Each Episcopal parish is governed
by an elected group of lay members known collectively as the Vestry.
Elections for open positions are held in Early February at Trinity’s
Annual Meeting. Using a process
outlined in the sample by-laws of the Episcopal Diocese of
current Vestry appoints a nominating committee, who then diligently
searches the parish for a recommended candidate to fill each empty
seat. Any other parishioner may also run for any open position, simply
by nominating him/herself during the election portion of the Annual
Meeting, or having another person nominate him or her. In the case of
more than one candidate for a position, a written ballot will be taken
immediately, and the results tallied by the rector and parish
administrator. Simple majority decides the election. To learn more
about the various positions on the Vestry and who currently holds these
positions, click here.
In addition to the Vestry, there
are other opportunities to become involved in church leadership.
Every parish sends both clergy and lay representatives to the diocesan
Annual Convention to represent the parish. In addition, Trinity is part
of the Taunton River Deanery and sends members of the parish to
represent us at Deanery meetings. All of these representative
positions are elected offices, with elections held during the Annual
Meeting in February. Nominations are taken during the meeting itself.
For more information about becoming involved in
church government, please contact either of
the co-wardens. (Contact information is here.)