Governance

Council

Mandate: Ensures the intentions of the Congregation are carried out, by making decisions on behalf of the Congregation.

The Council governs the ongoing operations of Britannia United Church for the year.

Membership:
Minister Rev. Jim Baldwin
Chair Convenes and presides over meetings Barry Meredith
Vice Chair Acts as Chair in absence of Chair, and assumes position of Chair in second year of membership Brenda Plamondon
Recording Secretary Keeps records of attendance, takes minutes and records all decisions Wendy Gallant
Treasurer As a member of Stewards (see below), receives and disburses funds, maintains records of financial transactions, prepares annual budget, provides financial statements, ensures financial statements are audited and files necessary documentation with Head Office Jamie Hill
Presbytery lay representatives Acts as liaison with the Ottawa Presbytery, keeps Council informed of any activities at the Presbytery affecting the Congregation, submits any directives issued by the Presbytery and serves as envoy to the Presbytery in terms of communicating crucial congregational activities Eileen Ball
2 positions vacant
Christian Development Seeks to nurture and support learners of all ages to grow in faith and in their relationship with self, one another and all creation Mary Lou Farrell
Sub-committees:
Sunday School Coordinator Coordinates the provision of an educational program for children aged 3 to 10 Helen Hutcheson
Youth Group Coordinator Leads a ministry with and for youth, aged 11 and up, to support their learning and social needs Helen Hutcheson
Nursery Coordinator Provides a care and nurturing program for children under the age of 3 Joanna and Scott Hughes
Coordinator of Congregational Learning Develops leadership and reviews resources for a program of learning for the Congregation, including Bible study classes Vacant
Library Coordinator Manages resources to support the learning groups and individuals within the Congregation Barbara Blair
Mary Townson
Worship and Music Provides oversight for worship services Dori Jensen
Mission, Service and Outreach Strives to meet the mission and outreach needs of the Britannia Congregation and local community, and carries out national and international projects Vacant
Pastoral Care Assists the Minister in addressing and nurturing the spiritual and pastoral needs of the Congregation Dori Jensen
Ministry and Personnel Supports the pastoral relationship as a confidential, consultative body by overseeing the staff of Britannia United Church Mary Lou Farrell
Coordinator, West End Villa Group Provides residents at West End Villa who wish to attend a United Church service, the opportunity to do so every fourth Tuesday. Marilyn Bruce
Coordinator, Seniors’ Tea Provides the seniors of the Church and community with an opportunity to meet for a short devotional, followed by games and refreshments. Maggie Taylor
Editor, Britannia United Church Newsletter Serves as a channel for spiritual outreach and a means of communication with members of the Congregation and with interested groups in the community. Peter Bain
Craft Group Makes and provides articles for sale at various functions including the Strawberry Social, Fall Bazaar and Christmas Pot Luck Edith Kenney
Members at large Represents the views of the Congregation, providing members and adherents with information and feedback, and seeking input as required. Verne Bruce
Bob Livingstone
3 positions vacant
Youth representative Represents the views of youth, providing them with information and feedback, and seeking their input as required. Vacant
Church Accessibility Committee Provides people with disabilities the same opportunity to access programs and services allowing them to benefit from the same services, in the same place in a similar way as other church attendees. Rev. Jim Baldwin
Mary Lou Farrell
Coordinator, Funeral Reception Committee Liaises with the Minister following his consultation with the family to see if they require a reception and how many people they are expecting, and telephones members of the Congregation for food, help with food preparation, and set-up and clean-up. Marilyn Bruce
Board of Trustees Holds all of the property of the Congregation for the use and benefit of the Congregation as part of the United Church. This includes managing insurance coverage and the investment of funds. Don Judd
Sub-committee:
Finance Advises the Trustees on investment matters. Ole Jensen

Committee of Stewards

Monitors the financial and temporal affairs of the Congregation, ensures that sufficient funds are available to provide for staff salaries and operating expenses of the Church and Presbytery, accounts for all moneys received and disbursed, and ensures that all property is maintained
Sub-committees: Rotating Chair
Envelope Steward Keeps records of members’ givings, issues periodic statements and annual receipts, and arranges for Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR) through the United Church of Canada Verne Bruce
Duty Stewards Coordinates the collection and counting of offering, and makes bank deposits Verne Bruce (scheduling)
Peter Bain
Betty Lusk
Gail Wyse
Property Upkeeps and maintains the Church buildings and land, negotiates long-term leases and temporary arrangements with groups and individuals wishing to use the Church property, and maintains a secure environment Donald Jackson
Office Automation Maintains all automated office equipment of the Church Bob Johnston
Memorial Keeps a record of all memorial gifts and donations received by the Congregation. Bob Livingstone
Kitchen Oversees the kitchen facilities and equipment and their use on Sundays and during special events. Verne Bruce
Memorial Garden Created Floral beauty through the seasons. Dianne Tupper

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