At St. Luke's there are many volunteer ministries that serve our church, our services, and our parishioners. Everyone has within them the desire and ability to share fully in the worship experience. Lend your time and talents to enrich our shared life of worship in Christ and the care for each other.
Being an acolyte provides the worshippers of our parish the opportunity to participate in the church service in a very special way. An acolyte has the privilege of assisting in the service by carrying the cross or the gospel book, being one of the candle bearers, or helping the priest in preparing for the Eucharist. Our acolytes can start at about 7 years of age. Senior members of the congregation also enjoy this service to the church for many years. The way our schedule works out, an acolyte usually assists in the service once every four to five weeks.
Lay Worship Assistants (Lectors, Intercessors and Ministers of Communion)
This is one of the oldest ministries of the church service. Lectors read the Bible lessons assigned for that week, Intercessors lead the Prayers of the People, and the lay Ministers of Communion assist the Rector during communion. These ministries are an integral part of the celebration of our worship life at St. Luke's.
The Greeters are visible both before and after the 10 a.m. service to welcome visitors, guests and newcomers to St. Luke’s family. They direct newcomers with children to the nursery or church school and invite newcomers, visitors or guests to join them after the service to ask any question, take a tour or join us for coffee hour. Greeters receive newcomers with our Rector in the Narthex after the service and introduce them to various members and give them a newcomer’s packet.
Ushers arrive prior to the 10 a.m. Sunday Service to prepare and distribute bulletins, help to seat newcomers, guests or latecomers if they need assistance. They alert Children's Church School to join the congregation in time for the Peace and communion. Offerings are gathered by Ushers and brought up to the altar. Communicants are guided to the altar in an orderly manner. After the service, they tidy up all the pews, arrange hymnals and prayer books, recycle bulletins, turn off lights and close the doors.
Sunday School Teachers & helpers
The role of the church school teacher is to provide religious instruction to the children of the parish (3 years old to 7th grade) so they may learn values, traditions and ethics of faith. The curriculum is lectionary based following the scriptures of each Sunday. Special events include the Christmas pageant, Palm Sunday event and Easter egg hunt. Volunteer opportunities include teaching, teaching substitutes, pageant director or help with special events.
Journey to Adulthood (J2A) leaders
Our J2A leaders guide the youth of our church through their formative years by providing guidance and instruction. The program helps youth look at self, spirituality, society, and sexuality from a Christian perspective. The leaders plan and organize a pilgrimage every two years to enhance the Christian experience by participating in charitable activities.
Help is needed every week to fold and prepare the weekly bulletins for both Sunday services. Additionally, each month help is needed to prepare the monthly newsletter for mailing. Please call the church office to volunteer for this service opportunity.
Adult Education leaders
The Adult Christian Education Leader works with the Rector to develop, plan and implement opportunities for adult formation, so we can better live into our parish-wide vision of being a “Christ-centered community.” We offer weekly Bible study sessions, Lenten Series programs in preparation for Easter, focused specialty Bible studies and other occasional adult studies.
These dedicated individual’s record, tally, and deposit money that comes in to St. Luke’s each week from pledges, plate cash, and non-pledge income. Two people each Sunday prepare the bank deposit and provide the receiving treasurer with a report of amounts received and whether they have been designated for general or specific uses.
Help is always needed for our annual fundraisers for St. Luke’s. Look for the announcements in the bulletins and newsletters for upcoming events. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board to volunteer your help on any of these occasions which includes contact information for the person heading the activity. Some of the fundraising events sponsored by St’ Luke’s are:
Rummage Sale (held in the spring and the fall)
Trivia Game Night
Murder Mystery Game Night
Indian Dinner evening
Paint with a Twist
Compassionate care volunteers
This group is made up of volunteers that are willing to lend a hand in the area of: food, visits, transportation and/or prayer shawls. The food group provides a simple meal or part of a meal for someone who is ill or just out of the hospital. The Visits group visits someone who is in the hospital or recovering at home from an illness, injury or surgery. The transportation group takes someone to doctor’s appointments or runs errands for someone who is not able. They also pick up parishioners unable to drive to church on Sunday. The Prayer Shawl group knits or crochets prayer shawls to be given to someone who is ill.
The prayer chain provides prayer support for members of the parish in need. The members of the prayer chain will also pray for someone who is undergoing surgery in half hour time slots during the day of surgery. If you would like to activate the prayer chain or become a part of the chain please contact the Rector.
The purpose of the Altar Guild is to prepare for worship services and to care for the vessels, linens and appointments of the Altar, Chancel, Font, and Sacristy. Arranging flowers for the Sunday services and laundering linens are additional ministries of the Altar Guild. The essential work of the Altar Guild is open to any communicant of the parish. Members serve on a rotating basis from two to four week periods, three or four times a year.
The role of the choir is to make joyful noise unto the Lord! We share our gift of song with the congregation and help to lead them in worshiping the Lord through music. We meet every Wednesday evening at 7:30 for practice from September through June.
The Vestry is the chief governing body of the parish. The Vestry consists of two wardens, a senior and a junior, each serving two-year terms, and nine members each serving three-year terms. The Vestry members are elected by the membership of the parish at its annual meeting in January. The Vestry appoints a clerk to record the actions and decisions of the Vestry. They also appoint a treasurer to administer financial policies set forth in the Vestry's budget.
The Property Commission is the key to maintaining church property. They are involved with the maintenance and improvement projects at the church, to plan current and future needs, coordinate contracted or in-house projects, and design and implement Vestry approves capital improvements. They periodically schedule and solicit volunteers for interior or exterior cleanup days and other maintenance activities.