Within the Church
Parish Life Committee
This committee develops and plans activities that promote Christian community among all members of Christ & Grace Episcopal Church. The committee has charge of various ministries including:
POTLUCKS / RECEPTIONS / FAMILY EVENTS
Potlucks are held the first Wednesday night in each month from September to May. Special receptions for our Bishop’s Visit for Confirmation and Special Recognition Events vary from year to year. Family events such as the Christmas Pageant, Easter Egg Hunt, movie nights, field trips (baseball games, trips to Chanco, etc.) are planned throughout the year.
This group of volunteers assists the clergy by providing visits to parishioners who are homebound in private homes as well as retirement and nursing homes. Flower baskets, greeting cards and notes are also an essential part of our ministry. Arrangements for transportation for doctors’ appointments can be made through this ministry. Serving in this ministry provides an opportunity to share the caring spirit we have for one another. Meetings are held monthly, and phone updates are provided in the interim.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE COMMITTEE
Volunteers minister to families and friends after the death of a loved one by providing and serving refreshments after a funeral in Lackey Hall.
EPISCOPAL CHURCH WOMEN
All women of Christ & Grace are included as members of the ECW. The ECW offers monthly group meetings. A yearly luncheon is held in January with a short business meeting and program. The ECW is responsible for the United Thank Offering and offers opportunities for service in projects that aid our parish as well as the local and world communities.
A principal function of this committee is to conduct the annual pledge campaign, which encourages parishioners to pledge a percentage of their income to Christ & Grace and to work toward tithing. Stewardship is a way of life that reflects a thankful response to and a respectful use of God's bounty.
Worship: Volunteer Opportunities
The ushers are often the first impression that people receive of Christ & Grace Church. They try to maintain a warm atmosphere of welcome and orderliness within the church during worship services. Ushers welcome and seat worshippers, collect the offering and direct the flow of parishioners during worship services.
LAY READERS AND CHALICE BEARERS
Serving as a lay reader and chalice bearer is a uniquely rewarding ministry that is open to the men and women of Christ & Grace Church. They read scriptures at Sunday services, bear the chalice, lead the Creed and Prayers of the People, and some deliver Holy Eucharist to those who are sick or homebound. A two-part training session that includes church history and serving instructions is required before participating in this ministry. Lay readers and chalice bearers are licensed by the Bishop for three years.
Our acolytes are confirmed teen volunteers who help carry out the liturgy of the worship service. Our worship services are enhanced by their assistance in lighting candles; carrying the cross, torches and flags; presenting the alms basins; and serving our priest as needed in his preparation at the altar. One or two of our senior acolytes also serve as youth lay readers at the 10:30 a.m. service.
The Altar Guild takes charge of vesting the altar for services and has the responsibility of preparing and caring for the flowers on the altar, polishing the brass and silver and laundering the altar linens. All of these duties are divided into specific tasks and then assigned to member teams which serve on a rotating basis. The Altar Guild is currently seeking new members.