Dear Colleagues in Ministry,
As always, I begin with a word of thanks: Thanks for your service to your Church. This year in particular, I’m also grateful for your patience as we have been updating the yellow and green forms for the session record reading process this year. Of note is the inclusion of background check requirements from the new Pennsylvania Child Protection Laws that pertain to church leadership involved with children. We also updated Book of Order citations. Hopefully, you will find it more “user-friendly” and relevant to its primary purpose – helping Sessions remain in compliance with those actions and tasks which maximize good order and faithfulness.
As was the case last year, we are suggesting various ways for you to have your 2015 records (i.e., session minutes and register) reviewed:
- If you know of a fellow clerk of session with whom you’d like to partner, you can email Betsi Moise at the Presbytery or call her: 215.242.1400, ext. 329, to let her know you are getting your records read. Once completed, send a copy of your reviews to the Presbytery office, attention Betsi Moise. Your reviews will be recorded and the stickers showing compliance will be given to you. (Note: We suggest this may more appropriate for more-experienced clerks of session than newer clerks.)
- We would like to offer several “record review gatherings” throughout the Presbytery at various times where experienced session records reviewers will be ready to both read records and help clerks learn how to 1) read other clerks’ records, and 2) share best practices with one another.
*If you or your church is able to host a gathering, please contact Betsi*
- Having served as a Clerk of Session, Betsi Moise will once again provide her service to reading clerk’s records at the Presbytery during office hours. Feel free to give her a call to set a a date and time.
- SAVE-THE-DATE: Clerks Gathering and Records Reading opportunity on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to about Noon at the Church on the Mall in Plymouth Meeting. We’ll have more details later, but we are planning on having a large group and ample time to have records read.
I am especially grateful for the offering of your time and talents in this effort to support your fellow clerks in their compliance. Through it all, I trust we will all have a greater sense how this important work fits into the overall ministry to which we’ve been called, as well as a greater appreciation of the supports in place to assist us.
Rev. Kevin Porter, Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Philadelphia