But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift… The gifts He gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.* (Ephesians 4:7, 11-13).
Q. What is the ministry of people who are not ordained ministers (the laity)?
A. The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and His Church; to bear witness to Him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.
(BCP, p 855)
Ministry is anything we do in the name of Jesus Christ that builds up the Kingdom of God. It takes many forms: service within the liturgy, within the parish community, and in reaching out to those around us. At the Good Shepherd, opportunities abound. Each member of the parish should be involved with at least one form of ministry.
Worship is central to the life of the church. Liturgy, which shapes our worship, is by definition, “the work of the people.”
Acolytes assist the Celebrant during worship, serving as Crucifer, Torch Bearer, Banner Bearer, Book Bearer, 1st Server, and Thurifer.
The Altar Guild has the privilege of preparing the altar for any service held in the church, and assisting the clergy when necessary. They are also responsible for cleaning the altar, caring for the sacred vessels, flowers, and securing the necessary articles to be used at any service.
The Choir sings for the main Sunday service and for Holy Days and special occasions. Those in the Choir offer their time and talent to support and enrich our liturgical life.
Formerly known as a Chalice Bearer or LEM, the EM administers the cup during Holy Communion and assists the Celebrant as needed. This ministry requires formal training and a license from the Bishop.
An EV is one who takes communion to the sick and homebound on behalf of the congregation. This ministry requires formal training and a license from the Bishop.
A Lector reads the assigned Scripture and the Prayers of the People at worship services. Lectors are chosen and trained by the minister of the congregation.
Ushers hand out service bulletins, assist visitors, collect the offering of the people, prepare the altar rail, coordinate the distribution of communion and straighten the Nave after the service
A Worship Leader can lead services other than Eucharist such as Morning or Evening Prayer. This ministry requires formal training and a license from the Bishop.
These ministries contribute to the health and well-being of the parish on Sunday and throughout the week.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION MENTOR
Teaches Sunday school classes and provides mentorship to various groups.
Provides light refreshments for the congregation and visitors after the Sunday worship service.
COMMITTEES AND GROUPS
Committees assist the Clergy and Vestry in governance, oversight and upkeep of the Parish.
Building and Grounds Committee
Sees that the buildings are kept in proper repair, and memorials, fittings and furnishings are in harmony with the parish.
Christian Formation Committee
Establishes and implements church education programs under the direction of the Priest.
Episcopal Church Women
The ECW serves to unite women of the parish in a program of worship, study, work and fellowship which will broaden their Christian outlook, strengthen their own spiritual lives and lead them into Christian service in the parish, community, nation and the world.
Develops and implements plans to heighten parish visibility in York County, to reach out to unchurched and lapsed persons, and to introduce new members into the life of the parish.
Promotes fellowship among men of the parish, and assists the Mission and Outreach Committee. The Men’s Club plans parish social activities and special occasions.
Oversees the finances of the parish and supervises the office of Treasurer. Members are chosen after vetting by the Finance Liaison, Treasurer, and a current member.
Greeters welcome members and newcomers on Sunday mornings to make sure they are invited to Coffee Hour after the service and to assist them if they need information about our parish.
Mission and Outreach Committee
M&O investigates opportunities for ministry within and outside the parish, recommends appropriate programs, and assists the Priest in pastoral care.
Parish Life Committee
This group strengthens the bonds of those within our parish; plans meals, fellowship opportunities, and other events to promote a sense of community with our parish.
Pastoral Care and Pastoral Visitors
This ministry is implemented by the Priest and is involved in calling on members who are ill or homebound.
Educates parishioners on Stewardship, advises parishioners quarterly of their pledge giving status, and encourages the giving of time and talent to the Church.
There are many opportunities to serve the larger community and Good Shepherd's members have traditionally been associated with:
A nonprofit, collaborative agency established to respond effectively and compassionately to need individuals (Clover School District). CAAC provides food assistance and some limited financial assistance to those in need. www.cloverareaassistance.org
PATH has a food pantry, thrift store, and emergency financial aid for utilities and other needs and is the frontline of community-based assistance for those in crisis locally (in York School District 1). www.pathministriesofyorksc.org