St. Mary’s Ministries

St. Mary’s offers many opportunities for parish members to assist with worship. Anyone interested in participating in these ministries should contact the Senior Warden, Tom O’Connor, through the church office (856-547-3240

Altar Guild
Altar Guild members work in teams, preparing the altar for all services. They care for silver, linens, altar hangings and vestments. The guild meets periodically, and always welcomes new members.

Acolytes
All children in 5th grade, as well as adults, are welcome to become acolytes at St. Mary’s. This is a wonderful ministry that supports the priest during the Eucharist, leads the choir in procession and recession and assists in other ways on the Altar.

Choir
If you love to sing, we have a place for you at St. Mary’s. The choir practices before church each Sunday at 9am and participates in the 10am service. No experience is necessary. Come out and join us as we make a joyful noise!

Coffee Hour Hosts and Bakers
The St. Mary’s family loves to eat and can be found gathered around the table at Coffee Hour following our service in search of Sunday Morning treats. Our Coffee Hour Hosts and Bakers are there to put on the coffee and tea each Sunday and to make sure that our hungry crew is fed with coffee cakes, muffins, cookies and other treats.

Greeters / Ushers are charged with the responsibility of approaching every person who walks through our doors and welcoming them. Each person is given a weekly service bulletin. Newcomers with children are directed to our Sunday school if they are interested in those services. Our ushers and greeters search out newcomers at the end of the service and personally invite them to our coffee hour.

Hospitality / Fund Raising
The St. Mary’s congregation believes that fellowship is an essential element in a Christian life. The Hospitality and Fund Raising Committee develops both FUN and FUND raising opportunities that bring us together as a congregation while raising money to support the programs of our parish.

Lectors
Lectors read the Old Testament and New Testament lessons each week. They lead the Psalm and the Prayers of the People from the Book of Common Prayer. Training is made available for this ministry

Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Lay Eucharistic Ministers administer the chalice and may assist the clergy in home visits.

Prayer Fellowship
Our Prayer Fellowship is a group of individuals who commit to praying for the sick and those in need on a daily basis. Names are continually being added to this list and the prayer cycle continues 365 days a year.

Ms. Oconnor and the boysSunday School Teachers
We know the future of our church is in the hands of our children. It is our duty to see that they are brought up with an understanding of their faith and a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. Teaching our youngest members is accomplished during a fifty minute program on Sunday morning. We find that we receive much more from our children than we give to them.

 

Transportation
In an effort to assist our shut ins in getting to church, we have developed a Transportation Ministry which makes arrangements to pick up those that are no longer able to drive themselves to church. The schedule is rotated and every effort is made to schedule pick ups close to where the driver lives.

Two by Two
This ministry provides communication with parish members who are unable to be in our midst on a weekly basis for our normal Sunday Eucharist. The committee sends cards, visits parish members and insures that all homebound members receive the Eucharist on a regular basis. We want our elderly and homebound members to know that they are not forgotten by their church family.