Service Opportunities at St. Paul's
“Will you seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving your neighbor as yourself?”
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. The various outreach ministries of our parish seek to live in real and practical ways this part of our baptismal faith. We invite you to join us in this living expression of our baptismal covenant.
It takes a community to create a welcoming and holy atmosphere for worship. Ushers are the welcoming face and guide for members and visitors. Volunteers read liturgy and assist with the Eucharist. Alter Guild is a special group of volunteers who prepare the sanctuary for worship and special services. Contact us to learn more about opportunities to serve.
The acolytes are youth (4th-12th grade) who serve with the clergy in leading worship at St. Paul’s. The word “acolyte” means “follower” or “one who helps.” Acolytes assist the clergy at the altar and in processions, carrying the crosses (crucifers), candles (torches), banners and flags. All parish youth are welcome to serve as acolytes, and new acolytes are trained throughout the school year.
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 faces visitors see when they come through our doors. Our ushers are there to welcome people to church, and to make them feel comfortable and answer any questions they might have.
St. Paul's Food Pantry
The pantry program at St. Paul's provides much-needed food security for our neighbors. The food pantry is always looking for volunteers to assist our successful food distributions. Opportunities include packing, sorting, greeting, and assisting our clients through the line.
Commodity Box Distribution
St. Paul's administers two programs which distribute commodity products to our neighbors: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and Commodity Boxes for Seniors. TEFAP is a monthly volunteering opportunity on the third Saturday of the month. The Commodity Box program is a weekly program, providing volunteer opportunities every Wednesday.