Adult Education and Volunteerism Opportunities….
Adult Religious Educational Classes: All classes are held in either the church or church office. Please email pastor Emily at pastor @exetercongchurch.org to sign up… or just show up! Past classes have included:
- Spiritual Growth
- Book Groups
One Town – One Read: A common book read by three churches in town, and discussed at the Water Street Bookstore. Topics include racism and other current events.
Women’s Bible Study: Join other women in fellowship. Coffee chat from 10 to 10:30 am, then study with books or videos from 10:30 am to noon. Contact Sue Bowman. Typically second and fourth Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm at the church offices.
R.O.M.E.O.’s: (Retired Old Men Eating Out) A men’s discussion group around a monthly shared meal. Topics and leaders vary.
Free Lecture Series: We The People…Now entering its 10th year, We the People is a free lecture and film series that explores issues at the intersection of current events, religion, and ethics. Co-sponsored by the Congregational, Episcopal, and Unitarian Universalist churches of Exeter in association with Phillips Exeter Academy and Water Street Bookstore, We the People invites you to be part of the conversation as we host four to six thought provoking events each season on a wide range of topics. Click here for the current schedule on Facebook...
Volunteer Outreach Ministries….
Usher Ministry: Join this team of forty volunteers who take turns ushering for Sunday Services. Hand out church bulletins and show folks to a seat in the pews. 3-4 times per year. Contact office @ exetercongchurch.org
Lay Visitor Ministry: Volunteer members of this ministry visit our housebound members monthly. New volunteers welcome! Please inform the pastor if you know of a church member who is in the hospital or sick.
Shawl Knitters Ministry: Third Wednesday, 10 am, Vestry. New knitters always welcome. Join us at our meetings or simply knit at home. For information or to request a prayer shawl for someone, call Linda Rousseau.
Flower Ministry: Join the Petal Pushers and help decorate for the seasons, or simply contact them to donate pulpit flowers for one Sunday of your choice. Sign-up sheet in the vestry. Call Jane Winde.
Hospitality: Help host coffee hour each Sunday on a rotating basis, or church receptions. Funerals: Noreen Johnson, Coffee Hour: Peg Aaronian
Memorial Garden: A small group of volunteers tend to our Memorial Garden on the side of the church building. If you would like your ashes interred there, please ask the church office for an application. Nancy Peterson, co-chair.
Local Community Outreach Ministries:
Seacoast Family Promise – Homeless Shelter:
We partner with Brentwood Pilgrim Church to host homeless families in Pilgrim church six times a year. Volunteers can choose to do one or more of three things: 1. Cook or prepare meals; 2. Serve and eat dinner with the guests; and 3. Stay overnight. Volunteers who serve and stay overnight are required to go through a 2-hour training session and background check. Please contact Steve Wood.
Near Earth Day our Mission & Action committee has an interesting nature-based project. Past projects have included beach clean-ups, trail clearing, invasive plant removal, plastic bag awareness, and more. Contact Pat Pine or Jane Abbiss.
CROP Walk to end hunger every October: A town-wide event in which walkers are sponsored and money is raised for the support of local food pantries. See their Facebook.
Thanksgiving & Christmas Baskets: church members select a local needy family (by number) and donate, all that is needed for the Thanksgiving meal, based on how many people are in the family. At Christmas, we help the same families, again with the holiday meal basket along with gifts for the children 18 and under. The town welfare office sent us 35 family names last year, ranging in size from one to six members. We start with the Christmas baskets right after Thanksgiving.
Fair Trade Items from SERRV and Heifer:
Visit the table at our annual Holiday Open House, and/or on Sundays at coffee hour during Advent.
Annual Holiday Open House: Coincides with the Town’s Festival of Trees, the Thursday after Thanksgiving. We open our doors and invite the public in for a festive night of free hand-bell and choir concerts, a gingerbread house contest, hot food (for purchase) and more. Outside the church is a Live Nativity scene with baby animals This is our gift to all the townsfolk of Exeter. See photos here.
Global Outreach Ministries:
UCCZ Ukama Partnership at Pfidza Church in Zimbabwe. Delegates journey internationally between churches, and we support Pfidza’s projects like the building of wells and schools. Shipments of donated good are sent to Africa once a year. Contact Erik Hobbie.