Search Committee
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April 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Announcements made in Church

Announcements were made in both the 8 and 10 O'clock services regarding the search committee, in particular mentioning this blog site for the most recent updates on news for the search committee.

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April 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

Search Committee Meeting 1

Full search Committee meets in the church Hall. After a call to order and an opening prayer, open issues were discussed:

a) What the committee had to accomplish

b) A discussion about finances, and the number of churches in the diocese that are also looking for priests

c) Discussions on congregational involvement

d) Division of the work outlined in the Position Description Outline. (PDO)

The main work for the committee at this stage is the Position Description Outline.  In layman's terms, this is our Churches "advertisement" for a new priest.  It's long but includes everything from the history of the parish to the type of Vicar we would like and the nurture and mission of the church.  Each committee member is to accomplish one or two sections of the PDO and discuss via email in draft form with other members in order to produce a final draft.  Some sections will require congregational input in the form of questionnaire (details forthcoming).

A meeting was set for three weeks time on Sunday 21st May 2017 for final Drafts compilation.

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April 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Finance committee meets with Chairman

Damien and members of the finance committee meet in the church hall to discuss what the church can afford in terms of a new priest - part-time, fulltime, priest in residence, supply plus or just supply.  Christ Church is currently (depending on variable costs like fuel) in a position to afford a part time priest (same as Ryan), but on the plus side, we are currently about 65% of the way towards a full time vicar.

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March 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Vestry picks search committee

The search committee was ratified today by the Vestry of Christ Church.  They are:

Damien Lloyd Payne (Chairman)

Nicholas Warren (vestry member)

Jackie Berry (vestry Member)

Jen Roeder

Doug Wicks

Cynthia Bruno

Caleb Lloyd Payne


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March 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

a note from the committee....

Dear Parishioners,

As you all know, we are in a transitional phase, and we are looking for new priest in charge.  The committee has been selected, and I wanted to thank all of you who applied - the choices in were hard, especially as the committee has to be only 7 members and three of those slots were already assigned (1 chairman and two vestry).  However, I think we have chosen a wide diversity of members, representing every age group, each service Rite, old members and new and also we bring together some useful skills from a variety of backgrounds.

The committee has yet to formally meet, but I wanted to assure everyone that we will always be working on your behalf to find the perfect fit for our family.  Believe me when I tell you that this is no easy task - not because we are hard to please, but because the paperwork process will likely take over a year, and the number of priests retiring outweigh the number of new recruits. I intend to make the process quick and efficient if we at all can, and will keep you regularly updated right here on the website - so keep checking in on this page.

Secondly, I would like to say to all parishioners, old, new and even first timers - do not be afraid to approach anyone on the committee.  We need to hear from you, and if you wish to remain anonymous then you can.  Everything you tell us will be kept in strict confidentiality, but we do want to hear your opinions on everything - not just what you want from a vicar pastorally, but also socially and also what you want from a church that a new vicar may be able to accommodate.  For example, do you want a priest in charge more heavily involved in community outreach? Do you think that an evening service in the week may be a way forward in the church if the priest in charge can do it? Do you want a modern priest with relatable sermons or a by the book theologian? And if you have a kid in Sunday School or Trinity Teens then get them to tell us too.

Find someone you can relate to on the committee and chat. They'll bring it back to the committee and I promise we will take it all under advisement.

For now, thanks for reading, and keep checking back for updates.

God Bless,



04-01-2017 at 12:47 PM
Carolyn E. Link
I do think community outreach is important and also support a priest with relatable sermons that do refer us to the biblical passages. Thanks so much for all you all are doing in this challenging venture!
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