Our church has a wide range of committees on which members can serve.
Please read below to learn how you can get involved. Don't miss the note from our Nominating Committee at the bottom of the page.
24 members (Ruling Elders), the Moderator, and Clerk of Session
The Session governs the spiritual and programmatic life of the congregation, guiding all its affairs and activities. Responsible to the Presbytery of Philadelphia, Session leads the congregation through its committees: Adult Education, Children's Ministry, Financial Stewardship, Membership, Nominating, Outreach, Parish Life, Personnel, Property, and Worship and Music. Each Elder Serves on a committee as well as on Session. Elders are also trustees of the corporation and are responsible for the fiscal and property aspects of the Church.
Adult Education Committee
Coordinates educational programs for adult (college age and older) attendees. Its main focus is the development of content and ideas for Sunday morning classes that span a variety of spiritual and contemporary topics, and finding leaders for them. It also coordinates with the Children’s Ministry Committee on inter-generational programming. It is the liaison to Session for the Peacemaking Committee and oversees the McQuade library and the Lenten Devotional booklets.
Children's Ministry Committee
Supports all ministries to and with children from birth to 18 years of age. Children’s Ministry works closely with the Children’s Ministry Coordinator on Sunday school programming, including the recruitment and training of teachers, choice and implementation of curriculum. It also provides support for special events such as the Advent Workshop, the Christmas Eve nativity pageant, and children's cantata.
Financial Stewardship Committee
Responsible for all aspects of the annual giving campaign. Through this campaign, the Financial Stewardship Committee musters the financial resources the church needs to carry out its mission.
Responsible for growing SPC’s membership by seeking out people interested in joining the church and ensuring all members are fully engaged in SPC’s faith community. Specific activities include welcome letter campaigns, semi-annual Open House events, Inquirers classes and serving as Friends in Fellowship to new members.
Secures the nominees for the Session, Deacons, and Session committees. When vacancies occur, the committee seeks replacements.
Recommends the mission budget for the church. The Outreach Committee decides on mission funding allocation for organizations that reach out to people in need locally, nationally and globally. The committee does site visits where appropriate and arranges volunteer opportunities for the congregation. Awareness activities include an annual Mission Fair and a monthly "Minute for Mission" in worship. The Alternative Christmas Shop, the Hunger Group, the World Mission Committee, and the Interfaith Hospitality Network are arms of the Outreach Committee.
Parish Life Committee
Facilitates fellowship at SPC by organizing social events such as Sunday morning coffee, an annual welcome-back picnic, the Advent supper, a Christmas reception, the annual meeting potluck supper, Maundy Thursday potluck dinner, festive Easter coffee, summer punch, and periodic special events. It is the liaison to Session for Fall Fair, Spring Fling, and the Marthas.
Works with Session to oversee our relations with and employer responsibilities to the church staff. Committee members meet annually with each staff member. The Committee recommends benefit and employment policy decisions to Session. It is also responsible for recruiting all non-clergy staff and for making recommendations to Session for hiring and compensation for all employees.
Responsible for the physical facilities of the church. It monitors the condition of the buildings and oversees capital improvements. Property is the liaison to Session for H.O.E, the Health and Safety Committee and for the Space Utilization Task Force.
Worship and Music Committee
Facilitates the corporate, family, and individual worship of our church by preparing communion, scheduling acolytes and other volunteers, and maintaining the materials used in worship services. It also reviews forms of worship and offers suggestions to the pastors and music director. It is the liaison to Session for the vocal and bell choirs and is responsible for the ushers.
Board of Deacons
21 members and Pastoral Advisor
Deacons are traditionally charged with "deeds of love and mercy." They minister in the name of the congregation to individuals who are sick, bereaved, shut-in, returning from a hospital stay, or in need of special short-term help. They are in charge of the Sunday flowers, delivering tapes of the Worship Service, and of providing van service. Rev. Sarah Cooper Searight, the Associate Pastor for Congregational Care and Older Adult Ministry, is the pastoral advisor to this 21-member Board of Deacons.
A Note from the Nominating Committee:
The Nominating Committee solicits suggestions each fall for people to serve on the boards and committees. You may suggest any church member you think qualified and interested in serving (including yourself). The Nominating Committee is always eager to involve new members and younger members in leadership activities.
Once called, (and in the case of Elders and Deacons, elected), members usually serve 3-year terms. One-third of each board and committee retires annually. Most committees meet monthly on Tuesday nights, September through June. The Nominating Committee itself meets weekly on Mondays throughout the fall and as needed the rest of the year. Personnel generally meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month.
For details on the work required of each committee, please visit the Committee Job Descriptions section of the SPC Member Website (login required). To nominate a church member (including yourself!) please contact anyone on the nominating committee or call or email the church office. A current list of members on the Nominating Committee is available on the SPC Member Website (login required).