Administration & Finance
The church is an organism... A family, but it also involves organization. There are lots of important, behind the scenes roles that help with the organizational aspect. These include the nuts and bolts of paying bills, accounting, keeping records of individuals and families for follow-up and care, caring for property, insurance for property and activities, or just making sure the thermostat is set at a comfortable level before we gather and at a minimal level when we are not. The more actively involved we are in administration, the more we have available to do the most important work of serving others for the cause of Jesus.
The Alpha Course is offered periodically to our community as a way to have open and safe discussion about the big questions in life and about the Christian faith. The course takes place over 11 weeks and is about 1 1/2 hours in length each week. It begins with a meal which is followed by participants watching a 25 minute video and then a time for discussion about the topic of the evening. Big questions include, "Is There More to Life Than This? Who Is Jesus? How Does God Guide Us?" and more. Volunteers help prepare the meal, run the audio / visual components, or facilitate the discussion.
We are presently clearing and preparing a large space in the building for a multi-purpose room. On Sundays it will be a clean and inviting space for children's ministry and can also serve as a meeting place for other groups during the week. If you are interested in helping out with this initiative let us know.
Our pastor, Eric Greer, operates a small private practice on campus in the parsonage next door to the church building. He has practiced for over 20 years with individuals and families. All services are offered free of charge to residents of Kingston or those referred by local churches.
Eating together is a universal symbol of acceptance and is a great way to get to know one another in an informal setting. Before, during, and after every gathering, we have coffee and light snacks available to share with one another. One of our deacons, Denise Rolfs, is passionate about making sure this happens to us. She sees to purchase, preparation and cleanup for most gatherings.
In partnership with the South Shore Community Action Council we host a food pantry for individuals and families in the community who are in need. Each week we volunteer with the SSCAC picking up and sorting donated food items from community partners so that they can be delivered to area food pantries like ours as well as local soup kitchens, shelters, the Council on Aging, Head Start participants, and the school backpack program that sends healthy supplemental food items home on weekends with children identified by the school lunch program as in need. Also, we operate our own food pantry to provide local needy families and individuals with supplemental food items. Our service is free to those in need and always delivered by prayer and dignity. Volunteers are welcome in helping deliver this important service to our community every week.
One of our initiatives is a vision for a garden on our property. Due to years of neglect, the property has several areas that are overgrown or have piles of brush. These spaces could be restored to make the property more aesthetically pleasing as well as useful to our efforts to serve the community. Our first goal is to create a landscape master plan that will shape our vision into manageable tasks that will include designating areas for parking, community gatherings, and garden space to grow fresh produce to give away through our food pantry to our neighbors in need.
During and before our worship gathering on Sundays, volunteers help with running the sound mixing board, video camera, and projection system. Additionally, the sermon video is edited and rendered for distribution on our website and Vimeo each week. This ministry also is involved in website editing, preparation of slides for the projection system on Sundays, and working to upgrade existing systems.
Toys 4 Tots
One of our community partners is the Plymouth Marine Corps League. On our "launch" Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, Restoration Community Church collected $1095 to give to Toys 4 Tots. In addition, we invest several volunteer hours picking up toys from area merchants who were gracious enough to keep collection boxes in their business. In 2017 our role with the organization will expand to include sorting toys at a central warehouse for distribution to families in need.
Our worship minister, Amy Page, leads us each week in worship. She selects music for our gatherings, assigns worship roles for reading scripture, leading communion service, prayer and helps prepare the slide presentation during our gathering. Volunteers are welcome to serve on our praise team as well as the other roles above.