Who or what is the Council?
The chief purpose of Council is to co-operate with and support the Chaplain (vicar/priest) in promoting in the chaplaincy (parish) the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. This applies to all Council members, and very particularly to the Wardens – and requires a commitment to forming a shared vision and exercising active leadership within the church community.
The Council normally meets once a month on the third Monday in the month.
The Council is composed of the Chaplain, who is also the Chair ; our Lay Readers and any clergy, who are licensed to serve in the chaplaincy; also any Diocesan Synod representatives. All are ex-officio members.
Two Churchwardens are elected annually with the possibility of standing for election for up to six consecutive years, when they must take a break of at least one year. The Wardens have a leading role in representing the laity, in supporting and co-operating with the Chaplain, and in promoting unity and peace. They have a particular responsibility for the fabric and property of the church. The Churchwardens are also the Bishop’s representatives in the Chaplaincy.
We have the possibility of electing up to nine Council members, who serve for a three-year term on a rotating basis to ensure continuity. Council members have the possibility of serving for two consecutive terms, with an extension if they replace someone in the middle of a three-year term.
We are also invited to elect four people to serve as Archdeaconry Syond Representatives. The Archdeaconry brings together clergy and lay representatives from all the chaplaincies in Switzerland.
The Council acts as the channel of information and implementation between the Synod of the Diocese in Europe, the Swiss Archdeaconry Synod, and the Chaplaincy. This is our link to the Church of England hierarchical structure and is a focus especially for the Synod representatives.
In addition, the Council has the responsibility for managing the finances of the Chaplaincy effectively, and for taking an active role in leading the implementation of decisions made by the Council as well as the general work of the church. It is, therefore, particularly important that those who stand for election as Churchwarden, Council Members or Archdeaconry Synod Representatives, are prepared to take individual and collective responsibility for delegated areas of the Chaplaincy’s ministry and activities. There is a lot of work to be done and it needs to be spread amongst all Council members.
Following our Annual General Meeting April 2022, our current Council comprises :