Caroline Church Activities Folder

 

Welcome  

 

Dear Friends,

Caroline Church, one of the four colonial parishes in the Diocese of Long Island, predates the separate existence of the United States by fifty years.  Over the centuries many men, women and children have found comfort and solace within this faith community, worshipping Our Lord in this second oldest Episcopal Church in continuous use.

Our parish attracts people who are seeking a warm and exciting community of faith where their own lives can be enriched and fashioned by God's grace.  Traditional in worship with a blend of the contemporary style, we lift up one another in love, grace, and respect bound together under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Out of our worship flow our various ministries that you will read about in the enclosed folder.  Young people are a top priority at Caroline church, as reflected in our Sunday program, Vacation Bible School and youth programs for junior and senior high students.

Preaching and teaching are central to our common life.  Caroline Church is committed to historic, biblical teaching which exalts Our Lord Jesus Christ and makes practical Christian living the goal of each of our members.

Caroline church is a parish grateful for its past, committed to its present, and excited about its future - Come join us.

In the service of Christ,

Fr. Richard Visconti, Rector

Education  

 

We are pleased to offer an extensive education program for all ages at Caroline Church.

Our Sunday School (for infants through Grade 12) meets from 10:00 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. each Sunday in the Marco C. Smith Building. We are blessed with a caring and competent staff of teachers and assistants, as well as a music ministry and a Church School Director.

The curriculum is age appropriate and carefully chosen from the hundreds available. We do not use a single curriculum throughout, but through constant re-evaluation, choose the best available for each age level. Infants through age three years are cared for in a clean and well-equipped nursery where Bible stories, as well as other appropriate stories, are read.

There is a special worship service each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. for pre-Kindergarten through second grade held in the Marco C. Smith Building. The service consists of scripture, prayer, songs, and a short homily. We also have special seasonal services specifically for our young people. Our Sunday School presents a musical Christmas pageant on the fourth Sunday of Advent each year.

We have a Caroline Youth Group. Students in grades 6-12 are invited to join the Youth Group. The focus of this group is to promote fellowship and community service.  Through active participation in outreach projects and great social events, the members have an opportunity to build and strengthen their Christian ties. 

Adult Education provides another opportunity to participate in the life of the Church, and grow in the knowledge and love of God.  The Adult Education program encourages reflection on the Christian journey, supports us in our spiritual growth, and strengthens us to better serve the Lord.  Four or five topics are offered annually, and include lectures, book studies, videos, discussions, and at times, site visits. 

On the third Sunday of the month, the Caroline Book Group meets to discuss the works of Christian authors past and present. Also on the third Friday of the month, the Theophilus Healing Mission holds a book study and teaching in the areas of Christian healing. On the second Saturdays, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew studies the Bible, and contemporary and traditional works that impact men in the Church today.

Two ongoing Bible Studies (The Monday Evening Bible Study and Exploring the Word Bible Study) on Monday evenings provide parishioners and friends with an opportunity to dig deeper into the riches of Holy Scripture.

 

Ministries  

Acolytes and Crucifers:
These are young people, grade five and above, who serve the celebrant at all our services. The Rector trains those interested and assigns them on a rotating schedule.

Bible Studies:
We have two regularly scheduled Bible study groups. The Monday Evening Bible Study meets each Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper Room of the Parish House. The Exploring the Word Bible Study meets in the MCS building every other Monday evening at 6:45 p.m. This Bible Study group studies a different book of the Bible every few months.  These studies are led by dedicated, experienced laypersons and presented in a lively discussion format. All are welcome to join either group.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew:
This is a national organization of men and boys who meet the second Saturday of each month at 8:00 a.m. They attend a Eucharist together, and then over a light breakfast they discuss a work by a contemporary Christian author. The Brotherhood prays each day for the people on the Parish prayer list, and they maintain a regular prayer chain. The Brotherhood has several service projects, including overseeing Sunday coffee hour, the Lenten Women's and Girls' Corporate Communion and Breakfast, the annual Barn Sale, help as part of the tidy up teams, help at the Summer Fair and assist with the Youth Group. They gather for the Advent Men's and Boys' Corporate Communion and Breakfast, and hold an annual men's retreat. All men of the Parish and boys sixteen and older are welcome.

Caroline Altar Guild:
This group of women, appointed by the Rector, cares for the altar and arranges flowers. They meet with the Rector periodically to discuss the needs and procedures for preparing the altar and presenting the gifts at services. The Junior Altar Guild, a group of youngsters sixth grade and above, takes care of the children's altar for the Church School worship service in the Marco C. Smith Building.

