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QUALIFICATIONS AND DUTIES

QUALIFICATIONS OF VESTRY MEMBERS

Adult communicant members of Trinity in good standing who are also confirmed may run for Vestry.
 
Member = Baptism recorded in the parish register
Adult = Sixteen years of age or over
Confirmed = Confirmation, Reception, or Baptism as an adult, by a
Bishop of the Episcopal Church, recorded in the parish register
Communicant = Received Holy Communion at least three times
during the previous year
In good standing = for the previous year have been faithful in
corporate worship, unless for good cause prevented, and have
been faithful in working, praying, and giving for the spread of
the Kingdom of God; this latter is understood to mean, at a
minimum, a regular and recorded financial contributor to the
parish
 

Expectations of Vestry Members

It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Vestry.  It is a ministry of lay leadership which entails work, study, and prayer.  In order to stand for election to the Vestry you are agreeing to accept the responsibility, if you are elected, of faithful service for a term of three years.
 
The Vestry meets the second Sunday
of each month from 12:30 until approximately 2:30 or 3:00 pm.  Additional special meetings may be called if the need arises.  Newly elected members begin attending with the May meeting on the day of Vestry elections, even though their term does not begin until July 1.  This gives new members a two-month orientation to the workings of the Vestry.  Attendance at each meeting is important.  Attendance is also expected at the Vestry’s overnight planning retreat, which will be held at Shrine Mont on August 26-27.
 
Each Vestry member accepts the responsibility of leadership or liaison for one of the parish’s working committees: communications, finance, stewardship, outreach, youth, fellowship, membership, worship, and education.
 
Vestry members are required to attend Diocesan training in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Adult Sexual Misconduct Prevention.

Vestry Members subscribes to the following declaration:
 
“I do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation; and I do yield my hearty assent and approbation to the doctrines, worship and discipline of The Episcopal Church; and I promise that I will faithfully execute the office of Vestry member of Trinity Church, in Region XIII, in the County of Rappahannock, Virginia, according to my best knowledge and skill.”