Canon V: The Organization Of Worshiping Communities

Canon V: The Organization Of Worshiping Communities

Section 1. The entities previously known as “Mission Stations” shall now be known as Worshiping Communities. Entities referenced as a “Mission” in the Constitution and Canons of The Episcopal Church shall likewise be known as Worshiping Communities.

Section 2. In addition to the ways in which a Parish may be changed to a Worshiping Community pursuant to the Canons of The Episcopal Church, a Worshiping Community may be established by the Bishop Diocesan on the application of individuals or members of a Parish professing a common interest. The form of application may be as follows:

To the Right Reverend ___, Bishop of Connecticut:
We, the subscribers, baptized persons over sixteen years of age, respectfully request that a Worshiping Community be established; and we hereby promise obedience of such Worshiping Community, if established, to the authority of the Bishop of Connecticut and conformity to the Constitution and Canons and to the doctrine, discipline and worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America and the Diocese of Connecticut. We also hereby signify our intention to attend and to support this Worshiping Community.

The Bishop Diocesan shall consult with such Parishes or Worshiping Communities as may be affected by the formation of the new Worshiping Community.

Section 3. All Worshiping Communities shall be under the exclusive supervision, direction and control of the Bishops, who may, from time to time, make and issue such regulations for their establishment and administration as Bishops may deem appropriate. A Council of Advice shall be appointed by the Bishops upon nomination of ordained leadership, from among the communicant members of the Worshiping Community. The Bishops may appoint a lay Vice Chair, Treasurer and Clerk from the Worshiping Community’s Council of Advice. Any baptized person sixteen years or older enrolled on the register of a Worshiping Community shall become a member of such Congregation for the purposes of voting at meetings of the Worshiping Community.

Section 4. A Worshiping Community may apply to become a Parish in accordance with Canon I, Sections 1 and 2.

Section 5. The ordained leadership of a Worshiping Community shall be appointed by the Bishops and the Bishops shall have exclusive power to remove such leadership. It shall be the duty of every clergy person in charge of a Worshiping Community to make periodic reports as directed by the Bishops.

Section 6. All recommendations and actions of the Council of Advice of a Worshiping Community are subject to review by the Bishops before such recommendations and actions become final and effective. Every Worshiping Community shall have a parochial register, such register to be kept by the clergy or other person designated by the Bishops.

Section 7. The Title of all property, real or personal, given or purchased for the use of any Worshiping Communities shall be vested in the Diocese of Connecticut.

Section 8. A) The Bishops, after due notice, may terminate the existence of any Worshiping Community.

B) Every Worshiping Community is responsible to live within a system of support and accountability that links its life and ministry with that of the Bishops and with those of the other Parishes and Worshiping Communities in the Diocese.

C) The Bishops shall make available to the Worshiping Communities of the Diocese a system of support and accountability to encourage and enable the development of their life and ministry.

Section 9. A Parochial Mission may be established by a Parish, with the written approval of the Bishop Diocesan, and the advice and consent of the Standing Committee. Parochial Missions shall be the responsibility of the founding Parish and shall exist under its authority, direction and control. In any case in which a separate congregation is established by a Parish that congregation shall be considered as the establishment of a Parochial Mission as defined herein. The Bishop Diocesan, at the request of the founding Parish, may, with the advice and consent of the Standing Committee, terminate the existence of any Parochial Mission in said Parish, or constitute the same as a Worshiping Community.