• SUNDAY WORSHIP
–Acolytes: Children and youth assist with Sunday morning worship on a rotational basis.
–Chalicers : Parishioners who serve the Lord through offering the cup during communion.
–Greeters: Those who greet and welcome people as they enter the church.
–Altar Guild: Women (and men) work in teams to prepare and maintain the altar and Eucharistic appointments for all worship services.
–Choir: The Parish Choir sings every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., as well as at special services throughout the program year, including Choral Evensong and Lessons & Carols. Rehearsals are Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. Contact: Mark Laubach: firstname.lastname@example.org
–Eucharistic Ministers: Adults and confirmed youth assist the clergy in administering Holy Communion. Training is provided. Contact: ______________
–Lectors: Volunteers read scriptures during Sunday Services, including prayers of the people. Lectors are scheduled for both services and typically serve about once a month. Readers can identify any days they are unable to serve. Contact: Matthew Thomas-Malani at email@example.com -Ushers: Ushers provide a ministry of hospitality on Sunday mornings before and during the 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Contact: Matthew Thomas-Malani at firstname.lastname@example.org –Verger: Assist the Clergy by acting as the Master of Ceremonies for liturgies. Traditionally dressed in black and grey, the Verger ensures the dignified flow of actions during worship.
• CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & FORMATION YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS
Christian Education: Classes are available for all ages, 3 to adult. Teachers are always needed; training is provided. Contact: email@example.com
Food Pantry: The St. Stephen’s Food Pantry provides food for approximately 190 families each week. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the pantry’s supplies.
Mens Homeless Shelter: St Stephen’s will host Mother Theresa’s Haven 5 to 6 times in the 2013 calendar year for up to 4 weeks at a time.
• PASTORAL CARE / MEMBERSHIP / PARISH LIFE
–Women of St Stephens: The Women of St Stephens (WOSS) are committed to one another and are called to be witnesses for Christ. The challenge is to provide a safe place where every woman is free to become the person Christ called her to be. They meet every third Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in the conference room.
–Lay Eucharistic Visitors: This involves taking sacramental bread and wine to parishioners who are in hospitals or are homebound.
Coffee hour Hosts: Hosts consist of all members of the church. Serving on a volunteer basis, sign up is in the parish hall. Hosts provide goodies for coffee hour.
–Holy Stitchwits Ministry: meets on the 2nd Sunday in the afternoon from 2-4pm in the Kirkandell Room. All are welcome. Contact: Caron Nelson
–Lenten Friday Night Dinners: We welcome everyone to join us for a pot luck supper and a movie. This is a great way to connect with other parishioners and have family time. The dinners are Friday nights during Lent and start at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Room immediately after the 6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross.
• ADMINISTRATION & COMMUNICATIONS
–Newsletter: The Parish Guest is our monthly newsletter sent by traditional post or by e-mail. The Parish Guest assembly team works one morning a month to help get the newsletter in the mail. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
–Office Volunteers: We have teams of parishioners who help answer the phone and do simple clerical tasks during parish office hours. Hours available to match your schedule. Contact email@example.com
–Planned Giving/Legacy Fund: Interested in providing resources for future ministries? Gift planning enables anyone concerned with the wise use of his or her personal resources to make a considered choice about their estate disposition. Contact: Ron Honeywell.
–Stewardship Committee: This ministry coordinates the annual giving by the people of St. Stephen’s to support the parish’s mission and ministries. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
–Vestry: The Vestry is the governing body of the church and includes the rector and 12 elected lay people. The Vestry is responsible for all decisions concerning the operation of the church. If you are interested in serving, contact the rector or a current member of the vestry to have your name placed in nomination.