Ministries and Opportunities for Service
Chapel By The Sea has so many ways to get involved in many areas of ministry. Whether you are a five-year-old child, a ninety-five-year-old grandmother, a busy mom, or a businessman or businesswoman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here is how you can learn, serve, and grow at Chapel by the Sea.
Your children will love our dedicated children’s program where they are invited to walk, run, jump and grow in their Christian faith. Available every Sunday morning during our regular worship service, we provide a safe, responsive, and caring environment where your child will feel safe and loved. All volunteers are screened for suitability and skill, which includes a background check.
At the Chapel, we have a goal to bring young people together in a life of faith, action and fellowship, and address spiritual, emotional, and social needs unique to our young people. We want to create a safe and nurturing space for teenagers to gather together and share their joys and concerns with each other and with caring adults. We practice radical hospitality to engage youth in relationships. We meet youth where they are in their lives, in their language, modeling Christian living.
At the Chapel, our Greeters strive to provide our members and visitors with a warm and welcoming experience each and every Sunday. They will also answer any questions regarding the Chapel, and will be very happy to direct you to the proper location on our campus based on your need(s). If you love people and have a personality to match the job description, then we would love to invite you to share in this very important ministry.
At the Chapel, our Ushers work in conjunction with our Greeters to ensure that everyone, members and guests, enjoy a warm, positive experience with every visit to the Chapel. They are involved in directing attendees to their seats, ensuring the safety and security of the Main Building and the Memorial Building during services, helping visitors, answering questions, providing direction, unlocking and locking doors, and generally ensuring that the service proceeds smoothly. They also take up the collection during our time of giving back to the Lord. The Usher Team is a servant-hearted group of men and women who love people and whose ministry is integral to our worship experience and church life in general.
God-honoring worship is something we always strive for at the Chapel. Many church members get involved in our music ministry. Some play their instruments. Some are vocalists involved with the choir and other vocal groups at the Chapel. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of the Chapel, using their talents and gifts to glorify God. Adult choir practice is held at 7:30 pm, immediately following our 6:30 pm Bible study time, from September through May. Elder Ray Christian and his wife Wendy are our Music/Choir leaders. They are always eager to have new voices singing praise to the Lord. No audition is required.
We have a very active Women’s Ministry at the Chapel whose goal is to build an inclusive, caring community of women of all ages and backgrounds, each of whom has her own unique ministry calling. We hope to accomplish this goal by equipping, encouraging, inspiring, nurturing, and supporting them through Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and mission opportunities that strengthen the church and witnesses to the promise of God’s kingdom. Our women also engage in many fun activities designed to promote close relationships such as painting classes, luncheons, etc.
The power and importance of prayer cannot be overstated, as evidenced repeatedly over millennia in the Word of God. Chapel by the Sea consists of a body of believers who are dependent upon prayer. Prayer requests are sent regularly by our staff via email to make known the needs of church members as well as their friends and family members, any special requests, and missionary prayer needs. Each Wednesday there is a Men’s Prayer Breakfast at Long Point Cafe at 7:30 am. All men are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Elders of the Chapel also have a special prayer meeting once a month. If you have any special requests or would like the Elders to pray with or for you, please let us know. You can submit your prayer requests using our Contact Form.
Media and Technology
Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege we enjoy in this age of high-tech. We have a stewardship to use these tools as effectively as possible for advancing God’s Kingdom here on earth. All of our weekly sermons are recorded and hosted on our Facebook page, where we also post additional church communication. We are always looking for new ways to use media and technology to better communicate God’s Word. If you have expertise in these areas, please let us know how you might help.
Our Senior Pastor, David Walkup, offers premarital counseling for those who are members of the Chapel. Even the best of marriages can be difficult to maintain. Misunderstanding, confusion, resentment, and anger can flare up in any marriage. For those needing more intensive marriage counseling, we will be happy to help find the right Christian counselor to help you.
Chapel By The Sea is thrilled to be part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We are active in sending and supporting missionaries with our money and with our prayers. We support missionaries through our mission organization, World Witness, as part of our denomination, the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Our current support is for ten missionaries located in three countries – Turkey, Peru, and Mexico. We hope to send out small teams from our church each year on short-term mission trips to one of these countries to assist our missionaries with practical projects and evangelistic outreach. We encourage all of our people to respond to God’s call for laborers, whether it means that they move to a foreign country, live and minister in our own community, or go on a short-term mission trip.