Church Committee Ministry at Hancock

Here at Hancock Church, we believe our members and ministers partner together to lead our church into the future: Our ministers provide important theological frameworks for the work of our members in areas such as finance and faith formation, among many other ministries. This work is primarily done through committees. No one is required to serve on a committee, but choosing to do so can be a rewarding way to serve our community and lead our church. Every January, our Nominating Committee begins the work of finding church members to serve on our committees. If you have an interest in serving, please don’t hesitate to contact the church office.

The Adult Christian Education Committee works with the ministerial staff to provide creative, diverse, and engaging programs for the faith formation of adults of Hancock Church. Offerings in the past have included conversations about finding Sabbath in the midst of our hectic lives, the connection between neuroscience and spiritual practice, and the theology of popular music. Additionally, they coordinate the weekly pastor’s class, the first Thursday book group, and the Women’s Retreats. It’s the perfect committee for someone who loves to learn and think creatively about ways to engage our congregation.

The Parish Life Committee cares for Hancock through the ministry of food and fellowship. With our new kitchen at their disposal, this faithful committee hosts our weekly coffee hour after worship, and organizes the Palm Sunday Brunch, progressive dinners, and the popular “Hancock Grills” summer barbecues. Anyone who likes to host, find fellowship around food, or meet new people would be quite at home on this committee.

The Endowment Committee and Finance Committee oversee the long-term and short-term financial health of the church, respectively. While Finance faithfully visions the church budget and guides us through each fiscal year, Endowment protects the investment and distribution of endowed funds which support the health of the church for years to come. Either of these committees would engage anyone with an analytical mind, a passion for visioning or skill with numbers.

While Congregational Care is the work of the entire congregation, the core committee oversees the various ministries of care here at Hancock Church. Some of these ministries include visits, rides to church, delivering Sunday flowers, knitting prayer shawls, preparing and delivering casseroles and praying for our congregation.  This committee has a vital role in supporting the ministerial staff here at church. This committee would appeal to anyone who likes to meet and talk with new people, or prayer and care for others.

The Deacons’ primary ministry to Hancock involves caring for our worship services and spaces. They do this through coordinating and distributing communion, decorating the sanctuary during Advent, coordinating the deliveries of Christmas and Easter flowers, and occasionally working with the ministerial staff to think theologically about the practice of worship. Additionally, the Deacons also help coordinate the beloved annual Senior Picnic. Anyone who takes pride in our worship spaces and services would be a good fit on Deacons.

The mission of the Christian Service Committee is to lead and engage Hancock members of all ages in promoting a more just and humane world through acts of service to those in need. Such service may take the form of planned donations to designated organizations, timely responses to urgent needs, and leading the congregation in the regular giving of goods and volunteering of time and talents at the local, national, and global levels. The committee supports and identifies volunteer and giving opportunities for a variety of charities, including, but not limited to, Manger Sunday (benefiting City Mission Society), Lexington Food Pantry, Rosie’s Place, The Women’s Lunch Place, Russell Elementary School in Dorchester, Sustainable Harvest International, and the Outdoor Church of Cambridge.

The Prudential Committee oversees the maintenance, safety and upkeep of all church properties, including: organizing work projects, overseeing community rentals, and organizing multiple workdays.

Membership and Welcoming Committee reaches out to newcomers through information sessions, newcomer dinners, membership brochures.

Stewardship coordinates the annual finance support drive for the mission of Hancock Church and celebrates the time and talents that we are called to give to God.

The Nominating Committee matches members’ interests with the needs of the church. We are the committee that fills committees.

Assistant Collectors aid the collector by accounting for the weekly offering after the service. If you are interested in the duties of the assistant collectors, please contact Kim Gladstone, financial.administrator@hancockchurch.org.

Greeters and ushers, although not a “committee”, are always needed on Sundays to pass out bulletins, collect the offering, and help direct to the right place before worship. The commitment is usually about once per month.

Library Committee: If you are interested in the Potter Library, please contact Marjorie Travis, mwtravis@verizon.net

TV Committee: If you are interested in the TV Ministry, please contact Susan Rockwell, srrockwell@juno.com

Teaching Parish: If you are interested in the Teaching Parish Ministry, please contact Paul Shafer, paul.shafer@rcn.com

Ministry of Remembrance and the Memorial Garden: If you are interested in the upkeep of the Memorial Garden and Remembrance Hall, please contact Rosemarie Sauermann, rosemarie@sauermann.com

Choir (For Adult, Youth, and Children): If you are interested in singing in the Chancel Choir or the Hancock Choristers, please contact Mark Morgan, music.director@hancockchurch.org

Bells (Adult and Youth): If you are interested in playing in any of the Bells Choirs, please contact Cheryl Kraley, cheryl@kraley.com

Landscaping: If you enjoy working outdoors with plants, please contact Linda Williams, lbwilliams@comcast.net