Congregational Profile, 2000

    NOTE: this is a historical document, dated Aug. 31, 2000. Items contained in it are NOT current.


    THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN CANADA

    MINISTRY AND CHURCH VOCATIONS

    50 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1J7

     

    CONGREGATIONAL PROFILE FORM

     

    Parkwood Presbyterian

    10 Chesterton Drive

    Nepean, Ontario

    K2E 5S9

     

    Telephone: 613-225-6648

    E-mail: parkwood@cyberus.ca

    Website: http://www.cyberus.ca/~parkwood

     

     

     

    Interim Moderator

    Rev. J.H.W. Statham

    Grace Presbyterian Church, Orleans

    1220 Old Tenth Line Road

    Orleans, Ontario

    K1E 3W7

    Telephone: 613-824-9260

    Fax: 613-824-0747

    E-mail: jhwstatham@grace-presbyterian.com

     

    Convenor of Search Committee

    Dennis Featherstone

    7 Cedarcrest Avenue

    Nepean, Ontario, K2E 5P7

    Telephone: 613-225-6559

    E-mail: cedar7@netcom.ca

     

    August 2000

    1. CHURCH INFORMATION

      1. Average Weekly Attendance at Sunday Worship
      2. 9:30 a.m.: 75 adults

        11 a.m. 100 adults

        Church School: 9:30 a.m.: 15 children

        11:00 a.m.: 20 children

      3. Christian Education
      4. A new approach is being initiated in September of 2000. At the 9:30 a.m. service, children in grade 4 and up will stay in church while children in grades 1 to 3 will leave the sanctuary after the childrens’ story and follow the Christian Reform LIFE curriculum. At the 11 a.m. service, the children will leave after their story to go to their classrooms for the following program:

        Ages 3, 4 and 5: LIFE curriculum

        Grades 1 & 2: LIFE curriculum

        Grades 3, 4 & 5: LIFE curriculum

        Grades 6, 7 & 8: LIFE curriculum

         

      5. Financial Statement for 1999

    Income from

       

    Expenses

     

    Offerings

    143,120

     

    Operating expenses

    147,199

    Investments

    1,113

     

    Debt payments

    0

    Rentals

    9,150

     

     

    Other

    1,482

     

    Other

    19,029

    Sub-total

    154,865

     

    Sub-total

    166,228

    Pres. Sharing

    30,280

     

    Pres. Sharing

    30,280

    Special appeals

    32,801

     

    Other mission appeals

    6,703

    Other

    4,376

         

    Total

    222,322

     

    Total

    203,211

     

      1. Approved Budget for Local Purposes for 2000: $174,192
      2. "Presbyterians Sharing" Allocation for 2000:

    Requested: $27,500

    Accepted: $27,500

     

     

     

    1. CONGREGATION AND COMMUNITY
    2. Type of Congregation: Self-supporting, since 1980

      Type of Community: Urban (10 km. to downtown Ottawa)

      Size

      Communicant Members: 1999: 264 1993: 277

      Total Population 1996: 34,600 1991: 35,655

      Radius of area in km. 2 km.

      Total number of churches in this area: 15

      Presbyterian churches in this area: one

       

       

      Congregation (estimate)

      Community

      (1996 Census)

      Age (estimate)

         

      0-14 years

      13%

      17%

      15-24 years

      7%

      13%

      25-44 years

      27%

      32%

      45-64 years

      29%

      24%

      65+ years

      24%

      14%

           

      Families

         

      2 adults with at least one child

      21%

      49%

      2 adults with no children

      54%

      38%

      Lone parent

      2%

      14%

      Single person

      23%

      N/A

           

      Housing Patterns

         

      Single detached

      63%

      50%

      Apartments

      22%

      27%

      Other (semi-detached and row)

      15%

      23%

           

       

       

       

       

    3. PASTORAL SKILLS AND INTEREST INVENTORY
    4. What are the pastoral skills especially needed in the ministry and program of Parkwood? The rank in order of priority (beginning at 1, then 2, etc.) is based on responses to the congregational questionnaire.

      1

      Leading Worship and Preaching

      2

      Crisis Visiting

      3

      Equipping Church Members

      4

      Personal and Spiritual Development

      5

      Leadership Development

      6

      Administration

      7

      Christian Education

      8

      Work with Youth

      9

      Work with Young Families

      10

      Program Development

      11

      Counselling

      12

      Home Visiting

      13

      Mission Outreach

      14

      Stewardship

      15

      Evangelism

      16

      Denominational Service

      17

      Community Leadership

      18

      Inter-Church Co-operation

       

       

       

    5. POSITION DESCRIPTION

    Title: Minister

    Purpose/Responsibilities/Working Relationships

    The position is Minister at Parkwood. There are 252 households and 264 members on the roll, as of December 1999. During 1999, average attendance at Communion was 167.

