The Official Board is the umbrella committee under which the other church committees operate. Only those serving on committees or their representatives are members of the Official Board. When major decisions need to be made, e.g. budget, building repairs, etc., an Official Board meeting is called. Sometimes the Board makes the decision needed and sometimes it brings a suggestion to a congregational meeting for discussion/approval.
This committee is responsible for all financial aspects of the church which also includes all responsibilities attributed to the buildings and grounds. It reports yearly to the Official Board and the Congregation. The Church Treasurer and Envelope Steward together are responsible for all givings (plate, envelope and par) plus all other donations and revenues from rentals and fund raisers. Their other duties involve oversight for the disbursement of monies for salaries and operating costs required to maintain our church.The committee also includes the our Minister, the Building and Grounds Committees, and several others who look after rentals of our buildings, insurance of the buildings, furnaces, repairs to the buildings etc.
We are fortunate in having members on the Committee of Stewards who have experience in several trades such as plumbing, electricity, carpentry etc., and with a combined effort we can minimize our expenditures.
The Session is the committee that oversees the spiritual direction of the congregation. ( E.g. Sunday morning worship, the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism, visitation.) An individual Session member is called an elder, but not because they are old! It comes from the Scriptures where an elder is an overseer, a shepherd, a pastor. The city of Chateauguay and outlying regions where members live is divided into sections. Each section is appointed to an elder. A congregational member or adherent with concerns or questions may call their elder. The Session members must be members of the congregation and approved by the congregation for this position
The Prayer Fellowship meets on Tuesday mornings at 10 am from mid-September until the end of May. The purpose of the group is to deepen our understanding of what it means to be a Christian in today’s society.
We open with prayer when individuals bring their thanks and concerns to God. Videos are used as a basis for study and discussion. Religious and current articles from newspapers, magazines, and television are also read and discussed.
The group has existed since 1965 and many of our former members who have moved away remain in touch. There are nine members at present and all are welcome to come or to send prayer requests.