Church Government - Boards

Board of Christian Education

The Board of Christian Education (BOCE) is the overseer of the following groups or programs:
  • Sunday School Program, pre-school through high school
  • Youth Group and Adult Education
  • Confirmation Class
  • Vacation Bible School program
  • Activities involving children or Youth

Projects/Activities

September - Reunion Sunday!
October - Confirmation Orientation/breakfast, Teacher training
November - Prepare Christmas Program
December - Advent Family Worship, Christmas Program, Submit budget
January - Confirmation Mentors' Orientation, Submit annual report
February - New Committee members, Job assignments
March - Start preparations for Children's Sunday
April - Order cirriculum, recruit teachers
May - Confirmation and confirmation breakfast, Children's Sunday, Teacher recognition
Summer - Vacation Bible school, teacher training, pre-concert picnic
Ongoing - involvement in preschool board, church council, coordinate nursery care, Spire reporting, Children's offering

In addition to the normal duties, we are currently involved in:

  • Addition of music to all children's Sunday School programs
  • Reviewing "Safe Church" policies and facilities
  • Ongoing discussions involving Sunday a.m. Adult Education opportunities

Meetings: Third Wednesday of the month, Sept-May

Council

The council is the administrative body of the church. It is made up of the pastor, clerk, moderator, treasurer, Christian enlistment chairperson, one music committee member, three at-large church members and a representative from each board. Council is responsible for making the following appointments:

  • Committees (as needed)
  • Christian enlistment chairperson, auditor and historian (annually)
  • Temporary officers and board members (as needed)
  • Pastoral search committees (as needed)
  • Conference delegates (annually)

At least ten monthly meetings are held throughout the year. Duties involve:

  • The general promotion and supervision of the welfare of the church
  • Submitting for action to the church (at annual or special meetings) any matter approved by a majority of the council
  • Authorization of the treasurer to disburse funds for budget items and special accounts
  • Administration of donations and memorials
  • An annual review of the pastor�s financial needs
  • An annual report to the congregation.

All church members are encouraged to participate in the government of the church. The goal is to provide an open-minded forum for conducting business, airing concerns and solving problems while encouraging collaboration and support. Contact the current officers, Jane Weisman (chairperson) or Charlie Dings (secretary) for more information.

Diaconate

The Board of Deacons is a group of 18 men and women who are interested in furthering the spiritual side of the church. The group meets monthly and plans additional events, including an annual retreat and a summer band concert picnic.

Duties/responsibilities

While many people think of Deacons as "those people who hand out bulletins on Sunday morning," the job of the Diaconate is actually much broader. According to our bylaws, the mission of the Diaconate is to assist the pastor in ministering to the spiritual needs of the church. Service on Sunday morning includes setting up and then cleaning up the sanctuary, and assisting in other tasks as required by the pastor. This service includes handing out bulletins, collecting offerings, plus other tasks such as ringing the bell, turning on the elevator, and assisting with communion.

In addition to the Sunday morning work, the Diaconate is involved in managing a program of visitation for church members who have become less active in church due to illness, age, or other factors. The Diaconate also manages the list of church members, arranges for substitute ministers during Pastor vacations or other absences, assists with funerals and weddings as needed, and oversees the Deacon Families program and other programs.

Normally the Diaconate undertakes at least one Laity Sunday per year. This is a Sunday service that is designed and given by the Diaconate. The purpose of this activity is to ensure that if the pastor is not there, the Diaconate will know how to "carry on."

An important function of the Diaconate is to serve as a sounding board for the pastor. In this way, we discuss issues surrounding the worship service and the fellowship outreach aspects of the church and then develop ideas for improvements. Our monthly meetings cover the "business end" of the job (ushers, etc) but also reserve time to discuss topics of special interest at some length.

Because of its size, the Diaconate is a strong fellowship. We make it a point to welcome new members and to get to know each other. Our January meeting is by tradition a dinner meeting hosted by one of the Deacons, to which we invite new members. We try to do other things during the year to build our '"connections" to each other.

Projects/Activities

January Deacons Meeting - Normally a dinner meeting
February Deacons Meeting - Selection of officers and sub-committees
Jan/Feb/March: Normally in this timeframe we hold a full-day retreat
Tenebrae Service before Easter: Diaconate readers
Easter Service: Diaconate hosts breakfast every other year
Summer: Diaconate hosts a picnic supper
Fall: Laity Sunday is normally scheduled

Meetings: The first Thursday of each month, 7-9 p.m.

Stewardship

Stewardship is the financial body of the church that seeks to educate members about the relationship between our faith and faithful giving. Stewardship is about taking care of the resources entrusted to us by a generous God. Each year,members of Stewardship and Christian Enlistment work together to develop a theme for our annual pledge drive. The Board meets on the second Sunday at 9:00 am.

Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of six members; two elected each year for a term of three years. We are responsible for the real estate and property owned by the church. We see that the property is maintained, properly used, updated and replaced as needed. The board hires and supervises the custodian and the lawn care, snow plowing and shoveling personnel. Yearly reviews of the church insurance policy and oil contract as well as inspections of the elevator, fire alarms and extinguishers, furnace, water quality and building are done.

Trustees set the fees for non-member organizations and individuals who use the church and approve and monitor building use. We hold ten monthly meetings a year, currently on the second Tuesday evening of the month.

Board of World Ministries

The Mission Board is responsible for distributing Mission funds pledged by church members. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible in our own community and world wide.

Projects/activities:

Wachusett food pantry
Worcester Interfaith hospitality Network
Valentine's for Veterans

Meetings: First Monday of each month, 7:00 p.m. at the church