Sharing the Joys of Ministry

The following is an excerpt from our April newsletter, The Spire. Click to read more.

A vital part of our church community are our Lay Ministers and Worship Associates. We need volunteers to fill these positions.

Our Lay Ministers reach out to congregants who are going through a difficult time, perhaps grieving a loss, dealing with a life transition, or managing an illness.
A Lay Minister might arrange a visit with someone in their home or in the hospital, or talk by phone. They listen, offer encouragement and support, and perhaps a prayer. He or she might also arrange for a meal or gift package to be delivered through the church’s Wider Network of Care. Lay Ministers also rotate in leading the Placing of Stones during services.

Our current Lay Ministers are Loren Gomez, Al Tosti, Natalie Tyler, Lorraine Cooley, Ellen Faran, Ebonie Smith Cooper, and Ann Abbott.

Worship Associates focus on the spiritual needs of the congregation by shaping services and seeing that they run smoothly on a practical level, both during the program year (September to June) and during the summer, when lay people lead services. Worship Associates work closely with the minister and coordinate with other church staff and volunteers as needed. They also compose prayers for services, assist with gathering children in the Time for All Ages, and help with recognition ceremonies.

Our current Worship Associates are Amy Anderson, Jo Guthrie, Kathleen Hennessy, and Jitendra Singh.

If you are a member of First Parish, have regularly attended services for two years, and can commit to a two-year term, we encourage you to apply. Email the Shared Ministry Committee to speak with members of the Committee on Shared Ministry, and please feel free to talk informally with current Lay Ministers or Worship Associates.

— Committee on Shared Ministry:
Jim Ptacek, Amy Hadley,
Ruben Hopwood, Kit Hayes


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