Synod in Past Years
Georges River Regional Council
Annual Report for 2003
(A report from the Georges River Regional Council.)
1. In the year from 1 July 2003 to 30 June 2004 the regional council met on 5 occasions and held its annual half day conference in March 2004.
2. During the 12 month period covered by this report, the regional council welcomed Rev Ian Cox to its membership. He filled the vacancy for a minister in the St George Area Deanery. Mrs Sonda Mitchell from St John's Park parish was co-opted by the Council under clause 4(1) of the Regions Ordinance. Resignations were received from Mr Stuart Maze and Revs Michael Steinwede and Geoff Taylor. The Council is grateful for their contributions to the work of the Regional Council.
3. The Diocesan Mission has continued to be the major topic of discussion and decision making. Council has started considering how the properties in the parish can be best used to enhance the Mission and will report in due course to the Mission Property Committee. Goals are being set for the Policy 2 strategies of growing churches, congregations and fellowships and training clergy and laity for ministry.
4. For 2004 the Regional Council has budgeted the following grants-
In addition to these, Parish Council also employed a Childrens and Youth Task Force Coordinator, an ESL Coordinator and a Refugee Support Network Coordinator (along with funding from the Archbishop's Community Care and Development Program).
5. The regional council considered and then recommended that the provisional parish of St John's Park becomes a full parish. Council amalgamated the parish of Carlton with the provisional parish of Bexley and Bexley North to form the parish of St George North. Its Parish Administration Committee also reviewed ordinances related to the parishes of Panania and St George North.
6. The work of Mrs Kerrie Newmarch as the Coordinator of the Region's Childrens and Youth Task Force has continued and resulted in new training strategies for youth and children's workers with the Youthworks College. The Region's ESL Coordinator, Mrs Marilyn Clerke, has continued her support for the Region's ESL classes and has run two training courses for new teachers. The Refugee Support Network coordinated by Mr Phin Tang, expands with new arrivals and a growing number of volunteers. The Network's ministry is appreciated by the Commonwealth's Department of Immigration where their new Information video for new refugees includes the work of our Coordinator. Efforts are underway to recognise this ministry over other regions of the Diocese.
For and on behalf of the Georges River Regional Council
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