Caroline Cares...Campus Ministry:
This ministry reaches out to the young people of our Church who are attending high school or college away from home.  The Parish family lovingly provides care packages for our students each fall and spring.  Messages of support and care are included in each package.

 

Worship  

 

The Caroline Church is an Episcopal Church, a part of the Diocese of Long Island, The Episcopal Church of the United States and the world-wide Anglican Communion. We are by rite and theology fully catholic and fully reformed. We focus on scripture, tradition, and reason as our guide. The ancient creeds, Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian, describe our statement of faith. We are always glad to answer any inquiries you might have, and the Rector has meetings for those wishing to seek membership in this Church.

Our worship follows the American Book of Common Prayer (1979). The hymns at our regular services are usually taken from the 1982 Hymnal.

SCHEDULE OF WORSHIP

Sunday  
  8:00 a.m.     Holy Eucharist
9:30 a.m.     Family Eucharist and Sunday School
11:15 a.m.   Holy Eucharist
Morning Prayer on a quarterly basis
Tuesday  
  7:30 p.m.    Holy Eucharist
Thursday  
  12:30 p.m.   Healing Service

 

Stewardship  

Partners with God
Christian stewardship is our commitment to nurture the gifts that God has so generously given us and to use them for His glory.  The gifts of our individual time, talent, and treasure as well as our combined time, talents, and treasure of Caroline Church are ours to lovingly steward through the teachings of Jesus.  As members of Caroline Church, we know that Jesus is the "head" and we are the "body of Christ," and we are charged to take good care of that "body" so that it not only continues to live but to grow more healthy in joyfully doing God's work.

Regular Commitment
The programs of the Church, as well as the maintenance of our beautiful and historic buildings, require the regular support of each of us, as God has provided our means. You are asked to make Caroline Church a regular part of your weekly budget. Envelopes are available for both adults and young people who desire them.

Special Giving
Altar Flowers - The flowers on the altar each Sunday are given in thanksgiving or remembrance of a special person or event in our lives. The Parish Office notes the memorial or thanksgiving and the donor's name in the weekly bulletin.
Sanctuary Candle - The Sanctuary Light burns before the ambry in honor of the Blessed Sacrament contained therein. It may also be given as a gift of remembrance or in thanksgiving.
Remembrance Fund - This fund was established as an ongoing investment allowing the interest derived there from to be used for Church needs. A Book of Remembrance is maintained by the Altar Guild, and contains the remembrances and thanksgivings received by this fund.
Building Fund - Maintaining wooden buildings of the age and complexity of Caroline Church requires constant vigilance and care. We maintain funds for the care and improvement of our buildings.
Churchyard Fund- Used to maintain and improve the grounds of our property, which includes the grounds of the Rectory, Rookery, the parking lot, the graveyard and the Village Green.
Operating Fund - Consists of the main checking account, which is used to pay most current expenses, and an investment account, which allows us to earn interest and dividends.

 

Directory  

 

Acolytes and Crucifers The Rector 941-4245
Lay Director Duy Nguyen 675-6169
Adult Education Sue Seel 689-0683
Bible Study/Home Wayne Johnson 751-7913
Adult Inquirers The Rector 941-4245
Altar Flowers Parish Office 941-4245
ible Study/Church Sue Seel, Spencer Edelbaum 689-0683
Baptism The Rector 941-4245
Brotherhood of St. Andrew Mark LaSorsa 609-0993
Caring for the Caregiver Virginai Cash 428-0902
Caroline Book Group Al Galoway 473-3767
Caroline Cares-Campus Ministries Jackie Hull 474-5393
Caroline Church School Cindy Schleider 473-4610
Caroline Guild Bobbi Wimmel 331-3514
Youth Group Lainey Cash 751-3541
Chalice Admin/Lay Readers The Rector 941-4245
Choir – Senior  Dallas Garvin 751-6559
Choir – Joyful Noise Jr. Choir Janani Srdhar 440-574-3201
Episcopal Church Women Barbara Jones 751-8809
Food Delivery Barbara Russell 689-9434
Grief Support Group Don Muffly 689-8804
Hospital Visitation Ministry The Rector 941-4245
Newcomers Ministry Maureen Reyes, Irene Ruddock 751-8337
Parish Office Janet Giacomini 941-4245
Prayer Ministry Chris Muffly 689-8804
Sonshine Ministries Diane Johnson 751-3658
Soup Kitchen Coordinators Ginny Apmann 751-0299
Theophilus Healing Mission Ginny Apmann 751-0299
Ushers Gary Mis 689-1210
Vestry (Senior Warden) Don Muffly 689-8804
Weddings The Rector 941-4245