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By constitution, Council is composed of the chairs of the church's administrative committees. The current chair is George Jolink, the chair elect is Steve Elson, and the secretary is Katherine Wonfor. Council membership also includes the chair of the UCW plus the church's representatives to the Regional Council, the Director of Music, the Coorinator of Youth and Young Families, the Minister of Worship & Congregational Life, and the Church Adminstrator (ex officio). Council has an ad hoc committee, which acts as an oversight body for expenditures from the Jean Brown Fund. Current membership of that ad hoc group includes Katie Glaves, Merran Neville, David Manness, Ian Wright, Christina Lindsay, Kerry Hill and Jane Dockrill. The Planning Committee also currently functions as an ad hoc committee to Council.

Check out the Archive of Recent Past Council Minutes below. For older minutes, consult the Church office




July - no meeting
August - no meeting
December - no meeting



November 2019

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: The Faith Development Committee continues to explore whether the spiritual growth of the congregation can or cannot be best met by the amalgamation of the CE and the Worship Committees, noting that the CE representation has diminished.
CE continues to hold to the hope that Jane Dockrill will return as CE Director after her current cancer journey. In the interim a mix of ad hoc and volunteer persons are working hard to carry out her role.
Eight Confirmands will be received, with joy, on November 24th with Rev. Kathie Douglas as guest preacher.  WE will explore the possibility of funding young persons in Grade 12 and up to a weekend retreat at Five Oaks on the weekend of February 21st, facilitated by Rev. Pat Morrison.
A Youth Group proposal for a modest budget to redecorate the youth room will to Property and then to the Jean Brown committee.
Adult CE continues in the form of Thursday and Sunday morning Bible studies.
MUSIC: Terry was commended for the strength of the Music programme in all of its facets.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES: If it is not possible to hold an outdoor service again this year, in indoor pageant will be organized.
COMMUNION: We looked at the challenge of serving communion when the strings are at the front of the church.
POST CHRISTMAS SERVICE:  Rev. Dr. David McKane and Mr. Paul Merritt will provide leadership the Sunday after Christmas.
BUDGET: A modest budget has been developed for 2020 recognizing decreasing budgets and congregational givings.
The increasing need for co-operation in programming and staffing of the core UCC churches is recognized.

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For Information
The Planning Committee met on October 29th and will meet again on November 26th.

Service and Social Action

  • Committee members and others attended a number of housing and homelessness meetings during October. As members of Council are probably aware the City of London sponsored a week long “blitz” to reduce on-the-street homelessness.
  • FSA has received an invitation to participate in a series of workshops put on by Circles called Re-think Poverty. The facilitator is Shane Clarke, Community Poverty Educator. The first of three all-day sessions begins on November 15th.


Eco-Meditation Garden

  • The garden is being “put to bed” for the winter – with mulch being put on the flower beds – thanks to David Beach and Barrie Evans for this.
  • As noted last month, the Eco-meditation garden has been nominated for an award to be given by the Historic Woodfield Community Association (of which FSA is a member). The award will be announced at the annual Pot-Luck of the Association to be held on November 19th


Arts after 5
The last  Arts after 5 event took place on November 5th and playwright Adam Corrigan-Holowtz was the guest speaker. It was well attended and was very well received. Many and continuing thanks to Merran Neville for her on-going leadership.

Leadership of the Planning Committee – Kerry Hill has agreed to step in, on a temporary basis, as Chair of the Planning Committee at the end of the year. As noted in our previous report, I will continue to be an active member.

Planning the future use of FSA space – to ensure sustainability
Text Box: “We will be giving thought to further opportunities to make FSA more inviting to others – opportunities to use and adapt our physical space in new and different ways – ways that could generate additional income and expand our church community in rich and diverse ways.”    From the 2019 AGM of First-St. Andrew’s United Church
Recent steps

Western University

The Western student survey on the use of FSA has been sent out to members in both paper form and electronically. The deadline for receipt of all completed surveys is Sunday November 17th. This will give the students time to analyze and write up the results before their term ends.

A presentation of all class reports will take place on December 4th and Planning Committee members have been invited to attend. A report to FSA will follow.

As a second phase of data collection an on-line survey will be developed for completion by people who live in the neighbourhood surrounding FSA.

Task force to focus specific attention on the future use of FSA space

A notice has been sent out to the congregation through the eBlast and the weekly bulletin inviting members of FSA to indicate their interest in being a member of this task force. The deadline for expressions of interest has been set for Sunday November 24th

For Discussion
An outline of the proposed planning steps associated with this important undertaking is attached and the comments of Council members are welcomed.

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