The purpose of lay representatives to Presbytery is to provide continuing and official liaison between the Congregation and the Ottawa Presbytery.
Lay representatives to Presbytery and their alternates must be members of the Woodroffe United Church Congregation and are normally elected for three years. The individual terms are so ordered so that no more than two representatives change in any one year. Lay Representatives to Ottawa Presbytery are normally elected by the Congregation, but may be appointed by Council, on behalf of the Congregation. The number of lay presbyters is in accordance with the entitlement specified in the Manual of the United Church of Canada. All members of the Order of Ministry settled in pastoral charges or regularly retired are ex-officio members of Presbytery and are not appointed by their Congregations.
The lay representatives to presbytery are responsible for reciprocal liaison and information exchange between the Congregation and the Ottawa Presbytery and also between the Congregation and the Montreal and Ottawa Conference.
The duties of the lay representatives to Presbytery include:
Attending meetings of Presbytery and Conference on a regular basis.
Keeping Presbytery informed of the decisions and concerns of the Congregation.
Maintaining reports on Presbytery and Conference activities and deliberations and making available to the Council and Congregation reports on meetings, notices of motion, actions and decisions of Presbytery and Conference. (This duty will be performed by the lay representatives on a rotating basis.)
Ensuring that the Council and Congregation are informed of any matter raised at Presbytery or Conference requiring action by Woodroffe United Church.
Participating in the work of Presbytery and Conference and their committees.
Fostering a sense of belonging between the Congregation and the Presbytery, Conference and General Council.