The Chapel of the Resurrection was constituted a Parish under the Diocese of Singapore by a resolution of the Synod of the Diocese of Singapore in 1979.
This Constitution regulates the affairs of the Parish of the Chapel of the Resurrection which is founded upon the biblical and spiritual principles of the Church of Jesus Christ as received through the Anglican tradition. It is to be read in the spirit of and subject to the Constitution of the Diocese of Singapore and the Canons of the Province of the Anglican Church in South-East Asia.
1. THE PARISH
1.1 “The Chapel” shall mean the Parish of the Chapel of the Resurrection (COR) within the Diocese of Singapore.
2. THE VICAR
2.1 The Vicar is the delegate of the Bishop in the Chapel and shall exercise such spiritual/or Episcopal authority as delegated by the Bishop.
2.2 The Vicar shall:
2.2.1 Have possession of the keys of the Chapel and offices.
2.2.2 Approve in consultation with the Parochial Church Council (PCC), the activities of all ancillary bodies of the Parish.
2.2.3 Approve the appointments of office staff and all persons having the charge of the ministries of the Parish.
2.2.4 Appoint the Vicar’s Warden to serve on the PCC, who shall during the absence or incapacity of the Vicar act as Chairman of all meetings of the PCC.
3.1 An Electoral Roll shall be maintained and only those whose names are on the Electoral Roll shall be eligible to vote and to serve on the PCC.
3.2 The Electoral Roll shall be revised once every year, and the revised Electoral Roll shall be displayed in the place or places of worship at least 3 weeks prior to the AGM.
3.3 The criteria for being on the Electoral Roll shall be as follows:
1. A Confirmed member of the Diocese of Singapore who is of at least 17 years of age.
2. Regularly attending services at the Chapel unless incapacitated or homebound.
4. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM)
4.1 The Vicar shall serve as Chairman of the Annual General Meeting.
4.2 The AGM shall be convened by the Chairman within a month after Easter.
4.3 The date and time of the AGM shall be announced verbally and by a Notice incorporating the agenda for a period including three (3) Sundays immediately proceeding the day of the Meeting.
4.4 The quorum shall be 20% of those eligible to vote.
4.4.1 Should there be no quorum within half an hour from the time appointed for the AGM, the AGM shall be adjourned to a date and time decided by the members present.
4.4.2 The members present at the reconvened meeting shall form the quorum.
5. PURPOSE OF THE AGM
5.1 To receive and adopt:
5.1.1 A copy of the Parish Electoral Roll;
5.1.2 The Annual Report of the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and the various congregations and ancillary bodies of the Chapel, which shall have been circulated at least two (2) weeks before the AGM;
5.1.3 The audited accounts and financial statements for the year ending 31 December of the previous year, which shall have been circulated at least two (2) weeks before the AGM;
5.1.4 An estimate of the Income and Expenditure of the Chapel for the current year, which shall have been circulated at least two (2) weeks before the AGM; and
5.1.5 Any motion on any matter of general interest, provided that such motion shall be submitted in writing to the Honorary Secretary at least eight (8) days before the AGM.
5.2 To appoint an Auditor.
5.3 To receive the Vicar’s nomination and appointment of one (1) Vicar’s Warden.
5.4 To elect the following lay representatives to the PCC:
5.4.1 One (1) People’s Warden;
5.4.2 One (1) Honorary Secretary;
5.4.3 One (1) Honorary Treasurer;
5.4.4 No more than six (6) other elected members; and
5.4.5 The requisite number of Synod Representatives as provided in the Constitution of the Diocese of Singapore.
6. EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING (EGM)
6.1 An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) shall be convened by the Chairman if requested in writing by not less than one-third of the total number of members on the Electoral Roll or if deemed necessary by the PCC.
6.2 The date and time of the EGM shall be announced verbally and by a Notice incorporating
the agenda for a period including two (2) Sundays immediately proceeding the day of the Meeting.
6.3 The rules governing the AGM shall, with necessary modifications, apply to an EGM.
7. ELECTION OF MEMBERS TO THE PCC
7.1 Only those on the Electoral Roll shall be eligible to nominate and second candidates, stand for election and vote at the AGM.
7.2 Every person nominated, elected or co-opted to the PCC should fulfill the biblical criteria of leadership (1 Timothy 3:1-13 and Titus 1:6-9)
7.2.1 To love and fear God;
7.2.2 Be sound in his/her faith in Christ and biblical doctrine;
7.2.3 Reflect the Power of the Holy Spirit in ministry and the Fruit of the Holy Spirit in character (Acts 1:8 and 6:7; and Galatians 5:22-23);
7.2.4 Desire the glory of God in the salvation of mankind; and
7.2.5 Be actively involved in the life, ministry and mission of the Chapel.
7.3 Nominations must be submitted on the prescribed form to the Honorary Secretary at least eight (8) days prior to the AGM.
