We love connecting with one another here. There are many different ways for you to find your place among the community of believers and build lasting relationships that encourage and empower you. If you are looking for a place to belong and would like to gather more information about our ministries, go through the tabs below to discover how you can become involved.
Sunday morning and special worship services at Atonement require lots of “up-front-and-center” volunteers along with many positions that are behind-the-scenes to make it engaging, creative and spirited. Below you’ll find an extensive list of ways you can be a part of our worship experience. Most of these roles can be successfully performed by individuals with little or no experience and training is always available. In order to involve more people in these service positions, we attempt to schedule individuals so that they serve once every four to six weeks—obviously the more people we have recruited and trained, the longer the interval between having to serve.
Confirmation program students are required to participate as acolytes at worship services. Duties include lighting and extinguishing candles, receiving the offering and assisting in communion. Students are trained and serve approximately five to six times per year as scheduled by the coordinator.
Members of this group prepare the chancel for worship, communion and special events. They also care for the altar linens. Schedules for service are determined by members of the group.
This is probably the most visible lay position in the worship setting. They assist the pastors at services by helping to distribute communion. For those who choose to read the lessons and offer prayers in worship, a comfort level with high visibility as well as the ability to speak out loud in a clear manner to proclaim God’s Word is required. They may serve as often as they wish at a mutually convenient service time. Training is available.
Technical Arts Ministry
This vital group includes volunteer technicians who run our sound board and record services, operate projection equipment for displaying videos, lyrics and other visual service elements and camera operators for recording and live streaming during worship. Training is provided and commitment is generally only once every three to four weeks. Additionally, volunteers help to create graphics for announcements, worship backgrounds and other projection uses in the church.
Ushers are scheduled to serve a month at a time and may serve as many months as they wish. They arrive fifteen to twenty minutes before service time, greet people as they enter the sanctuary, distribute bulletins and assist members and visitors as needed. They collect the offering and guide the congregation to the altar for communion.
Health & Wellness
One of the values that we hold in high regard is that “hurts are healed” and we care for one another as needs arise. The ministries listed below are some of the many ways that we live out that care or offer assistance in dealing with some of the many challenges that life brings our way.
Care Team Ministry
The following ministries are conducted at Atonement and administered by outside organizations:
A Day Out Respite Care Program
We have partnered with the Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA) to offer an adult respite care program on a regular basis. BACOA administers the program and uses our facilities with the assistance of volunteers from Atonement. Learn more about the Respite Care program here.