Wardens’ Message: “Poised for Growth”; 6 areas of focus

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

We are experiencing a time of many blessings here at Christ Church. Among these are the renewed energy and participation of so many parishioners during our Discovery Team process, which is being led by Nick, the Vestry and Discovery Team, and our Kairos consultants. Mining the treasure trove of information provided by so many of you through your survey responses, we have sharpened our focus on six important areas of parish life:

  • Worship: A Worship and Arts Committee will be forming to explore new ways to enliven our worship and to recommend an additional non-Sunday time for worship.
  • Staffing Plan: A Personnel/HR Committee has been formed to help streamline our staffing patterns, create job descriptions and clear employment policies, and recommend ways that volunteer help can support our staff.
  •  Leadership Training/Succession Planning: A current Ministry Organizational chart has been created, identifying nearly sixty current ministries. Opportunities for cooperation and collaboration, as well as regular contact among current leaders, are coming soon. Training for leaders to help them sustain and grow the ministries are being planned.
  • Communications: Better ways of using the bulletin, website and weekly e-blasts to spread information to our members are being explored. Increasing regular contact from our Vestry to our members is an ongoing effort.
  • Outreach: The top three issues identified through community panels and survey results are problems with isolation of elderly, lack of affordable housing and struggles of addiction and recovery with drugs and alcohol. The Vestry will consider ways we can become involved in these issues.
  • Newcomers: A Hospitality Team is being considered to create an ongoing effort to welcome and follow up with newcomers. A parish-wide training to augment these efforts is also being considered.

The Vestry has also been crafting vision language, drawing on the survey responses and the movement of the Spirit in Vestry meetings themselves, to be shared with the Parish. This language is intended to be a source of inspiration and guidance for the Christ Church community, as well as for those looking for a spiritual home, as we move into the future. The fruits of these labors will be steadily ripening in the upcoming months, as the rolling-out of new initiatives and the strengthening of many time-honored practices continues. Our Clergy and Vestry have adopted a short phrase that captures the position we hope these efforts will lead us to; that is, “poised for growth.” We are deeply thankful for your collective help so far and welcome the opportunity to work and worship together as we go forward.

We have also been truly blessed to have Lynn Campbell in our lives during the past nearly six years at Christ Church. While we feel some inevitable sadness as Lynn’s time with us winds down, we also share fully in the joy of knowing how well-prepared and excited she is to be accepting the post of Rector at St Peter’s Church in Weston, MA. The range and depth of relationships Lynn has built here among us is a gift she has given that we will continue to cherish as time goes on. Thank you, Lynn, for your love, energy, devotion, optimism and commitment. Our prayers and best wishes go with you!

Peace,

Rich Gatto and Liz Dennett, Wardens