Boards, Committees, and Ministries
The Executive Council is comprised of the Pastor, Moderator, and Clerk; the Chairs of the Boards of Deacons, Household Concerns, Christian Education, and Christian Outreach; representatives from the Standing Committees: Historian, Memorial Garden, Nominating, Public Relations, and Social; and two Members-at-Large. Delegates and heads or representatives of appointed committees, organizations, and Societies of the Church may also attend.
The Executive Council administers the work of the Church; approves the annual budget for presentation; takes a long-term view of all Church activities; supervises the work of the officers, boards, and committees; and reviews the priorities of the Church.
The Council meets monthly, September-June.
Board of Deacons
The Board of Deacons is responsible for the general supervision of the spiritual interests of the church and the public services of worship. In consultation with the Pastor, it oversees the work of the Music and Caregiving Ministries. It welcomes new members to the Church, obtains ushers, provides for the Communion Service, and administers the Jonathan Peter Wildman Memorial Scholarship. Deacons supply the pulpit when the Pastor is unavailable and organize the search process when there is a need for a new pastor.
The Board consists of a minimum of twelve Deacons who are elected annually for three-year terms; it meets monthly, September-June.
Board of Christian Education
The Board of Christian Education is responsible for all aspects of the United Church of Rowayton’s educational programs, from infancy through adulthood. It selects the curriculum and recruits teachers for Sunday school. It oversees the Wednesday evening confirmation classes, as well as the Wednesday evening 6th-8th grade Anchors program. It trains the nursery and toddler infant care volunteers, and it is also responsible for the Thursday adult Bible class.
The Board is divided into three subcommittees: Children (up to 5th grade), Youth (6th-12th grade), and Adult.
The Board consists of at least six members who are elected annually for three-year terms that, unlike other Boards, start in September to correspond to the school year. In addition, the Director of Christian Education is a member of this Board. This Board meets monthly, September-June.
Board of Household Concerns
The Board of Household Concerns oversees the business activities of the church. It prepares the budget and is responsible for church finances; oversees stewardship and other fundraising activities; and is responsible for the maintenance, care, and improvement of the physical property of the church.
The Board consists of twelve individuals who are active members of the church. They are elected annually for three-year terms. The Board of Household Concerns meets monthly, September-June.
Board of Christian Outreach
The Board of Christian Outreach (BOCO) benevolently disburses funds to agencies, offers mission and service programs, holds drives and collections, and provides educational opportunities and information for our Family of Faith.
At each Annual Meeting, a generous portion of the church budget is assigned to the Board of Christian Outreach, which then distributes funds to local Norwalk-area agencies, as well as to the United Church of Christ’s Our Church’s Wider Mission and our Conference’s Silver Lake Conference Center.
The Board of Christian Outreach consists of a minimum of six members who are elected annually to serve three-year terms. It meets monthly, September-June.
The Altar Committee is responsible for arranging altar flowers and caring for Sanctuary plants in order to provide an attractive worship environment. The Committee also provides special holiday decorations at Christmas, Easter, and for the harvest festival before Thanksgiving, as well as roses for Baptisms and carnations for Mother’s Day.
People wanting to make memorial altar flower contributions or to work with the Altar Committee are invited to contact the church office.
The Historians Committee is charged with collecting and maintaining the church’s historical information and archives.
Memorial Garden Committee
The Memorial Garden is used for the scattering or interment of ashes, memorial services, and the placement of memorial markers for past and present members of the United Church of Rowayton and their immediate families: spouse or partner, children, and parents. It is also a place for meditation, worship and communion services, celebrations of thanksgiving and praise, baptisms, weddings and musical programs. The Memorial Garden Committee is responsible for the continued care of the Garden, placement of urns and ashes, and record keeping.
The Committee consists of at least six members who are elected annually to serve three-year terms. In addition, one member of the Board of Deacons and the Board of Household Concerns sits on the Committee in an ex officio capacity.
For information about the Memorial Garden, contact the church office.
The Nominating Committee is responsible for filling all positions of officers and membership on boards and standing committees, and for preparing a ballot for presentation at the Annual Meeting.
The Committee consists of a minimum of six members who are elected annually for three-year terms.
Public Relations Committee
The Public Relations Committee is responsible for the publication of the church newsletter and all church publicity, including submitting news releases to local media.
This Committee consists of a minimum of three members who are elected annually to serve three-year terms.
The Social Committee plans and directs four events a year: a welcome back in September, a Christmas cookie exchange in December, a Spring Into Spring barbecue, and a luncheon on Teacher Appreciation Day.
The Social Committee consists of a minimum of four members who are elected annually for two-year terms.
The Stewardship Committee is an appointed committee established annually by the Board of Household Concerns. It has the responsibility for raising funds for the general operating budget through regular giving via an annual pledge drive.
The Caregiving Ministry was created in 2003 to support the Pastor in serving the congregation and to deliver caregiving to those in need. The need may be short term – a phone call or a hospital visit following surgery – or long term, such as providing support for someone suffering from a chronic, debilitating illness.
Intentional caregiving is specific, confidential, and planned. Training is required before being assigned to reach out to a person in this shared ministry.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Since the Prayer Shawl Ministry began in 2000, the Knitistry, as it is called, has given out hundreds of shawls to help comfort the sick, embrace the bereaved, and joyfully welcome the newly baptized. The shawls are prayed over by the Knitistry and blessed by the Pastor before they are passed on. Knitters gather in members’ homes every fourth Monday of the month. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to the most experienced. Contact the church office for information or to join the group; it meets monthly, September-June.