Presbyterians take seriously being the “priesthood of all believers”. Each of us is called to be a disciple, ministering to others, who in turn minister to us. We share with the pastors this call to ministry. We call this discipleship. The goal of an Equipping Church is to encourage and support all members as they act on their individual calls to be disciples.
In our Equipping Church culture, the conversation changes from recruiting for jobs and responsibilities to a conversation about our passions and call to ministry and how that call can be incorporated into a life of discipleship within the church. As an Equipping Church, we consider how best to teach, train, mentor and encourage each other to be faithful in our discipleship. Finally, our church gives space and time to lift up and celebrate what all are doing in the name of Jesus Christ.
An Equipping Church also prepares people to understand their gifts and live out their calling in every area of their lives. We know that we’ve equipped others when each individual does his or her part, so that the whole body grows and loves. (Ephesians 4:16)
Understanding our spiritual gifts is important, but so are identifying skills, talents, and experiences that can also be used in ministry. All go into development of the whole person and all strengthen the faith community. People need to be cared for and nurtured so that they may serve others and be served themselves.
Music and Worship Team is responsible for working with the pastors and music coordinating all worship activities of Cary Presbyterian Church and supporting the music programs of the church. The team meets one night a month to evaluate the past month’s music and worship programs and to plan and coordinate the upcoming worship services and special programs.
Lay Readers participate in the 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship services or other special worship services by offering the prayer for illumination and reading the selected Bible lessons used in that service.
Chancel Guild oversees the care and arrangement of liturgical items in the chancel area for all services. They ensure that the appropriate paraments and banners are in place for Sunday services, weddings, and funerals; polish candlesticks; order and replenish the candles; make certain that flowers are placed in the chancel on Sundays; clean up and launder the tablecloth following Communion. In the Advent season they arrange for the poinsettias and care for them until they are distributed. In early spring they arrange for palm fronds for Palm Sunday and lilies for Easter.
Chancel Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. September through May. In addition to regular Sunday services, the choir has major presentations during the Christmas and Easter seasons. The full choir sings at the 11:00 a.m. service, with opportunities for smaller ensembles, quartets, and soloists at the 8:30 a.m. service.
Soloists sing as cantors in worship, at weddings, as soloists for major works with the choir, or during the summer.
Instrumental Musicians may accompany the choir, play alone or join in a small ensemble for services or programs and sometimes children’s programs. The brass ensemble plays for Christmas Eve and Easter Sunday services. Conductors are especially needed for the brass ensemble and small instrumental ensembles. Also needed are pianists and organists who can accompany an ensemble or children’s choir, play for hymn sings, help lead children’s choirs, or substitute when the Director of Music is absent.
Youth Choir is composed of young people in second through fifth grade. This group incorporates instruments, simple harmonies and fun music. Rehearsals are on Sundays, 5:15 – 6:00 p.m. September through May in the adult choir room.
Rainbow Choir is for children, ages four through first grade. Rehearsals are Sundays at 9:45 a.m. September through May. They sing during the worship service several times a year.
The Communion Preparation Team takes turns prepares the elements of bread and juice for the celebration of The Lord’s Supper, usually working in teams of two. Members of the Team buy the elements (reimbursement is available), prepare them, and place them on the communion table prior to the service(s). CPC usually celebrates communion once a month on Sunday mornings and during special services for Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. Communion is primarily received by passing trays of cups and plates of bread in the pews. During the summer and for occasional services communion is received by intinction—coming forward, taking a piece of bread and dipping it in the common cup.