Worship Team Opportunities at St. Paul's
“Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of the bread, and in the prayers? I will with God’s help.”
This question from the Baptismal Covenant in the Book of Common Prayer expresses for the community of St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish a definitive understanding of who and what God is calling us to be and to do in the community of worship. We invite you to join us in the work of the people, worshiping God and proclaiming the Gospel.
From the humming of the Spirit over the waters of creation, the celebration of God’s chosen in song after escaping across the sea, the joys and sorrows of the psalms, to the new church singing old, old songs of longing in a foreign land, making music has always been an integral part of how humanity seeks communion with the divine. We continue this here at St. Paul’s through congregational singing, breathtaking choral music and original organ meditations and masterworks. We also have guest artists, vocal and instrumental, leading us in worship. Come and lift your voice with us in praise.
The St. Paul’s Choir
The St. Paul’s choir leads the worship in song for the principal Sunday morning service (10:30 AM), and on all principal Feast Days, such as Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and Easter. Several times a year, the choir sings Evensong, a beautiful evening service of music. If you can carry a tune, or a harmony, and would like to join this warm and welcoming family of St. Paul’s singers, please consider joining us.
Skills & Time Needed: In addition to serving in worship (see above) the choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, and take a 6 week break each summer. All singers are welcome!
Contact: Sam Anderson,
our Music Director, at Musicprogram.email@example.com
Fear & Trembling:
The Organ of St. Paul’s
There is always a danger in liturgy. What begins in a spontaneous outburst can quickly cool into igneous rock. The challenge for the liturgical worshiper is to constantly seek to break through the crust and reach the magma below. I think the job of the organist is to lead worshipers along the path that traces the past while seeking to find the inner meaningful core or worship. At St. Paul's KCMO, we do this by offering a wide selection of traditional organ music along with spontaneous improvisations. Hymns are often re-harmonized to emphasize the meaning of the text. The goal is to allow the traditional to flourish without ever growing tired or dull. ~ Kurt Knecht, St. Paul’s Organist, Liturgist and Composer
An Acolyte, which means “one who serves” is one of the people you see during worship carrying things like candles, crosses, and books. They are a part of an old and honored ministry of servants to the Church, assuring those gathered that they will have what they need for worship. If you are interested in learning more about what’s going on “up there,” and want one of the best seats in the house, this is a ministry for you.
Skills & Time Needed: The most important qualifications for joining the Acolyte ministry are enthusiasm and a willingness to serve and learn. You will likely be assigned one or two Sundays a month, and the occasional special service. You will be trained by other acolytes and church leaders throughout the year, and invited to attend a more formal gathering annually to learn more about this ministry, and welcome others. We invite all persons from 4th grade up to join our corps.
Contact: Meredith Seaton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee Hour hosts
Admit it - there are times when what gets you through the ups-and-downs of getting yourself, and sometimes others, to St. Paul’s on Sundays, is the peculiar prospect of pastries, coffee, and bacon waiting in the Undercroft after the 10:30 service. There’s an awesome area designed for the kids in the parish and their families, and plenty of room for everyone else to mingle and nosh. Our friendly Sexton helps with the majority of the work, which makes Hosting a coffee hour an easy and fun way to help make our church a welcoming place. Won’t you join our team of hosts?
Time & Skills Needed: The host brings the food and the church provides the drinks. An example of what a host might bring would be: two large pans of brownies (cut very small), maybe a bowl of fruit (oftentimes grapes cut into small clusters), and a bowl or two of pretzels or popcorn. If you have questions or wish to co-host with another member, please contact Alison (contact info below). Dates are available. The hosts Coffee hour follows the 10:30 service and is usually held in the Undercroft. You are welcome to host with a friend or group.
Contact: Sign up on the bulletin board in the south lobby of the church, by calling the church office, or by emailing Alison Barnes-Martin, 816.686.3223, email@example.com.
The primary work of the Altar Guild is to make the table ready for worship services at St. Paul’s. If you’ve ever had people to your home for dinner, you understand how essential it is that everyone feel welcome, and at home. If you have a knack for hospitality - and/or prefer serving “behind the scenes” – this ministry is for you.
Skills & Time Needed: A willingness to learn how to clean and set the altar, the preparation of linens, silver, set-up, and clearing away, and decorating the worship space each season. Available some weekends, and occasionally for special services. Ability to work on a team, and on your own.
Contact: Beth Herbers firstname.lastname@example.org or (816)807-3649.
More about this ministry: The Altar Guild’s role is to prepare the church for worship; they care for and prepare the linens, vessels, vestments, and flowers for every liturgy at St. Paul’s, including weddings and funerals, and prepare “festival altar” decorations for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and other celebrations in the life of the parish.
The Altar Guild is an eclectic group of parishioners: working, retired, men, women, single, parents, and grandparents, so scheduling is flexible. The Altar Guild is always looking for new members, and invites anyone who is interested to come and work behind the scenes as silent caretakers of St. Paul’s sacred spaces and liturgies.
The ushers at St. Paul’s are often the first to greet and welcome visitors to our church, and they provide many essential services to the parish, visitors, and clergy. It is the ushers’ responsibility to ready the premises before services, greet attendees and hand out service bulletins, assist those needing it, answer questions and provide directions, count attendance, take up the collection and deliver it, direct people from their pews for communion, and tidy up after the service.
Skills & Time Needed: In addition to the the ability to do the responsibilities listed above in a welcoming and friendly manner on Sundays, ushers also assist with special events, funeral services, and interments in the courtyard. The Usher Ministry Team welcomes all who want to serve, whether it be on a regular or limited, “as needed” basis.
The current schedule of ushers serving on Sunday mornings can be found here.
Contact: If this is a ministry to which you feel called, please contact Richard and he will be happy to answer your questions and get you on the schedule as you are able to serve.