Ministry Groups at St. Luke's

In a thriving church, there’s room for everyone to participate: to enjoy relationships with other members of the community and to offer one’s time and talents in the ministries of the church.

In this directory, you’ll see descriptions of many of the church’s ministries.

Purpose:

  • Take care of the sacred vessels and linens
  • Prepare for services of worship
  • Provide necessary articles to be used at the Eucharist
  • Attend to the housekeeping of the sacristy

 

Requirements to get involved:

  • All persons who have been confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church, regardless of gender, background or age.

 

How often a person would serve, or the time commitment is:

The Altar Guild does not have regular meetings. We do have a couple of party/meetings during the year, one in September and one in January. These are usually a potluck type affair to give us a chance to socialize.

There are no special skills needed to do this work, just a willingness to be behind the scenes, helping to prepare our common meal. When you think about it, the work of the Altar Guild is set of quite humble tasks – pouring some wine, setting a table, washing dishes. And yet it is so important to our lives as Christians. There is a quiet sacredness to this work.

The Altar Guild is divided into 4 teams, each serving once per month. There is plenty of room for newcomers, men or women.

Purpose: The ministry of ushering is a crucial part of worship because it is one of the most visible ministries in the church. In Christ, you have received God’s unconditional love, and, in Christ, you are called to extend that same unconditional love to others. Although an usher’s love is no stronger than the love found in the whole congregation of the body of Christ, nevertheless the usher performs a major role in ensuring that people see and experience that love.

The usher duties can be summed up in a few words:

  • Make people feel welcome at church.
  • Assist with people management during all services especially during communion.
  • Assist with seating, collecting offering, and maintaining a safe environment.

 

The heart of an usher is the heart of a servant, and he does his work for his Lord Jesus (Colossians 3:24).  A church usher has a true love for the people of the church and a desire to promote an atmosphere of reverence and worship in the house of God.  An usher’s theme verse could very well be Psalm 84:10, “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.”

Requirements to get involved: Your willingness to be the face of St. Luke’s. We serve as ushers for all who attend church. Ushers need a warm heart and ability to keep time. The schedule of the service is a well-timed event with ushers serving at various parts of the service. 

How often a person would serve, or what the time commitment is: Ushers serve one weekend a month for just one service and meet semi-annually for training.

Purpose: The Eucharistic Minister administers the chalice during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at most worship services and also assists in the worship services by reading the lessons and prayers. This special ministry is one of service to God and our fellow parishioners.

Requirements to get involved: A servant’s heart and a desire to be an integral part of the worship experience at St. Luke’s.

Time commitment: There are four LEM Teams (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) at St. Luke’s. Each Team serves one Sunday each month at all 4 services (8am, 9am, 11am, and 6pm).  Additionally, there are typically 4 months per year that have 5 Sundays; so each Team will serve one extra Sunday one month per year. There is also the opportunity to serve during Holy Week, at Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services, at some funerals and/or other special services during the year.

Purpose: The intent behind the greeter ministry is to serve as a “backup” for the ushers before and after the 9 am and 11 am services; and to serve as a warm handoff for the Clergy in greeting newcomers.

Requirements to get involved: Your main responsibilities in this role are to position yourself around the welcome stand in the Narthex and greet newcomers as well as helping direct people to after-service activities. 

How often a person would serve: We are asking that greeters be willing to serve one Sunday a month at either the 9 am or 11am service, be in the Narthex 10-15 minutes prior to the service, and 10-15 minutes after the service.  The time commitment should not exceed 30 minutes a month, and all the resources you need to be successful in the role are housed in the drawer of the greeter’s (welcome) stand – church map, booklet of ministry group offerings, list of events, etc.

Purpose: The Daughters of the King is an Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church. Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer, and the Rule of Service. By reaffirmation of the promises made at Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.

Requirements to get involved: There is a three-month study program and discernment time led by one of the Daughters. New Daughters are received into The Order during a church service, normally the 4th Sunday in June.  Dues and the cost of the cross are paid by the new Daughter.

Meeting time: We meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month after the 11 am service.

Purpose: The Brotherhood of St. Andrew (BOSA) is a Men’s Ministry of the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion.  It is based on three disciplines – Prayer, Study, and Service. The Discipline of Prayer means to pray daily for the spread of Christ’s kingdom, especially among men and youth, and for God’s blessings upon the labors of the Brotherhood. The Discipline of Study means to study the Holy Scriptures regularly and the teachings of the Church, to attain a better understanding of how to follow Christ and bring others into his kingdom. The Discipline of Service means to make continuous efforts, week by week, to bring others nearer to Christ through his Church.

Requirements to get involved: All male members of St. Luke’s are asked to prayerfully consider joining during September.

Meeting time: The BOSA chapter officers meet via Zoom, as needed; but are seriously considering an in person chapter meeting on a particular Sunday of each month.  Please watch for more details.

The mission of the St. Francis Guild is to serve Christ by decorating the Church to the glory of God for Christmas and Easter.

We are a group of women and men from the church who want to serve Christ by helping decorate the church for Christmas and Easter and by sponsoring the Palm Cross Workshop before Palm Sunday. We meet in homes or at church four times a year for planning and fellowship.

A subgroup of the Guild makes Chrismons, symbols of Christ, to decorate our Christmas trees, to present to families of new babies and to the homebound at Easter. Chrismons are sold at Church before Christmas and Easter and proceeds go to the Church. Chrismons are also sold at certain St. Luke’s Episcopal School events and the proceeds (less 10% for supplies) go to the School.

We invite all who are interested in decorating the church on special occasions, learning how to make palm crosses or Chrismons, or to be in fellowship with other Christian members to join the guild.

Contact person: Ann Mewborne, emewborne@satx.rr.com,
210-421-9631 (cell).

Purpose: The Bethany Guild is available to host receptions in the Parlors after funerals or memorial services at St. Luke’s.  Donations are always appreciated to help with expenses.

Requirements to get involved: A willingness to participate and be part of a much needed ministry whether in person or by helping prepare menu items.  The Guild is organized into teams, which rotate the hosting of receptions. For a reception, members of the team prepare a set menu and then assist in hosting the reception.

Time commitment: Each person serves on a team as a team member or as a captain. Teams prepare the food before the reception and then act as hosts during the reception, setting up and then working with the building staff during clean-up afterward.

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Purpose: To provide refreshments on Sunday morning after the 11 am service.

Requirements to get involved: Willingness to bring refreshments on Sundays. You choose which Sunday works for you from a list of sign up dates on the sign-up board in the parlors or sent to you from the Hospitality Ministry co-captains. They provide different types of baked goods, fruit, veggies and the like. Coffee, water & lemonade are set up by the Sextons and served in the South Parlor.