Church Council- All boards and committees of the church make recommendations to council. All chairs of the boards/committees are members of council.
Staff Parish Relations Committee- serves as the church “personnel” committee recommends hiring, compensational and evaluations.
Trustees- oversee and maintain all church property:
Bus- maintain the church bus.
Kitchen- upkeep and stocking of supplies for the kitchen.
Parsonage- maintain of parsonage in coordination with pastor.
Communications- Newsletter; communicate to the congregation and the public via web site, newsletter and newspaper.
Finance- manage the financial system of the church including utilizing counters for offerings.
Fin. Secretary- payment of bills and entering income received-inputs data for accounting process.
Data entry- entering offering in to database.
Treasurer- maintains accounts, detailed records of church funds, complies monthly report and prepares/manages budget.
Lay Servant- Lay delegate to annual conference- represents congregation needs/concerns to pastor. Serves on Sunday School and church committees (SPRC, Council, finance, etc.)
Membership- Keeps records of membership for both Sunday School attendance and worship.
Administrative Support- Assists the church secretary by folding bulletins and newsletters or other projects which need additional hands.
History- Preserves the history and keeps records up to date.
Sanctuary- ensure sanctuary is clean and stocked, seasonal paramons displayed, candles maintained and altar flowers are ordered and displayed. This includes extra worship services.
Communion- prepares the elements for Holy Communion and cleans after services, assists pastor in serving and/or has members available to assist with serving.
Liturgists-assist pastor with worship by greeting congregation, announcements, opening responsive reading, etc.
Ushers/ Greeters- support worship by ushering, greeting, handing out bulletins. May be needed for funeral services in addition to 9 and 11am services.
Chancel Choir- provides music for regular and special worship services.
Hand bell choir- practices and participates in services.
Instrumentalists- provide instrumental support in worship under direction of music directors.
Children’s choir- evolving Worship
Production- coordinated video sound and lighting for all worship services
Children’s church- 11am worship services age 4-3rd grade. Provides a children’s message during worship services and then takes the children back to a classroom for ‘children’s church.’
Children- Nursery 0-2 care provided during Sunday worship, Sunday School and other special events.
Sunday School (all ages)- Classes are appropriate for 0-18, several adult classes offered.
VBS (ages 2-11)- 1 week in the summer including Bible story time, crafts, games, snacks and scriptures.
Youth Confirmation classes
Youth group MYF
Campus ministry- encourages and supports high school graduates who enter college or military with prayer and cards/care packs and other means of staying touch.
*All who participate in children/youth ministries must complete Safe Sanctuary training includes church policy and information regarding child abuse and neglect.
Bible Studies- There is a Wednesday morning women’s study and a Monday lunch group who select scriptures/books to study and discuss.
Provides support in the form of flowers, meals and/or cards for members who have had surgery or had a death in the family.
Funeral Meals- Volunteers prepare a meal according to family’s wishes.
Sheppards- All members are assigned a Sheppard who sends cards to family members on special occasions, phones to check on family occasionally, offers support.
Prayer Shawls- Knitted/crocheted shawls for those in need of comfort.
Fellowship Suppers- Last Wednesday of each month- a covered dish supper in the Fellowship Hall. Volunteers set up and clean up.
Prayer Warriors- Group of people who pray for those with concerns or illness.
Membership open to all women in the church who facilitate outreach programs by supporting missions locally, nationally and internationally. Meetings are the second Wednesday at 7 pm for fellowship, spiritual guidance and planning for missional work. Dresses are made for little girls in Africa, baskets of items for nursing home residents, goodies for students; cards, flood buckets, and book bags with supplies for students are a few examples.
Group of men who meet on the 3rd Sunday at 8am for breakfast, fellowship and Christian studies. Missions are adopted throughout the year. Volunteers prepare breakfast and clean up.
Wood Ministry- An example of one of the UMM ministries- Cut and deliver wood to those in need of heating assistance.
New Member Connections- New members are given a packet of information about the church, its structure and its missions. Orientation is offered and areas of need and interest are discussed.
Men/Women golf teams- Men and women from various churches play golf each week and put money in a ‘charity jar.’ At the end of the season the winning team donates this to a charity of their choice.
Mission Meals- Held the 2nd Sunday of each month- Prepared by various groups in the church. Donations are then given to a mission selected by the group preparing and cleaning up after the meal.
Witness/Evangelism- Visits are made to persons who visited a worship service and a loaf of homemade bread is given to the visitors as a welcoming gesture.
Children’s Christmas- Schools provide information about students who may not have Christmas. Congregation members ‘adopt’ a child/ren and buy Christmas gifts for them or donate money and gifts will be purchased.
Food Closet- for the month of October, this church provides volunteers to work at the Food Closet and solicits food and donations.
Summer Children’s Feeding Program- Children are provided ‘kid friendly’ foods for weekend, holidays and summer when schools are not providing meals. Donations and help are provided by churches to maintain the program.
Wood Ministry- Volunteers cut, stack and deliver wood to those in need for winter heat.
Reading Renewal- volunteers are placed in schools for grades K-5 to tutor children in need of a helping hand to enhance literacy skills and help children be successful learners.
Heritage Festival- Festival held in downtown Sparta in September. UMW sponsors baked goods for sale. UMM sponsors a booth selling porkchop sandwiches, hotdogs, hamburgers, etc. Monies raised go to various mission projects.