Boards and CommitteesOur church is supported by five boards and four committees. We are always looking for volunteers to serve on them! No matter what your specialty is, we can surely put it to use.
Board of Deacons
The Deacons aid the minister in the spiritual and pastoral care of the Church, assist with confirmation, approve candidates for church membership, and assist in administration of the sacraments. They are a vital part of our congregation.
Board of Trustees
The Trustees do the “behind the scenes” work – they arrange for all necessary care and upkeep of the church. They also take care of Church property, records, funds, and investments.
Board of Christian Education
Christian Ed supervises and directs the Church school, which includes appointing superintendents and teachers. Members also develop other Christian activities that take place in the Church.
Board of Missions and Services
This board is responsible for the Children’s mission program, providing resources. They are also instrumental in helping the congregation understand the scope and purpose of mission and informing and encouraging the congregation toward new mission opportunities.
Board of Budget and Stewardship
Budget and Stewardship is responsible for the annual stewardship campaign. A large amount of their efforts go towards preparing the annual church budget and presenting this budget at the Annual Meeting of the Church.
This committee audits the financial records of the Church and its organizations.
The Memorial Committee keeps accurate amounts of funds received by the Church in memoriam. They then direct the expenditure of such funds after consulting with the Church Council.
The Nominating Committee submits the slate of candidates for Church officers as well as Board and Committee membership.
Pastoral Relations Committee
The Female Society of Winslow for the Support of the Gospel
When Winslow was first settled in the late 1700's, the Reverend Joshua Cushman was hired to preach. After 20 years, the townspeople became dissatisfied with his preaching and his contract was paid off. During the next years, there were few ministers available and the women of the town became anxious for their families to have religious instruction.
In June 1819, seventeen women met together and, with the help of Rev. Thomas Adams of Vassalboro, they formed "The Benevolent Society of Winslow and Clinton (now Benton)" and adopted a constitution that is still used today. In 1821, the northerly members of Winslow and Clinton withdrew, leaving the group with its current name and membership, "The Female Society of Winslow for the Support of the Gospel."
So far as is known, it is the oldest women's organization in the state with continuous activity. The group meets once a year on the third Tuesday in June. It is a custom to enroll a baby daughter or granddaughter as a member at the first June meeting following her birth.
For several years after its founding, the dues were $1.00 a year. Then, some young women wished to join, but they would pay only 25 cents. After much discussion, their wish was granted, but the with the stipulation that members should pay more if able. Probably no other organization exists that has not increased its dues in more than 175 years.
Church ConstitutionIn 1949, the Winslow Congregational Church adopted a constitution to express the covenant with its members and the United Church of Christ and to govern the organization of the church and its activities. Click here for the Winslow Congregational Church Constitution (Microsoft Word, 67 Kb).