Ministries

Christ Episcopal Church Ministries Guide
Updated January 2017

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

We encourage each member, regular attendee, and guest of Christ Episcopal Church to share time and talent by devoting an hour or two each week in service through the church.

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Ways to Connect and Serve at Christ Church

ADULT EDUCATION:
Cursillo, Ultreya and Reunion Groups
Ministry: To lead lay persons in a closer walk with Christ
Time: Cursillo: one weekend, once a year
Ultreya: 4 hours, twice a year
Reunion Groups: 1 hour, weekly
Age: Adult
Contact: Sandy Sandbach at 244-9796

Adult Sunday School
Ministry: To explore the gospel together through teaching
Time: Sundays, 11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Age: College and up
Contact: Father Dave Johnson at 242-5115

Dinner & Teaching Series
Ministry: To provide in-depth teaching on various scriptures/topics. Dinner provided.
Time: Twice yearly, series held on Wednesday evenings after the 6:00 p.m. service
Age: College and up (childcare available; separate teaching time for youth after dinner)
Contact: Father Dave Johnson at 242-5115

CARING MINISTRIES:
Eucharistic Visitors
Ministry: To deliver communion to shut-ins and hospital patients
Time: On a four-week rotation
Age: Adult
Skills: Love of people, Commitment
Contact: Nancy Lutsko at Church office at 242-5115

Flower Ministry
Ministry: To deliver Sunday service flowers to shut-ins
Contact: Ann Singletary at 242-5081

Pastoral Care
Ministry: To visit those who are ill, homebound, or living in nursing homes and provide support for those who are grieving or in any kind of need
Time: As available
Age: Adult
Skills: Caring and compassion
Contact: Fr. Dave Johnson at 242-5115

St. Francis Ministry to Animals
Ministry: To provide assistance in fundraising for animals in crisis
Contact: Josie Parten at 794-2624 or Karen Gunter at 794-8146

Stitchers of Love
Ministry: To create needlework for individuals in need of a tangible reminder of God’s love. Most items are knitted or crocheted but other types of needlework are also welcome.
Time: Meets 4 – 6 p.m. on 1st & 3rd Sundays of the month
Skills: Willingness; lessons available
Contact: Pepi Nelson at 563-3414

United Thank Offering
Ministry: To assist with the ingathering of UTO blue boxes for loose change which provides funding for projects that meet compelling human needs and expand the mission and ministry of the church.
Contact: Helen Tucker at 242-1900

CHURCH SERVICES:
Acolytes
Ministry: To serve at the altar at Sunday services and other services as requested. Teams are scheduled on rotation.
Time: On a six-week rotation
Age: Completed 3rd grade and older
Contact: Kim Dudley at 242-5115

Altar Guild
Ministry: To serve on teams to prepare church and altar for services; clean and maintain serving pieces; arrange flowers
Time: On a five-week rotation
Age: Adults
Skills: Be dependable, follow instructions
Contact: Laura Paine at 460-7421

Choir
Ministry: To provide service music and a joyful noise
Time: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. practice & Sundays as scheduled
Skills: Musical ability/interest
Contact: Kathy Armstrong at Church office at 229-242-5115

Lay Readers
Ministry: To read scripture at services
Time: As scheduled, approximately once a month
Age: High School and up
Skills: Clear speaking voice
Contact: Fr. Dave Johnson at 242-5115

Licensed Eucharistic Ministers
Ministry: To assist in serving communion at all services
Time: On a five-week rotation
Age: 16 years or older
Skills: Commitment
Contact: Fr. Dave Johnson at 242-5115

Ushers
Ministry: To welcome visitors, provide structure for movement of parishioners for all services; greet, distribute bulletins, and Quiet Books; and direct traffic flow for communion
Time: Once a month
Age: High school and older
Skills: Friendly, helpful
Contact: Helen Tucker at 242-1900

HOSPITALITY & COMMUNITY:
Foyer Groups
Ministry: To encourage Christian community
Time: As scheduled
Age: Adult
Contact: Sallie Honeycutt at cell 417-294-779

Happy Episcopal People (HEP) Hosts
Ministry: To encourage Christian community
Time: Twice a year
Age: Adult
Contact: Sallie Honeycutt at 417-294-779 (cell)

Hospitality Committee/Coffee Hour Hosts
Ministry: To coordinate refreshments for special events in the church’s life
Time: As needed; ordinarily less than once a month
Age: Adults
Skills: Hospitality
Contact: Sallie Honeycutt at cell 417-294-779

Manna
Ministry: To provide a meal for a family in event of illness, birth, or death
Time: Time to prepare or purchase and deliver a meal
Age: Adult
Skills: Cooking and/or willingness to buy a meal, dependability
Contact: Merrill Guice at 229-650-7465

