A diocese is a collection of parishes and congregations which are governed by a diocesan synod and led by a bishop, who is elected by the synod when there is a vacancy. In most dioceses, all licensed clergy are members of synod, and each parish elects a certain number of lay people to synod. St. George’s is a parish church in the Anglican Diocese of Montreal. As such St. George’s participates in Synod and various other Synod committees and councils and pays an annual Diocesan assessment.
St. George’s is governed locally by our Vestry. Anyone may attend Vestry, but voting members must be Proprietors. Proprietors must be over 16 years of age, been a communicant at St. George’s for over a year and contributed $250 in the past year.
Vestry meets annually in February and as needed for significant decisions affecting the future of the Church. Vestry:
- Receives and approves reports from the Church committees and the budget for the coming year. Since 2018 we also receive and approve a narrative budget that states the financial allocations and the implications for our community even more clearly.
- Nominates and elects Corporation members for the coming year
- Elects representatives who will attend the next year’s Synod [the annual general meeting of the Diocese] and represent St George’s interests there
- Confirms lay ministrants and lay readers.
We believe that this gesture is sacramental, “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.” For us, this means that Jesus is somehow present to us in this ritual act, not by “magic,” but through the mystery of God’s revealing himself in a unique way when we partake of this sacred meal of bread and wine. Anglicans believe that this act of receiving is central to our life in faith. Our worship reaches its climax in communion itself, when we come forward to share the bread and wine. This is the enactment of a two thousand year old ritual, instituted by Jesus, through which we are reminded of what is at the centre of our spiritual tradition: a table to which all people are invited and welcomed. This, we believe, reminds us to be more open ourselves.
Parish Hall Meetings
At St. George’s we began the practice of holding a Parish Hall Meeting every month. This is an opportunity to report on our financials and for members of the community to update each other on what is happening in the life of the church and to ask questions.