Worship & Arts Coordinator

Susan Gray

WORSHIP & ARTS COORDINATOR

Director of Music

Sandra “Sam” Wack

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

Our worship is characterized by a willingness to question tradition, acceptance of human diversity, a strong emphasis on social justice and care for the poor and the oppressed, and environmental stewardship of the Earth.

We have a deep belief in the centrality of the instruction to “love one another” (John 15:17) within the teachings of Jesus Christ. This leads to a focus on promoting values such as compassion, justice, mercy, tolerance, often through political activism.

Chancel Choir

Rehearsal: Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. in the Choir Room
The Chancel Choir welcomes all–older youth (9th grade and up) through adults–to sing in worship weekly at the 10:30 a.m. service as well as other special seasonal services such as Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday.  The choir performs larger choral works throughout the year and occasionally performs joint concerts with Silver Spring United Methodist Church. This choir season we will be participating in a Twelfth Night celebration and Good Friday service with the Silver Spring United Methodist Church. We are also hoping to have a choir exchange with a UCC church in Shillington, PA.

There are no auditions required to join.  For further information, please contact Sam Wack, Director of Music, at sam@cccsilverspring.org.  If you enjoy singing a variety of music, from classical pieces to spirituals, we have a place for you here!

Children’s Choir

The group open to all children aged 3 to those in 5th grade will gather weekly BEFORE worship and church school, from 9:45 a.m – 10:15 a.m. Children will learn religious songs and hymns in a relaxed setting, periodically participating in the 10:30 a.m. service. The group will be lead by Spencer Clark, Leona Ripple and Lynne Joseloff. Children’s Music Time replaces the Chapel Choir rehearsal that met after the worship service in past years. Adult volunteers (non-parents welcome!) are needed to support Children’s Music Time by helping teach music, supervise, and provide a healthy snack.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m., child care will be provided in Room 006 for children birth to grade 5, to provide an opportunity for parents to participate in adult education classes or Chancel Choir. At 9:40 a.m, singing children will be escorted from child care to Children’s Music Time. Younger or non-singing siblings may remain in child care. While we have one paid staff for childcare, additional volunteers are needed.

Deacons

The Deacons provide support for the Sunday morning worship services and the special seasonal services throughout the year

Worship Liturgists

  • Sunday service lay reader
  • Sunday service Deacon Liturgist assists with the service in the absence of one of the ministers
  • Readers for the Maundy Thursday service of Tenebrae
  • Readers for the Christmas Eve candlelight service
  • Baptisms—present the certificate of Baptism and Dutch cradle cross to the family
  • New members—lead the congregation in the church covenant

Communion—Served on the first Sunday of each month, Maundy Thursday and Confirmation Sunday 5 Deacons needed once a month and for special communion services

  • Provide breads and juice
  • Serve communion with the ministers to the congregation during communion services
  • Set up and clean up after the service

Committee for the Arts

The Committee for the Arts is responsible for planning programs of art, including but not limited to, paintings, photography, and other artistic expressions. Visit the first floor hallway to explore a rotating exhibit of local art, curated by our arts committee.

Music Committee

This committee works with the Director of Music to assess CCC’s music needs and aspirations; establish a yearly calendar of music programs; identify financial, human, and other resources needed to support the music program; and periodically assess any need for improvements in CCC’s music spaces, instruments and other equipment and their maintenance, and the music library.

Sanctuary Guild

The Sanctuary Guild prepares the sanctuary for Sunday worship and liturgical services throughout the year and provide fresh floral arrangements weekly for the church lobby. Service opportunities include preparing arrangements from the altar flowers [donated by members] for pastoral care teams to take to the bereaved, ill and shut-in; decorating the church for Christmas; supporting the pastors conducting weddings, funerals, memorial services and other special worship services; and donating the produce on the Thanksgiving altar to Shepherd’s Table. The Guild provides wedding hospitality on behalf of the church; we work in teams on a voluntary basis. Men and women participate; no special skills or talents are needed. Orientation is provided. The Guild is a supportive, relaxed and fun group; we learn from and help each other! Guild members get together about 4 times a year to decorate the altar for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas and to gather for a meal, a workshop and planning. Commitments range from signing up for weekend flower duty a few times a year to helping with a holiday such as Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Audio Visual Team

The A/V team operates the sanctuary sound system and records Sunday morning worship services, weddings and memorial services as requested. Training is provided.

Ushers

Ushers welcome people to worship, assist with seating and other arrangements for services, and assist people requiring special accommodations, take up the offering and clean out the pews following the service.