Mission Statement:The Communications Ministry keeps congregants and the larger community informed of all ministries and outreach activities of St. Timothy's by gathering and disseminating information about all facets and functions of the church.
Ministry Work:Communication is a life blood of any church. Messages from the Bible, Sunday sermons, prayer, Christian education classes, and other sources of spiritual inspiration act as a spark that ignites us to follow the Christian tenets to love and serve one another and to acknowledge the loving presence of God. Given the importance of spreading this message, Brad, Leslie, and other church leaders rely on the St. Timothy's Communications Ministry to help gather, refine, and circulate the church's many missives in a manner that will elicit support and participation. Members of the Communications Ministry are charged with keeping parishioners and the larger community informed about church activities, services, and accomplishments.
The tools at the ministry's disposal are numerous. The group works with church staff and other members to circulate The Word newsletter and the weekly church service bulletin. If you are not receiving e-mail versions of these two items, please check with the church administrator to ensure that St. Timothy's has your current contact information on file.
Ministry members issue press releases and contact local media to publicize church activities to encourage community awareness and involvement. Ministry members reach out to individuals and families who have recently relocated to the Herndon/Reston area to invite them to attend Sunday services. Communications maintains a website that provides quick and easy access to parish and ministry news and contact information, and serves as a repository for church publications. The Communications group helps survey the congregation about opinions and interests. Communications also produces and posts materials on bulletin boards in Henry Hall and elsewhere around the building.
Communications activities require a flexible organization and crew to set and meet deadlines, and to address the church's various demands. Although different structures have been considered, the Ministry currently consists of a convener who acts as the central point of contact and administrative leader of the ministry. Other functions include a disseminator who channels written materials to the appropriate places, a website coordinator, a head writer who coordinates writing assignments, various other writers, a proofreader, an archivist, and other active individuals serving a variety of roles.
More recently, the church has appointed a Technology Advisory Board (TAB), serving under the Communications Ministry, to consult on hardware and website issues, social networking formats such as Facebook and Twitter, and other resources that can be used to keep the congregation and the public better informed.
Please consider joining the Communications Ministry; we welcome all volunteers.