St. Andrew’s Ministries
As you leave through the doors of the Gathering Space at St. Andrew’s, the words “Servants’ Entrance” are above you. At the end of every Sunday service we pray for the courage to love and serve Jesus Christ with gladness and singleness of heart. What does that mean? It means we ask for the strength and guidance to answer the Great Commission. To follow in Jesus’ path is the goal of the church family. We are all ministers and missionaries in our daily life when we follow in the path of Jesus.
Below is a list of the many volunteer ministries to which our church members are called. If you are called to one of these ministries, contact us and the appropriate people will follow up with you.
However, ministry does not have to mean that you join a group. Ministry and mission can happen in all aspects of our daily lives – at work, in our homes, with our friends, at the golf course, or at the grocery store. If you are interested in the everyday ministry – being a part of the Jesus Movement! – visit our webpage on the Ministry of Daily Life .
For more information about each of the listed ministries continue scrolling to the bottom of the page. If you did not find the information you were looking for, please feel free to contact us.
- Angel Tree
- The Altar Guild
- Bridge Club
- Chalice Bearers
- Circles of Hope
- Coffee Hour
- The Daughters of the King (DOK)
- El Caldito Soup Kitchen
- Eucharistic Ministers
- The Funeral Reception Coordinator
- Dinners for Eight
- Game Night
- The Garden Ministry
- Gift Shop Ministry
- The Hospital Visitor Ministries
- Hospitality House
- Kara’s Kids
- Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs)
- Lay Readers
- Men’s Club
- Music Ministry
- The Bell Choir
- The Chancel Choir
- The Praise Band
- Prayer Partners
- Rebuilding Mission
- Recycling Program
- Rio Grande Borderland Ministries
- A Reverse Offering
- St. Bonaventure Mission
- Office Receptionist Team
- Children’s Chapel
- Vacation Bible School
- The Vestry
- The Sewing Group
- Tiger Team
- Laundry Ministry
•Acolytes have helped with worship services since the year 250 AD. The word acolyte means “one who helps.” Acolytes help the priest before, during, and at the close of services. Acolytes light candles, serve as crucifers and assist with the Offering and Holy Communion. This ministry requires a minimum amount of training. Typically, acolytes will be scheduled at one to two services per month. All ages are welcome.
•The Altar Guild assists the clergy. Guild members are responsible for the proper care and handling of eucharistic linens and vessels for Holy Communion. Rotating weekly teams are responsible for setting up the altar for all services held at the church.
•Chalice Bearers are licensed by the Bishop of the Diocese to assist the Parish Priest in the distribution of the sacramental wine. The Deacon or his designated alternate schedules these individuals on a rotating basis. Potential Chalice Bearers must be approved by the Rector and Vestry, before licensing by the Bishop.
•The Daughters of the King (DOK) is a religious order with a mission. Our mission is to extend Christ’s Kingdom through prayer, service and evangelism. Meetings are the first Saturday of each month with Morning Prayer, a homily, sharing and group prayer. Members send cards to the sick and shut-ins, deliverer flowers, pray for all those whose names we receive for prayer. Twice a year DOK sponsors a retreat at the church – during Advent and during Lent. Other services are performed as necessary for the spiritual life of the parish.
•El Caldito Soup Kitchen is still supported by St. Andrews volunteers even though it has moved out of the church. Members of the church serve at the kitchen on a weekly or monthly basis helping prepare and serve food to the homeless and needy.
•The Fellowship Ministry serves the parish by building Christian relationships through the fellowship of meals and other forms of caring and sharing. Many different ministries reside under this umbrella heading, and all are important to building strong Christian relationships following in Jesus’ path. Jesus relied on the hospitality of the people around him to minister to them.
◦The Funeral Reception Coordinator works to meet the family’s wishes to honor their loved one. Frequently this means arranging for a reception or a simple luncheon. This group of volunteers takes direction from the coordinator who is meeting the wishes of the priest and the family representative. Working with this group means planning and setting up the reception or luncheon, coordinating the food, handling incoming flower arrangements, the guest book, and supporting the family before the service as needed. It is a caring ministry at a very difficult time in people’s lives.
◦The Reception Team honors Baptisms and Confirmations, graduations and other special moments with events deserving celebrations. Planning and conducting receptions for these events involves coordination with the families, priest and team, and family members. It means planning the setup, the food, drink, any table arrangements and the clean up. This is a wonderful way to welcome new members into our church family.
◦Dinners for Eight offers the opportunity to make new friends. Each group of 8 will have a facilitator who will host the first dinner where the group will decide when and where they will meet in the future. Each group will set their own schedule for 4 rotating monthly dinners. These dinners provide an opportunity to have, share great conversation, and develop fellowship with new friends.
•The Garden Ministry is an opportunity to donate your time and talent to the grounds of St. Andrews. Our mission is to maintain an inviting appearance for all who enter and all who pass by. All who have a willingness to serve and an avocation for gardening are welcome to join us.
•Gift Shop Ministry includes opening the shop, welcoming and assisting customers, logging purchases into the log book, making change as necessary, locking up and turning off lights and music and returning the key. The gift shop should be opened for 20 or 30 minutes after both the 8:30 and 10:30 services. Volunteers can take one slot or both slots on a Sunday. Volunteers are assigned the same Sunday of each month (for example 1st Sunday, 2nd, etc.).
