Our groups and ministry teams

“A church is not a building, it is people of all ages gathered in community to worship God, and offer God’s love to the world. When a community of faith has confidence in that love, and shares it with creativity, enthusiasm and grace, together we become the Good News, the best possible proclamation of God’s kingdom among us.”

Our baptism promise makes it very simple: “Our task is to live and work for the kingdom of God.” Here is an overview of some of the many ways the people of St Ternan’s live out that task. Our groups include:

1. Adult Fellowship & Formation
2. Ministries with Children & Youth
3. Worship Support Teams
4. Choir
5. Administration and Care of Facilities
6. Reaching Out into the Wider Community
7. Donations to Church Operating Funds

Adult Fellowship & Formation

Refreshments on Sundays after the 11 o’clock service

Help prepare, serve, and clean up refreshments, so folks can stay after church to get to know each other a bit better.

Parish Fellowship

Meetings occur in the Church Hall at 8pm on the third Mondays of the month, from September or October through April or May.  Speakers on a variety of topics, from local charities to the special interests of individuals from the congregation.

House Group – Tuesday Afternoons

Meets weekly (except for Christmas and summer holidays) in each others’ homes for lively discussion on various books of common interest, generally related to faith. 

House Group – Evenings

Meets approximately once a month in each others’ homes, often with a seasonal theme. 

Prayer Group – Wednesday Evenings

Meets fortnightly in each other’s homes to pray for our churches and others needs, concerns, and thanksgivings. 

Seasonal Study Series

Generally offered during Advent and Lent, these tend to be three to six week programmes on a topic of special interest.

All of these groups and activities began because someone took action to serve a perceived need.  If you have an idea to try, please talk to Lisa Eunson or a member of the Vestry about it.

Ministries with Children & Youth

Church for All Ages

People of all ages are welcome to join in all of our worship.  On the third Sundays we have an All Age Service in the Hall; and Fifth Sundays we offer a Family Service in the Church.  We believe that the best way to help children grow in their faith is to give them time with adults who are visibly growing in their own relationships with God.

Sunday School

Offered during the 11 o’clock service on first, second, and fourth Sundays, except during summer holidays.  Children return to church to join in communion.

Toddler Play and Pray

Due to begin in March 2015, on the first Sundays of the month we will have a special programme in Sunday School with multi-sensory, interactive play stations in addition to the Sunday School lesson.

Youth Activities

MORNINGS: On the first Sunday of the month our Academy-aged youth go next door to Tease with the youth leaders for a facilitated discussion about faith, life, and everything. 

EVENINGS: Once a month, on Sunday evenings during school term time, our Youth Minister leads a two-hour session combining food, games, and faith. 

Sunday School & Youth Group Leaders: We are grateful to the volunteers who share in the planning and implementation of these programmes for young people.  Resources and support provided.  PVG clearance required.  If you’d like to know more, contact Lisa Eunson.

Worship Support Teams

Church Flowers

Share out the task of decorating the church for each Sunday, and work together to create that special ambiance for Harvest, Christmas, and Easter. 

Readers and Welcomers

Essential to our gathering on Sunday morning.  Duties assigned in advance on a rota. 

Intercessory Prayer Leaders and Chalice Bearers

Some training required. Talk to Lisa Eunson for more information.

Our worship is also supported by a small team of sacristans, who set the altar and maintain the linens and elements; and a dedicated selection of worship leaders, who are licensed to assist with leading worship and also in some cases to preach.  Our service pattern includes liturgy from traditional matins and communion through to interactive multi-age style worship, requiring a wide spectrum of talents and creative gifts. Talk to Lisa Eunson if you would like to know more about any of these specialized ministries.

Choir

The St Ternan’s choir offers music on Sunday mornings for the 11 o’clock service, and at Evensongs the first Sunday of the month. In addition, they are called upon to support other church-related events on Deeside and around the Diocese.  Highlights to the year include the Diocesan Choral Festival in the spring, which gathers singers from around the United Diocese of Aberdeen & Orkney, and our own Advent Lessons & Carols Service, which is also supported by our sister congregation of Christ Church, Kincardine O’Neil. 