Men in Blue
Ministry: To prepare food for special events
Time: A few hours per session as needed
Age: High School and up
Skills: Willingness to have fun and cook on the grill
Contact: Dave Clark, Jerry DeMott, Buddy Pitts, or Steve Roberts through the church office at 242-5115

MISSIONS & OUTREACH:
Dominican Republic Mission
Ministry: To serve God with the ministry of presence in the DR or send scholarship money, school supplies or other donations
Webpage: http://ow.ly/LtkV3085UjK
Time: A week in June; pre-trip meetings and preparation
Age: Adult or teen with parent
Skills: The willingness to work, or send supplies
Contact: Julia or Julius Ariail at 229-559-7329

Lunch Bunch
Ministry: To feed children in our community
Time: Two Saturdays a month
Age: 16 years or older
Skills: Commitment
Contact: The Sandbachs at 244-9796

PRAYER:
Daughters of the King
Ministry: To pray daily and other services as directed by the Rector
Time: Daily prayer; monthly meetings
Age: Over 21
Skills: Commitment
Contact: Pat Bezona at 242-8289

RECREATION:
Christ Church Softball Team
Ministry: To enjoy sports fellowship
Time: Practice, games; approximately 2 hours, twice a week during the Spring and Summer season
Age: 16 years and older
Skills: Team spirit
Contact: Paul Stevenson at 560-8526

YOUTH:
Episcopal College Fellowship (ECF)
Ministry: Supporting ECF in various ways, as needed
Time: Occasionally throughout the school year
Skill: A heart for college students
Contact: Philip Ryan at 229-242-5115

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC)
EYC is our youth program for 6th-12th graders, and provides community and discipleship.
Ministry: Volunteers may teach Sunday School; lead a small
group; chaperone mission trips; provide food for events
Time: Various
Age: 6th-12th grades; Adult volunteers
Skills: Love of youth, teaching, ability to travel
Contact: Philip Ryan at 229-242-5115

Nursery
Ministry: To watch children during church services when paid staff is unavailable
Time: 2 hours on Sunday morning or 1 hour Wednesday evening
Age: High School and up
Skills: Love and patience with children
Contact: Millie Johnson at 242-5115

Parents’ Morning Out
Ministry: A non-profit within Christ Church to provide temporary daycare for children while parents run errands (volunteers not needed)
Time: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Age: 6-months old to 4-years old
Contact: The church office at 242-5115

Preschool
Ministry: A non-profit within Christ Church to provide preschool experience for children (volunteers not needed)
Time: After Labor Day until mid/late May, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Age: 2 through 4-years olds
Contact: Elise Sandbach at the Church Office at 242-5115

Sunday School – Youth
Ministry: To share God’s word and Christ’s teaching
Time: Weekly during the school year
Age: High school and up may teach and will need to complete training course. Also need substitutes and floaters as teacher’s aides
Skills: Love of young people
Contact: Millie Johnson at 242-5115

Vacation Bible School
Ministry: To share God’s word with children in the summer
Time: Four days a year plus pre-planning days and clean up
Age: All (Teachers and Helpers: high school and up)
Skills: Love of children, teaching, cooking, athletics, arts & crafts
Contact: Millie Johnson at 242-5115

Cooperative Ministries with Other Organizations:

Habitat for Humanity
Ministry: To work with other organizations and churches to eliminate substandard housing and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. This ecumenical group encourages volunteers from all walks to build houses in partnership with needy families.
Contact: Habitat office at 245-1330 or Dick Saeger at 244-4644

The Haven
Ministry: To work with the professional staff at the shelter for abused women and children donating time, talent and treasure as needed
Time: As needed
Contact: Patricia Marks at 242-5115 or Haven at 244-1765
Website: http://www.valdostahaven.org
 

Hungry at Home and Jammin’ for Jesus
Ministry: To work with the school systems to provide food for children and seniors who are hungry at home by packing backpacks one day a week
Time: One hour one day a week during school year
Contact: Stella Clark at 559-6159

Second Harvest Food Bank of Valdosta
Ministry: To combat hunger by providing food to non-profit agencies in the area
Time: Volunteers needed for various amounts of time
Contact: Food Bank at 244-2678 or Phyllis Hiers at 244-5942

Soup Kitchen
Ministry: To serve meals to the hungry at lunch time. The Community Soup Kitchen, located at 601 N. Lee Street (The former Leila Ellis School), is open Monday through Friday; serving meals between 11:30 and 12:45 daily. Volunteers need to be there between 10:30 and 11:00.
Contact: Soup Kitchen at 247-6178 or Judy DeMott at 242-4104