The M & P Committee is a confidential, consultative committee that is responsible for the clergy and lay staff of the church. The committee supports the Church Board, the church community, church staff and volunteers on personnel matters. The committee also serves as a confidential forum for the church community to provide input from the congregation on staff related issues.
Plan and direct the total programming of faith study of children/youth.
Plan and direct intergenerational programming for congregation and community at large under the headings of: Social, Spiritual, Learning, Leisure & Wellness, Outreach (in partnership with Mission & Outreach committee).
Manage all matters pertaining to finance, prepare and present the annual budget, prepare Narrative budget for Annual Congregational Report as well initiate, organize and promote regular special appeals for financial stewardship.
Promote the United Church of Canada Mission & Service Fund within congregation membership. The Committee encourages and offers Mission education, both globally and locally, in the various areas of congregational life. As well the Committee develops liaison with agencies, groups, and congregations serving community needs and problem areas and supplements these efforts when the need arises.
The committee co-ordinates the maintenance, minor renovations, cleaning and improvements of the land, buildings and contents of the Church. Also, the committee oversees the establishment of rental fees and the control of the distribution of keys through the role of the Administrative Assistant.
The committee reviews any major changes in the order of worship as planned by the minister and music director. It is also the responsibility of the committee to review the list of special worship for the coming year and approve or suggest changes if necessary.
The worship committee assists the Administrative Assistant with a schedule of lay readers for each worship as well as a list of elders for each communion and ensures that all the roles within communion worship are fulfilled by elders. It is the responsibility of the committee to arrange for pulpit supply in the minister’s absence. The committee confers with the music director should there be any concerns or special arrangements with regard to the supply of music.
The congregation of Westdale United Church lives into its 3rd decade with a continued vibrancy that was obviously evident when it all began with such devoted members!
The Mission Statement of Westdale United Church states, ‘ As a Christian community, we seek to honour God and to care for one another daily. We are called to live our faith and to grow spiritually by learning and applying the teachings of the scriptures.’
Members have come to believe in their church and in their faith providing them with an anchor which guides their lives and calls them in the Way of Jesus Christ to work toward hope, justice and peace for all of creation. Come in and join the journey of faith and spiritual growth.
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To: Members and Adherents of Westdale United Church
From: John MacDonald, Chair, Unified Board
Re: Temporary Suspension of In-Person Worship
Date: January 13, 2022
Folks, as promised earlier this month, I said that we would regularly attempt to keep you updated with the information that is guiding the Board’s decision to suspend in-person worship services at Westdale.
In the past couple of days we were waiting to see if the Province of Ontario was going to not only move forward with the opening of schools but would they also use that date to change the other restrictions issued at the first of the month.
Well, it appears that only the schools opening on January 17th has been approved and all other community restrictions will remain in place until January 26th as originally determined by the Provincial government.
We believe everyone is well aware of the severity of the Omicron virus that is now penetrating all sectors of our community which only goes to confirm the Board’s decision to suspend Sunday worship.
Thus, I would like you to know that the Unified Board has planned to meet on January 26th and will be prepared to make any decisions that may seem prudent as it pertains to the operation of the Church. Such decisions will determine the status of in-person worship services as well as possible changes to other uses of the church related to rentals in particular and also establishing a due date for full vaccination of children ages 5-11.
Thus, it may be hopeful to think at least, that we will only have to be without in-person worship, as an example, for the next two Sundays. Decisions made at the Unified Board meeting on January 26th will be immediately conveyed to the congregation and how those decisions may affect Sunday, January 30th and beyond.
In the meantime Rev. Chris has graciously agreed to continue the productions of the taped worship services that are being posted for each Sunday on YouTube as these are being so well received and are a means of continuing to connect with everyone who tunes in.
So, just as the weather changes from freezing to moderate temperatures day by day we never know what changes might come any day between now and January 26th from the Province. Therefore, we will continue to monitor the situation as promised.