Parish Council Minutes
October 6, 2003
The moderator convened the meeting at 7:20 P.M. Present were Phil Johnson, George Hayden, Raymond Patch, Susan Lambe, Hugh Penney, Bill Newell and Linda Ladd.
Our continuing discussion on growth and goals for our church began with 2 questions:
What can Parish Council do?
What can individuals do?
All were in agreement that we need to attract new members and their accompanying pledges (most likely young families) to our church. We were also in agreement that much of our Outreach has focused on hunger, and that we would continue in that direction. A discussion about how to get people to our door and how to greet and encourage them once they are here followed. It is felt that our greeting methods now are passive and we would actually like to be much more ‘intentional.’ Ideas included developing a trained team of greeters (possibly to be combined with ushering) who would greet, meet, seat, introduce to others and follow-up with any new people at church. We discussed getting people here by utilizing the media, Tower Notes, renting the building and supporting Tower Day. Parish Council will also observe and work with another successful and growing church to glean more ideas.
Much of the rest of the meeting was spent discussing our Sunday worship format. Our worship style is fairly traditional. Exactly what should be included in services was discussed, as were formal vs. spontaneous worship styles. Raymond and the Worship Team will meet to discuss the opening portion of the service that includes greetings, hymns and announcements. The Worship Team will also explore ideas for the portion of the service after the children go to their workshops. The need for some type of brochure explaining who we are and what we stand for was also discussed.
The agenda for our next meeting was determined to include:
determining a cadre of greeters (Parish Council)
make plans to observe and meet with another church (P. Johnson)
discuss proposed changes to our Services (Worship Team)
discuss a brochure for CCC (P. Johnson)
obtaining training from UCC on church growth (R. Patch)
review our format for announcements in Tower Notes and bulletin (R. Patch)
In other business, the minutes of the Sept. 28th meeting were approved. Council also discussed and approved an increase in Barbara and Jill’s hours effective 10/1. They have both agreed to stay on another year at 20 hours per week. The word ‘interim’ will be dropped from their title. One of them will attend Council meetings, and they will be eligible to take courses that would benefit their position. The next Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 28th at 6:30 and will include dinner.
The meeting adjourned at 9:35 P.M.
Susan Lambe, Recording Clerk