    There is a Session of 40 members. The following committees report to Session: Worship and Nurture, Mission and Outreach, Finance and Maintenance, and Policy and Planning.

     

    Desired Qualifications

    • M. Div.
    • 5 or more years of ministerial experience

    The congregation is seeking a minister who will help us to build on our current strengths and address the challenges and opportunities of the future. In particular, we seek a minister who:

    • has a genuine love for worship and has an effective ability to plan and conduct services
    • visits in times of need
    • has effective teaching and development skills
    • enjoys working with all ages

     

    Other Full and Part-Time Staff

    Name

    Title

    Full or Part-Time

    Ian Forest-Jones

    Director of Youth and Outreach Ministries

    Full-time (contract)

    Nadine Cottrell

    Secretary

    12 hours per week
    (Sept. to June)

    Volunteer Positions

    Pastoral care assistant: Thelma Passmore

    Organist & Choir Director: Hank VanDyk

    Pianist & Praise Ensemble: Diane Walford

    Summer Organist: Evelyn Warburton

     

    How long has the position been open?

    Rev. Dr. Floyd McPhee will retire on June 30, 2001.

    Previous ministers:

    Rev. Wm. Palmer: 1975 to 1979

    Rev. Leslie Files: 1967 to 1975

    Rev. Ron Balsdon: 1964 to 1967

     

     

     

     

    Stipend and Allowances

    Annual cash stipend including travel allowance

    Manse allowance

    Utilities allowance

    Continuing Education allowance

    Total

    Length of vacation

     

     

    1. NARRATIVE – SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

    Community

    Nepean is a city of 125,000 within the regional municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. The city lies adjacent to the southern and western borders of Ottawa. Nepean and other cities in the region are to be integrated into a large city of Ottawa, as per provincial policy.

    The area surrounding Parkwood Presbyterian Church (2 km. radius) has a population of 34,600. The total population has not changed significantly in the five years since the previous census. There are over 13,000 dwelling units in this area with 63 percent of them owned. Of the 13,000 units, roughly 6,500 (or one-half) are single detached houses.

    Within a few blocks of the church, there are some large apartment buildings (both rentals and condos) as well as townhouses. There is a more rapid "turnover" of families living in the townhouses and rental apartments than in the single houses and condo apartments in our area. There is a gradual shift towards more "new Canadians" in the area, especially in the townhouses. Some of the newcomers are Muslims which means they would not be attracted to a Presbyterian church.

    Many of the single-family houses in the area were built in the 1960s. To the extent that the original owners are still living in these houses, there will be "turnover" as these owners pass away or move to apartments. A challenge will be to identify the new families moving into the area and to invite them to Parkwood.

    The rising number of single parent families is increasing the need for leisure and other activities for young people in these home situations. Churches may be able to fill this need in the community. The young people may not be able to attend church regularly if they are in an alternating parent arrangement.

    Parkwood is located relatively close to Merivale Road, a major business area in Nepean. The many stores on this street provide part-time employment for adults and young people. To the extent that these jobs require work on Sunday, part-time employees may find it difficult to attend church on Sunday.

    Goals and Objectives

    The congregation of Parkwood sees its greatest strength to be its friendly, caring and supportive people, united in Christian fellowship. There are many dedicated people who give freely of their time and talents. Parkwood is a Christ-centred congregation, well grounded in faith, nurtured through Bible study and the Gospel message. It is an inclusive congregation that welcomes people of all backgrounds and provides a variety of programs aimed at meeting diverse spiritual and practical needs, such as Pastoral Care. Parkwood provides both traditional and contemporary worship services each Sunday. The leadership, guidance and development from a caring and highly regarded minister have strengthened the congregation immeasurably.

     

    The session and the congregation see growth, outreach and our young people as its main objectives over the next few years. We need to attract more young families and young people to Parkwood. Some initiatives were undertaken recently. A LOGOS program was put in place one year ago. A full-time Director of Youth and Outreach Ministries was hired in May of 2000, with his contract to run through December 31, 2001. The approach to Christian Education is being reviewed, as is the approach to the spiritual development program for our young people.

