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Ways to Serve – Community Life

There are many ways to get involved in the ministry of service at St. Ann’s and engage in parish life. Contact us to indicate your interest in any of the following volunteer opportunities.

Altar Guild members are the holy housekeepers of worship at St. Ann’s. Members of the Altar Guild do the behind-the-scenes work of cleaning linens, polishing vessels, laying out vestments, preparing wine and hosts, and otherwise making sure everything is in place orderly and attractive services. Individuals work in a small group that varies each week and are assigned as infrequently as possible, depending on the number of members available. Monthly assignments are made on a rotating basis. Altar Guilders often remark that their participation makes liturgy and practices more understandable and their worship more meaningful.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMS) are present in the chancel during the service, assisting the clergy to prepare the altar for the Holy Communion and serving the consecrated wine as chalice bearers.

Crucifers are cross bearers who lead the procession of the altar party at the start and end of the worship service. They also lead the Gospel procession, ring the bells at appointed times during the Holy Communion service, and light and extinguish the altar candles.

Ushers arrive at church well in advance of the service, welcoming worshipers, handing out service bulletins and assisting those who may need help. Ushers have several liturgical roles during services as well, such as bearing the gifts (the bread and wine), passing collection plates, and leading an orderly process to receive communion. Some ushers also help as counters of the morning collections after the last service.

Lectors are members of the congregation who read from the Holy Scriptures and lead the Prayers of the People during worship. Advance copies of appointed readings are sent to the assigned lectors so they can practice a clear, smooth delivery of the Word and best convey its meaning. New lectors are always welcome.

Newcomers Committee members identify newcomers and ensure that they receive a warm welcome. They offer invitations to coffee hour, stand ready to answer questions and otherwise make those new to the church comfortable to be with us.

Hospitality Committee members prepare and serve refreshments during the coffee hour after services, and at other times of fellowship and special parish events.

Stewardship Committee members shape the appeal for parishioners to invest their time, talent and treasure in the church’s health and future. Our ability to sustain the ministries and community-building at St. Ann’s is possible only through the support of individual members and families. St. Ann’s strength as a faithful, vibrant parish is the direct reflection of our flock’s commitment. Pledge forms are available at the entrance of the church or the parish office and are gratefully accepted throughout the year.

Fundraising Committee members devise strategies and campaigns to keep the parish enterprise afloat. Key projects include the annual parish gala, capital appeals and targeted fundraising from outside sources. Members seek opportunities to partner with outside groups and cultivate new networks. This committee will value your creativity and insights.

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