think about Stewardship, it is important to be clear on what this
can be thought of as an attitude. Webster's Dictionary defines "attitude"
as "posture; position assumed or studied to serve a purpose.
. .position or bearing as indicating action, feeling, or mood."
It is an attitude that influences our daily life. It is a lifestyle,
reflected in the way we live our lives every day of the year.
of this stewardship attitude originates in Genesis. The first chapter
tells us that God created all things, including people, who are
to be the managers, caretakers, or stewards of all that God created.
Being good stewards involves protecting and improving our natural
surroundings and environment. It includes being concerned about
the welfare of our fellow human beings. It even means that we are
to take care of ourselves, not in a selfish or materialistic way,
but rather by staying in shape spiritually, emotionally, mentally,
a futurist, once said : Vision without Action, is merely a dream,
Action without Vision, just passes the time, but Vision with action,
can change the world.
A few years
ago, the parishioners of St. George’s created a Vision for
our parish. This is posted in the gallery. Out of that planning
session came a number of initiatives, which were implemented. The
Open Door program, and the growth of Christian Education being two
Anthony arrived in our parish, we re-examined our Stewardship Education
Program and proposed at Vestry this year, that we adopt the program
outlined by the Diocese and Vestry agreed.
In the early
part of 2006, over 70 parishioners gathered at a Spring conference
to do some long range planning. This set in place some key areas
of focus for this year and beyond. The following list itemizes the
key goals we set for ourselves and what we have accomplished.
• To enhance
and extend our present communication practices to more effectively
promote the news and work of the parish. We now have an information
coordinator in Joan Powell and Cindy Vartour-Smith is updating our
• To empower
our young people to express their faith in worship and to have a
voice and meaningful role in the life and leadership of the parish.
We are encouraging more involvement from the youth and the children
are now a greater part of the services
• To encourage
PAG (Pre Authorized Giving) and to make our members, on a weekly
basis, more aware of our financial picture. This is part of the
visitation program and already we have noticed increased PAG participation.
• To actively
pursue an exchange with potential new membership resulting from
weddings and baptisms and other ministrations. We have an active
program to encourage involvement from the participants of this program
• To strengthen
the ministry of hospitality for seekers and visitors. We have established
coffee hours after services as well as having published the different
groups in existence at St. George’s.
• To develop
a health ministry that promotes wholeness of body, mind and spirit
– ultimately leading to a Parish Nurse whose role would be
advocacy and education for the entire parish. This is in process
• To devise
programs and communications which address the traditions, symbols
and rituals of the Anglican Church for seekers and all people on
their spiritual journeys. Our hot-seat Sundays are one example.
We have made
tremendous progress on all our key areas.
Over the summer,
the commitments subcommittee worked very diligently and developed
a plan for visitation in the parish to educate all of us on our
are now in process and due to end on Saturday 18. We will then complete
our Stewardship Education program on Sunday 19, with commitment
We are already
seeing positive results from this program. Many parishioners are
offering their time and talents in service at St. George’s.
Eleanor has informed us that our financial picture is also moving
in the right direction.
We have coupled
a Vision with Action here at St. Georges.
Education Committee has set a tremendous example of Stewardship
in that they have done great work on their committees and I want
to list the members of this committee:
Coordinator: Jim Weldon, Marjorie Stark, Ross Kossatz and Murray
Arrangements Coordinator: Pam Fleming
Information Coordinator: Joan Powell, Cindy Vautour-Smith
Long Range Planning: Brett Jeffs, Cleve Sheffield, Joan Fontaine,
Gillian Heath, Gail Winters
People’s Warden and Chair of Stewardship Education.