The work of the Vestry
Summary of the work of the Vestry in 2016/2017.
The vestry has met 8 times this last year. Our emphasis this year has been on Health and Safety issues and Mission/Outreach.
A Health and Safety Document was drawn up and risk assessments undertaken. Emergency lighting has been installed and fire risks minimised. Maintenance work on the interior and exterior of the Church is ongoing. McGowan Outdoor Access has built up the path to the west door (at no cost) which has replaced the unsatisfactory ramp.
We now have new ceramic heaters installed at the back of the church, where there are plans to rearrange this area in the future.
The Outreach Group have been busy looking at ways of growing our congregation by reaching out to visitors and locals alike. A new roadside sign has been made by Rothiemurchus estate in a Forest style and erected by a vestry member. Posters advertising the church services have been put up in all the villages in the Strath; Leaflets have been published to help visitors feel welcome , entitled. ‘Information for Visitors’ and ‘All about St John the Baptist, Rothiemurchus’ . These are available at the back of church. A leaflet about the Stations of the Cross is also available. Prayer request cards are available at the back of church. Banners advertising our Songs of Praise services have been purchased. It is hoped to advertise the services more widely in other publications
We are fortunate in having the services of Stuart Palmer our organist who has helped with the introduction of regular ’Songs of Praise’ and Evensong‘ services. The Carol Service, which takes place both in St John’s and St Columba’s has become an institution. Stuart has also introduced three different forms of music for the Eucharist. During the year we were able to replace our hymn books with ‘Anglican Hymns, Old and New’ because of a legacy from the late Bridget Kenward and a donation from David Cobbett in memory of his late wife, Betty.
The hall is used regularly and is managed by Jan Goodall.
Other members of the congregation have their responsibilities. Geoffrey Cobbett is in charge of both controlling the heating of the church and cutting the grass. Lynda Coles arranges the flowers. Olwen Billington produces the regular Sunday pewleaflets.
We have not had a Parish Administrator for the last couple of years and we are very grateful that our treasurer, Richard Green, has stepped into this role temporarily.
Jean Brown is also our co-ordinator for the Protection of Vulnerable Groups as well as our Lay Representative at Diocesan Synod.