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Will you join a Circle to help us move forward?
The congregational vision of faith and spirit means specifically that the ministry of the First Church in Jaffrey is a shared effort – everyone has a part to play in our community.
FCiJ Circles are inclusive groups of the church’s members and friends charged with accomplishing specific tasks. Equally important, they also provide opportunities to share ideas, concerns and matters of the spirit.
The following are the core Circles, our essential “wheels.” Some meet monthly, others less frequently. For information, talk to the contact person.
Executive Circle – Composed of the Moderator, Clerk, Treasurer (all elected) and the chairpersons of each circle. Oversees and coordinates the work of the church. Monthly meetings welcome visitors. Contact: Sam Greene, Moderator.
Trustees Circle – Responsible for the church’s financial stability and operations, as well as maintenance of buildings and grounds. Members (6) are elected for staggered terms. Monthly meetings welcome visitors. Contact: Janet Grant, chair.
Worship Circle – Works with Minister and Minister of Music to reflect on our worship services and explore resources and opportunities that help deepen faith and enrich lives. Supports Sunday worship and congregational involvement by recruiting volunteers to serve as Sunday greeters, ushers, and worship leaders. Coordinates flower donations and decorations for holidays. Meets regularly and is always searching for new members and their ideas. Contact: Steve Miller or Nancy Elder-Wilfrid.
Benevolence and Social Justice Circle – Selects and funds well-established programs that benefit local, regional, and broader communities. Oversees annual allocation of funds raised by the Fair and other projects, based on research and suggestions from congregation. Selects recipients for scholarship awards. Oversees 5 for 5 UCC special offerings, such as One Great Hour of Sharing. Meets quarterly, actively seeks new members. Contact: Marcia Breckenridge, chair.
Communications Circle – Promotes First Church’s theology, worship opportunities, and community service through press releases, a bimonthly newsletter, and website. Handles publicity for church events as needed. Currently adopting electronic communication technology to reach a wider audience. Meets as needed, looking for new members with communication and social media skills. Contact: Carol Hess or Mary Jo Marvin.
Fellowship Circle – A “circle in progress” to focus on welcoming new people as well as hosting opportunities for fellowship through coffee hour and other gatherings. It could also be involved in liaison with groups from the community who use our building. Speak to Steve if you are interested in this very important initiative.
Pastoral Relations Circle – Consists of minister and three individuals selected from the congregation. Monthly meetings provide confidential opportunities for the minister to solicit guidance, explore concerns and discuss any congregational issues that impact our common life in the church. Welcomes input on pastoral matters from congregation. Contact: Bobbie Gilbert chair.
Email or call the church office (leave a message) to request a directory (print or electronic) which contains the contact information for all Circle leaders.