We have many active Ministries here at St Thomas! There are a multitude of ways for any willing person to serve or be served.
Simply put, the Vestry is the governing body of the parish. Members are elected to three-year terms during the Annual Meeting in January, and along with the Rector, make the day to day decisions about what goes on in the church, expenditures, and all the details that are involved in church business. The name and contact information of Vestry Members are on the Staff and Leadership page along with their areas of Leadership. Please contact any one of them with any questions or concerns you might have! Also, anyone is welcome to attend our meetings on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
The Altar Guild is a team of women that care for the various linens and vestments and sets up the worship space for all services. Every Saturday is spent getting the Sanctuary ready for 1-2 services every Sunday of the year, and every Wed. week-day service. Every single item used in the service was prepared by, cared for, and placed in the worship space with loving care from our Altar Guild. Most people would be amazed at all the details this involves. Along with that, our team prepares the church for every wedding, funeral, baptism and includes the preparation, cleaning and decorating done for Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, and Easter, Pentecost. Currently we are a small team of women, most of which have been at STOC a very long time and and we are currently looking for new members that would help in this very important and essential part of our weekly worship at St. Thomas. We would love to have new helpers in “Setting the Table of the Lord”! Please contact Noelle Gehlhaart if you want to join our team or need additional information!
Youth Education and Formation
Here at St. Thomas, we take Christian Education very seriously! Sunday School for school-aged children are held between the services starting at 9am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from September through May. Additionally, on the 2nd Sunday of the Month, Girl Scouts are offered an opportunity to take part in the Our Promise, Our Faith program during that time, and other young Christians will be given a chance those weeks to learn and prepare for Communion through a program new to the 2015 school year. If you have any questions about participation, please contact Donna Celsor
Adult Bible Studies
Education and Formation at St Thomas’ doesn’t stop when you turn 18! The women of STOC meet on Monday evenings throughout the year for Bible Study, the men of STOC meet on Tuesday evenings for their own Bible Study, and there is also a group Bible Study offered on Thursday mornings that is open to anyone who can attend. Please check out the Calendar or contact Gayle Radavich if you need information.
Our Outreach Committee is the extension St Thomas of Canterbury reaches out into the Community to make a difference in the lives of people in our Community, and live out our Mission Statement of Empowering, Equipping, and Nurturing all people in Christ’s Name. Our Outreach focus for September is Southwest Interfaith who help older adults in the neighborhood remain living in their own homes.
Our Canterbury Crafters are a dedicated group who knit and crochet lap robes for Hospice patients, as well as warm scarves and gloves the homeless men who come to the Hospitality Center. The congregation then adds their own prayers and blessings to each item, to warm souls of the recipients, as well as their bodies. They meet on the 2nd Sundays of the Month and are willing to teach any new volunteers how to knit or crochet!
Pastoral Care is both an offshoot of our Outreach and People’s Ministry. These caring individuals visit the hospitalized and homebound to offer Communion and allow those who can’t make it to church on Sunday to be real and valued members of St Thomas of Canterbury. “We who are many are one, because we all share in one bread, one cup.” If you would like home or hospital Communion, visits, prayers, or just someone to share your spiritual struggles with, please contact Gary Heaney
Stewardship and Finance
Stewardship is our personal response to God’s generosity in how we share our time, talent, and treasure. The Stewardship Team plans ways to help and encourage the congregation in fulfilling our charge to help spread the Gospel through the sharing of these resources. Then the Finance Committee does the boring and hard work of planning out what can be done with the physical resources we have to use. These people have a thankless job, but St Thomas couldn’t survive without all of their hard work and dedication!
At St. Thomas of Canterbury, we are a family, and families love to celebrate (and eat!) together! From the planning of the weekly coffee and fellowship hours to the Annual Picnic to the special lunches for the Newly Baptized, Parish Life does it all! Keep an eye on the Calendar and the weekly bulletins for information on our next family gathering, and contact Ross Worzalla with any questions or if you’d like to lend a hand!
Our talented music director, Anne Van Deusen leads both the adult choir and our youth choir. The adult choir comes together to enhance the worship experience at most of the 10 am Sunday services from September through May. They meet for rehearsal at 6:30pm during the week (Check the Calendar or contact Anne for the most updated rehearsal dates) and at 9:15 am on Sundays. The youth choir meets briefly after the 10am Sunday service several times a year to prepare for their contributions to special services. Everyone is welcome! Contact Anne if you have any questions, or just drop by a rehearsal and check them out!
Communications is responsible for maintaining the church website, assembling newcomer’s information packets, and sending out the monthly newsletter, the Canterbury Tale. Contact Kathie Hein with any questions. Contact Pam Kasper with anything you’d like added to the Tale.
Building and Grounds
Our tireless Building and Grounds committee work long and hard to maintain the physical building and property to make it safe and comfortable and all. They coordinate parish clean-up days in Spring and Fall, organize the “Garden Angels” to maintain the beautiful spaces we have scattered around the church, and do all the tedious maintenance tasks, from changing light bulbs to making sure the bubbler keeps working. If you see something that might have been overlooked, or would like to volunteer to help out, please contact Mark Lamson