Rehearsals are Sunday mornings, with additional dates added in advance of major events.  Audition and serious commitment required. 

Administration and Care of Facilities

Vestry

As a registered charity, the Vestry members are by definition the Trustees for our church.  The primary role is to assist the Rector in the spiritual care of the congregation.  The Vestry is also tasked in the maintenance of safe and sound fiscal and physical resources.  Currently the Vestry meets alternate months, to consider overall strategy for our ministry.  Membership is confirmed at each Annual General Meeting, and includes from 3-6 regular members who serve with the Rector and the Vestry Officers: Rector’s Warden, People’s Warden, Vestry Secretary, Treasurer, and Lay Delegate. 

FinComm (Finance Committee)

Tasked to oversee our financial affairs, this group reports to the Vestry and is convened by the Treasurer. 

Grounds

Volunteers who keep the front garden neat and tidy, ensuring that the High Street ‘face of the church’ offers a welcome to all.  Help always MOST welcome.

Building Work

Our church buildings and the Rectory are showing their age and responding to the vagaries of our weather.  Volunteers always appreciated to assist with hands-on tasks or coordinating work projects.  Various people take the lead on different aspects of our ongoing activities in this area. 

200 Club

Tickets are sold to members of the congregation, and drawn each month to award prizes.  Profits are put toward church operating funds.

Reaching Out into the Wider Community

Pastoral Visiting

We share in visiting homebound members, and in offering special care to individuals and families in time of special need.  A vital ministry of showing God’s love in tangible ways.

Charitable Giving

St Ternan’s seeks to encourage the many ways that members and friends of the congregation offer their time and treasure to various charities and aid groups.  We are generally happy to help advertise fund raising activities for the good causes dear to your heart.  This can include anything from displaying a poster to helping sponsor a walk or sporting event, to offering you a table in the Hall after church at which you might sell home bakes.  Check with Lisa Eunson or a member of the Vestry to know more.

As a congregation, one project particularly close to our hearts over the past decade or so is:

Nadaikavoo

From the news and photographs received from Reverend Christopher Vijayan in Kanyakumari District, South India it appears that the school which this congregation has helped from its beginning, is flourishing.  This means more facilities are required. In addition, books, uniforms and other school materials need funding each year as well as the salaries for staff and Christopher and Seline are always most grateful for any help that we can give.

Donations to Church Operating Funds

In addition to the many ways you can take an active role in the life of the church, we always appreciate your financial donations.  This last year we were humbled by several special memorial gifts, which have helped secure our ability to face some serious building maintenance and continue to finance our ongoing ministries.

If you are a regular member of the church, we encourage you to take advantage of Gift Aid.  This benefits you and your claims for charitable donations on your own tax return, and gives the church an additional 25% from HM Revenue and Customs.  There are several ways to give regularly, and to take full advantage of the Gift Aid ‘bump’:

Standing Order

This is an arrangement whereby an instruction can be given to a Bank or Building Society to make a regular payment to the Gift Aid Bank account. This can be at intervals to suit whoever is making the donations and can be monthly, quarterly or annually. The advantage to the Church of this method is that the income is known and helps with the forward planning of finances.

Yellow Envelopes

These numbered envelopes allow donations to be made on a regular basis without recourse to any further paperwork and is a convenient way of making cash donations.

Blue Envelopes

These envelopes can be found in the pews and can be used to make one-off donations. It is necessary to fully complete the information requested on the envelope to use this method of giving.

In addition we can now claim Gift Aid repayments on the cash collections made at our services under the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme.  For advice and the appropriate paperwork for setting up a standing order or participation in the yellow envelope scheme contact the church directly.

Members of the congregation leaving after a service