Teams Helping with Liturgy

Acolytes help worship to flow throughout the service. They help carry the cross and torches in procession, help with setting the altar at offertory, and generally help the clergy with the liturgy. We are always glad to have more volunteers.

Altar Guild helps with cleaning and polishing items in the sanctuary, laundering the linens, taking care of the flowers and candles, and ordering supplies.

Readers (Lectors) help with reading the lessons and leading the intercessions (petitions) at worship.

Ushers (Greeters) are our ambassadors to newcomers and visitors. They arrive a little early on Sunday and help people find bulletins and places to sit and help with the offertory collection.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers are specially trained to help administer the chalice at Communion.

The Choir provides music for the 10am service and special Holy days. It rehearses on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm and on Sunday mornings at 9am. If you can’t make a permanent commitment, you may sing for our special Christmas and Easter choirs.

Coffee Hour Hosts setup for coffee hour after Sunday services. They set out cups and napkins, make coffee, and provide half-and-half, pastries, and juice for kids.

 

Teams Helping with Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Team members help keep track of our members in nursing homes and who are homebound, as well as those who are sick and families dealing with bereavement. Team members visit them, take them Communion, keep in touch with phone calls, and keep the parish clergy informed about any updates in their situations.

Card Ministry members gather to handwrite notes of encouragement, birthday cards, and anniversary cards to members of the parish.

Health Ministry is committed to helping educate members of the parish about health care concerns and to teach people about opportunities to increase their well-being.

 

Teams Helping with Parish Life

The Loafing Ministry bakes fresh loaves of bread and then delivers them to the church’s visitors after Sunday morning services, as a warm welcome on behalf of St. Stephen’s.

The Newcomers Ministry Team ensures that St. Stephen’s is doing everything it can to make visitors and newcomers feel welcomed and informed. They also put on a newcomers brunch periodically, to formally welcome new members to the parish.

The Fundraising Committee organizes fundraisers to raise money for the work and ministry of the parish.

The Property Committee helps maintain our building and grounds. They also coordinate a rotation of volunteers who mow the lawn each week in the spring and summer.

The Garden Club is a group of volunteers who help plant flowers during the spring and summer and help keep the parish landscape weeded and pruned.

The Communications Team helps to get news to the parish and wider community about what’s going on at St. Stephen’s.

The Yarn Club includes knitters and crocheters who make yarn-crafted items (blankets, hats, prayer shawls) to contribute to local and national charities.