Q & A: 

Will staff be let go in this process?

It is a priority for our new amalgamated church to have positions for all of our current ministry staff. While there may be some overlap and shifting of job descriptions for administrative and contract staff, we will do our best to retain where we can.  Any layoffs will follow BC employment standards for compensation

How will [the congregants] fit in the CBUC sanctuary during construction?

We will likely have different services at different times on Sunday and we wont be trying in either location to combine the congregations into one service.  Both spaces can adequately handle what the average attendance is for either service. 

How will the staff fit into the existing office space at CBUC or St Aidan’s?

Some core staff will continue to have their own offices while some part-time staff will have shared offices.  Some staff need less office space and time due to what their job entails.  Both in the temporary site during renovation and in the permanent site, accommodations will be made to enable staff to do their job with the tools they need. 

Was any consideration given to building a new on one of the three sites?

We are looking to renovate, rather than build from new at the St. Aidan’s site.  Building an entirely new structure would mean more time until we could move in.  It would also mean generating more waste material.  We would prefer to work with what we have as much as we can; while still enabling a new feel for the site. The St Aidan’s building has been well maintained and has some interesting features we want to maintain.  For more information about why this site, please see the site selection document under the “ Amalgamation proposal” tab. 

What will the government structure of our new church look like?

The new government structure is unlikely to be the same as the current government structure at either church.  The Project Management team and the Joint Council together with a consultant that specializes in governance structure,  will create a new governance model that will both enable us to be lead in a new way and fall within the parameters set out by the United Church of Canada.  This final form will then need the approval of the newly amalgamated congregation and the Pacific Mountain Region. 

What will happen to the St Aidan’s Thrift Shop?  

The Thrift Shop will continue, although there will be differences.  A Thrift store board has been appointed to help guide and shape this into a social enterprise that can accommodate the changing landscape of such retail and incorporate some new initiatives.  

What happens to the Arts Calibre school and the Lambrick Park preschool at Gordon Head?

At this time, renters in both properties have been informed of the amalgamation and that the site of St. Aidan’s will be our new home.  As to our plans for the other two properties and the timeline for moving to a completed new site, current renters have been told that we will share information with them as decisions are made.  Both schools have been told that the Gordon Head site will be available to them for the 2020-2021 school year.

What happens to the groups who rent space in our buildings throughout the week?

At this time, renters in all properties have been informed of our plans to amalgamate and to use St. Aidan’s as the site of our new home.  As to our plans for the other two properties and the timeline for moving to a completed new site, current renters have been told that we will share information with them as decisions are made.  A matrix for partnership and rentals has been created and this will help guide our decision making regarding building use, rentals etc in the future configuration. 

What is the current update on Small Group Ministry given the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Just prior to the outbreak in Mid-March, we had our first gathering for our Small Group Facilitators. Currently we have 18 facilitators on board poised to lead 13 groups (Eight themed groups and 5 Basic groups). 92 congregants in total have been matched to a group, while a small percentage of people remain to be matched. Facilitators are now meeting by Zoom, and are contacting their group members to discern if some groups may launch electronically until they can meet in person.  

What happened to our input from the January session about Core Values? 

All of the input was tabulated and correlated and worked in where appropriate to various parts of the strategic plan.  Some of the feedback helped synthesize the Core Values into 3 with subsets.  Some of the feedback became part of the goals for the new congregation.  These are all under the strategic plan tab.