"Getting Organized..."

Last week in worship, we studied a short section from the Book of Acts which revealed the entire focus of the early Church:  "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers...Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of ll the people (Acts 2: 42, 46-47)."    Biblical commentaries are quick to point out that this points to the 4 Organizing Principles of the early church: Instruction of Jesus' Teachings, Worship of God, Community, and Caring for Others. 

Our church is currently in a time of transition.  We are adding a new entryway to our sanctuary, we are looking to hire new members for our staff, we are beginning new ministry groups and revamping groups that have been meeting for a long time.  It is a good time for us to ask the question:  How are we organized?  You may be surprised (or maybe you wouldn't be) to discover that our church is organized around the same Organizing Principles as the ancient church.  Everything we do as First Congregational Church of Kittery United Church of Christ has to do with Instruction, Worship, Community, and/or Caring for Others.  When I sat down to think about this, this is the list I ended up with (and as you'll see...most of what we do fits into more than one of these categories):  

Instruction

Religious Education Committee

Music Committee

Choir 

Bell Choir 

Youth Choir

Sunday School

Confirmation Class  

Youth Group

Bible Study

Wednesday Evening Tea Lounge 

Thursday morning Reading Group

Midweek Mooring

Monthly Mooring

Pilgrim Lodge

 

Worship

8:00AM Worship 

10:00AM Worship

Deacons

Music Committee 

Choir 

Bell Choir 

Youth Choir

 

Caring for Others

Women’s Fellowship 

Pastor Relations Committee 

Stewardship Committee 

Midweek Mooring 

Monthly Mooring

Visitation Group 

Walking Group 

Soup’s On 

Kids’ Serve Dinners 

AA 

Garden Club 

End 68 Hours of Hunger 

Fair Tide 

Parkinson’s Walk

Christmas Craft Fair

Pilgrim Lodge

 

Community

8:00AM Worship 

10:00AM Worship

Church Council

Deacons

Trustees

Religious Education 

Women’s Fellowship 

Investments Committee 

Pastor Relations Committee 

Stewardship Committee 

Music Committee

Choir

Bell Choir 

Youth Choir

Sunday School 

Parents and Families 

Confirmation Class  

Youth Group

Bible Study 

Tuesday Coffee Group 

Wednesday Evening Tea Lounge 

Thursday morning Reading Group 

York Association Delegates and Committees 

Maine Conference UCC Delegates and Committees 

Communications Committee 

Facebook Page 

Midweek Mooring 

Monthly Mooring 

Visitation Group 

Walking Group

Soup’s On 

Kids’ Serve Dinners

Parkinson’s Walk

Christmas Craft Fair 

Summer Craft Fair/Blueberry Festival

Pilgrim Lodge 

Fall Clean Up Day 

Spring Clean Up Day 

 

So what's missing from this list?  Which of these categories do we need new and innovative ways of engaging?  Which of these Organizing Principles needs more of our attention?  These are just some of the questions we'll be engaging throughout this summer.  Come help us out?  

Brian Gruhn