Office Bearers

ELECTION-Office-Bearers.jpg

In just two weeks, we will have our deferred AGM.  The regulations say that we must have an election of office bearers by a certain time in the New Year. However, for some very good reasons and particularly so we have the new parish council in place by January 1st 2017, we will have the election on the last Sunday of November. Then in February next year we will deal with the other matters relating to the year that has just gone with all the various reports. So on Sunday 27th November we need to have received all the nominations for parish Council, Wardens, Nominators, and Synod Representatives. We like to have them in by the week before.

Generally speaking, we have 3 wardens and 3 Parish Nominators and the Parish Council will need to have a multiple of 3 in its formation. This is because two-thirds of the Parish Council is elected and the other third appointed by the Parish Priest-in-Charge, Adam.

A number of parish councillors and wardens are stepping down, so we asking the congregation to prayerfully consider who you would like to have in that role. Parish Council will be meeting on the third Monday of each month in 2017, a change from previous years. Generally reports from wardens, treasurer and others are tabled after distribution the previous week, so matters can be reviewed expeditiously. That allows time for the PC to review plans for the months and in some cases years ahead. So effectively it is a committee of review but importantly to preposition the parish for a future time.

Nomination Forms are available in the foyer and you must be a member of St Barts to be an elector or office bearer. If you are not on the parish Roll you are not a member and cannot vote, so here’s your opportunity to fill our membership form.

Please prayerfully consider whether you would like to fill one of those roles, or know just the person who would be just right in that position.

STAGE TWO Pledges

It was fantastic this morning to gather for worship and have the opportunity to commit our pledge for STAGE TWO to God. It has been so encouraging to commit this project to God as we seek to be a church for the city for the next 100 years. If you missed today and have a pledge card to send in, it would be great if you could please return it to the church office sometime this week (or by post in the supplied envelope). Please also continue to pray as the planning continues and we raise financial support. For more information on STAGE TWO, you can also visit the dedicated page on our website. If you would like a hard copy of the STAGE TWO booklet and have not received one yet, you can pick one up from the foyer or church office. May it all be for God's kingdom and glory.

STAGE TWO Building Programme Launch (+ Video)

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Thank you to everyone who was able to make it along to the launch of STAGE TWO on Friday night. It really was a fantastic time of fellowship, worship, and committing all of our hopes and plans to God. If you weren’t able to make it, please be sure to collect your information pack from church as it contains a STAGE TWO booklet and an opportunity to make a contribution towards the building. Over the last five years, our church has grown from an average of 218 people each Sunday to now over 350. Similarly, most of our ministries have significantly grown with some being double the size. This of course has nothing to do with how good we are, but the incredible work of God amongst us. God always does the growing, yet in his kindness and mercy, he involves his church in his mission. What a privilege!

As we look towards and beyond our VISION 2020, it’s evident that now is the time to build. Now is the time to expand our facilities to ensure that we can continue to enable God’s mission as we seek to increasingly become a church for the entire city for the next century. What a delight to know that the Gospel work that we partake in will contribute to the life of the church for many generations to come! On Sunday September 25 we will have the opportunity to bring our pledge cards along to church and commit them to God.

Please join with me in praying for God to be greatly glorified through our church, that we will continue in the making and maturing of disciples, and that sufficient resources will be raised up.

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MORE INFORMATION

Facilities Task Group Update

If you were at church on Sunday you would have noticed a few changes. Yes there are directional lines in the car park and a couple of speed bumps thanks to some willing workers on Saturday, but there is also something out the back. The basic structure for the patio area has been completed in that the roof is on providing a covered area. In the next couple of weeks there will be some additions, including a fixed wall at the western end and some slats similar to the treatment on the northern wall of the church will be added to the space above 2.4m to the roof. Below this height “ziptrak” blinds will be installed by Sunset Canvas by May 6. The electrician will install lighting and hopefully some extra power points with everything complete by  May 13.

The Task Group met again last week to make a final decision on who we should engage to do the design work for Stage 2. In this regard we have now met with Struxi to discuss how we turn ideas into sketches of the work to be done. We have formed some basic guidelines but there is much more to be done and consultation with the congregation is paramount.

We will keep everyone informed of the process, but in the meantime please pray that the ultimate Designer, our Lord, will have his hand on this.

