Altar Guild -- an act and anchor for worship
How lovely is your dwelling place, oh Lord of hosts…happy are those who live in your house, ever singing your praise (Psalm 84: 1,4).
The ministry of the Altar Guild is an act of -- and anchor for -- worship. The Altar Guild “clothes” the church throughout the seasons and stages of life, preparing the church for each service, from evening services to baptisms to weddings to remembrance services.
Following a tradition rich in history, the Guild weaves the old with the new, transforming family heirlooms into cloths and vestments that honor and continue this important legacy. The work of the Altar Guild is not confined to the walls of the church, but rather extends out into the community by ensuring that altar flowers are delivered to people who are in the hospital or are homebound. A monthly service of Holy Eucharist is also celebrated at the Charles C. Knox Home, a retirement home in a town neighboring St. Mary’s.
To volunteer, please contact: Susan Davis at email@example.com
Eucharistic Ministers -- welcome teens through adults to serve
Eucharistic ministers offer the consecrated elements at Holy Communion to worshipers who come forward to receive the bread and wine and celebrate the Eucharist. From teenagers to adults, all are welcome to inquire about serving in this important ministry.
To volunteer, please contact Joe Schick at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospitality -- gathering around food in the name of Christ
We are a community that recognizes and celebrates the truth that when we gather around food, we are offering each other hospitality in the name of Christ. At St. Mary’s, hospitality is all-inclusive -- not a la carte -- and reservations are not required. In addition to refreshments following Sunday services, we regularly celebrate Sunday luncheons, pancake breakfasts and spaghetti dinners.
To volunteer, please contact Julia Solmssen at email@example.com
Greeters -- serve with a smile and invitation
Greeters are those men, women, young adults and children who welcome guests, visitors and members at the doors of our church. Greeters serve with a smile, a handshake and an invitation to join the inclusive embrace that defines the community of St. Mary’s.
To volunteer, please contact Michael D'Antonio at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lectors -- voice witness to the living Word
Lectors prepare the readings of Holy Scripture for worship and pray with the congregation. Their voices bear witness to the living Word of Christ, and their prayers give voice to the needs and concerns of worshipers.
To volunteer, please contact the office at email@example.com
Music and Choir -- enriching and joyful
Music is an essential component of worship at St. Mary’s. Our music ministry strives to enrich the worship experience for all people, helping them draw closer to God and the St. Mary’s community. Under the leadership and musical direction of John M. Grecia, the choir is a joyful, talented group of singers committed to presenting a diverse selection of quality music throughout the church year. Music at the Sunday services embraces the best of the Anglican choral tradition, covering all periods of classical music from Renaissance through 20th century, as well as gospel, spirituals and contemporary pieces.
In addition to weekly anthems, the choir periodically performs larger works. Recent selections include Saint-Saen’s Christmas Oratorio, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and J.S. Bach’s Cantata No.142 Uns ist ein Kind geboren. At least four times a year, contemporary services unite generations with a rock band and music of popular artists whose songs resound in both secular and religious contexts (e.g. U2, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Elton John and Bob Dylan).
The choir rehearses every Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and participates in the 10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist. New choir members are always welcome.
If you love to sing, we encourage you to join us! For questions and additional information, please email John Grecia at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ushers -- help all experience God's revelation
Typically the first point of contact for people coming into St. Mary’s for Sunday worship, the ushers share a special ministry devoted to welcoming all people into the sanctuary. From handing out programs to collecting the gifts of the people, to guiding parishioners to the communion table, to managing the sound system, the ushers ensure that the worship service flows smoothly without distraction or interruption so that all may experience God’s touch, revelation and peace.