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 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 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 (Free Childcare and Dinner for Kids in Gabard Building) Contact: Father Dave or Steph 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 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: Millie Johnson at 404-245-8476 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 YOUTH: Christ Episcopal Church College Ministry: Supporting our College Ministry in various ways, as needed Time: Occasionally throughout the school year Skill: A heart for college students Contact: Fr. Dave Johnson and Steph Johnson 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-8th grades;  volunteers Skills: Love of youth, teaching, ability to travel Contact: Millie Johnson at 229-242-5115 Age: 9th-12th grades;  volunteers Skills: Love of youth, teaching, ability to travel Contact: Molly Stevenson at 229-242-5115 Nursery Ministry: To watch children age Infants-6 Years Old during church services when paid staff is unavailable Time: 2 hours on Sunday morning 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 2-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: August – 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: Sundays 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