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Christian Education

Under the authority of session, the Christian Education Committee is responsible for faith formation, and the encouragement of lifelong learning for all ages within the congregation. The committee has specific oversight of the following areas of congregational ministry:

• discipleship programs for children, youth and adults, including Church School, Vacation Bible School, youth group, Bible study for individuals and groups, and occasional programming of lectures and seminars

• Archives

• Nursery

Committee

 Session Members:  Karen Belamy, Lisa Hough,  Nancy Stepien (Convenor)

Member-at-large: Deb Nash Chambers

Ex-officio: Johan Olivier

Congregational Life

Under the authority of session, the Congregational Life Committee is responsible for the nurturing and encouragement of fellowship within the congregation. The committee has specific oversight of the following areas of congregational ministry:

•Organize Ministry of Welcome at Knox -- coffee hour after worship

• Facilitate the organization of fellowship events

• Written contributions to the Knox Newsletter advertising fellowship events

• Written contributions to the Knox Website advertising fellowship events and giving feedback on past events

Committee

 Session Members: Margaret Bingham, Wendy Darroch (Convenor)

Members-at-large: Shane Amichand, Nancy Dickieson, Rita Dumbreck, Heather Sanderson

Ex-officio: Johan Olivier

Worship

Under the authority of session, and in consultation with the minister(s), the Worship Committee is responsible for matters relating to worship, including the administration of the Sacraments. The committee has specific oversight of the following areas of congregational ministry:

• preparation for the sacraments

• use of the sanctuary

• admission of new members

• worship calendar

• organize ushers

• advertising of services

• music program and appointment of music director

• operation of the sound system during services

Committee

 Session Members: Bill Nicholson, Judy Steer (Convenor)

Members-Large: Liz Inglis, Carol Preater

Ex-officio: Chris Fischer, Johan Olivier

Human Resources

Under the authority of session, the Human Resources Committee is responsible for the management of all lay persons employed by the congregation in paid full- or part-time positions. The committee has specific oversight of the following:

• Oversight of congregational employees, including job descriptions, annual evaluation and disciplinary protocols

• Conversance with provincial and federal employment regulations and ensuring compliance

• Engagement of contract staff as appropriate

• Health and safety compliance per Employment Safety Act

Committee

 Session Members: Jessie Bush (Convener); Graham Smith; Elaine Thomson

Ex-officio: Johan Olivier

Mission

Under the authority of session the Mission Committee is responsible for Mission education and promotion, and for the congregation’s social outreach programs.The committee has specific oversight of the following areas of ministry:

• Presbyterians Sharing

• Presbyterian World Service & Development

• Organizing mission events

• Organizing fund raising efforts for mission including Lenten offering

• Overseeing the congregation’s participation in collaborative social outreach initiatives with neighboring congregations, such as CORE.

Committee

Session Members: Carolyn Parratt Creighton (Convener)

Staff:  Laurie Trace

Member-at-large:Marjorie Bethune, Elza Fudrzer, Lois Stockton

Ex-officio: Johan Olivier

Property

Under the authority of session the Property Committee has responsibility for the care and maintenance of the congregation’s property and church facilities. The committee has specific oversight of the following areas of ministry:

• custodial needs

• ensuring that the church facility meets accepted standards of safety

• maintaining the sanctuary sound and lighting systems

• maintenance and oversight of the security system

• development and maintenance of fire safety, emergency, and evacuation procedures

• policy and recommendations re access to church facilities by outside users.

• liaison with the City of Guelph on issues which will have an impact on the Church or access to it

Committee

Session Members: Ray Funnell (Convenor), Scott Gordon, Gerry Zegerius

Members-at-large: David Hough, Margaret Olsthoorn

Ex-officio: Johan Olivier

Finance

Under the authority of session the Finance Committee has responsibility for all aspects of the congregation’s financial stewardship. The committee has specific oversight of the following areas of ministry:

• oversight of the congregational treasurer and the bookkeeper

• preparation and oversight of the annual budget, including monitoring revenue and expenses

• organize counting teams including Assistant Treasurers and counters

• appoint internal accountants

• arrange for internal audits to be conducted

• overseeing special funds liaise with Endowment Committee as appropriate

Committee

Session Members: Diane Harvey (Convenor), David Hough, Werner Kuemmling

Members-at-large: Dean Kelley, Tony Steer, Herb Gale

Ex-officio: Herb Gale, Johan Olivier

Long Term Planning

An ongoing function of Session, planning for the future

Committee

Session Members:  Rachel Fishback

Members-at-large: Marjorie Bethune, Brian Redpath, Margaret Olsthoorn