7.4 Voting shall be by ballot or the raising of hands.
7.5 Every person who is eligible to vote shall have as many votes as there are positions to be elected, but no member may give more than one (1) vote to any candidate.
8. MEMBERS OF THE PCC
8.1 The PCC shall consist of:
8.1.1 The Vicar (as Chairman)
8.1.2 The Vicar’s Warden
8.1.3 The People’s Warden
8.1.4 The Honorary Secretary
8.1.5 The Honorary Treasurer
8.1.6 No more than Six (6) Elected Members
8.1.7 Representatives of the Chapel and it’s congregations to the Synod of the Diocese of Singapore (Synod Representatives)
8.2 Any clergyman serving in the Chapel.
8.3 One (1) Representative each from the Chapel’s extension centre/s.
8.4 Up to three (3) members may be co-opted onto the PCC for purposes which may from time to time be deemed necessary by the PCC.
8.5 Members appointed under 8.2, 8.3 and 8.4 shall not have the right to vote.
9. DUTIES OF THE PCC
9.1 The PCC shall support and work with the Vicar in the initiation, conduct and development of the Chapel.
9.1.1 To nurture the members of the Chapel toward maturity in the Word of God and the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
9.1.2 To reach out to the lost and plant new congregations and parishes.
9.1.3 To uphold and support the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Singapore.
9.2 The PCC shall be responsible for the:
9.2.1 Financial management of the Chapel;
9.2.2 Care and maintenance of the property and premises of the Chapel;
9.2.3 Employment and terms of employment of all the Chapel staff;
9.2.4 Presentation of an Annual Report to the AGM;
9.2.5 Welfare and management of all staff and members of the Chapel; and
9.2.6 Formulation of regulations for all matters of an administrative and/or operative nature.
9.2.7 Appoint sub-committees or persons as necessary to assist the PCC in carrying out it’s functions and responsibilities.
9.2.8 Support and follow-up on the decisions and directions as may from time to time be made by the Synod, Standing Committee and the Boards of the Diocese.
9.3 The Honorary Secretary shall:
9.3.1 Keep all minutes, decisions and correspondences arising out of the business of the PCC;
9.3.2 Transact such business on behalf of the PCC which are not within the office of the Chairman, Church Wardens or Honorary Treasurer; and
9.3.3 Maintain the records of the Chapel and make them available when requested by the PCC.
9.4 The Honorary Treasurer shall:
9.4.1 Keep the funds of the Chapel in such bank or banks as the PCC shall from time to time direct;
9.4.2 Maintain the financial records of the Chapel and furnish periodic statements of the accounts to the PCC; and
9.4.3 Ensure the efficient management of the Income and Expenditure of each current year as approved by the AGM.
9.4.4 Furnish, in consultation with the PCC, statements of accounts to the Diocesan Treasurer as he may from time to time require.
10. MEETINGS OF THE PCC
10.1 The PCC shall hold meetings no less than eight (8) times per year.
10.1.1 The quorum shall be two-thirds of the elected members.
10.2 The Vicar shall chair these meetings.
10.2.1 In his absence, the Vicar’s Warden will chair the meeting.
10.3 Any member of the PCC who is absent for two (2) consecutive meetings without good reason shall cease to be a member of the PCC.
10.4 In the event of a vacancy arising from paragraph 10.3 or any other reason such as illness, death or resignation, the PCC may co-opt some other member to fill the position.
10.4.1 This co-option must comply with paragraphs 8.4 and 8.5.
10.5 A motion shall be carried by a simple majority of those present and voting.
10.5.1 The Chairman shall have the casting vote in the event of an equality of votes.
10.6 The Bishop of the Diocese of Singapore shall have the right to attend and chair any meeting of the PCC.
11.1 The Chapel may plant extension centres or congregations as may from time to time be approved by the Bishop of Singapore.
11.2 The properties of the Chapel, both movable and immovable, shall vest in The Secretary of Synod of the Diocese of Singapore (CAP 379, 1985 Edition, Singapore Statutes.
11.3 Nothing in this Constitution shall be valid which is repugnant to the Word of God and the Constitution of the Diocese of Singapore.
11.4 These articles may be amended through resolution at an AGM or EGM, by a majority of at least two-thirds of those present and voting, and approved by the Bishop in writing.
The Extra-Ordinary General Meeting of the Chapel of the Resurrection on 12 January 2014.
The Bishop of Singapore on 10 March 2014.