The Annual Appeal Committee is responsible for raising money for the operating budget of King’s Chapel. This is more than just raising funds. We are looking for investment in the values and legacy of King's Chapel. The committee turns to members and friends for support in this vital endeavor.
Denominational and Ecumenical Affairs
The Denominational and Ecumenical Affairs Committee maintains King’s Chapel’s relationships with lay leaders and clergy within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), the Massachusetts Council of Churches, and other groups in the wider church community. The committee nominates delegates for the annual UUA General Assembly, sends delegates to meetings of the UUA Massachusetts Bay District and the Council of Christian Churches within the UUA (CCCUUA), and promotes participation of the congregation in denominational affairs.
Buildings and Grounds
Buildings and Grounds oversees the maintenance and repair of the Church’s three properties: Church, Parish House, and Parsonage. Responsibilities: to identify and attend to maintenance and repair matters and to keep the Society informed through the Wardens, Vestry and Parish Council.
Vestry and Wardens
The Vestry is the elected body of the congregation. The basic responsibilities of the vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church's mission by word and deed, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances. The Vestry is led by a Senior and Junior Warden.
The Parish Council consists of the chairpersons of various committees in the church. This group discusses parish issues, makes recommendations to the Wardens and Vestry, and provides support for one another.
Members of the Music Committee are parishioners interested in supporting the nonliturgical music of King’s Chapel. The committee, working with the Music Director, focuses on producing the King’s Chapel Concert Series, a series of professional concerts on Sunday afternoons during the academic year that feature the King’s Chapel Choir and soloists as well as visiting artists. Tasks include fundraising, publicity and advertising, production of printed materials such as mailing pieces and programs, collecting donations, and ushering at concerts, and hosting informal receptions after concerts. New members are always welcome.
Archives and History
The Archives Committee oversees and maintains the portion of the King’s Chapel Archives that reside at the Parish House. The remainder of the archives is retained by the Massachusetts Historical Society. Access to our archives are by appointment only.
Chancel and Flowers
The Chancel Committee is responsible for the communion table flowers, the silver and linens, and seasonal decorations. The Committee welcomes donations for flowers to honor or remember a person or an event. Call the Parish Administrator to make arrangements. The Chancel Committee is also responsible for serving Holy Communion, assisting the clergy in baptisms and decorating for Christmas and Easter.
The Hospitality Committee builds community within the church by providing opportunities for members, friends, and visitors to share fellowship. The committee organizes and hosts social hours after Sunday morning services, a Homecoming Lunch in September, Milk Punch Sunday at Christmas, and a lunch for the Annual Meeting Hearing in the spring.
Ushers welcome and seat the congregation, distribute orders of service and hearing devices, and help ensure that the service proceeds smoothly.
A number of parishioners pray regularly for those on the church’s Bede list and for other requests directed to them. This group communicates through e-mail and always welcomes additional members.
The Partner Church Committee promotes the spiritual enrichment of both King’s Chapel and our partner church, the First Unitarian Church of Kolozsvar, Transylvania, in several ways: by encouraging reciprocal communication and visits; by increasing knowledge of the culture, history, traditions and faith practices of our partner church as well as of King’s Chapel; and by identifying opportunities for mutual assistance and support. This partnership, dating from 1922, links the oldest continuing Unitarian Church in Europe with America’s first Unitarian church. To learn more about our unique partnership, visit here.