Church Growth/Evangelism

Greeters – Persons stationed in the Narthex each Sunday to greet and assist newcomers and visitors.
Sunday Callers – Individuals who make a call (phone or personal) on visitors to welcome and give them needed information about the parish.

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Service/ Outreach

IHS (Interfaith Help Service) – Work a two-hour shift as a member of a team (serving with a volunteer from one of the other sponsoring congregations) interview and screen clients, give food to eligible persons, maintain record of service; prepare the sacks of food which are given to those who come to the Church seeking assistance with food.

Bread of Life Soup Kitchen (a cooperative effort of several local congregations):
Cook – Individuals who volunteer to help prepare meals at the Soup Kitchen.
Serve – Individuals who serve meals at the Soup Kitchen.

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Acolyte (Youth and Adult) – Individuals who assist the clergy and other lay ministers in the liturgy-especially as: Crucifer, Banner Bearer, Torch Bearers, and Server.

Cantor – A musically competent individual designated by the Priest to chant certain portions of the Liturgy (the Prayers of the People, the Great Litany, the Exsultet at the Easter Vigil, etc.). No license is required.

Adult Choir – Rehearses at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and sings at the 10:00 liturgy and special services.

Eucharistic Minister (EM) – Lay persons invited by the Rector and licensed by the Bishop to assist with the administration of the Chalice when there are not sufficient clergy; may also be licensed to take communion to the sick and shut-in.

Eucharistic Visitor – Lay persons invited by the Rector and licensed by the Bishop to take communion to the sick and shut-ins immediately following the Sunday morning liturgies.

Worship Leader – A lay person invited by the Rector and licensed by the bishop to lead public worship in the absence of a cleric. Usually this means The Liturgy of the Word (Ante-Communion) or Morning or Evening Prayer. A Lay Reader may read an approved sermon .

Lector – A layperson who assists the priest in the Liturgy of the Word and by so doing shows forth that the Liturgy is the activity and responsibility of the whole People of God- not just clergy. At the invitation of the Priest the Lector may read the lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures, lead the gradual psalm and read the Epistle. (No license is required for this ministry.)

Oblationers – Those persons who present the Bread and Wine to the Priest at the Altar at the presentation of the gifts. These persons represent the fact that the People of God offer all that they are, have and hope to be to God in this Sacrifice of Praise and Thanksgiving.

Altar Guild – Trained and dedicated women and men who prepare the Altar, care for vessels, vestments, altar appointments, flowers and linens used in the Church’s worship.

Flower Delivery – Take flowers from the Altar to sick and infirm following Sunday worship.

Bread Baker – Bake loaf bread for use at Communion at 10:00 liturgy.

Handbells – rehearse Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

Children’s Choir Sponsor (St. Cecilia Choir, grades 3-5)- Assist the leader with activities, discipline, etc.

Usher – Individuals (not gender specific)who provide service sheets, assist in seating, collect the people’s gifts and direct worshippers to communion. They also “pick up” the Church after the people have left and secure all doors and turn out lights in the Church.

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Teacher/Catechist – Adult, Youth, Children – Church School.

Vacation Church School – Summer week-long educational-recreational activity for children of the parish. (Director, Teachers, Assistants, Craft Persons, Recreation leaders, Musicians, Storytellers, etc.)

Episcopal Youth Community Sponsor – This involves working in an on-going capacity with the Youth to plan and support their Sunday evening meetings and other activities.

EYC Chaperone – Adult supervision for special activities.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) – All women in the Episcopal Church. The two-fold purpose is fellowship and outreach. This group meets on the 2nd Tuesday at 11:30.

Epiphany Pageant – Christmas-Epiphany story re-enacted by children and youth.

Guitar, Piano, etc. – Play for Sunday School, Children’s Chapel and/or other activities.

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Pastoral Care

Visiting- sick, shut-in, etc. Newcomer Ministry – Helping newcomers to find their ministry in the congregation.

Transportation – Provide rides for parishioners to parish activities, as well as doctor’s appointments, perhaps assist with basic shopping, etc.

Crisis Committee – A Committee of the ECW which provides a ministry of food and presence in acute crisis situations, such as bereavement or hospitalization.

Stephen Ministry – Trained lay people offer a ministry of confidential, compassionate listening. For more information, click here.

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Men’s Breakfast Cook – Prepare breakfast for the Men of the Church on the second Tuesday of each month.
Oyster Supper – (Includes all men of the Parish composing a fellowship-oriented group whose primary activity recently has been the Shrove Tuesday Oyster Supper.)

Hospitality Committee – Arrange for receptions and other fellowship events

Simple Suppers for Saints ‘n’ Sinners – People sign up to participate and are randomly assigned to groups of four households each. Over the following four months they meet once in each household for a potluck meal and fellowship.

EYC Meals – Providing a light supper on Sunday evening for the youth.

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Office Volunteer – Answer phone, take messages, screen persons coming seeking help from IHS, provide basic office help in order to free the secretary to do other tasks.

Parish Life Council – Group appointed by the Rector to assist in brainstorming, planning and implementing various ministries and activities of the parish, including Church Growth/Evangelism, Service/Outreach, Worship, Pastoral Care, and Christian Formation.

Finance Committee – Group which meets monthly to review the parish’s finances and make recommendations to the Vestry.
Ad Hoc Committees

Grounds Upkeep – Work with and under the direction of the Junior Warden and the Grounds Committee to care for, maintain and improve the campus surrounding the Church Plant.

Building Upkeep – Work with and under the direction of the Junior Warden and the Building Committee to care for, maintain and improve the Church-owned buildings.

Kitchen Committee – Supervise and manage the kitchen and equipment

Consider serving a three-year term in this leadership capacity for the Parish Community.