Service & Outreach Ministries

Service & Outreach Ministries

Acolyte Ministry


ACOLYTE (Gr. akolouthos, a follower, an attendant; one who assists a minister in a liturgical service). Adults and youth over 4th grade are welcome.

Ways you can become involved: Acolytes are scheduled approximately once a month.  Youth acolytes usually serve at 10:30 worship on Sundays; adults normally serve at 8:00 worship on Sundays. Youth and adults may also be called for service during weddings, funerals, and special church worship (Easter, Christmas, All-Saints, etc.) Training sessions are scheduled as necessary.

Contact: Sarah Vroman 709-5925

  • No upcoming events are scheduled

Altar Guild


Altar Guild Angels prepare the Altar, appointments and vestments for worship and Holy Eucharist. Time commitment averages approximately 4 hours per assigned week. Membership in the Altar Guild is open to any man or woman who is confirmed and regularly attends church services. Volunteers are trained and assigned to one of four teams, which rotate on a weekly basis to prepare the altar, linens, crystal, silver, brass and candles for the regular services on Sunday and Wednesday, after which the nave is reordered for the next service. There may be additional requirements for the seasons of Advent, Lent and Easter as well as for weddings, funerals, baptisms and confirmations. This ministry gives members insight into why Episcopalians do what we do, offers small group camaraderie and is a unique opportunity to serve God in His church.

Contact: Norma Thronburg, directress 876-3303 or 749-2146

  • No upcoming events are scheduled

Bereavement


The Bereavement Groups consist of about twenty-five women divided into five groups. Our ministry provides food to families following funerals. We offer a reception at the church or will take food to homes.

Contact: Nancy Banks 666-1465 or 230-5708

  • No upcoming events are scheduled

Daughters of the King


To induct Episcopal women into an Order that requires the spiritual discipline of daily prayer, service and evangelism.

Ways to you can become involved: Meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 pm.  Communicants are required to attend an eight-week preparation course in order to be inducted. Service projects include participating in Operation Christmas Child which sends Christmas gift boxes for children living all over the world.

Contact: Mary Gresham

Liturgical Lay Ministry


To provide leadership in corporate worship, administer Holy Communion to homebound parishioners, and minister to the sick and shut-in.

Ways you can become involved: Communicants must be licensed to serve as Worship Leaders, Eucharistic Ministers, Eucharistic Visitors, and Lectors in order to participate in the Lay Ministry.

Contact: Church Office 772-1982

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Newcomers


To welcome visitors and those interested in becoming members of Holy Spirit Church. Volunteers in the Newcomers Ministry act as greeters at 8:00 and 10:30 church worship.  Commitment is approximately once monthly 30 minutes prior to the start of the service to which you are assigned.

Contact: Barbara Burr 741-9823 or Nancy Banks 666-1465

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Community Life


We work to provide a variety of opportunities that promote fellowship and foster a sense of belonging to the larger Church Family. These include potlucks, lunches, and dinners as well as the large events of Shrove Tuesday Mardi Gras, Easter Day Buffet, church picnic, Parish-wide Block Party, Episcopal reception, Lessons and Carols Post-event, and Christmas Eve Supper Caroling.

Ways to become involved: select an event and help with one of the following: set-up, clean-up, laundering linens, prepare beverages, set out food. Or you can join the Parish Life committee and organize, attend, and be part of the events listed above.

Contact: Karen O’Bric 399-9974 or Joyce Stokes 652-3294

  • No upcoming events are scheduled

Pastoral Care


Outreach to those on both our parish prayer list and our sick/shut-in list.  Activities include praying for and following-up on the status of persons who are on the parish intercessory prayer list; praying for and maintaining contact with those who are shut-in to help meet their needs; praying for and helping, when needed, the widows and widowers in our congregation; informing the priest when someone desires Holy Communion brought to them.  We also have a Chef of the Month who offers to bring two meals to those who come home from the hospital.

Ways you can become involved:  volunteer for Chef of the Month, send cards, make phone calls or send e-mails to establish a relationship with a contact person (the one who places those on our lists), make home/hospital/nursing home visits.  Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Monday at 1:00 in the church library.

Contact: Mary Gresham or the Church Office 772-1982