Vestry Information

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Vestry Report – October to December 2018

  • Vestry confirmed that they had read the letter from Bishop John about the congregation of St Thomas’s Corstorphine leaving the Scottish Episcopal Church.
  • Russell recommended the plastic shed for the Rectory garden and Vestry discussed and agreed that this was the best option. Russell to arrange purchase.
  • Nicki expressed her thanks to everyone who worked hard to make the Harvest Weekend so successful although the Harvest lunch did not raise as much money as expected.
  • Thanks were expressed to Bob for arranging our ‘Light up Red’ lighting outside the church in line with Poppy Scotland.
  • Two parents have approached the Merchiston Chaplain about confirmations in 2019.
  • Nicki listed the services and activities leading up to and including Christmas day.
  • Nicki has met with the potential Non Stipendiary Curate.
  • Nicki expressed sincere thanks to Joan for all her support and help as she retires from her role as Rector’s Warden.
  • Martin expressed his thanks to Robin Holmes for agreeing to read through the accounts prepared by Chiene and Tait for St Cuthbert’s and highlighting spelling errors and anomalies.
  • The accounts to Year End 30 September 2018 were presented and were approved by Vestry.
  • It was pointed out that Congregational giving has increased and is now back at the 2015 level although it remains lower than most Churches in the Diocese. The Endowment income has increased due to dividends having increased. The year ended with a surplus of income to expenditure of £14,000.
  • The Budget for 2019 was presented and was approved by Vestry.
  • Similar figures to 2018 have been used to prepare the budget. Our Quota will rise due to the loss of St Thomas’s from the Diocese but we do not yet know the figure.
·      Vestry expressed appreciation for the letter and update from Holy Trinity Church, Wester Hailes.
  • Vestry confirmed that they had read the letter from the Bishop about Christmas fundraising and possible support for the Aberlour Childcare Trust. Vestry agreed that the collection from the Christmas Morning Service be sent to support this cause. The Midnight Mass collection will go to the children’s charity HopScotch as planned.
    Five companies including the two original bidders have now been invited to bid to carry out the next Quinquennial Survey and Report.
  • A quotation for fitting the new LED lights in the church is awaited with the work likely to be carried out in January 2019.
  • Considering the deadline for questions for the AGM, next year we will plan to get the reports out earlier, giving people more time to read the reports and submit any questions.
  • Nicki proposed that Vestry meetings should be approximately every 2 months. Additional meetings could be arranged if there was a need.
  • Nicki expressed her wish to use some money for mission in 2019 and asked Vestry to think about this. Vestry was also asked to consider whether the South Transept could be made into a suitable area for parents with very young children that could be used during Services.

Vestry was asked to consider whether the money previously used to fund a worker for the elderly could partly be used to fund a person to work with young people or any other purposes.

·      The prospect of spoken or responsorial Psalms during some Services was raised.  Vestry supported the idea that these should be used.
  • Nicki thanked Sarah Donaldson and Margaret Temple for their service to the Vestry and the church, as they had both come to the end of their term.
  • The full minutes are available in the folder at the back of the Church. **************************************************************************

click here – to read THE REPORT AND ACCOUNTS
click here – to read the AGM Booklet, containing the Minutes from the 2016 AGM and the Agenda and Reports for the 2017 AGM
click here – to read The Revd.Nicki McNelly’s AGM report