The Committees of our Church Council are led by volunteers within the congregation.
The governing body of Woodroffe United Church
Administration & Finance
Oversees the use, operation and maintenance of church property; hires lay staff after their selection by an appropriate ad-hoc committee; is responsible for the overall financial stewardship of the congregation; provide suitable accounting controls and reports.
Provides and maintains an overview, with the ministers and the chair of the committee, of the Christian education activities in the church. Church School classes are held during the morning worship services.
Assists the ministers in the pastoral care of the congregation and promotes communication and fellow ship among church members and adherents.
Ministry and Personnel
Provides a confidential setting for consultation with members of the congregation and support and assessment of ministerial staff of the pastoral charge.
Mission and Service
Brings alive the work of the church in the world and encourages all members and adherents to actively support the Mission and Service fund of the United Church of Canada.
Supports local charitable organizations with donations of food and money; provides emergency assistance to families or individuals who need immediate help (usually in cooperation with the Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre); works with other west end Ottawa churches to support special programmes, including recreational and educational activities for children and adults. Read more about Outreach activities at Woodroffe United.
United Church Women (UCW)
Provides opportunities for Christian growth and fellowship for all women of the congregation and funds various projects designed to achieve the UCW purpose.
Joins with the ministers in the oversight of the religious activities of the congregation; is responsible for the order of service, memorials, music, ushering, sacraments, and chancel care; supports candidates studying for ordination.
An ad-hoc committee was approved in June 1999 to assist a Kosovar refugee family under the Canadian Government's temporary resettlement program. A family arrived in Ottawa in early July and was sponsored by the committee for two years.
The purpose of Woodroffe United Church is to bring alive the basic meaning of life as revealed in Jesus Christ so that members and adherents will continue to develop and grow in Christian faith and understanding and have Christ's example reflected in their daily lives.
This broad statement of purpose gives rise to three objectives:
Spiritual Growth: to promote the continued spiritual growth of all members and adherents of the Congregation by providing a suitable place of worship and competent religious instruction, guidance and support.
Local Outreach: to follow in Chirst's footsteps by reaching out with compassion to all those who live in the local community.
World Outreach: to demonstrate our concern for the world community by actively supporting the Mission and Service program of the United Church of Canada.
The following goals describe what must be accomplished to attain these objectives.
Providing regular services of worship with clergy and congregation working together to guide and encourage growth in Christian love and service and the search for a deeper understanding of the Christian faith and mission.
Providing programs of instruction which foster the development of Christian attitudes applicable to all life's activities in all age groups.
Providing a warm welcome to all who enter the church seeking Christian fellowship and maintaining caring contact with all members and adherents.
Providing and maintaining a place of worship which reflects our love and respect for God as revealed in Jesus Christ.
Providing opportunities for all members and adherents to exercise their stewardship responsibilities by participating in the programs and activities of the church.
Providing guidance and counselling on the long range plans of the Church.
Helping each member and adherent to gain a deeper understanding of an compassion for, the needs of others by encouraging them to participate in , and contribute to, a program of local outreach.
Providing assistance such as food, clothing, shelter and transportation to those in need.
Providing financial assistance in an emergency on a short term basis until government assistance is available.
Providing moral support in the form of counselling, advice, companionship, understanding and sympathetic listening.
Cooperating with neighbourhood social action agencies as appropriate.
Developing an awareness of the conditions which exist in many of the world's communities by an active program of instruction in the work of our Missions and World Development Organizations.
Providing financial assistance on a regular basis to the world community through the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada.
Participating in special programs of assistance.
Taking an active interest in national issues facing the church by contributing our ideas, suggestions, and recommendations.
In February 1970, Woodroffe United Church adopted an organizational structure based on a Council and Standing Committees. The Committees are responsible to the Congregation through Council, which is the governing body of the pastoral charge. Although the Manual of the United Church of Canada dictates the governing structures of all courts of the United Church, this document provides a clear description of how the required structures function at Woodroffe United Church.
Council is responsible for the periodic review of these Terms of Reference to ensure their continued relevance to the activities and programs at Woodroffe United Church.
June 2005: Following a review of all terms of reference during the period 2002-2005, this consolidated revision was prepared, along with a proposal to change the structure of Council.
March 2008: Minor update to reflect the change to one Congregation meeting per year, and to reflect the disbanding of Honourary Elders from active duties.