Camas Friends Church

A Quaker Meeting in Camas, WA

Committees

From Northwest Yearly Meeting’s Faith and Practice
Elders
The Committee of Elders is composed of three or more active members of the church (men and women) who are collectively responsible to the church for its pastoral leadership and for the oversight of its spiritual and moral welfare. Elders should be recognized for lives guided by the Holy Spirit and for spiritual discernment and maturity. They should be experienced in Friends practices and committed to Friends beliefs as set forth in this book of Faith and Practice. They
serve for terms of three years, the terms of one-third expiring each year. Normally, service is limited to no more than two consecutive terms unless another qualified person is unavailable. When circumstances require, subcommittees or individuals may be appointed for special responsibilities, such as counseling, pastoral relations, evangelism, and fine arts if there is no separate committee; and some tasks may be delegated to the Administrative Committee. Although the Committee of Elders is to maintain oversight of the church generally, it is specifically charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Uphold the Christian beliefs of Friends as set forth in this Faith and Practice and see that officers, ministers, missionaries, and teachers affirm them.
  • Determine policies concerning worship and Christian fellowship; encourage members of the church to attend these meetings faithfully; appoint and supervise ushers and greeters for all regular church meetings.
  • Recommend to the church the calling of pastors and other ministers, with their terms of service, after consulting the general superintendent of the Yearly Meeting.
  • Support the pastoral ministries through cooperation and counsel.
  • Oversee programs of evangelism, discipleship, and community outreach; arrange for special and supply ministry in consultation with the pastor.
  • Seek out those whom God may be calling into ministry or missionary service, nurturing their spiritual growth, discerning and fostering their gifts, and, as appropriate, facilitating their process of recording if they are in harmony with the Faith and Practice of the Yearly Meeting.
  • Counsel members in respect to their spiritual welfare and maturity, possibly providing a loving discipline of members whose conduct is unbecoming the Gospel (see pp. 63-64 for guidance in dealing with offenses).
  • Review, prepare, and recommend applicants for membership.
  • Encourage private devotions and the practice of Bible reading and prayer in families.
  • Encourage the formation and maintenance of Bible study groups.
  • Foster a concern for ministry points and ministry points, and help secure persons for such outreach ministry.
  • Nominate members to serve on the church Nominating Committee.
  • Keep in touch with nonresident members.
  • Consider a member’s request for short-term service within the Yearly Meeting.

Education
The Education Committee is composed of three or more persons appointed for terms of three years, the terms of one-third expiring each year. Normally, service is limited to no more than two consecutive terms unless another qualified person is unavailable. The Committee initiates and supervises the education of children, youth, and adults. Its concerns include Sunday school, day school, Friends Youth, vacation Bible school, clubs, camping and retreats, and the church library. With subcommittees or individuals appointed for special areas, the Committee carries these responsibilities:

  • Coordinate church education ministries, to avoid overlap and conflict either in schedule or personnel, and provide leadership training.
  • Appoint personnel involved in these ministries and nominate to the church the general superintendent of the Sunday school.
  • Select suitable curricula for all educational activities, using approved Yearly Meeting or Evangelical Friends International programs.
  • Recommend improvements in physical facilities and equipment.
  • Make sure that Friends beliefs are understood and taught.
  • Provide for nursery care and children’s worship.
  • Encourage the youth of the church to attend a Friends school or college; admonish all, especially those who attend secular schools, to maintain a consistent Christian witness.
  • Promote individual and church support for the schools sponsored by Northwest Yearly Meeting, such as George Fox University and local church-sponsored schools such as Greenleaf Friends Academy.
  • Encourage members to participate in local school organizations.

Outreach (Peace and Social Concerns)
The Peace and Social Concerns Committee is composed of three or more persons appointed for terms of three years, the terms of one-third expiring each year. Normally, service is limited to no more than two consecutive terms unless another qualified person is unavailable. Using subcommittees or individuals for special duties, the Committee carries the following responsibilities:

  • Provide programs of physical assistance to those in need, whether members or not.
  • Recommend and promote special relief and development projects, local and world-wide, giving priority to those sponsored by the Yearly Meeting Board of Peace and Social Concerns.
  • Foster throughout the church the Friends peace testimony.
  • Counsel youth about conscientious objection to military service.
  • Encourage careful preparation for marriage and promote programs that foster successful family living.
  • Provide instruction about dangers in the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
  • Encourage the church to support legislation conducive to sound moral principles and to protest morally destructive legislation or policies.
  • Support suitable sex education.
  • Provide guidance in respect to the popular media.

Stewardship
The Stewardship Committee is composed of three or more persons appointed for terms of three years, the terms of one-third expiring each year. Of these, three or more active members of the church are appointed to serve as trustees for terms of three years, the terms of one-third expiring each year. Normally, service is limited to no more than two consecutive terms unless another qualified person is unavailable. The Committee includes the church treasurer in its membership. Using subcommittees or individuals for special duties, the Committee with advice and assistance from the pastor carries the following responsibilities:

  • Prepare an annual budget in consultation with other committees, and present it for approval to the church in business session.
  • Consider and approve proposals for special offerings and non-budget expenditures.
  • Supervise the treasurer and provide for an audit of the books.
  • Plan budget funding in cooperation with the church.
  • Promote education in the stewardship of time, talents, and money.
  • Give guidance in estate planning.
  • Provide adequate retirement coverage for ministers, in cooperation with other churches.

Fine Arts (optional) (Camas does not currently have this committee)
The Fine Arts Committee is composed of three or more persons appointed for terms of three years, the terms of one-third expiring each year. Normally, service is limited to no more than two consecutive terms unless another qualified person is unavailable. The Committee is accountable to the elders, but if no such committee is appointed, the duties devolve upon the elders. Using special subcommittees or individuals, the Committee carries the following responsibilities:

  • Plan music appropriate for worship.
  • Plan and implement musical programs for social occasions.
  • Encourage development and use of gifts in the arts.
  • Encourage programs utilizing drama for Christian purposes.
  • Foster an appreciation of the arts on a high moral and cultural level.
  • Plan exhibits of arts and crafts.

You can read more in the Faith and Practice here.

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Worship Times

10:30am Refreshments

9:30-10:15am Unprogrammed/Silent Worship (every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.)

10:45-12:15pm Sunday Morning Worship

11:15-12:15pm Nursery available for children 3 and under.

11:30-12:15pm Godly Play for Children aged 4-11 (info)

Contact Info

Phone: (360) 834-2446

Email: office@camasfriends.org

Address: 1004 NE 4th Ave Camas, WA 98607 (Map)

Twitter: @camasfriends

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