Reverend Dimock talked with the Session about the Evangelism and Discipleship conference she attended in Toronto in October. She shared a definition of evangelism attributed to Leslie Newbigin: one hungry beggar telling another where food is to be found. Members of the Session considered and some spoke about when they have last shared with someone else the importance of their own faith.
The Session received Tracey Stabback’s resignation effective January 1st with regret and also gave thanks to God for the 6 ½ years she has led our Junior Choir, Heather Pilkey, Recording Clerk and Reverend Dimock were charged with establishing a committee to find a new Choir Director. The Kirk Session asked the Christian Education team to take the lead in planning a farewell and thank you for Tracey.
The Kirk Session received a letter to the congregation from the Special Committee of Former Moderators that was formed last June at General Assembly. The committee was charged with identifying a way forward for the denomination on the questions of Human Sexuality and inclusion of members of the LGBTQI community in the life and work of the church. The Kirk Session will make the letter available in the narthex of the church and will include it in St. Andrew’s in Action as well.
The Kirk Session agreed to spend time at its December meeting discussing a response to the Special Committee of Moderators on the study document “On the question of Unity and Diversity”
Tom Znotins, a member of the Stewardship committee, gave a presentation to the Kirk Session on work he has been and continues to do to better understand stewardship efforts
Noral Rebin, convenor of the Membership and Fellowship committee, thanked Bob Ferris and the memorials committee, as well as Peter Lamont and Elizabeth Phillipson for their work in the wonderful Anniversary Celebration on October 20th. The Kirk Session extended thanks to Noral and his committee as well.
A letter of thanks was received from Rev. Dr. Andrew Johnston, for welcoming him and his wife to be part of the Anniversary Service and Celebration.
Neil Wick was appointed to the Christian Education Committee
From the Memorials Committee the Kirk Session received a report on a special event to be held in the Sanctuary on February 23, from 7 – 9, in cooperation with Black History Ottawa.
Kirk Session was updated that Operation Come Home has now been meeting for four weeks at St. Andrew’s on Monday afternoons for food and fellowship. Operation Come Home will be our local charity for the 2018 Christmas Offering
Kirk Session was glad to hear that progress is being made on the installation and activation of personal security hardware for the church, in accordance with police recommendations. Convex mirrors have been installed at strategic points in the basement so that areas previously hidden from sight are now visible
Thank you to Karen Dimock, Scott Inrig and Sydney Johnson who have worked very hard to ensure the success of the Fall Wednesday Evening Studies.