Church of Christ Congregational (UCC), Norfolk, CT

In July of 2014 the church moved away from the committee model of governance, instead creating three core teams: Fellowship and Missions, Gifts and Finance, and Worship and Growth. The hope was not only to reduce the number of committee positions that had to be filled, but also to encourage all members and friends of the church to use their particular gifts in volunteering to take on projects or causes dear to them, be they short-term ad-hoc events, or long-term projects. Later, the Fundraising Team was formed, relieving Gifts and Finance of the responsibility to plan and staff fundraising events.

If you have questions, suggestions or concerns for any of the Teams, the Deacons or the Council please feel free to use the contact form below and the appropriate person will be in touch soon.

Fellowship and Missions

Responsible for: • Community-building event planning • Funeral/Memorial Service Receptions • Light of Service • Mission Trips • Social Justice

Fundraising

Responsible for planning fundraising activities and events

Gifts and Finance

Responsible for: • Properties, buildings, grounds • Investment advisory • Budget and Bookkeeping • Personnel • Revenue Stream including Pledges and Bequests

Worship and Growth

Responsible for: • Spiritual life of congregation • Worship • Pastoral visitation • New members and membership growth • Music for worship and other settings • Education • Publicity and Advertising

Deacons

The Deacons cooperate with the Minister to deepen the spiritual life of the church and community, sharing with the Minister the responsibility for the nature and character of the services of worship. They assist in the preparation and the administration of Christian Baptism and Holy Communion. They aid the Minister by visiting and caring for the needs of the members and friends of the church and community. They provide for the supply of the pulpit in case of a vacancy, and in the absence of the Minister, and encourage members to fulfill their duties and obligations. The Deaconate shall have the responsibility to remain in communication with the Minister regarding the need of the Minister and the Minister's family

Council

The Church Council conducts the work of the church, reports to the congregation and brings to the congregation matters for church-wide consideration. In financial areas, it may alert the church to any proposed expenditure, although those over $20,000 must be submitted to a vote of the church. The Council members include the Moderator, Leaders of the four Teams, the Clerk, Pastor, Director of Christian Education and Minister of Music. Two members are voted in as at-large members of the Council from the congregation.