III. OUTREACH MINISTRY
Church Council: Council oversees the functioning of the committees. It meets five (5) times annually and receives reports from the various committees as well as discusses matters that pertain to the church as a whole. Its membership is elected by the congregation.
Stewardship: The committee is responsible for seeing that the full financial potential of the congregation is realized and for interpreting where and why the funds are needed.
Financial support by our members and adherents is necessary to carry out our mission as a church. We provide weekly offering envelopes but we encourage the use of PAR (pre-authorized remittance). We also have a debit/credit machine for convenience.
To further support our church operations, including outreach, we annually engage in several fund-raising initiatives. These are well-advertised in our bulletins and on our website. We always need “more hands” to help with these projects as well as the financial support our faith community offers.
Christian Education: Is concerned with faith formation of all ages. Faith is understood not as an arrival or destination, but as a life-long journey. The church library is located in Heartz Hall, where you will find a wide selection of books for all ages, including an extensive children’s section.
Ministry and Personnel: Meets as a consultative body that supports the work of all paid personnel in the church and works to see that good relationships exist between staff and congregation members.
Outreach: Concerned with community and global outreach.
- Benevolent Funds – These funds are used to assist members of our community.
- Mission and Service – This is the main source of outreach funds (both national and global) for our United Church of Canada. To learn how these funds help people, the Minute for Mission is read on a regular basis at the beginning of our worship services.
- The Amherst Food Assistance Network – Along with other churches and organizations in the Amherst area, our church supports the local food bank through our monthly food bank Sundays when we are encouraged to donate non-perishables. Some of our members also volunteer on a regular basis.
Property: Deals with maintenance matters and the day to day functioning of the building. Approves expenditures related to the upkeep of building.
Worship: Addresses all matters pertaining to worship and sanctuary use including scheduling of services, community use of sanctuary space and sacraments.
Board of Trustees: Concerns itself with investments, leases and major renovations of the building.