The work of Palmetto Presbyterian is carried out by ten very active ministry teams. Team Palmetto meets monthly to plan ministry for the next 6-8 weeks. The pastor serves as moderator, and each team has at least one elder representative (Team Palmetto chairs are not ruling elders).
The worship team oversees all aspects of worship; flowers and worship supplies, lining up liturgists, acolytes, ushers and greeters, working with the pastors and music directors to plan special worship services, preparing the communion elements and setting up for baptisms, worship team members pull the attendance pads and keep the pews stocked with church info and envelops, they plan ‘workdays” to decorate for the holidays, they make new banners and oversee the wedding guild. On any given Sunday 20 to 30 people are involved in preparing for worship.
The fellowship team plans for meals and special events in the church, oversees the kitchen, helps other ministry teams with meals, co-ordinates the Sunday refreshments, purchases paper products and groceries, sponsors events like Tailgate Sunday, Shrove Tuesday, oyster roasts and low-country boils.
The marketing team is in charge of signs, direct mail, newspaper advertising, and special events like May day or Bring a Friend Sundays that encourage and welcome new families into our church. They send in feature articles about the church to the media, sponsor local athletic teams, enter a float in the Mt Pleasant Christmas parade and find creative ways to get the word out about PPC!
This team follows up with all new members making sure they are getting involved in the ministry of our church. They host gatherings to introduce new members to each other, give them token gifts a month or two after they have joined, make sure they understand our pastoral care ministry and answer any questions the new folks may have.
This team oversees all faith formation at Palmetto: Sunday school classes, youth programs, retreats, camps, adult bible studies and book clubs, Bible school, nursery and child-care, children’s church, and special one time education events. They select curriculum, recruit and train teachers, and purchase all education supplies. They also envision creative summer programs and independent studies that sometimes take the place of Sunday school.
Nurture works with the session and staff to cover all pastoral care needs, providing meals when folks who are in the hospital or for bereavement, sending cards and other correspondence to those with special needs, overseeing the prayer chain, sometimes providing transportation to doctors’ offices, the hospital or to church, They keep the session informed of pastoral care needs, provide care packages for our college students and those in military. Above all, they make a special effort to get to know members of the congregation.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS
This team plans work days, receives bids for any repairs to the church and for lawn care, they take care of maintenance (anything from changing light bulbs to checking A/C filters) and present to session any future building plans or improvements to our facility.
At Palmetto we have adopted the ‘three H’s’: Haiti, Hands of Christ and Huger, giving us an international, presbytery- wide and local mission emphasis. This team collects food items for food pantries and for ECCO ( East Cooper community Outreach) they provide thanksgiving meals for needy families in our community, co-ordinate our special offerings, plan mission trips (especially to Haiti), collect school supplies and uniforms, provide Christmas gifts for children in HALOS, work with I-Beam (an ecumenical group in Mt Pleasant) and continually educate our congregation about opportunities for service.
This team oversees all monies and financial controls of the church. reviews insurance policies and loan info, prepares tax information, provides the session with a monthly report of income and expenses, Writes policies for memorials, special gifts etc., Plans the annual stewardship campaign and makes recommendations to session on any issue concerning finances, including staff salaries.
This team handles all staffing issues including annual reviews, background checks, staff salaries, hiring new staff, going over staff evaluations with each individual staff person, and working with any search committees within the church.