This page is a gathering place of information
related to the possible amalgamation of
Christ Church and First United Churches
in South Mississauga.
It will be updated on a regular basis and will be a
gathering place of information during this process.
July 4, 2018
Q: Who is on the Joint Amalgamation Committee that is exploring amalgamation?
From First United: Ed Mock (co-chair), Barb Abrams, Jennifer Brodie, Kay Cranston, Erin Furlong, Ken MacDonald, Donna Pounder, Jane Shaver, Christine Whiting
From Christ Church: Steve Shaver (co-chair), Shawn Bausch, Mark Chown, Mary Dowding-Paré, John Fargey, Nancy Hori, Heather McGillis, John Nicholson, MaryEllen Richards, Karin Stangenberg
Q: How are you going to keep people updated on progress?
We will send out a joint email update at least once a month for the next few months.
Q Have you dealt with or advised Presbytery of our intention to amalgamate?
Yes, we have been in touch with Presbytery and have been advised as to the steps that need to be undertaken.
Q: What has been agreed upon so far?
So far, we have agreed that these four principles would apply to amalgamation:
- the amalgamation would be a union of equals
- First United could be involved in Christ Church’s search for a new minister
- First United is invited to help in Christ Church’s Future Planning Committee initiatives
- First United could bring their groups such as the Quilting group and the UCW
Q: What will become of First United’s building?
The plan currently is for the First United trustees to bring their assets into the new combined church with the new congregation determining what becomes of its assets including the real estae.
Q: How will the decision be made to amalgamate?
The Joint Amalgamation Committee will meet over the summer and into the fall to examine all aspects of amalgamation. It will report back to both the First United and Christ Church congregations in the fall with recommendations about the amalgamation. Both congregations would then vote. If the decision is to amalgamate, then a presentation would be made to Presbytery in November to gain approval to amalgamate.
Q: When will a decision about amalgamation be made?
The Joint Amalgamation Committee is hoping to have each congregation hold their vote in late October.
Q: Who do I talk to if I have questions about amalgamation?
We encourage you to bring your questions to the co-chairs of the Joint Amalgamation Committee.