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  THE GROVE UNITING CHURCH, BOX HILL NORTH

The small congregation at The Grove Uniting Church, Box Hill North had been without a Minister since 1st September 2002. Some of our leaders met with representatives from The UCA Presbytery of Bourke on Friday 14th February 2003 to assist in strategic thinking about the shape of their future. After careful consideration by both Church Councils and Congregational Meetings, this led very happily, to:

AN AGREEMENT TO FORM A LINKED CONGREGATION RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE GROVE UNITING CHURCH, BOX HILL NORTH AND PILGRIM UNITING CHURCH, DONCASTER - EFFECTIVE 1st MAY 2003

We agreed:

bulletto enter a 'Linked Congregation Relationship' (cf Reg 3.1.3a) to support ministry at The Grove effective from 1st May 2003
bulletto assist in the resourcing of a six monthly preaching plan offering a worship leader/preacher for up to three Sundays per month
bulletthat each Church Council establish a seat on our respective councils for one representative from the partner church
bulletthat the existing Pastoral team at The Grove will continue its ongoing pastoral ministry and Pilgrim will cover pastoral emergencies and funerals as requested
bulletthat Pilgrim members will welcome appropriate remuneration for their ministry at the rates recommended by Synod for Occasional Supply by Ministers.
bulletthat a Linked Congregation Steering Committee be set up (3 representatives from each church) to give oversight to the development of the partnership for ministry

After each congregation formally endorsed the Agreement, it was approved by both the Presbytery Pastoral Relations Committee and the Synod Placements Committee.

The Linked Congregation Steering Committee meets on a regular basis. The Pilgrim representatives are Rev Jason Kioa, Megan Coote, Max Coote and David Small. The Grove representatives are Bill Harrison, Fred Nancarrow and Essie Tremewen.

The current Pilgrim team assisting with worship leading/preaching includes Rev Jason Kioa, Megan Coote and David Small.  All of us are glad to be serving God in this particular ministry as we support a neighbouring congregation through this partnership.

The relationship between Pilgrim and The Grove is currently being reviewed in the light of the Manningham Uniting Churches Shared Ministry process.

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