    Program Areas in the Congregation

    Worship life

    Parkwood’s worship life centres around two worship services:

    • 9:30 a.m. with contemporary music and "end of service" time for public requests for prayers of both thanksgiving and intercession
    • 11 a.m. traditional service with the same sermon as at 9:30 service

    At the 9:30 service, the Praise Ensemble usually sings one or more special songs while at the 11 a.m. service there is a choir.

    There are 6 Bible Study groups with some groups for men, some for women and some mixed. A Bethel Bible Series as well as membership and Christian growth courses are offered.

    Pastoral Care

    A dedicated group of six members form the Pastoral Care Team to assist in the provision of pastoral care for the congregation. Members have taken the 10-week Basic Pastoral Care Training Program and various workshops. The Team provides a Communion Service and Social Hour for "shut-ins" in the spring and fall.

    Christian Education and Youth Ministry

    There is a relatively new LOGOS program for young children and youth. The Christian Education program is being revised. For the past several years, the congregation had a paid part-time youth director who led or assisted in three groups for young people through college age. To increase our emphasis on youth work, the congregation approved the hiring of a full-time Director of Youth and Outreach Ministries for the period from June 1, 2000 to December 31, 2001.

    Mission and Outreach

    Each year we have a Mission Weekend and Mission Fair. A representative from one mission area delivers the sermon on the Sunday of the weekend. As well, up to four special appeals are selected each year for the particular attention of the congregation.

    The outreach into the community has primarily been a Vacation Bible School for one week in August and the delivery of invitations to attend Parkwood. The VBS is advertised in the community. General invitations to attend Parkwood were delivered to four large apartment buildings close to Parkwood. As well, for three consecutive years the congregation has provided a strawberry social that is open to residents of the area.

    Involvement in the denomination

    The congregation is active at both the Presbytery and Synod level. Some elders at Parkwood serve on Presbytery committees. Synod meetings are attended. Our representative elder is also the Presbytery and Synod webservant.

    Our representative elder attended General Assembly in both 2000 and 1996. Rev. McPhee attended in 1997.

    Parkwood is a member of Renewal Fellowship and supports local activities. Both the Minister and the representative elder are on the local committee.

    Administration and stewardship of financial resources

    Financial statements are prepared annually by the treasurer, audited by the auditor and then approved at the annual congregational meeting. The treasurer also prepares the annual financial reports for the Presbytery and Revenue Canada.

    A budget committee is struck each year, consisting of the chairpersons of all Session committees and the Treasurer. Each committee develops and submits their budget to the budget committee. The policy and planning committee prepares the proposed remuneration for the minister and other paid staff. After the treasurer puts the data into the required financial format, the budget committee meets to consider the budget. The budget approved by the budget committee is submitted to the congregation for approval at the annual general meeting.

    Members of the finance and maintenance committee are appointed to subcommittees that are responsible for the maintenance and replacement of the physical assets of the church. This includes the maintenance of insurance coverage and an inventory of the physical assets of the church.

    Parkwood has an Outreach Fund of $75,000 that was financed by two separate bequests. The annual interest earned by the fund is used for various outreach projects as approved by the congregation. As well, there is a capital expenditures fund of $25,000 that is available for capital improvements or repairs.

     

     

     

    Support and Fellowship

    In addition to the above program areas, other groups include:

      • Separated/Divorced group
      • Women’s Breakfast
      • Women’s Group
      • Men’s Breakfast
      • Men’s Group
      • Lunch and Learn
      • Gracefield Camping Committee
      • Newcomers Team
      • Curling evenings

     

    Finances and Property

    The church property consists of the church building, the Mulvagh Wing (converted manse) and a paved parking lot for roughly 50 cars, located at the corner of Chesterton and Meadowlands in Nepean. The property consists of approximately 1.5 acres.

    Historically, the church building was completed in 1974. The Minister moved from the manse to his own house in 1985. The manse was then converted into a series of meeting rooms and a nursery. The conversion involved a substantial renovation to the first floor, including a doorway into the church. Subsequently, the building was named the Mulvagh Wing. In 1995, a major expansion/renovation to the church building was started and completed.

    The congregation has no financial debt. There are no major physical needs at present. Some preliminary discussion has begun, however, on the renovation of the second floor of the Mulvagh Wing and on the expansion of the parking lot.

    Parts of the building are rented to outside groups. A Seventh Day Adventist congregation rents the church on Saturday. An Alcoholics Anonymous group rents the lower hall one night during the week. Other rentals occur from time to time.

     

     

    August 31, 2000

    (picture @ top: Parkwood following the paving of the parking lot, 1984)

 

 

 

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