committees

WHY COMMITTEES?

Providence Meeting community members keep the meeting ministry alive by our involvement on committees.   If there is a committee that you would like to join, please contact the Nominating Committee.

Care and Counsel Committee provides pastoral care for meeting membership. The Committee responds to inquiries for membership and transfers from other monthly meetings. Clearness committees are arranged by this committee. On matters of membership, marriage, or other requests for assistance please contact the Care and Counsel Committee.

Childcare Committee coordinates childcare providers during meeting for worship and  special events. It supervises childcare givers and serves as a liaison with parents. All child care workers are cleared or supervised if under 18.

Communications Committee coordinates the meeting channels of communication. This includes the newsletter, mailings, the calendar of events & activities, the website, e-mail, and the bulletin boards in the meetinghouse. The Committee maintains the Meeting directory. 

Finance Committee prepares the annual budget of the Meeting, makes recommendations for managing various funds, and solicits contributions in support of the budget. It also considers requests to help support tuition for members’ children at Quaker schools and for adult attendance at Quaker conferences.

Graveyard Committee manages the maintenance and operation of the graveyard by issuing certificates of ownership, assisting families and burial services in finding lots and burial sites, and handling paperwork to confirm burial records for the state. Contact the Graveyard Committee.

Landscape Committee oversees the care and maintenance of trees and other plantings around the Meeting’s grounds. The Landscape Committee cooperates with the Property and Graveyard Committees in the overall upkeep of the grounds.

Library Committee cares for the Meeting’s collection of books, selects and acquires new books to keep the library current, and provides information about the library to encourage its use by all members of the community.

Memorial Committee extends the sympathy of the Meeting to families at the time of death. The Committee guides arrangements for a memorial meeting for worship, if one is requested. Contact the Memorial Committee.

Nominating Committee proposes names of persons to serve as Providence leadership and works to find volunteers for our committees. We strive to bring each community member into the service of the Meeting. Service to Providence bonds our community.

Peace and Social Action Committee connects Providence with wider Quaker and global human concerns about war, violence, exploitation and repression. The committee coordinates networking and action with other religious and non-religious groups which share our non-violent values. This committee also has two work groups, Racial Social Justice and Homeless Community Support.

Program and Outreach Committee offers programs in order to share Quaker information and experiences with the larger community. The Committee plans events, arranges volunteers and also maintains the schedule for after meeting refreshments.

Property Committee  oversees the maintenance meetinghouse and grounds. The committee makes recommendations to the Business Meeting (Providence) for approval. The Committee works cooperatively with the Landscape and Graveyard Committees to ensure uniformity in the upkeep of the entire Meeting property.

Religious Education advises, the Meeting’s religious education program for children. The Committee also carries out the Meeting’s concern to develop pathways to spiritual discovery and to promote knowledge and understanding of the faith and practice of Quakers.

Trustees serve the meeting as overseers of the Meeting Corporation. The charter of Providence Meeting provides for seven trustees, who must be members of the Meeting. Officers are appointed at an annual meeting of the Trustees. All members of Providence Monthly Meeting are automatically members of the Corporation.

Worship and Ministry provides religious education for adults and shares resources for the spiritual development of our community members. The committee supports others in being sensitive to Divine promptings. Community members who need spiritual direction should feel free to contact the Worship and Ministry Committee