The session approved a second baptism request for October, prayed for members and families who are going through hard times, illness and loss and gave thanks to God for the gift of new babies!
We received reports from the CE committee and learned that the Gracefield Retreat in September was a wonderful success, many thanks to Aisling Boomgaardt for her leadership, and to Peter Lamont for his presentation on his trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Volunteers have already come forward to plan next years retreat on the second weekend in September.
The Kirk Session also learned that the Church School is off to a good start. Thanks to Laura McGregor,and Ian MacKay who helped organize the Rally Day picnic and to our church School Superintendent Althea Williams-Goodman and the team of Sunday School teachers who do so much that our children might grow in faith and love of God. The Session was encouraged to hear there are three new teachers in the Sunday School this year. The Session also learned that new security measures including mirrors and door locks have been installed in the Church School area.
We welcomed Sydney Johnson as our new part-time Christian Education Coordinator.
Richard Lauzon, from the temporal committee, gave a presentation sharing the learning gained from the spring fire drill.
We learned about plans for worship in October including Reformation Sunday on October 28th. On October 14th we will be welcoming Ms. Clara Maranzano to the pulpit for Colleges Sunday. She is a third year student at Presbyterian College. On October 21st the Rev Dr. Andrew Johnston will be in the pulpit for our anniversary service and the bells will be back and playing in worship that Sunday as well.
Rev. Dimock will be in Toronto from October 18th – 20th for an evangelism conference at St. Paul’s Anglican Church. (She will be back well in time for the anniversary dinner).
The Session supported the stewardship team’s plans for an appeal called compassion and community, to be shared in the worship bulletins from Thanksgiving through the end of November.
The Christian Communications Committee has held its initial meeting to plan its strategy and undertake specific tasks.
The Kirk Session continued to discuss opportunities to reach out to the needs of the local community through partnerships with downtown organizations.
The Kirk Session held a moment of appreciation to express thanks to Diane Shaughnessy for her service on the Session. Diane has demitted from the court after years of service but continues to be a member of the Pastoral Care committee.