Introduction to Vestry
What is the General Vestry?
Members of the General Vestry are eligible to stand for election to Select Vestry, propose or second another member to be considered and to vote for the membership of the Select Vestry at the Easter Vestry which is effectively the church’s AGM.
Registration for membership of the General Vestry is open for one month around the start of the year and is open to anyone who
- is over 18 yrs of age;
- and a subscriber to parish funds
Registration is currently closed and will open again early next year. This will be announced at church services and published on the website.
What is the Select Vestry?
The Select Vestry is the body that is responsible for the governance of the parish. They are automatically registered as the trustees of the "charity" with the Charity Commission NI.
The range of responsibilities of the Select Vestry include:
- being responsible for maintaining church property (church, halls, rectory, grounds) also known as the "glebe"
- Ensuring good governance in the areas of finance, GDPR, Health and Safety, Safeguarding, Human Resources and other policies and procedures relating to the ongoing work of the church.
- Appointing a treasurer and secretary of the vestry to be responsible for those areas of governance.
The Select Vestry is made up of:
- 2 Church Wardens (one appointed by the Rector, one elected by the General Vestry)
- 2 Glebe Wardens (one appointed by the Rector, one elected by the General Vestry)
- Up to 12 members who are elected annually by the General Vestry
Rectors Church Warden Jude Murphy
People’s Church Warden Eric Hudson
Rector’s Glebe Warden Richard Rea
People’s Glebe Warden Ken Wilson
The Easter Vestry
The Easter Vestry (the church’s Annual General Meeting) is the opportunity for members of the General Vestry to receive, question and adopt reports from the Rector, Treasurer and others and to propose, second and elect members of the Select Vestry.
Every 3 years the General Vestry elect 4 parochial nominators (and up to 4 reserves) and 4 diocesan synod representatives (and up to 4 reserves).
Parochial Nominators are the people who represent the parish at the Board of Nomination when a new Rector is to be appointed.
Diocesan Synod Representatives are the parish reps at the annual diocesan synod and are eligible to stand for election and vote for various posts within the diocese and central church bodies.
The next nominators and representatives will be nominated and elected at the Easter Vestry (AGM) in 2023.