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- Worship Ministries | Mysite
Worship Lay Ministries During times of Worship, there are several lay participates who actively contribute to our Holy experience. These people are Parish members and their ministry actions represent the worship community with Holy participation. If you are interested in serving the ministry of the church in any one of these capacities, please contact the Church Office: email@example.com . Ushers Acolytes An important ministry for our youth and adults is to serve as Acolytes. The word “acolyte” means “helper”. With the Acolytes’ responsibilities, they perform valuable services in helping those in charge of the Worship. At the beginning of the service, they are lighters of the candles and extinguishers of the flame at the end. During the processional, they may carry candles (torch bearers), banners, or the cross (crucifers) as the ministers and choir enter or exit the church. The Acolytes assist with the Gospel Procession when it is read from the center of the church. They also help with receiving the offerings from the congregation and assist the priest with his or her duties at the Altar. St. Philip welcomes worshipers who want to become a part of this vital ministry. Training is scheduled at convenient times for participants. Parish ushers are persons who help ensure a smoothly running church service and who ministers to people in a variety of practical ways. Their duties include greeting people as they arrive for the service, assisting people with special needs, collecting the offering. St. Philip provides a pocket tag that easily identifies our ushers. As the worshipers arrive, the ushers will act as doorkeepers, greeting each person with a smile, shaking hands, and handing out bulletins. They are also available to answer visitors’ questions and extend extra help in seating those who need the assistance. They are ready to assist anyone in the congregation who might need help, to aid latecomers in finding a seat, and to inform those in the sanctuary of any urgent matters. The ushers will always present first-time visitors with a welcome gift bag. As a part of the liturgy, the ushers are responsible for taking up the church offering and then walk back toward the alter during a hymn of praise. They hand the plates to the Verger who then presents it to the Rector who blesses the tithes and offerings. Also, they count the number of worshipers so the Rector will know the amount of bread and wine to prepare for the Eucharist. . After the service, ushers will again be at the door to greet the congregation as they leave and provide assistance as needed. The ushers will then make sure that the sanctuary is tidy, the thermostat is adjusted, and the lights are shut off. The heart of an usher is that of a servant, and he/she does this work for his Lord Jesus ( ). The church usher has a true love for the people of the Parish and a desire to promote an atmosphere of reverence and worship in the house of the Lord. Colossians 3:24 Verger Ministry The term verger usually refers to a member of an Anglican Church who takes on the extra duties of planning the details of services, participating in religious processions, and can substitute for any worship role except Priest or Deacon. The word verger comes from the ceremonial staff or rod that the verger carries during these processions — in Old French, a verge is a "twig, branch, or wand of office." Vergers serve the church in a ministry of welcome. Often a visitor to a new parish church will see the verger in a simple black cassock moving about the church before the worship service, checking fonts, candles, and in general prepping the church for solemn worship. The verger is usually the first person a visitor meets and cheerfully responds to any inquiry concerning the upcoming service, church facilities or current program offerings. Logistically, a verger’s support allows the clergy more time for pastoral and sacramental responsibilities. Many of the other typical verger duties include assigning, training and checking in lectors, chalice bearers, acolytes and prayer intercessors. The verger coordinates with the altar guild and funeral guilds, checks lighting, and the Priest’s vestments and liturgical hangings. Above all, he/she works behind the scenes making sure that everything runs smoothly during the liturgy. All of the Verger's duties are specific to the church in which he/she serve and can evolve through many years under the direction of the rector. Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM) Lay Eucharistic Ministers are licensed by the bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the eucharist. Lay eucharistic ministers may be licensed to administer the consecrated bread and wine at any celebration of the eucharist in the absence of a sufficient number of priests and deacons to assist the celebrant. They may also be licensed to go from a Sunday eucharist or other principal celebrations of the eucharist to share the sacrament with members of the congregation who were unable to be present at the celebration because of illness or infirmity. Lay eucharistic ministers may be licensed for either or both ministries. This ministry is understood to be an extraordinary ministry, and is not to take the place of the ministry of priests and deacons concerning the administration of the eucharist. At St. Philip, the LEM also participates in the worship by leading the congregation in the "Prayers of the People." Moreover, before the consecration, the LEM will assist the Priest during the hand washing to represent the purity of the blessing. Lay Readers The Lay Reader volunteers to read the Scripture Lessons -- Old Testament, Psalms (first service) and Epistle of the New Testament -- during worship. directs that laypeople should read the lessons preceding the gospel. The readers at St. Philip are provided a printed copy of Lessons well in advance so they may practice their reading. All scripture readings are derived from the The Book of Common Prayer Episcopal Church Lectionary . Oblation Bearers Oblation Bearers are responsible for processing the oblations (the bread and wine to be offered for consecration) to the altar during the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion). They also represent the entire congregation in which we offer our lives to God as a “reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice.” Offering Counters The Offering Counters count the Sunday and special service offerings and prepare the receipts for bank deposit. They document the giving for the finance secretary who then enters the information in the church finance database, preparing a record for each giver. The St. Philip scheduler oversees this important group of volunteers, creating the schedule and making sure things run smoothly.
