We love connecting with one another! There are many ways for you to find your place among our 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 both “up-front-and-center” volunteers as well as behind-the-scenes volunteers. Below you’ll find a list of some of the ways you can be a part of our worship experience. 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.
Confirmation 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 as part of their confirmation experience and serve approximately five to six times per year as scheduled by the acolyte coordinator.
Members of this group prepare the chancel for worship, communion and special events. They also care for the altar linens and the general upkeep of the Sanctuary. Training is done on an individual basis. Schedules for volunteering are determined by members of the group based upon their availability.
Assisting Ministers/Communion Assistants
This is a visible lay position in the worship setting. Communion Assistants help the pastors distribute communion. Those who feel comfortable with public speaking and proclaiming God’s word may choose to be an Assisting Minister and read the lessons and offer prayers in worship. Serving is scheduled based upon availability. Training is provided.
Technical Arts Ministry
This vital group includes volunteer technicians who run our sound board and recording 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.
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. Training is provided.
Health & Wellness
One of our core values 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
These teams provide a coordinated and intentional way for our congregation to respond to real life needs of individuals and families. A care team leader organizes interested individuals to provide meals, assist in transportation and any other needs that arise during times of need.
This is a dedicated group of persons (limbs on a tree) who pray for a variety of individuals needs. Pastors and the prayer tree coordinator initially take prayer requests which are then passed on to members of the Prayer Tree. This is a good way to volunteer at home.
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.