Local & Chapel Based Ministry
Worship, Music and the Arts Ministry Team
Because worship lies at the heart and the forefront of the life of the Royal Poinciana Chapel, the Worship, Music and the Arts Ministry Team will take – as its guiding principle – a commitment to strong, faithful worship and preaching in the Reformed tradition, whether on a Sunday morning or in a special seasonal services. In logistical terms, the provision of services of worship involves people: greeters, ushers and communion servers, singers and musicians, lay participants and pastor who lead the people in worship of God. Paramount to this is that the Chapel’s worship and music programs be the force that is God-given and divinely inspired to move the faith community forward in our journey.
The Adult Spiritual Development Ministry Team
The Adult Spiritual Development Ministry Team, in conjunction with developing the Chapel’s Center for Spiritual Inquiry (CSI), will have the primary task of developing courses and selecting instructors. Plans envision 100, 200 and 300 level courses of topics expected in Bible, Theology, Arts and Literature, and Practical Christianity taught by local and guest faculty, renowned pastors and noted theologians.
The Children’s and Youth Ministry Team
The Children’s and Youth Ministry Team, with the Youth Director, is responsible for the Chapel’s spiritual development and Christian education for children and youth through fifth grade. Throughout the year, the committee will establish and monitor guidelines that enable parents and teachers to know what factual knowledge about faith children should know at each grade level. The committee also oversees the formation of a program for parents and their children.
The Congregational Care Ministry Team
The Congregational Care Ministry Team works within the framework of the ministry of the Chapel to provide confidential care to those facing life’s spiritual, emotional and physical challenges. A sub group of the care team prayerfully intercedes for and supports those facing illness, hospitalization and the loss of loved ones. Using Chapel and community resources, the ministry team responds to real-life needs through lay-led care teams supported by the Chapel’s professional staff and the pastor.
The Hospitality Ministry Team
The Hospitality Ministry Team provides a ministry of hospitality and information to people who are seeking a church home in the Chapel. From the time a person makes a decision to cross the threshold of the sanctuary to his or her decision to become a member and get involved in the life of the church, the Hospitality Team will be ready to open doors, to walk with that person, and provide an encouraging word or nudge in the right direction.
The “Hands-On” Outreach Ministry Team
The Outreach Ministry Team is committed to the Christian tradition of reaching out to a world in need with various hands-on endeavors and activities, and with the energetic work of the Chapel members and mission volunteers. St. George’s Food Kitchen, a developing project in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, congregational collections in collaboration with Samaritan’s Purse, and Urban Youth Impact in West Palm Beach are annual efforts to mobilize the larger congregation in specific ways of helping those in need. In an effort to familiarize the congregation with the people who organize outreach and to encourage members to volunteer, an Outreach Fair is held annually in February.
The Benevolence Ministry Team
The Benevolence Ministry Team has the role and responsibility of directing Chapel funds and a portion of the proceeds from the annual Christmas Boutique to social service organizations and partnering ministries specifically located in the Palm Beach County area.
The Royal Poinciana Chapel Scholarship Ministry Team
The Chapel Scholarship Ministry Team has the distinct pleasure and unique privilege of stewarding and awarding from 20 named and endowed Royal Poinciana Chapel scholarship funds along with other accumulated and donated funds for this purpose, financial grants to leading students that are enrolled and excel in various pre-professional undergraduate programs of local colleges and universities. Spring-time interviews with students establish the type and amount of the scholarship grant, and a later fall appearance in worship and luncheon introduces awarded students to the congregation.
Scholars are chosen annually based on financial need; articulation and presentation during the interview process; academic record; community involvement; church involvement; goals and leadership qualities.
In 1994, the Scholarship Ministry of the Chapel awarded its first scholarship to Timothy Shannon, a member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Riviera Beach, Florida. Since then, the program has assisted over 250 students.
Each applicant must apply by the given deadline in early March and include letters of recommendation from their pastor, community service leader or teacher, and a friend.
Funding for the scholarships is received through numerous sources, including previous Christmas Boutique proceeds, individual Chapel Scholarship endowments, gifts made from Chapel members, and budgeted money from the Chapel’s operating fund.
The Chapel has 21 endowed scholarships. The Christmas Boutique has contributed funds over the years to endow nine of these at a level of $40,000 each, from which the interest of each funds annual scholarship assistance. The scholarships are named in gratitude to God for Henry Morrison Flagler, the Chapel founder; our current pastor, Dr. Robert S. Norris; and seven revered former pastors – Dr. William Edward Biederwolf, Rev. John Edward Charlton, Dr. Richard M. Cromie, Dr. Thomas W. Kirkman, Dr. Samuel McCauley Lindsay, Dr. John U. Miller and Dr. George Morgan Ward.
In addition to the Boutique Endowed Scholarships, there are nine privately-endowed scholarships in memory or honor of family and loved ones. A gift of $40,000 fully endows a scholarship. The privately endowed scholarships are named in memory of Donald Carmichael, Dr. and Mrs. C. Sherman Holman, Isabella Marian Kean, Robert Kean and Charles H. Warwick IV. Other scholarships have been named in honor of Anne Carmichael, The Harold Hogg Family, Debra W. Norris, and in celebration of the Sea Gull Cottage, where the first Christmas Boutique was held. Interest is added annually where earned on the principal funds of each held scholarship.
For up-to-date information and student application forms, students are invited to contact Scholarship Committee Co-Chair Debbie Norris at the Chapel office.
The Property Ministry Team
The Property Ministry Team serves the mission of the Chapel by ensuring our facilities are welcoming and inviting, cleaned, properly maintained, and efficiently scheduled and utilized.
The Christmas Boutique Ministry Team
The Christmas Boutique Ministry Team has historically been the strong advocate and supporting arm of the Chapel’s annual scholarship and benevolence outreach. The Christmas Boutique raises the majority of annual revenue that is dedicated to student scholarship allocations and availing money that is given to neighboring agencies and local mission organizations. The Boutique Ministry Team coordinates the largest number of volunteers for any single ministry event each year.
The Chapel Investment Ministry Team
The Chapel Investment Ministry Team, with the assistance of professional investment consultants, oversees the Chapel’s endowment, consisting of the Samuel Lindsay Fund and The Chapel Scholarship Fund, the Minister’s Retirement Fund, and other invested assets of the Chapel. This group, with the advice of the Benevolence Ministry Team and concurrence with the Board of Directors as directed by the approved Policies and Procedures for Investment, exercises the authority to receive, hold, manage and transfer the Chapel’s accumulated endowed fund assets.
The Stewardship Ministry Team
The Stewardship Ministry Team is charged to develop an approach to holistic stewardship and the promotion of congregation-wide personal involvement and financial investment in the annual ministry, mission and Chapel operations. With a view toward greater involvement and increasing investment in the life of the Chapel, a congregational information database will be established, maintained and utilized to better connect interests, gifts and needs.
The Planned Giving Ministry Team
The Planned Giving Ministry Team works to encourage members and friends to include the Chapel in their estate planning, and manages the Chapel Legacy Association, which is the designation for those who have indicated they have remembered the Chapel in their estate plans, life insurance policies and/or work benefits.