Traffic Management

An increase in traffic movement and pedestrians through the car park, especially on Sundays as well as other days has resulted in a safety review of the flow of traffic. The result being that shortly, signs will be erected directing traffic in a clockwise direction through the car park. Please observe the No Entry and Traffic direction signs as well as the arrows painted on the roadway. In addition, in order to slow down traffic to a safe 10kph, especially through the Shared Zone in front of the entrance to the building, two Speed Humps will be installed within the next couple of weeks. Jeremy Freyburg

2016 AGM

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Last Sunday, November 28, about 50 people were present for AGM 2016.  As all of the reports had previously been distributed, Adam presented a brief outline of his report, thanking the many people who assist him in the work of the parish. The financial reports were presented and Jeremy Freyburg, the Parish Treasurer presented some graphical information to simplify what is a very extensive document. Part of the budget will address the cost of the Patio area, and makes provision for two part time roles to assist with ministry. The budget was passed with little further discussion, and then there were some questions from the floor.

As a background to the financial reports it is worthwhile mentioning where we have come from in the past 4 years that St Bart's has been on this site and where we want to be in the short term.

For the first 3 years, we were fortunate that income exceeded budget sufficiently to be able to reduce our debt by about $200,000 each year. Last year, 2015, the surplus was in the order of $250,000 but instead of all that surplus going into debt reduction, most of the surplus was withheld for future needs. In that regard, we still have about $80,000 on Term Deposit from VISION2020 donations which was earmarked to fund the salary of the Children’s and Families Minister, the balance spread across other accounts.

Fortunately, income from Tithes and Offerings is expected to increase substantially in 2016 with a budget figure of $7500pw, which if maintained will mean we won’t have to touch the Term Deposit at least for this year.

Similarly, we have sufficient funds in the Education and Christian Teaching Fund to cover the cost of the Patio area of about $60,000 ex GST, and also cover the cost of engaging consultants to commence planning work for Stage 2. Before we do that however, we still have a debt of about $124,000 at present, which we would like to clear before we embark on the project. Wouldn’t it be nice if this could happen by July this year? It will mean we will have to receive some extraordinary donations even before we launch the fund raising program for the next stage. God has been very good to us to date, and through prayer anything is entirely possible.

Annual Report for AGM

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In preparation for our AGM on Sunday February 28, please pick up a copy of the annual report this Sunday (one per family) or download a copy in PDF. As we look back on 2015 it is a wonderful opportunity to give great thanks to God and also commit our plans for 2016 in prayer. As we have already elected our parish council at the end of last year, this meeting will receive the reports and approve the budget for the current year. If you are not yet a member of St Bart's, please complete a member form at church or online.

Mission Partners for 2016

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This morning it was with great joy that we launched our mission partners for 2016! At St Bart’s, we’re privileged to work together in the Gospel with eight different Mission Partners locally, nationally, and internationally. Our support for each partner consists of a combination of financial resources, practical help, and regular prayer. To read about each of our mission partners, check out our website, or download the special edition of the NEWS. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please feel free to speak with any of the liaison people, or with Barry Stone who oversees the Mission Partners group

Parish Council Photo

Our 2016 Parish Council photo is now available on our website - what an amazing group of people! Please be continuing to pray for our parish council who were elected at the end of 2015 and have already been hard at work in 2016. Please give thanks for such a talented and faithful group! Pray also for continuing wisdom and a great desire to seek out God's will for St Bart's as we seek to fulfil our mission in the coming year (and beyond!)

Induction for Key Holders

If you currently hold a key for St Bart's, we are conducting an induction for every key holder on January 31. This session will take place from 11.30AM and is expected to be completed prior to 12.15PM. Please bring your key on the day and if you are unable to make it, please contact our church manager, Warren Dutton (warren@stbarts.com.au).

Annual General Meeting: February 28

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The parish will be conducting the AGM on February 28 at 11.30am. As we had the election of office bearers late last year, this meeting is to receive the reports from Adam (Priest-in-Charge), Wardens, and selected leaders from the various ministries. We will also be presenting the audited financial accounts and proposed budget for discussion. This coming week, we will email those leaders from whom we will require a brief report highlighting the positive aspects of ministry and aspirations for the future to be included in the Annual Reports document. Those reports will be required by February 6 to allow time for compilation.