Our Life & Work

Ministry Groups

The Session

Members of the Session are called Elders. This ministry group is responsible for the spiritual growth and needs of the congregation and adherents through their work in the church services, Christian education, music and care of the sanctuary and its furnishings. The Elders meet quarterly and assist with Holy Communion, the Sacrament of Baptism, deliver the church newsletter and visit with the people in their districts and have traditionally provided lunch for everyone on the occasion of the Congregational Annual Meeting.

The Trustees

Members of the Trustees are responsible for the church and its properties. This includes the church sanctuary and hall on Emily and Mill St. South and surrounding land plus the overflow parking lot on Emily and Church Streets.

Recently, the Trustees have had responsibility for the large church re-shingling project, the replacement of two furnaces and the belltower restoration. Many other projects have kept this team very busy and they are appreciative of our church family members who have helped out with all these additional jobs.

The Committee of Stewards

The Stewards are responsible for the financial health of the church and to create awareness of stewardship within our congregation. They meet quarterly to review finances and plan fund-raising and fellowship activities.

Some of the activities spearheaded by the Stewards included curling nights, golf tournament, Strawberry Sundae Sunday, corn roast, roast beef dinner, Sunday of Good Cheer, St. Patrick’s Day Lunch, cheese campaigns and bi-weekly euchre nights.

The Choir

Our choir of 20 members leads the music ministry of our church.  The choir practices Thursday evenings from 7-9 PM.  The choir also presents a Christmas Cantata and gospel concert in the spring.  This is a vibrant ministry under the leadership of our talented director and pianist/organist Joanne McLennan.  New members are always welcome.

The United Church Women –

We have a very active U.C.W. group, which is open to all ladies of the congregation. The U.C.W. meetings are held the second Monday evening of each month except July and August. Teams of 3 ladies plan each meeting and they have been very creative!

The U.C.W. also provides cards and flowers to shut-ins at various times during the year, cater to church member funerals and special birthdays. They also participate in the World Day of Prayer service and U.C.W. Presbyterial and hold a special U.C.W. service annually.

Friendship Connection

Ladies and friends get together monthly, except during the summer, for a hot cuppa and chitchat. This is an open invitation to anyone who would like to meet new friends, to come and join in the camraderie. Look in the Upcoming Events section of our website to see when the group next meets.

We also get together to watch movies at the Clarington Cineplex. There’s a sign-up sheet in the narthex for anyone who would like to be contacted via e-mail to find out when we’re next getting together for movie night.

The Friendship Connection also joins with partners/spouses/friends for a Christmas lunch and due to the popularity of getting together over food (!), we’ve added a lunch in February. (see Upcoming Events page for further details)

Ministry & Personnel Committee

The M&P Cte. serves as the liaison between the congregation and staff.

The Special Gifts Fund Committee

The mandate of the SGF Cte. is the financial management of non-designated bequests received by our church.  This committee works diligently to ensure our monies are invested with care and discernment so we receive the maximum return on our investments.

The Special Gifts Fund has disbursed over $170,000 recently for the kitchen renovation project, the church roof re-shingling, new paraments for the sanctuary, 2 new furances, monies for the general account, Children’s Church, Mission & Service, local Food Bank, church camperships and the bell tower restoration.

Mission & Outreach Committee

The work of our church is not limited to what goes on inside our sanctuary and hall. We are here to serve our community and beyond as well. Each month, our congregants collect items and donate money for the Clarington East Food Bank. Our minister sits on their board and members of our church volunteer time at our local Food Bank. Part of our congregation’s donations to the Mission & Service Fund help with several local projects – the Bowmanville Hospital Chaplaincy, Kids Help Line, women’s shelters and men’s hostels. Each month a member from the committee shares a brief time during the worship service to bring us news from the work of the United Church locally and globally.

The Congregational Life Committee

The last Sunday of the month, this committee invites everyone to remain following the worship service for a time of refreshment and fellowship during Coffee Plus. Each month this committee provides special extras – not just coffee, tea, juice and cookies. You could walk through the doors and smell homemade soup, fresh fruit, homebaked bread – we just never know what they will surprise us with!

The Nominating Committee

Each year, these members hit the telephone lines to encourage our members to volunteer for our church’s group ministries. They are amenable to hearing from you at any time if you would like to learn about the opportunities available to help with the life and work of Newcastle United Church.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you’ve read about the functions of our Group Ministries and you’re interested in helping out on an as-needed basis or if you’d like to become a group ministry member, please e-mail the form below to: newcastleunitedchurch@bellnet.ca .