As a welcoming and inclusive Affirming Ministry we believe in service, compassion and respect for all regardless of ability, economic circumstance, culture, race, gender, sexuality or faith.
Structure and How We Function
St. Andrew’s as a community of faith of the United Church of Canada operates within the structure of the Manual of the United Church. We have a Leadership Team structure with other organized committees and interest groups representing various aspects of the community of faith.
The Leadership Team is responsible for offering leadership and vision to the congregation. It also deals with certain business matters as required. It is made up of representatives from the congregation.
Anyone from the congregation is welcome to attend leadership meetings or bring concerns and ideas to the moderator for discussion. Minutes are published and are available at the church.
A moderator is chosen for each Leadership meeting. The moderator facilitates meetings and acts as the contact person for the leadership team between meetings. Each committee has authority to act on routine items within their area of concern. Only items which the committees feel need additional input, affect the budget or legally require a motion come to the leadership team
The Worship Committee meets monthly and has oversight of anything related to worship. They have oversight for baptism, weddings, funerals and communion. They discern, along with the minister, the general ethos and style of worship. They receive feedback and address any concerns regarding worship.
The Ministry and Personnel committee have oversight for all staff. They provide support as well as address any concerns that are raised. They oversee job descriptions, salary adjustments and provide performance reviews annually. This is the committee where both concerns and affirmations about the staff and their work should be directed.
The Property Committee oversees the maintenance of the entire church building and property. Any items needing repair or attention should be directed to this committee.
Finance Committee and Trustees
The Finance Committee meets monthly to work closely to monitor the financial aspects of church life. They manage the church balance sheet, budget, review of financial transactions and review/planning of fund-raising efforts. They are responsible for any investments the church has, and maintaining insurance on church property. The trustees, along with the United Church of Canada, hold the deed for the property.
On-going support and education around being an inclusive community of faith, with a particular emphasis on the LGBTQ2S+.