The Parish Register of General Vestrypersons

What is a General Vestryperson?

A parishioner (someone who lives within the parish boundary) or accustomed member (someone who doesn’t live within the boundary but attends church) and whose name is on the parish list of General Vestrypersons.

How do you become one?

You fill in a form which the Church Wardens, or office administrator can provide or download from our website.

Can anybody become one?

No! You must be at least 18 and have subscribed (by recordable means, e.g. Freewill Offering Envelopes) to parish funds.

Why might I want to become one?

When you register as a General Vestryperson you are entitled to have a say in the business affairs of the parish. The annual business meeting is known as the Easter General Vestry meeting, at which elections to the Select Vestry and other appointments take place.

If I go to the meeting can I bring up whatever issues I like?

No. The General Vestry members elect the Select Vestry and receive the Financial Statement. In our parish they also hear the Rector’s Address. Questions on these matters are welcome, but no other business is con- ducted. Most people find the meeting quite interesting.

I think I filled in a form to become a General Vestryperson about ten years ago. Do I still hold this title?

You might do! In fact, if you still subscribe to parish funds, you probably do! Get the Churchwardens to check if your name is there.

When can I register?

Only during the month of February. An announcement will be made in church, and a notice will be posted on the church door, to tell you when the Register is to be opened and closed.

If I register, how often am I required to attend meetings?

There is usually only one meeting per year.

As far as I know I meet all the requirements—do you think I should register?


The revision of the Register of vestry persons will take place at 7.30pm on 27th February 2024 in the Church.

There is no requirement to attend

National Churches Trust

We are delighted to announce the approval of a grant from the National Churches Trust of £10000 towards restoration work to the baptistry and steeple. Work will commence 25th September and we hope for it to be completed in time for the Civic Carol Service at 4pm on 25th November.

It is the policy of the Church of Ireland to Safeguard both children and adults sharing in its ministry and to protect them from of forms of harm, and abuse. At St Nicholas we have adopted these policies and abide by them. If you have any concerns as to the safety of an adult or a child please report it immediately to the PSNI, Social Services or to the church's safeguarding panel.


Child Safeguarding Panel Members

Rev Chris St John

Raymond Gilbert

Sharon Maxwell

Adult Safeguarding Panel Members

Rev Chris St John

Raymond Gilbert

Karen Miles

Check out safeguarding page of this Website

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St Nicholas' Parish Halls
3 Lancasterian Street
BT38 7AB
N Ireland