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 the lessons and lead the Prayers of the People 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.

Children’s Choir rehearses during coffee hour on Sundays and sings on Youth Sundays and other special occasions.

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.

Nursing Home Worship Services are worship opportunities that St. Stephen’s offers at both local nursing homes: Beaumont Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center and Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation-Westborough.

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.

The Flower Ministry team helps divide up the altar flowers following Sunday services into smaller arrangements and then distributes them to people in local nursing homes.

 

Teams Helping with Parish Life

The Parish Life Committee coordinates various events for fellowship and fun, such as special dinners, game nights, wine and cheese evenings, music concerts, and pot lucks.

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.

Generosity Ministry Team helps to educate the parish on the stewardship of our time, talent, and treasure, as well as overseeing the annual pledge campaign in the fall.

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 Beacon Team works on our bi-monthly newsletter that gets out parish news and articles of interest to the parish.4

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