The Fellowship Committee is responsible for helping all members, friends, and visitors feel welcome and connected to the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church.
The Fellowship Committee meets monthly at the church. For more information, e-mail fellowship_list [at] melroseuu [dot] org.
Programs of the Fellowship Committee
Three or four times a year, the committee coordinates potluck dinner gatherings at members’ home. As many as ten dinners are held concurrently for 7-9 adults, with the specific intention of developing new relationships within the congregation.
Other Responsibilities of the Fellowship Committee
Welcoming Members and Newcomers
The committee schedules greeters for Sunday services who are responsible for welcoming members and new visitors. The greeter may conduct brief Church tours, answer questions, and provide literature on UU beliefs and history, and our Church’s programs.
- New Members
The committee sponsors newcomer luncheons for individuals who are interested in learning more about UU principles and our congregation. Those who choose to join the Church are recognized at a New Member Sunday service coordinated jointly with Religious Services.
The committee, with input from Church members, identifies individuals who may be unable to attend Church and follows up with them through notes, phone calls, or referrals to the Minister or Caring Ministry group.
Organize Social Events
- Intergenerational events
Several times a year the committee organizes all-church social events where children and adults, members and visitors can get to know one another better and feel connected to the community. Examples of past functions have been an Ice Cream Social, a Square Dance, a Chili Cook-Off Contest, a Mardi Gras Night, and a St. Patrick’s Day Potluck and Dance.
Maintain Membership Information
The committee, along with the Church Administrator and Collector, reviews and maintains the accuracy of the membership list. This is particularly important for voting and payment of dues to the Unitarian Universalist Association.
The committee, along with the Church Administrator, maintains the all-church directory, which is published annually.
- Photo Board
The committee maintains a photo board in the Parish Hall to assist individuals in getting to know the names and faces of congregation members and friends.
The committee, along with the Church Administrator, maintains nametags for members and friends used at Sunday services.