Kirk Session Conference - September '12
The church elders have the important job of leading the congregation. Part of their role is to think and pray about the future and makes plans for the future work and witness of the congregation. In September 2012 the elders had an overnight conference in Castlewellan to think about some of these issues.
The elders were carrying on the work done during the Take the Next Step process, a review of congregational life that has been carried out over the past 2 years. They talked about how the current ministries of the congregation could be better linked together, and how they can be more effectively organised and led. In particular they were discussing the issue of pastoral care - how we can enable people in our congregation to show the love of Jesus to each other and those outside our fellowship.
As a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Waringstown Presbyterian Church is governed by a Kirk Session made up of fifteen elders. These elders are complemented by the Minister of the Congregation in his role as ‘teaching elder’ and are lead by Mr David Crawford who is the Clerk of Kirk Session.
The elders are responsible for the spiritual oversight and direction of the church. They are assisted by a Congregational Committee that under the stewardship of the Church Secretary (Mrs Glenis Hanna) and Church Treasurer (Mr Robin Forsythe) are responsible for the practical and financial aspects of all church affairs. The elders and their districts are detailed under 'The Team'.
The current Church Committee is as follows: Thomas Anderson; Edmund Brown; Barbara Cordner; Stephen Corr; Michael Cregan; William Falls; Trevor Gardiner; Glenis Hanna; Brian Hanna; Deryck Harrison; Craig McKeown; Ian McKnight; Colin Neill; Richard Patterson; Nigel Savage and Brian Taylor.