•Greeters are the first contact point for St. Andrew’s visitors at Sunday Services. The Greeter provides them with a temporary name badge, answers questions about our services and directs them as necessary to the church, nursery, Sunday school or restrooms. Greeters may also introduce new people to the clergy and others at the services. Greeters are always needed.
•The Hospital Visitor Ministries take the church family caring to those who are unable to make it to church for short periods or are undergoing a time where they need some companionship. Training will be required for all volunteers and scheduling will be by the Priest as the needs are identified and with the permission of the parishioner in need.
•LOGOS is Greek for “The Word”, a term the Apostle John used at the beginning of his Gospel to refer to our Lord Jesus Christ. Developing a relationship with Jesus and the parish community at St. Andrew’s is the focus of our LOGOS program, which is based on Acts 2: 42 and is held on Wednesdays after school from September through April. Four structured periods (Play Time, Worship Skills, Bible Skills, and Family Time) are used to nurture our children and youth in faith and Christian community. The LOGOS program is only one aspect of our youth ministry at St. Andrew’s. If you feel called to youth ministry, we can use your help.
•Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs) (formerly Lay Eucharistic Ministers) are selected by the Parish Priest and licensed by the Bishop to deliver Reserved Sacrament to those who for good cause cannot make it to the church services. This usually applies to the permanently homebound or those who are experiencing medical problems of shorter duration. Lay Eucharistic Visitors use an approved form of the liturgy based on the Book of Common Prayer. The Parish Priest assigns the LEVs to individuals in need of this service.
•Lay Readers are selected and appointed by the Priest to do the reading of the Old Testament and the Epistle at services. [BCP, pg 322 and 354] Lay readers must be trained and licensed by the Diocese. The Deacon or alternate schedule the individuals.
•Men’s Club is the social group for men at St. Andrew’s. On the second Monday of each month the men have a “steak burn” at the church parish hall. The men bring whatever they like to grill, and the rest of the meal is provided for a nominal fee. The group prepares and serves the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, with the proceeds going to purchase needed items for the church. In the past tables were purchased for the parish hall. On occasion, the men will host the breakfast between services on Sunday, or some other fundraiser. Mostly, it’s fun and fellowship for the men of St. Andrew’s and all men are welcome.
•Music Ministry is organized under our Music Director. All are welcome to participate in the music programs at St. Andrew’s. Our motto is to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord!” We welcome new members at any time during the year.
◦The Bell Choir meets each Sunday during the school year from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The bell choir performs for special services and as often during the regular services as possible. Our goal is to play at the services at least once a month.
◦The Chancel Choir provides anthems for regular Sunday services as well as special services (i.e., Holy Week, and Christmas). Weekly rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. There are no regular rehearsals during the summer months and the choir sits with the congregation during that time.
◦The Praise Band leads the Communion music for Sunday 10:30 a.m. services (except during Advent and Lent). It consists of vocalists and instrumentalists and performs contemporary music.
•Prayer Partners are members of the congregation who have expressed an interest in praying for others who come to the Smith Chapel side altar during the communion service. Prayer Partners are scheduled one, or perhaps two Sundays a month, and require appropriate training.
•A Reverse Offering is done during the Sunday services on the first Sunday of each month. Baskets with slips showing the names of items needed by the poor in our community are passed, with members taking one and buying and returning to the Church as much of the item as can be financially managed. These items are taken by church volunteers to the emergency food bank for the city. St. Andrew’s has become the second largest contributor to the food bank.
•Office Receptionist Team assists the Church Secretary with a variety of clerical duties to ensure a welcoming environment on both the phone and in person. Volunteers primarily provide phone support and visitor greeting. They may also assist with production of the church bulletin and newsletter. They ensure delivery of accurate messages to the clergy. Individuals work a fixed schedule to cover the office hours. Applicants are selected by the Priest to accommodate the clerical needs of the office.
•Children’s Chapel is an age-appropriate worship experience offered during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service for children ages 3 to 10. Children gather in the Children’s Chapel in the South Wing at 10:30 (an usher will be happy to direct first time participants to the South Wing). Worship will consist of songs of praise, a bible story linked to the lectionary, and prayer. Children will then rejoin their families in the sanctuary during the Peace for the celebration of Holy Communion.
•Tellers count the offerings after the 10:30 Sunday service and complete the appropriate paperwork. One scheduled teller is always a member of the Vestry. The 2nd teller is chosen from volunteer members of the congregation. Tellers are assigned once every two months.
•Ushers are scheduled to serve at the Sunday 10:30 a.m. service and other special services, such as funerals. Ushers are scheduled approximately once per month. The age range is from Jr. High onward. Training is on-the-job and includes greeting and handing out bulletins, ringing the church bell, seating late comers, collecting the offering, doing a head count, monitoring our gathering space and hallways, and collecting bulletins left behind for recycling.
•Vacation Bible School provides an exciting and hands-on opportunity to serve God through a children’s ministry. Many service options are available from crew leaders to those into games, Bible study, crafts, dinner preparation set up, and clean up. In addition, donation of supplies is always requested.
•The Vestry consists of 9 members elected by the congregation for rotating terms of three years. The vestry is responsible for the budget, operating expenses ongoing work of the Parish and long-range planning.
•The Sewing Group meets on Wednesday mornings to prepare various service items for the community. Projects have included hats for an Indian school, blankets for our city’s First Step program, and other requested special projects such a quilts or items for the bi-annual Christmas Faire.