What is WINGS?

WINGS Chair: Ginger Herring

WINGS is an acronym for Worship, Invite, Nurture, Grow, and Serve.

These five areas are pivotal to the ministry of Toccoa First. From WORSHIP, we go out to INVITE others to a relationship with Christ and then NURTURE and help them GROW in the faith. As we mature in Christ we realize the mandate he said: "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Sprit and teaching them to obey all I have commanded. And low I am with you always, until the end of the age." SERVE is the area of mission needed to reach out to help others outside of our community. WINGS is what the church is all about--mission, ministry, and discipleship.

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Worship Team

Worship Team Co-Chairs: Phyllis Byrd and Gina Carey

 

The worship team supports the worship experience at both Toccoa First services through many avenues, including serving communion, being a greeter, and ushering. There are also many music ministry opportunities, which include Praise Band, Adult Choir, Children's Choir, Handbell Choir, and audio/video technology. Opportunities are also available to work with various youth programs. 

Worship team areas of service:

  • Acolytes

  • Musicians

  • Decorations

  • Food Preparation

  • Technology

  • Ushers

  • Altar Guild (set-up)

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Invite Team

Invite Chair: Patti Joiner

Invite, as the name suggests, is the hospitality arm of our church's ministries. We see our task as being intentional and creative in reaching out to our church members and to newcomers to our church community. We try to provide a warm welcome to members and guests who come to our church. Through invitation, we seek to warmly embrace any guest who visits our church for worship, Sunday school, Wednesday night supper, or any other event. Our goal is to be able to communicate, through hospitality, what Toccoa First is all about: a family atmosphere exists here, and our mission is that of making Christian disciples.

Invite Team Areas of Service:

  • Guest visitation team

  • Greeters

  • Communications

  • Recreation

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Nurture Team

Nurture Chair: Donna Poser

At Toccoa First, we take the formation of disciples very seriously. In equipping our members for the work of a disciple, we recognize that people often need the care of a loving community to support them. As disciples mature, they often feel impelled to care for others in more and more substantive ways. By providing opportunities to give and receive spiritual and emotional support, our Nurture ministries strengthen our church's ability to carry out its mission effectively. These are the ministries that fall under Nurture's umbrella:

  • Wednesday Church Family Night meals, including meals delivered to the homebound​.

  • Coordination of monthly worship services held at the Wilkinson and Clary Centers​.

  • Congregational Care/Care Force – those who meet each Tuesday to offer need-based prayer and to update the Prayers Concerns bulletin. Regular visitation to nursing homes and the homebound are also a vital part of Care Force.​

  • Prayer Shawl Ministry 

  • New Members – personal notes are sent to each new church member​

  • College Ministry 

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Grow Team

Grow Team Co-Chairs: Susan Wiese and Clancie Scott

The Methodist Church does not just care about social issues, but also for the state of the heart and the mind.  Through the many opportunities that we offer for Christian Education, children, youth, and adults are invited to be transformed as they are inspired and challenged to know and experience God through Jesus Christ, claim and live God’s promises, and grown in their faith and in service to the world as disciples of Jesus Christ. 

 

Grow Team Areas of Service:

  • Sunday School Teachers

  • Children's JAM Ministry

  • Nursery Workers

  • Stoked Youth Ministry

  • Young Adult Ministry

  • Wednesday Church Family Night Programs

  • Older Adult/Crusaders Ministry

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Serve Team

Serve Team Chair: David Schreiber

Service is the concept that comes closest to the heart of the Christian life. Whether it is performing the simplest acts of charity or organizing complex mission trips, self-giving love should be evident in the life of every believer. The Serve area of ministries provides opportunities for individuals and groups to give of their time, talent, and resources in ways that reflect the love that God has shown to each of us. We strive to provide opportunities for people to reach beyond the church boundary and out into the community. This is done in several ways:

  • The committee provides some funding to local charities such as food banks, shelters, health clinics, etc.​


  • A handy-man program provides minor house repair for those who cannot afford it. This program also builds handicap ramps in the community where they are needed.​

  • We support missionaries in Africa and Haiti.​

  • We support the local youth summer program.

  • In the past, we have packed food for the Rise Against Hunger Program.​

  • The youth have packed flood buckets for disaster relief.​​

The Committee can use your help for projects when they occur. Make your willingness to work known to the chairpersons.

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