There are many ways, big and small, in which Highlanders serve and care for one another. Below are some of the opportunities and areas where you may want to participate in the life of our community with your gifts
Anyone wishing to team up or serve solo, the coffee table has open spots in our monthly rotation starting in September. Don't forget to bring your mug on Sunday mornings for Highland Bistro.
Communion prep duties
Communion: Preparation of the Elements There are three ways communion is served at Highland Community Church: Receiving, Stations, and Pews. The worship schedule lists which mode will be used for each communion Sunday.
The following is a reminder of how the elements are displayed for each mode of communion:
Alter: table runner; 2 goblets; bread in basket with 2 cloth napkins placed inside (will be used to hold bread); small china dish with paper napkin and gluten-free crackers & small dish for juice
Alter: table runner; 3 stacked communion trays; 1 basket with cloth napkin and bread; 2 additional baskets (stacked) with cloth napkins inside of them; small china dish with paper napkin and gluten-free crackers & small dish for juice if using goblets
2 side tables (the piano is used as one side table): dress with table cloth/runner. If unsure which tables to use, ask Pastor J.
You may also wish to put one goblet at each station instead of the 3 stacked communion trays.
Alter: table runner; 3 stacked communion trays; 1 basket with cloth napkin and bread; 2 additional baskets (stacked) with cloth napkins inside of them; small china dish with paper napkin and gluten-free crackers
Grape juice: In the fridge (check prior to the Communion Sunday that there is at least one sealed container of grape juice in the fridge). Taste opened container of juice to make sure that it has not gone sour.
Communion trays, goblets, cloth napkins, table runners, and tablecloths: in cupboard to the left of the back sink. Additional tablecloths are located in the middle drawer by the fridge.
Baskets, creamers, and paper napkins…look and you shall find ☺…in the kitchen cupboards
List of responsibilities Prior to the service:
Bring one large loaf of bread and a good quality grape juice (such as Welches)
Arrive around 9:00 am
For stations and pews modes, pour juice into communion cups (using cream pitchers)
Store leftover juice in fridge (one open bottle may be used for 3 communions)
Set communion table(s) (dress with table clothes, arrange elements in a pleasing fashion)
After the service:
Clear elements off of table(s)
For stations mode, return side tables from where they were taken
Assess linens. If dirty, take them home to be laundered. If clean, fold them and put away.
Wash, dry, and store communion cups and trays
GREETERS & Ushers
Greeter Duties Before The Worship Gathering Arrive at church by 9:30am
Check mailbox (currently office administration) for bulletin and inserts
Fold bulletins and insert other sheets
Generally it is one bulletin per couple unless specifically requested
Give bulletins to the music team and leave one at the sound desk
Take offering box and envelope basket from the shelf in photocopy room and place on back table in the sanctuary. If more pens are required they are in a basket on the shelf in that room and if more giving envelopes are required, there are boxes on the shelf above where the offering box is stored
If hymnals are needed pull the hymnal cart out from under the mailboxes into the center of the foyer
Sometimes children will want to greet together with you and that’s great! However, please do not leave children greeting alone at the door
Assist latecomers with finding a seat (s)
Remain at the door until 10:20 and then count the number of worshippers, including children and babies. Don’t worry about being exact!
Be aware of any individuals who may seem questionable – feel free to approach and welcome them and ask if you are able to help them
After The Worship Gathering The lock up team is primarily in charge of after worship clean up, so if you need to leave soon after worship, the lock up person is the final one in charge.
Collect bulletins and other papers left in sanctuary and place in recycling box (blue boxes in Christine and J’s office and in the photocopy room)
Inserts that could be used again can be placed in office administration box
Pick up garbage left behind on floors and chairs
Collect hymnals, return cart under mailboxes
Straighten up chairs
Offering box and envelope basket returned to shelf in the photocopy room
Any other items or furniture in sanctuary or foyer that need to be put away or back into place
Items left behind placed in the lost and found
Optional: Vacuum in foyer and back of sanctuary (vacuum is located in storage closet next to women’s washroom)
If you can play piano or any other instruments and would like to during our Sunday morning worship gatherings we would like to hear from you.
The Care Team is responsible for coordinating meals for individuals and families when a need arises within the Highland Community. They also have a cooking day a few times a year to have meals on hand in the church freezer.
The offering counters work in a rotation that, ideally, has each team member counting only once a month. Each counter works with a partner and together they are responsible for counting and depositing the offering for that week.
The Webmaster welcomes photos (for the website) that symbolically represent our three core values. Please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responsibilities are shared between a small team of people.
Maintain kitchen supplies- Regularly checks supplies and equipment, replenishing and replacing as needed. Receipts are submitted monthly to the treasurer for reimbursement. Extra supplies are kept in a Rubbermaid bin in the storage room.
Maintain kitchen cleanliness- regularly checks the cleanliness of the kitchen & appliances, and maintains as needed.
Coordinates events and meals together - Recruits volunteers for task teams and contacts each team a week before events to check for availability. Composes and submits FYI & bulletin announcements for events.
Coffee table- Supports the coffee table volunteers and coordinates special coffee Sundays.
FOODSAFE- certification is required to be held by at least one member of the team and is reimbursed with receipt.