Ministries and Invitations to Serve

Sunday Service Teams

Members of the Audio-Visual, Bookstore, Hospitality, Music, and Offertory Teams, under the leadership of Team Leaders and Leaders in Training, assure that the Sunday morning services run smoothly and seamlessly. The Hospitality Team participates in setting up refreshments before service, greeting guests, ushering people to their seats, and cleaning up. The Audio-Visual Team operates the sound system and slide projector during the service. The Offertory Team collects and counts the offering. The Bookstore Team handles all book sale transactions and keeps track of inventory. If you are coming to service anyway, why not be of service? We'd love to have your help in our spiritual community!

 

Hospitality Ministry

Wilcume! An early mediaeval term that expresses greetings to a desirable guest upon his or her arrival. Join the Hospitality Team, at times convenient to your schedule, to wilcume old and new guests. Help us create an inviting, warm, and comfortable space as we celebrate new spiritual discoveries together. Positions available are: kitchen set up at 9:15, greeters at 9:30, and clean up after the service. We look forward to you becoming a member and sharing your gifts with this team!

 

Offertory Ministry

As members of the Offertory Team, we collect the offering during service and count it immediately following the service. We are in a sacred agreement with the Divine Presence, in service, facilitating the Law of Circulation in its giving and receiving of Abundance. We grow in community as we give of our time in sacred service. Our spiritual community receives the gifts of Abundance while imparting Love, Wisdom, and Harmony to all who gather. Bells are ringing; birds are singing; abundance is flowing, and it is all good!

 

Audio Visual Ministry

The Audio Visual (AV) Team is responsible for supporting the weekly service and special events with high quality sound and meaningful graphics. The team gets its direction from the presenter or musician and does everything in its power to enhance the presentation while being as unobtrusive as possible.

The four main tasks are:

  • Stage Set-up – Arrange the microphones, stands, and cable connections to meet the needs of the presenter.
  • Audio support during the presentation – Adjust volume and equalizer to provide optimum sound quality. When required, play background music and tracks for vocalists using the center’s computer.
  • Visual support – Using the center’s computer or iPad, project supportive slides or videos for the presentation. On request, the team can prepare slides such as words for the congregational songs and pictures to support the sermon or activity.
  • Recording of sermons – Using the center’s computer, the team records the weekly sermons and sells CD copies to the congregation.

Previous AV experience is helpful, but not required. A general working knowledge of a Windows PC is necessary. The main requirement is to be attentive in order to anticipate the needs of the presenters.

 

Music Ministry

If singing is your gift and talent to share with the world, consider joining the CSL Delaware Choir! It is directed by Rev. Rhetta Morgan and performs during service the second and fifth Sundays of the month. Rehearsal is at 9 am before the 10:30 am Sunday service for about one hour. Rev. Rhetta and Spiritual Director Rev. Kathleen Johnson choose the songs for the service and send the lyrics and music to choir members by email the week before. New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining, Rev. Rhetta will arrange time to listen to your voice for possible placement in the choir.

 

Beyond Sunday Ministries

The Center for Spiritual Living Delaware promotes a spiritual way of life all of the time - not just on Sundays! Please join us for one of our other ministries if you feel called to do so.

 

Congregant Care Ministry

The vision of the Congregant Care Ministry is to lovingly support, assist, and be a gentle presence to congregants (and their families) in our spiritual community who are experiencing life challenges. The Congregant Care Ministry provides the following services:

  • Visits congregants at hospitals/rehabilitation centers /homes
  • Provides prayer
  • Distributes Science of Mind magazines and small heartfelt gifts
  • Maintains ongoing phone/email contact
  • Provides support for congregants and their families before, during, and after transitions
  • Sends cards by email and/or regular mail
  • Delivers meals when necessary
  • Posts messages of support on specially created Caring Bridge sites

The Congregant Care Ministry is always open to new members who wish to open their hearts and hands to others. To join the Ministry, or if you know of a congregant who could benefit from the services of this Ministry, please contact our Congregant Care Minister, Rev. Linda Patton, 302-239-6080.

 

Outreach Ministry - Current and Ongoing

 

As an expression of the Unity of Life, it is the intention of the Outreach Ministry to be in service to the world and each other with laughter, love, compassion, joy, and peace.

Cell Phone and Eyeglass Donations: Bring in any used cell phones and eyeglasses for donation to Child, Inc. and Lions Club International. Leave them on the floor by the window in the Fellowship Area, in the container next to the green tub for toiletry donations. Thank you for your generosity.

 

Toiletry Donations to Friendship House: Bring in hotel or other sample-sized toiletry donations for Friendship House and leave them in the green tub which is on the floor by the window in the Fellowship area. Friendship House is a faith-based organization committed to serving the homeless in Delaware. They operate day centers, feeding programs, 10 transitional housing and training programs, the Clothing Bank of Delaware, and emergency shelter through Code Purple Winter Sanctuary in churches. November 5, 2017 marks CJL's 6th anniversary of delivering travel-size toiletries to be distributed to those who come in off the streets to shower and make a phone call. We have also supplied larger needs for their housing units. As of fall 2017, we have given over 3,000 items, not counting the generous 2012 Christmas gifts given to two families of graduates from their program. These were bought with over $500 in donations from the CSL Delaware community. Thank you for your support. All is always received with heartfelt gratitude.

 

Outreach Ministry - Past Events

Soup Can Donations to Sunday Breakfast Mission: In 2017, CSL Delaware marked the fifth year of collecting cans of soup and other goods on “Souper Bowl Sunday” for delivery to this very grateful mission which feeds and trains homeless souls.

Donations for the Giving Tree: Here at CSL Delaware, we embrace the Law of Circulation, knowing that in our giving, we receive. We also believe that we are in unity with each other and with our Creator who shares with us in the Bible, "That which you do for the least of my brethren, you do for me." This belief encourages and fulfills our experience of being in service to one another. In 2014 and 2015, we collected winter wear for donation to Friendship House and the Clothing Bank of Delaware. In 2016 we collected 140 pounds of food for Food Bank Delaware. In 2015 there were 14 warm jackets, 1 pair of boots, about 10 hats, several gloves, and lots and lots of lovely scarves. Friendship House also received 40-50 2016 calendars, which they love to have to give the residents, plus tote bags and the unclaimed dishes from CJL potlucks. Each delivery was greeted with great appreciation and enthusiasm.

Visit to Hindu Temple: September 2015, the outreach team organized a visit for 19 members of CJL to the beautiful Hindu Temple on Yorklyn Road in Hockessin. "Shoes removed, we were taken on a fascinating tour by Tia Mukerji. Then she took us to a room where we spent time learning about the Hindu religion and became aware that the basic beliefs of the Hindus are similar to ours. We wrapped up our visit by going to the kitchen and dining area, where we tasted quite a few dishes. It was a glorious experience." -- Nancy Zippe, Outreach Team Lead for Hindu Temple visit

Bring your ideas and join our Outreach Team to help us be more of a beneficial presence on the planet!

 

Children's Fellowship

We support and facilitate the spiritual growth of each child in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment in accordance with the teachings of New Thought-Ancient Wisdom in the lineage of Ernest Holmes. We have trained teachers with the children each Sunday beginning at 10 am so that parents can attend the meditation service then as well as the Sunday service that begins at 10:30 am. We have ongoing opportunities for you to share your love with our children, including serving as a substitute teacher one or more Sundays per month.  For more information, visit this page.

 

All Team Leaders are supported by a Leader Champion and are trained at monthly SPARK meetings for one hour on second Sundays of the Month. To join one of the Ministries, contact the CSL Delaware office.