History: With the passing of 2012 Kingston Presbytery passed into history. The new Presbytery, Four Winds Presbytery, became official with the start of 2013. Four Winds Presbytery consists of a part of Kingston Presbytery plus six charges which came from Belleville Presbytery. (Belleville Presbytery has also passed into history to be replaced by Kente Presbytery.) These changes are the outcome of the Boundaries Commission struck by the Bay of Quinte Conference in 2010 and accepted at the annual meeting of 2012. In the fall of 2012 eight implementation teams were assembled to organize the structure and operational model for the eight new presbyteries. Yes, eight (a change from the preceding seven), and yes, new. The implementation teams (iTeams) were directed to work on the basis that each new presbytery was indeed new. The iTeam for P7 developed a governance model that was presented and accepted at meetings in November, 2012. Names were suggested and the name Four Winds Presbytery was chosen by ballot of the presbyters present on 6 November.
The first official meeting of Four Winds Presbytery was the Covenanting Service. That service was held at 3:30 p.m. on January 13th, 2013, at Trinity United Church, Napanee.
Search for an Intentional Interim Minster
We seek an Intentional Interim Minster who wishes to serve two historic congregations in downtown Kingston. Chalmers United Church and Sydenham Street United Church have chosen to move forward in an innovative model of shared worship, while maintaining the presence and ministry of each congregation in their heritage buildings.
We seek a minister who has a progressive, creative and scholarly theological framework; a keen interest in and commitment to pastoral care for all ages; excellent communication skills; a passion for social justice both locally and globally, and the training and ability to support our congregations through a time of transition. One of the churches is an Affirming congregation, the other is examining the process to become officially Affirming. Kingston, located at the east end of Lake Ontario, is a progressive city with a rich educational, cultural, and historic presence. The vacancy is effective January 1, 2018. The Combined JNAC Report, as well as the Chalmers/Sydenham Street Visioning document and other relevant information regarding the life and work of the congregations may be found on either website: http://sydenhamstreet.ca/ (see About SSUC), or chalmersunitedchurch.org. Applications will be accepted until January 31st, 2018, and should be submitted to the Combined Joint Search Committee c/o firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stewardship Resources: for a link to help and resources for Stewardship go to the contacts page.
Nominations: to express an interest in serving on a Presbytery Action Team go to the contacts page. http://fourwindspresbytery.org/contact/
Five Oaks Conference Centre: http://www.fiveoaks.on.ca/Who-We-Are.htm.