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Diaconate

The Diaconate consists of 12 members who carry out the religious matters of the Church, acting as an aid to the Minister. They are responsible at Sunday worship for ushering, receiving collections and administering communion. They are also responsible for scheduling readers and greeters for worship services.

Currently our Deacons are Christiane Alsop, John Feuerbach, Lynda Griffiths, Paul Gudonis, Ann Heslop, Mark Heslop, Jan Marshall, Sue Parker, and Barbara Smith.

To volunteer to read or greet speak to the Deacons, or you can also sign up online here.

Are you wondering what is expected as a reader or greeter? Read more below-

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”  Matthew 25:35. 

Thank you in advance for giving worshipers a warm Christian welcome and/or reading scripture.  We hope you will find the following information helpful.

Greeters:

  • Please arrive at 9:30 a.m. (Summer hours at 8:30 a.m.)
  • A deacon will greet you and provide any needed support.
  • Please smile, introduce yourself, verbally welcome and offer a handshake to every person who enters the church. (If ill or uncomfortable, it’s ok to forgo handshake)
  • Keep an eye out for visitors and inform a deacon. We want to make them feel warmly welcomed!
  • Hand out bulletins. (A deacon can do this if you prefer.)
  • Weather permitting, the outside door remains open and a deacon greets outside from 9:50 – 10:00 AM (or 8:50 – 9:00 AM in the summer).

Reader:

  • Please arrive at 9:30 a.m. (Summer 8:30) for microphone adjustment and sound check.
  • Practice reading aloud at home and at church too, if you wish.
  • Pronunciation: Listen to audio at BibleGateway.com or ask the pastor.
  • You will walk alongside the pastor up the aisle to your lectern seat on the right.
  • There will be a large-print copy of your reading (with introduction and conclusion written by the Pastor) on the Bible—it will be the same reading you received from the pastor on Friday. Feel free to read from your copy or the one on the Bible.
  • Read slowly, clearly, with expression and in a strong, loud voice. Remember – you are telling God’s story!
  • Make eye contact with the congregation.
  • (If for some reason the pastor has not provided you with a written introduction, please give your own introduction to the Passage. Announce the book, chapter, and verse.  You may give a brief introduction.  Example: “Today’s Scripture is taken from Paul’s second letter to the Christians living in the ancient Greek city of Corinth.” Consult the pastor if needed.)
  • Close with an affirmation. Say something that encourages people to take the scripture to heart.  Example: “May God bless the reading of his Word,” “May God help us to apply these words to our lives” or “Let’s not just be hearers of the Word. Let’s do it!”
  • When you are finished with your last reading, please return to a seat in the pews.

We are extremely grateful to all who serve as a greeter/reader.  It is a very important role to convey our love to all people!  Thank you!   Your Board of Deacons