Approximately forty people attended
the Stewardship Visioning Session
for St Mark’s on Sunday, May 6, following the 10:00 AM service and a
potluck lunch. Although this was not a huge number, the session, which
ended at approximately 2:15 PM, was very productive. This was the first
stewardship meeting since the appointment of Terry Thompson and Ann
Matthews as Stewardship Officers at the 2006 Vestry Meeting.
The session began with worship, followed by an introduction on what the
Stewardship Team had done prior to this event… which included their
attendance at a Diocesan Conference and four stewardship workshops: Visioning,
Narrative Budgets, Tithing
(for Clergy only) and Mentoring
(A fifth workshop, From Scarcity to Abundance, was held in late May.)
Those present then formed small groups to discuss their “visions” for
St. Mark’s in the future. Each group reported back their ideas to the
group at large, at which time all the visions were recorded. Following
this, each parishioner was allowed three votes to establish the top
choices. The outcome of the visioning session resulted in many ideas
The top six are as follows, in alphabetical order:
1. Announcements, Communications, Keeping in Touch:
This was almost
universally agreed upon as
an area in our ministry that needs
It was proposed that we re-attempt a
format for worship with more
modern language and music.
3. Praying Church:
The praying ministries already in place in
parish can be enhanced, so that we
come to be known as a praying
4. Welcoming Committee:
This would be aimed at generally
visitors and newcomers feel more
at home among us.
5. Youth Ministry:
This will attempt to encourage the youth
parish to become more involved
and to provide them with the support
The work to be undertaken in these areas is not to affect any ongoing
ministries, but rather to enhance what is already happening at St Marks
and/or to initiate new ideas. Another of the six visions was to
maintain the present Parish Nursing and Debra Dynes ministries and to
increase the Pastoral Care ministry (no particular individual took
responsibility for leading this effort).
The session included scripture readings and praise throughout the
entire meeting and ended with worship.
The Stewardship Team will be reporting back to the congregation in due
Stewardship Team Members:
Lindsay Hawn, Erik
Kristjansson, Ann Matthews, David Matthews, Gillian Morris and Terry
St. Mark’s Stewardship Officers are Terry Thompson (613-248-1817) and
Ann Matthews (613-737-3664).
They were appointed at the 2006 Vestry
Meeting and their term ends in 2008. They are appointed by and
answerable to the Corporation. (Shortly thereafter, the Diocese
requested that Stewardship Officers be members
of Parish Councils.) If
you have questions about stewardship, please do not hesitate to contact
one of the Stewardship Officers.
In September 2006 the Stewardship Officers (with others) attended the
Stewardship Conference related to the Diocesan Stewardship programme, Letting Down the Nets
The Diocese plans to present nine workshops to assist parishes in
their stewardship endeavours.
To-date there have been five:
(b) Narrative Budgets,
(c) Tithing (for clergy only),
(d) Parish Mentoring and
(e) From Scarcity to Abundance.
The Diocese recommends the Visioning
process every five years to
“include a plan for the initiation, continuation, and/or enhancement of
existing or new parish ministries, including time-lines and action
plans.” On May 6, 2007, following the 10:00 a.m. service and a light
lunch, a visioning
was held. Questionnaires were provided to
members of the congregation prior to this event and the responses were
posted and discussed at the meeting. These responses revealed that
there is a great deal of stewardship happening at St. Mark’s. In a
Biblical sense, stewardship means God owns everything and we are His
managers. We own nothing! By His grace we have been given the use of
all our time, talent, and treasure, and He expects us to give back to
Him in thanksgiving.
Arising out of the Visioning
session it was agreed that:
was a need for a “Youth Ministry”
at St. Mark’s and this was undertaken
by Cynthia Greer
and the Mothers' Union.
(2) St. Mark’s be known as a “Praying Church”
Thompson took on the responsibility of
heading up this project by enhancing what is
already being done.
Keeping in Touch”
was also an area
enhancement and Les and Donna Cundell took on
(4) An enhanced “Welcoming
is needed, and
Lindsay Hawn and Erik Kristjansson
took on the responsibility to
oversee this project, and
(5) There is a need for a “Contemporary
and Sheila Vaudrey agreed to oversee this project.
Since the Visioning
work has been ongoing in each of these
identified areas along with the usual good stewardship of St. Mark’s
people. We give great thanks for all stewardship at St. Mark’s and
thank God for blessing us in such a wonderful way. Praise be to God!
The “Praying Church”
arising out of the Visioning
pleased to announce a new prayer group called Experience Something
More. This group will be focussing solely on prayer with the intention
of spreading a blanket of prayer across the city as they meet in
parishioners’ homes and various locations. For information, including
meeting times and places, please call Terry at 613-248-1817 or Keith at
The “Youth Ministry”
arising out of the Visioning
working on re-allocating the nursery back into the conference room and
setting up a new schedule to provide a suitable area and supervision
for our children from birth to four years of age. We praise God and
thank Him for blessing us with the young people we have at St. Mark’s.