Church

Loyal volunteers keep our church running smoothly all year long. From preparing the sanctuary for worship to teaching Church School and ringing the tower bells, there’s something for everyone who would like to serve.

Most positions have great flexibility in terms of hours required and times of the day or week tasks can be completed.

To discuss service opportunities and discuss how you might use your gifts, contact Judith McCandless, ext. 122.

 

Worship Ministry

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Communion Preparation – Order and stock wafers, grape juice and loaves for communion by intinction, and for select Sundays organize communion distributed to the pews by trays.

Chancel Guild – This group oversees the care and furnishings of the Narthex (church entrance) and Sanctuary, including the Chancel (pulpit, choir and organ area). Duties involve changing liturgical objects and fabrics, stocking the pew racks, and informing the sextons of needs for special services.

Flower Committee – Oversee flower orders and delivery for those who’ve requested arrangements to be placed on the chancel in honor of loved ones.

Music Committee – Assist the music department with filing music and organizing the Music Room.

Ushers and Greeters – Welcome visitors to the 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and/or 5:00 p.m. worship services, including handing out bulletins and showing visitors to their seats.

Tower Bell Ringer – Play the bells at 10:15 a.m. Sunday mornings and at special services.

Banner Carrier – Often done by youth but occasionally adults, banner carriers lead processions on occasional Sunday mornings and at special services.

 

Education Ministry

Church School Teachers & Substitute Teachers – More than 40 teachers are needed each year to facilitate classes for two-year-olds through eighth-graders. High-schoolers who have completed confirmation class and adults of all ages are welcome to nourish our children and youth. Lesson plans and training provided. Contact Alexis Mastromarino, alexis@reformedchurch.org, ext. 118, for information.

Sunday Morning Adult Education Presenter – While our Sunday morning speaker series features many invited professionals, often congregants enjoy teaching a subject that interests them. To suggest a topic and/or volunteer to teach, contact Alexis Mastromarino, alexis@reformedchurch.org, ext. 118.

About Baptism and Communion (ABC) Assistant Leader – Taught by The Reverend Cari Pattison, this two-session sacraments class for third graders, held early each year, always needs adult co-leaders.

Girl’s Friday Leader – This monthly program for fifth- and sixth-grade girls meets every second Friday during the program year (September-June) from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Adults are needed to lead crafts and games and to help supervise.

Library Committee – This group organizes and oversees acquisitions for The Memorial Library, containing almost 3,000 books, magazines and journals available for borrowing.

Summer Story Hour – From mid-June through early September, when Church School doesn’t meet, we need volunteers to staff this summer enrichment program for children that meets during the 10:00 a.m. service.

Children’s Ministries Committee – This group creates and organizes special events  such as movie nights, craft workshops and breakfasts to complement Church School education and bring families together.

Administrative Ministry

Archives – Organize photos, papers, manuscripts, and objects of all kinds, dating from the 19th-century through the present day. This can be done day or night, weekdays or weekends.

Mailing Committee – From postcards and flyers to The Messenger newsletter, the church distributes almost 20,000 pieces of mail per year. This vital ministry meets approximately once per month to prepare and implement mailings.

Publicity – Writers, graphic designers and flyer-distributors are needed for The Messenger, website, and promotional materials for various church events. If interested, contact Sam Clover at sclover@reformedchurch.org, ext. 134.

Congregational Life Ministry

Coffee Hour Servers – Every Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. service—as well as during The Gathering service from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.—servers pour coffee, tea and lemonade (during the summer).

Sunday Morning Transportation / “Wheels for Worship” Volunteers – Those who have a car, or who are willing to assist passengers in the church van, are needed to provide transportation to congregants who have difficulty getting to church.

Senior Teas – Hosts and servers mingle with seniors the third Thursday of every month, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner – Typically held at around noon on Thanksgiving Day, this annual feast for 75-100 people is organized, prepared and served entirely by volunteers.

Annual Blood Drive – Once per year, the church organizes and hosts a blood drive in conjunction with the New York Blood Center. Help is needed to publicize the event beforehand and assist donors on the day-of.
 

Youth Ministry

Confirmation Mentor – Each year from September through May, a group of eighth- to twelfth-graders learns about the history, theology and practice of Christianity. Adult mentors walk one-on-one with the confirmands through this growth process, providing guidance, assistance on weekend trips and encouragement.

Confirmation Class Assistant Leader – Help lead/facilitate the monthly confirmation class meetings, typically held Sunday afternoons.

Youth Chaperone/Driver for Special Events – Volunteers are needed for short drives and day-trips, as well as weekend excursions and summer week-long mission retreats.

Christmas Pageant Helpers – Perhaps the biggest event of the program year, the annual White Gift Service requires directors, publicists, costume helpers, acting coaches, and helpers to organize collection and distribution of gifts to our partner agencies in Yonkers.