New Participants are welcome at any time – contact the chair, an officer or a member of any group to join!
This ministry group helps to set direction and guide & support the faith development of children, youth and families in collaboration with the Children’s Program Director and the Pastoral Resident. The programs offered are meant to support and guide the children, youth and families toward developing a personal relationship with God in both large group and smaller relational environments; provide opportunities to nurture and grow in their faith; create an atmosphere of community and inclusion; and show Jesus’ love through modeling.
Helps you grow in faith no matter where you are on your life’s journey; welcomes all with joy and offers programs that help you begin or expand your faith journey; aims to enhance the educational and spiritual life of adults in our congregation and community.
Assist with the sacraments, rites of worship, and practices of the Christian Church (both ancient and new) and help congregants better understand the value, purpose, and richness of rituals and spiritual practices. They greet and welcome all with joy, support weekly and special worship services, care for the poor and needy, and assist in serving communion.
First year: Carol Andrus, Petra Sansom, and Branda Wilhoite
Second year: Kate Carpini, Andy Gallop, and Tony McPherson
Third year: John Keeley, Liz Sayre, and Janet Vaughn
Oversees all matters of care and maintenance of the physical building – items that are visible to the eye such as the beautiful sanctuary, welcoming lobby, and comforting family room and the not so glamorous behind the scenes workings of the plumbing, heating, electricity, grounds keeping, roofing, etc.
Develops policies and programs to enhance the financial well-being of the church; leads the annual stewardship effort, planned giving and capital campaigns; oversees the Church’s endowment; cooperates with Treasurer, ministerial staff, and commission chairs to develop and secure congregational approval for annual operating budget.
Encourages all to live the connection between faith and wellness, connecting mind, body and spirit in ministry to oneself and others; incorporates the Christian traditions of healing in contemplative monthly healing circles along with Advent and Lenten services, informs about emerging strides in health sciences, and ministers to families and members across their entire life span through fellowship, service and visiting.
Identifies opportunities for members of the church to serve the world, community and church through hands-on service, collections, and information and advocacy events; oversees the church’s mission giving; focuses on alleviating hunger, combating homelessness, and helping women, teens, and children at risk.
Supports the ministry team in exploring and experimenting with new and/or various forms of worship within the context of our traditions, and provides choral and instrumental music.
Oversees all matters of personnel policy working to provide a fair, equitable and nurturing environment where all ministers and employees can develop to their full potential.
Tends to the Reno Garden plants and garden features such as the labyrinth, remembrance walk, benches and fountain; maintains placement records, fund raises for garden maintenance and manages the garden restricted spending fund.
We have many Living Ministries; a few of them are included below.
Works to connect with the community through a variety of communications media including our website, print newspapers, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Nextdoor App, flyers, and front lawn banners; Communicates with the congregation through weekly emails, bulletin boards, and the lobby monitor.
Summoning the church to be courageous in the face of global warming’s existential threat to current and future generations, the mission of Environmental Ministry is to equip and join with God’s people in boldly witnessing to this injustice, while taking decisive action as people of faith. We are called: to address the devastating impact of unrestrained economic growth, the denial of scientific research and evidence, the centuries-old devaluation of our natural world (other than humans) and the dismissal of the most vulnerable to climatic changes – including indigenous peoples, people of color and the poor. Collectively and as moral agents, we will work with the Town of Winchester in becoming carbon neutral and promoting environmental stewardship – within our building, the places we live and the world beyond.
A declaration in response to FCC’s Strategic Vision, presented at the May 2019 Annual Meeting
Provide opportunities for the congregation and community to talk, learn, and act to promote greater racial justice and equity in our society.
Open to all women of the church and community, we meet in someone’s home to discuss a recent book. New participants are always welcome and all are welcome whether or not they have read the book!