Vestry Meeting Summary 13th June 2018

Summary of Vestry Meeting 13th JUNE 2018


Property and Fabric The Church House gutter had been mended, Smartwater had been ordered and applied to the gutter but still needed to be applied to the internal moveable items.

The Quinquennial Inspection had been undertaken with the major issue being the guttering. (Copies can be made available on request.)

Health and Safety Quotes for inspecting and maintaining the fire system were obtained and Christine was asked to go ahead with Moray Fire Protection.

Treasurer presented the accounts and explained that maintenance costs had been higher than normal because of the Church House gutter and the toilet in the Parish Room .

Secretary  Information had been received from Argyle Energy about energy supplies to churches. IDG uses this firm. Alan was asked to provide the information they required to give us prices.

A summer Garden Party had been suggested. Myra and Amy were asked to liaise over this.

Friends of Gordon Chapel The Coordinator of the Friends had written to the Vestry to inform them of the decision to close the group. Discussion on their funds and the future of the Draw would be left until the autumn

Fundraising The Lift off concert had been very successful. The Coffee Morning had also been well attended with a good atmosphere. The Pop Up Shop had been successful but hard work. It was agreed to try and book it again but people would have to be willing to help.

There was another coffee morning on 27th October and a concert on 23rd November.

Worship Megan Cambridge was finishing her training as a Reader. Michael was going to propose that she took some of the Reserved Sacrament services. The Speyfest service was on 29th July. Refuel was from 23rd – 28th July and volunteers were needed to help in the joint Diocesan/Church of Scotland tent which was going to showcase the work of local churches.

Lift update Plans were with Moray Council. An application for a Provincial Building Grant had been submitted and applications to AllChurches Trust and the Garfield Weston Foundation were being prepared.

Away Day  This had been booked for 1st September and a 17 seater minibus had been reserved.

Fochabers Village Association Gordon Chapel had been asked to help with the Hook a Duck stall at the Gala on 22nd July. Volunteers were needed to help with this.

Privacy Policy

With introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25th May 2018,  Gordon Chapel has updated it’s Data Protection Notice

Data Protection Notice – Gordon Chapel, Fochabers

Also as part of the preparation for GDPR two new forms have been introduced providing consent for Gordon Chapel to hold church members / contacts information after 25th May 2018.

Gordon Chapel, Fochabers – GDPR Consent declaration

Declaration for inclusion of an individual in the Communicants’ Roll of a Congregation (Canon 41)

(completed forms should be returned to the Vestry Secretary, Gordon Chapel, 40 Castle Street, Fochabers, Moray IV32 7DW  or emailed to


Here is a photo of the Cross that I made for Gordon Chapel.  Ruth decorated it beautifully and placed it at the top of the stairs for Easter Day.

I hope it will bring pleasure over many years and occasions (Remembrance, Christmas, anniverseries etc).



AWAY DAY – save the date. On 1st September the congregations of Gordon Chapel and the Isla Deveron Group will have the opportunity to get away from it all at Arpafeelie on the Black Isle. The day will start at 11a.m. with a reflective session then after lunch there will be discussions. It will finish with the Saturday Eucharist in Inverness Cathedral at 5p.m. It is hoped people can share cars and there may be a minibus. More details to follow.