Cathedral Ministries: How is God calling you?
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”  (1 Peter 4:10) “Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' Then I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'” (Isaiah 6:8)

At our baptisms, we promise to seek and serve Christ in all persons. Every one of us is called by our loving God to live a life of faithful service. As a congregation, fulfillment of this promise through our worship and many ministries depends upon the efforts and contributions of all our members.
We encourage you to pray about and to consider becoming involved in any of the following areas of ministry that are so important to our common life in faith. Please indicate your interest or your desire for more information in the responses to this survey. If you are not interested in a particular ministry, please feel free to skip that section.

This is an opportunity for each of us to offer our varied gifts and engage in any of the several ministries in the name of Jesus Christ. These ministries are not mutually exclusive. If you have a new idea about a ministry that is calling you, please let us know!

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Acolytes serve as altar servers, torch bearers, crucifers, thurifers, oblation bearers and banner carriers. Acolytes can be children, youth, or adults, and they fulfill these responsibilities on a rotating schedule. Acolytes deepen their understanding of the Episcopal Church’s faith and practices through their active participation.  There are also opportunities for adults to be trained and licensed to serve as lay eucharistic ministers bringing Holy Communion to the sick and shut-in. No previous experience is necessary for any of these roles and instruction will be provided.
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The Altar Ministry members  arrive early to prepare the altar and set the credence and oblations tables for the celebration of Holy Eucharist on Sunday mornings.  Following the service, they clean and safely store the sacred vessels and launder the altar linens used that week. The team gathers and  polishes the cathedral silver and brass bi-annually. They serve individually and as a group, training and supporting one another throughout the year. Members are often asked to assist at Diocesan events. No previous experience is necessary.  Members describe this as a contemplative and moving way to serve on Sundays.
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Members of this ministry join with its two chairs, Marie McCullough and John Braxton, and with staff, to explore and reflect upon the history of the Cathedral’s antecedent, the Church of the Saviour.  Marie will document our findings and our journey.  The inspiration for this important undertaking emerged from the Sacred Ground group that considered the Episcopal Church’s role and responsibility in racial inequity in the U.S. Our history will inform our future as we work together to dismantle racism in the Church and in our community.
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Members of this ministry identify for the congregation important social issues to which we will respond with faithful action including prayer, presence, and advocacy. Issues which have engaged us in the past are, among others, gun violence, homelessness, hunger, a living wage, racial inequity, and immigration as we serve together to bring God’s kingdom of justice and equity into reality in our world.  
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Members of this ministry are dedicated to relieving hunger and food insecurity in our community. Volunteers are needed to distribute food on Monday mornings from the Cathedral’s west steps and to help with the organization and administration of our Loaves and Fishes Room in the Cathedral. Members of the congregation will be invited after services on Sunday morning to fill bags with non-perishable items for our guests.
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Members of this ministry assist in streaming, filming, and editing worship services and other events taking place in the Cathedral.  They will be trained in the use of the Cathedral’s new equipment. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn this important new communications technology.
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The Flower Ministry members arrange the flowers for special Sunday services and feast days such as Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost.  Members of this ministry help with the Christmas and Easter festivals. No previous experience is necessary. This is a ministry to continue the tradition of using God’s creations (flowers and greenery) and our God-given talents to adorn the church for worship.  
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Greeters are essential for providing a welcoming environment. They are stationed in the narthex, the entry, of the Cathedral. They greet members and visitors as they enter and distribute service leaflets to all. Newcomers and guests are welcomed and asked to sign the newcomers' contact form. This is a good ministry for families to do together. Consider joining and sharing your smile.
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Members of the Hospitality Ministry serve coffee and refreshments after each service. This is a time for members and newcomers to come together and socialize. Members are responsible for coordinating potluck brunches/luncheons for special liturgical services 4 times per year. Volunteers are needed to host Coffee Hour for each service.
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Lectors/Intercessors are assigned scriptural passages and intercessions to be read at some Sunday Eucharists and at special liturgies such as Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. Members should have a strong desire to share the scriptures of God and lead prayers with God’s people in worship. Training and support are provided.
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Ushers are the loving  face of the Cathedral and provide a welcoming presence when we gather to worship. They greet people, answer questions, help with seating and straightening up after each service. Ushers also play an important role in Cathedral safety in case of illness or other  emergencies. They are often asked to assist at Diocesan services. If you enjoy helping people, this is a great team to join!
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The Cathedral Singers are led by eight professionally-trained voices melded with a like number of volunteer singers. This might seem a little intimidating at first to avocational singers, but many have found singing with such secure musicians to be liberating in reducing the stress that comes when you feel you're carrying your part on your own. If you have prior choral experience, a good ear, and some music reading skill, ask to sit in on a rehearsal, see how it goes, and talk to the director, Tom Lloyd, after the session. The choir rehearses Sunday mornings before service at 9:00 and after service until 12:30. Absence policy is flexible, especially for volunteer singers. Also, if you like leading children singers, there are also opportunities to lead music in children's services
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The Cathedral regularly hosts exhibitions of work by current artists in a variety of mediums - not off in a separate room of another building, but right in the sanctuary, where the art supports our liturgy. For the size of our congregation, we have an unusual number of professional artists working in a range of media.  They support each other as seekers whose creativity is an important part of their faith journey. The group meets two or three times a year to help review proposals for new shows and to think about the role of art in our Cathedral life. If you would like to become connected to this informal small community of artists, talk to Tom Lloyd.
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This group will provide Children and Youth Ministries a team to call on for occasional support throughout the year. Members might help pick up supplies, assist with our annual Christmas pageant and Easter egg hunt, share a talent with our children on Sunday mornings, bake for us, join our Digital Puppet Ministry team, and more. We are also looking for those willing to be prayer partners for our children during Lent (leave prayers in a prayer mailbox each Sunday).  Our team will have the most fun!
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