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.

Worship Team

Worship Team Co-Chairs: Phyllis Byrd and Gina Carey

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. (Mark 12:30)

 

Worship is the centerpiece of our life together. We set aside this time to join with our sisters and brothers in Christ to offer God our praise and thanksgiving, make confession and hear the Word proclaimed. Worship renews us for the days ahead. Our worship is a gift we offer to God, and it takes much work and preparation. The worship committee supports the worship experience on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am and 11:00 am as well as during other worship opportunities offered throughout the year. Opportunities to assist with worship include serving communion, being a greeter, and ushering. There are also music ministry opportunities, which includes Praise Band, Adult Choir, Children's Choir, Hand Bell Choir, and audio/video technology. Opportunities are also available working with various youth programs. Contact one of the Worship Committee Members to find out more.

Worship team areas of service:

  • Acolytes

  • Musicians

  • Decorations

  • Food Preparation

  • Technology

  • Ushers

  • Altar Guild (set-up)

Invite Team

Invite Team 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 - both internally and externally. We try to provide a warm welcome to members and guests who come to our church, but it is our desire to also be known as a church that cares about its community.  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

Nurture Team

Nurture Team 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 – knitters and crocheters who meet weekly and create shawls, lap robes, scarves, throws, sweaters, baby blankets, caps, and many other items that are dedicated in prayer and given to those in need.​

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

  • College Ministry - assistance for our college students.

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

Serve Team

Serve Team Chair: Dave 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.

Toccoa First United Methodist Church,  333 East Tugalo Street, Toccoa, GA 30577  |  Tel: (706) 886-9446

 Office Hours: Mon. - Thurs.: 9am-4pm,​​ Friday: 9am-12pm (closed 12pm-1pm for lunch)

Worship: Sunday, 8:30am & 11:00am

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