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Invitation to register as a general vestryperson

The Parish Register of General Vestrypersons

What is a General Vestryperson?

A parishioner (someone who lives within the parish boundary) or accustomed member (someone who doesn’t live within the boundary but attends church) and whose name is on the parish list of General Vestrypersons.

How do you become one?

You fill in a form which the Church Wardens will provide.

Can anybody become one?

No! You must be at least 18 and have subscribed (by recordable means, e.g. Freewill Offering Envelopes) to parish funds in the past year.

Why might I want to become one?

When you register as a General Vestryperson you are entitled to have a say in the business affairs of the parish. The annual business meeting is known as the Easter General Vestry meeting, at which elections to the Select Vestry and other appointments take place.

If I go to the meeting can I bring up whatever issues I like?

No. The General Vestry members elect the Select Vestry and receive the Financial Statement. In our parish they also hear the Rector’s Address. Questions on these matters are welcome, but no other business is con- ducted. Most people find the meeting quite interesting.

I think I filled in a form to become a General Vestryperson about ten years ago. Do I still hold this title?

You might do! In fact, if you still subscribe to parish funds, you probably do! Get the Churchwardens to check if your name is there.

When can I register?

Only during the month of February. An announcement will be made in church, and a notice will be posted on the church door, to tell you when the Register is to be opened and closed.

If I register, how often am I required to attend meetings?

There is usually only one meeting per year. 

As far as I know I meet all the requirements—do you think I should register?