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- Church Council
Fr Vitaly has temporary everyday charge of the Parish governance including the Parish Council which Fr Vitaly co-сhairs with Gregory Wolcough
The Fr Vitaly is responsible to the Diocesan Bishop as the temporary head of the parish, and responsible for the proper organisation of the Church and the parish.
He is supported in the running of the Parish life by the assistant clergy, the Starosta, Churchwarden, Ktitor, Treasurer, Head Sister and Choir Director and Sacristan who are dei facto members of the Church Council.
The parishioners elect all the other members of the Council at the Annual General Meeting, except for the Trustees. Any parishioner who regularly confesses, partakes of the communion, pays their annual dues and who is good standing in the parish may be elected to the Church Council. The Board of Trustees act independently and are nominated and oversee and advise the actions of the Church Council.
The annual Parish dues are GBP 100 for an individual or GBP 200 per family. However, when a family or individual is unable to pay this sum in a single payment; with the agreement of the parish priest and Treasurer, the dues can be paid quarterly or monthly and the amount can be reduced at the discretion of the parish priest.
The Church Council currently consists of the following members:
Permanent Council members:
H.E. Metropolitan Hilarion and Rector of the Cathedral
Archpriest Vitaly Serapinas
Sub-deacon Nicolas Mabin
Ktitor Pavel Lisitsin
Head Sister Sofia Michailidou
Archpriest Peter Baulk On Sabbatical Leave
Elected Council members:
Starosta (Churchwarden) Vera McClenaghan
Treasurer Oxana Rudenko
Secretary Oleksiy Danylenko
In addition to the Council members, the members of the Board of Trustees of the Church Charity are invited to join in the deliberations of the Church Council.
The Church Council has the discretion of co-opting non-elected members on to the Council until next AGM
The Churchwarden is elected at an Annual General Meeting for a period of three years. All the other Officers of the Church Council are elected to serve for one year only. The Head Sister is elected at a Sisterhood General Meeting.
At an Annual General Meeting every member of the Church Council accounts to the parishioners for their work during the year.