Service Ministries (As of January 2010)
The Grand Strand Church of Christ has designed the following functional ministries to carry out the work of the Lord. The purpose of each ministry is provided below. If you are interested in participating in one of the ministry programs, please contact the leader.
Audiovisual: (Kevin Lemmons & LuAnn Barton) The Audiovisual ministry maintains our audiovisual and sound systems for the church and their utilization during church services & programs.
Benevolence: (Jay Thornell) This ministry focuses on providing for the physical needs of both the church family and the community.
Building & Grounds: (Andy McClellan) This ministry facilitates the maintenance our church building facilities and grounds, including its systems and equipment.
Children’s Bible Time: (Gina Gordon) A special time for our children ages 3 through 2nd grade takes place during our Sunday morning assembly each week. It provides another learning opportunity for our children.
Children’s Education: (Scott Waltman) This ministry oversees the educational needs for all children’s classes birth through 5th grade. This includes teachers and curricula.
Children’s Ministry: (Sal Manno) The children’s ministry is for all children in grades K-5. The ministry is designed to build faith and relation-ships among our children by offering a variety of activities throughout the year, including an Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School, Back to School Bash, Trunk or Treat, and Breakfast with Santa.
Communion Preparation: (Nan Soles) This ministry coordinates and trains volunteers who prepare the communion trays each Sunday, in addition to ensuring that adequate supplies are available.
Door Monitors: (Scott Waltman) Since our foyer doors are locked during worship, this ministry provides qualified volunteers to be in our foyer to admit late comers and others who have to leave the building and need back in.
Family Care: This ministry is one of awareness and assistance within the congregation. This includes baby & bridal showers, welcome baskets and Bibles for new members, gifts for the ill or hospitalized, memorial gifts, cards for birthdays, anniversaries or “missing you”, transportation to doctor appointments as needed, and the Ladies Prayer Pal program. Food for the ill or hospitalized and for funerals is also the responsibility of Family Care.
Fellowship: (Cathie Rhodes) The Fellowship ministry serves to foster member relationships and integrate new members through planned social events, including a monthly congregational potluck. It also joins with other ministries to foster relationships within other groups of the church such as K-5 ministry, school age, college, adults, and seniors. This ministry also oversees our kitchen.
Finance and Administration: (Crystal Lemmons) This ministry handles the administrative, financial & legal issues involving the church. Primary financial activities revolve around: budgeting; planning; as well as overseeing the church’s checking and investment accounts. The administrative and legal issues primarily involve: communications; purchasing; contract negotiations; security systems; and ensuring grounds and building maintenance.
Greeters: (Steve and Linda Klein) The Greeters ministry is an organized way for our members to help visitors feel welcome and help them to have an uplifting experience with our congregation so they will want to come back. A Visitors Information packet is maintained as part of this effort. Our goal is to be a warm and inviting church.
Missions: (Chuck Duncan) The Missions ministry is responsible for ongoing liaison with existing missionary efforts that we support both internationally and within the United States. This ministry reviews requests for missionary support and identifies new opportunities to serve God in spreading His teachings throughout the world (Matt. 28:19-20). This ministry also keeps the Missions Bulletin Board updated.
Nursery: (Rachael Greer) An attended nursery is available for children ages three and below during worship. This ministry is responsible for volunteer staffing and training.
Small Group Ministries A variety of small groups, such as the ones below, meet on a regular basis. New groups are formed as needed.
- “Super Seniors” for “over 55” with monthly luncheons and various activities and service projects throughout the year
- Elders/new members connect meals
- A Ladies Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings during the school year
- Barnabas Groups — small inter-generational groups for social activities and service projects
- T&T — Twenties and Thirties group to “Connect to Elevate Him”
South Strand Celebrate Recovery: (Wister Basden) Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program that helps us deal with life’s “hurts, habits and hang-ups.” Our purpose is to celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 8 Recovery Principles found in the Beatitudes and the Christ-centered 12 Steps as we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our life problems. Celebrate Recovery is for anyone who has a Hurt, Habit or Hang-up. It is not restricted to people struggling with an addiction. We all have issues that may be interfering with our fellowship with God and others. Therefore, we all qualify! Join us here at South Strand Celebrate Recovery as we pursue real life in Jesus Christ and celebrate the recovery only He can bring through His people and His Word. Also offered is The Landing for teens and Celebration Place for children. Mondays: Dinner at 5:30, Large Group at 6:30, Open Share at 7:30, and Solid Rock Cafe at 8:00
Website: (Kevin Lemmons & Jana Waltman) grandstrandchurchofchrist.com This ministry maintains the church website which contains general information about worship and class times, building location, leadership and church history, as well as current announcements, who is scheduled to serve the following Sunday, recent sermons, and different ministries.
Worship: (Jim Barton) This ministry focuses on the worship assembly and the adult classes. It is their goal to see that the body is spiritually uplifted in the worship service.
Youth Ministry: (Steve Howard) This ministry for grades 6-12 focuses on the issues confronting our youth. Programs and activities are those which promote spiritual growth with a goal of building spiritual leaders for the next generation.