Welcoming. Diverse. Inclusive.
Care & Compassion Ministry
Haleema Farrar & Gayle McWilliams, Co-Chairs
Plymouth’s Care and Compassion Ministry provides loving care and support for members and friends of the church during times of crisis and times of celebration.
This is the ministry that sends birthday, anniversary and graduation cards when we are celebrating milestones in our lives.
This is also the ministry that sends get-well cards and condolence cards, organizes home and hospital visits, delivers meals and runs errands, and provides rides to and from church for those who are ill or grieving.
Community Life Ministry
Valerie Baptiste & Leslie Leasure, Co-Chairs
At Plymouth, we believe that church is much, much more than Sunday morning worship. It’s all of us working together to build God’s beloved community – working and yes, sometimes struggling – to extend love to one another in spite of our differences, in spite of our human failings and challenges.
The Community Life Ministry helps build our faith and nurture loving relationships within our community through gatherings that help us know each other better, hear each other’s stories, welcome each other in Christian love.
Our key annual gatherings are:
- Community Meals – intimate gatherings of 10 or fewer church members, held over brunch, lunch or dinner in members’ homes during the spring season
- National Night Out – a wonderful block party for our members, friends and neighbors with food, music and games, held on the church grounds the first Tuesday in August
- Church Picnic and Worship in the Park – a fun experience of outdoor worship with a potluck picnic held at Roberts Regional Park on the last Sunday in August
- Thanksgiving Feast – a fabulous Thanksgiving meal and wonderful time of fellowship held in the Fireside Room on the Sunday before Thanksgiving
Children & Youth Ministry
Cynthia Ovando, Chair
At Plymouth Church, we recognize that children and youth have rich and vibrant spiritual lives, and we celebrate their participation in worship. We want our young people to know themselves as deeply loved by God, their families and their church. We encourage them to be curious, to ask questions (no question is off-limits at Plymouth Church), and to share their own insights and understandings about God.
Our growing congregation includes more and more families with small children (ages 0-4). We understand and respect that some parents prefer to keep infants and toddlers nearby. We will be hiring a child care provider to care for small children whose parents feel comfortable allowing their child(ren) to leave the sanctuary during worship.
Younger children (ages 5-11) join us for the start of worship each Sunday. Following the choir song, they are invited to participate in the Sacred Zone. The Sacred Zone uses the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum (www.spiritseasons.com), which follows the lectionary – the assigned scripture readings for each Sunday. We explore Bible stories through music, art, movement, and open-hearted conversation. We also use Godly Play, an approach based on Montessori principles which invites children to explore spirituality through story, play and inquiry.
Older children (ages 12–15) are invited to participate in a nine-month confirmation program. Monthly classes address such topics as God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, Worship, etc. Each young person is paired with a mentor, a carefully selected adult from our congregation. Following the nine-month confirmation program, these young people are formally confirmed during a Sunday morning service, during which they serve as the worship leaders.
Several times a year, on 5th Sundays, our young people serve as the liturgists during worship – leading prayers, reading scriptures, and making presentations during Grace Notes.
We are committed to maintaining an environment in which all members of the Plymouth community – especially our children – can worship, learn and work together in a safe environment free of discrimination, harassment, and abuse. Our Safe Church policy requires that all children’s activities be led by at least two adults.