Inreach Team

The Inreach Team is our ministry that supports the First Church family of members and guests by being a visible manifestation of caring for one and all.  We strive to accomplish this through a variety of work groups including: Parish Care, Hospitality, and Fellowship. We welcome and encourage membership involvement.

 

Inreach touches the lives of our church members and others in the community and involves members in the life of the church in many ways:

Gather Round the Table

Gather Round the Table is a group which invites all church members to participate in gatherings at members homes for meals to which all contribute some of the food.  Participants sign up to host and attend meals together in groups of 6 – 8 people, usually 4 times throughout each year.  In this way, the church is building community through small gatherings. Please sign up with a member of the Inreach  team to join the next rotation of Gather Round that will start again in September 2022. 

 

Enjoy these photos from the Gather Round the Table Pot Luck on June 10, 2022: Food, Fellowship, and Fun was had by all! Thank you to all the organizers for putting this together, and to the attendees who contributed food to this pot luck!

Parish Care

Inreach keeps in touch with church members  and our youth with volunteers who send cards and notes for birthdays, holidays and other occasions.  Volunteers also provide members in need with transportation to church and keep in touch with members through Phone Friends.

 

Following each Sunday service, a volunteer takes the altar flower arrangement and makes smaller arrangements from it to deliver to church members celebrating birthdays, recuperating from illness or surgery, or for other occasions.

 

Recruiting and Scheduling Ushers for Sunday Services, special events, Memorials, funerals and weddings are part of Inreach responsibilities.

Hospitality

Inreach organizes a cadre of volunteers who prepare food and drinks for the fellowship time which follows each Sunday morning worship service.  Volunteers coordinate with all church teams and work groups to assist with hospitality for a variety of receptions for members and the wider community.

Creative Crafters

Creative Crafters was started in 2019 to knit or crochet twiddlemuffs for local memory care facilities. Projects were eventually expanded to fulfill church and community needs. We’ve crafted and donated over 200 twiddlemuffs, bed quilts, shawls, lap blankets, hats, mittens and scarfs. Recently, small hearts were knitted to send to children devastated by tornadoes in Kentucky and cards were crafted to send to our church youth and senior members.

 

The group is a caring crafting community, sharing the love of doing for others.

 

Crafters meet every Friday 10:30 a.m. to noon in the church activity room and all are welcome.

Men’s Fellowship

Third Wednesday of each month from September to June, 9 – 11 a.m.

 

Men’s Fellowship provides an opportunity for men of all ages, employment statuses, and backgrounds to share their stories in confidence in a place of faith and mutual support. Coffee and tea are available, and often members bring a dish or baked good for everyone to share. There is time for personal sharing; often there are speakers on various topics and current issues, and occasionally there is a book discussion. Members and non-members of First Church as well as interested visitors are encouraged to attend. For information contact Joseph Tobin at 860-916-1923 or jmtobin@gmail.comWhoever you are, and wherever you are on life’s journey, you are welcome to join us. (Molly Bohman sitting with group here)

Young Adult Fellowship Group

Calling all young professionals! Or others in the “under 40” crowd! This new group encourages all young adults (under 40) in our congregation to connect with other young people in our congregation for social and spiritual events throughout the upcoming year. Please contact Abigail Mitchell amitchell3263@gmail.com if you are interested.