- Children's Ministry | Mysite
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd At the very heart of our life in Christ at St. Philip you will find our children. The vision and understanding of the spiritual life of children which we embrace is that of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the spiritual formation of children 3-12 years old which is based on Scripture and Liturgy with underpinnings in the Montessori Method of education. Developed in Rome over 50 years ago by Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi, this work is sometimes described as the meeting ground of two Mysteries: the Mystery of God and the Mystery of the Child. The place of this encounter is the “atrium” classroom. These environments are specially prepared spaces with developmentally appropriate materials designed to help the child come closer to God. The atrium is a place of prayer, work, study, and community. There are separate environments for Level I (2 ½-6 years), Level II (1st-3rd grades), and Level III (4th-6th g rades). Catechesis of the Good Shepherd has been a mustard seed work for us at St. Philip. It began slowly in 1994 with an environment only for the youngest children, but has grown to include a full scope of this approach for children ages 2 ½ -12 years. In the gospel of Matthew Jesus holds up children as spiritual models when he says, “unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” They may be the smallest, but certainly not the least. We consider our children a very important part of who we are and we do all that we can to respect and to nurture their relationship with Christ.
- Stewardship | Mysite
Feel-Good Giving 2 Corinthians 9:5; 7: So I (Paul) thought it was necessary to urge these brothers and sisters to go to you ahead of me and get ready in advance the gift you promised to make. Then will it be ready when I arrive, and will show that you give because you want to, not because you to have to. . . You should each give, then, as you have decided, not with regret or out of a sense of duty; for God loves the one who gives gladly. . . A few years ago, a Christian denomination did a study concerning stewardship. The study included various realms of giving, which included the offering of money, time, and talents. What the study concluded was that the people felt a sense of guilt with what they were giving. So contrary to a popular stewardship theme among many congregations, “Give until it hurts”, the real pain was because people felt, as individuals, they could do more, a lot more, than what they were doing. In terms of donations, let us consider “Feel-Good Giving” -- Giving until it feels good! Stewardship is a time of spiritual self-reflection. It is when we take a moment to prayerfully reflect on our commitment to God in terms of sharing our time, talents, and money. As we take this spiritual inventory of ourselves, we need to prayerfully consider what to donate. After all, it is a spiritual promise to our Lord. In this vow, let us look upon stewardship with joy. After all, it is true thanks to God. Donations of our time, talents, and money should be “Feel-Good Giving”. GIVING ONLINE Pledges and Donations Debit or Credit Card Giving We are excited to offer now online payments for offerings through Square. Click on these secure links* for pledges or discretionary fund offerings. It will open up a secure checkout page on Square. Enter the amount of your offering, your email address, full name and credit card information. A confirmation email receipt will be sent to you confirming your payment. We hope this might be useful, particularly during this time. Please note that there will be a 3.5% charge to St. Philip for the use of this service. These links will work with Google Chrome, Edge (new version) and Firefox browsers for computers. Also, for Android, Apple phones and tablets. They will not work with Microsoft Internet Explorer. * PLEDGES & DONATIONS DISCRETIONARY * If you want to make a donation to a specific ministry or fund, please email the the Treasurer of St. Philip to indicate your designated contribution. Thanks! BECOME A VOLUNTEER Volunteer is defined as a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. There is something more to becoming a person who freely gives time and effort to the work of Christ at St. Philip. The feeling of the heart (sometimes called the reason of the heart) is the foundation of being a volunteer in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is our challenge to respond to that feeling. Yes, it is our faith that brings us to give our actions freely. HOW YOU CAN HELP The most important thing you can do is to ! This is a simple act that will make our ministries grow in the parish. When we pray, the Lord hears us. PRAY We need workers who will spend the time in the various ministries at St. Philip. If there is something you want to do, speak to a Vestry member or Ft. Terry. The still small voice of the Lord calls you from your prayers. How will you respond? As you pray, be aware that the Lord may call you into a leadership position. It is a simple matter that sometimes you can go beyond your comfort level. Many times, leadership is not sought out, it just happens. Leadership results from of a prayerful harmony of events. Be open to hear a call that rises from your prayers. Read More >> WE NEED YOUR HELP The Harvest Is Plentiful, the Laborers Few And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:35-38) (
- Our Staff | Mysite
Clergy & Staff St. Philip Episcopal Church enjoys the dedicated services of clergy, staff members and volunteers who help fulfill our mission. Fr. Terry Street (901) 388-9830 firstname.lastname@example.org Rector Dr. Richard S. Townley Richard@bbfpc.com Director of Music Ministry Maera Montgomery (901) 388-9830 email@example.com Parish Secretary Jessica Heckle firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer
- Worship | Mysite
WORSHIP In this section, you will find a video of Fr. Terry's sermon at St. Philip. You can click to hear Fr. Terry's most recent sermon , or go to the link podcast page and select the sermon you would like to hear. The sermons are mobile ready to listen with your smart devices. BECOME A PART OF OUR WORSHIPPING FAMILY We invite all to join us as we celebrate the Lord's grace and love. Celebrate with us the Holy Eucharist. All baptized Christians are welcome and we welcome all people to alter to receive a priestly blessing. May the Peace of the Lord that passes all understanding and circumstances of this life be with YOU! During times of crisis, St. Philip Episcopal Church's prayer is that you will find hope and peace. May you find comfort in these words that echo throughout the worship services: “Keep calm and carry on.” “Take heart, do not be afraid.” Pray for protection, healing and restoration. Fortify yourself with spiritual readings and study. Stand firm in our faith. Reach out to those in need. Allow your hearts and homes to be a temple of God. Prepare a place for a sacred space. As Easter People, celebrate Easter – Alleluia! Be patient!
- Coffee Hour | Mysite
Our "Coffee Hour" St Philip is known for its hospitality and “coffee hour” following the Sunday worship services is a small way to make a big difference by welcoming our guests and visitors. This is usually much less than an hour, but sharing a cup of coffee and a donut among those with whom we worship deepens our relationships with others as a faith community. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the Parish Hall immediately following the services. Our Coffee Hour Hosts make this happen! This ministry comes with minimal Sunday morning responsibilities and is always looking for volunteers to help. If you are interested, contact the Parish office: email@example.com