This ministry is ideal for people who like to work ‘behind the scenes’. Altar Guild members care for our sacred space, help to set up for worship services, and assist with decorating the church and planning for special celebrations.
Buildings and Grounds
People involved in this area of parish life work to maintain the buildings and property of our parish with an aim of keeping them attractive, safe and comfortable. This includes a wide variety of tasks and there are ways for people of all ages and skill levels to pitch in!
This parish ministry is comprised of people who help create, maintain and oversee our parish website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, email, US mail, Canterbury Tales newsletter, and other ways that we seek to share what’s happening at St. Thomas.
Celebrating the Eucharist (aka Holy Communion, or mass) each Sunday is the primary way we come together as a community. There are a number of ways that members share their gifts and talents in the community’s weekly gathering for worship, including:
Acolytes – assist the priest and deacon at the altar with a variety of tasks. Both adults and youth participate in this ministry.
Chalice Bearers– assist at the altar during Communion by sharing the Blood of Christ.
Lectors – proclaim the Word of God in the readings of the day, and lead the Prayers of the People during the service.
Ushers/Greeters – greet people when they enter the church and help during worship in a variety of ways.
Home Communion Ministers – bring communion to the sick and homebound.
The adult choir comes together to enhance the worship experience at the 10 am service September through May. They meet for rehearsal at 6:30pm on Thursday evenings and on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am.
They occasionally offer concerts in the local community, visiting nursing care centers and senior living communities. People with musical gifts of all levels are welcome! So are instrumentalists.
The Outreach Team focuses on living our faith outside the walls of the parish. This group coordinates special collections of financial resources, food and other needed items for a variety of organizations doing the work of the gospel. The Outreach Team also provides opportunities for hands-on service throughout the year for parishioners of all ages.
Canterbury Crafters — Some members of our parish knit and crochet lap robes for hospice patients and those who are ill. They also make hats and scarves for ministries in our area that reach out to people who are homeless. Even if you have no experience, they are willing to teach any new volunteers how to knit or crochet! Some crafters work from home, others meet on Tuesday afternoons.
This ministry in our parish coordinates the weekly refreshments served after the 10:00 am service as well as a variety of other times when we come together for fellowship, food and celebration. as well as the Annual Picnic, and other special parish events.
Our Parish Stewardship Team helps to raise our awareness of God?s incredible generosity to us, and the call we have to be in generous in return. This ministry works to encourage each member of the parish to live her/his faith by generously giving of their time, skills and financial resources.
The Finance Team works in collaboration with the Rector and Vestry to plan an annual budget that reflects the mission of St. Thomas. This ministry exercises careful oversight of parish financial resources and advises the vestry accordingly.
Vestry isn’t a word one encounters much outside of church circles. It’s the parish leadership group, an elected board. Members of the vestry, along with clergy and elected officers, help to oversee the mission and ministry of our parish. Anyone is welcome to attend Vestry meetings. Names and contact information of vestry members is available to parish members, and they are ready and willing to answer questions and listen to concerns.