The following is a glimpse of some of the ministry opportunities available at Church of the Advent. These are very brief descriptions. We also have the Men’s Club, the Episcopal Church Women’s Club (ECW) and the Episcopal Youth Churchpersons (EYC) for youth rising 6th-12th grades.
We love our Acolyte volunteers; they are so important to our worship and that’s why we want every baptized child at Advent, ages 8 – 18, to be a part of this ministry. If you fit the criteria and are able, and willing, please volunteer. We always want to have enough volunteers to allow flexibility and to prevent over-scheduling.
Here are a few things you may not have known about serving as an acolyte:
☺ Young people who are faithful to the ministry realize it is a way to serve their Lord and church.
☺ Being an Acolyte gives Young people an opportunity to serve the clergy and be a leader in the worship.
☺ It also gives them the opportunity to have an active role in the church service.
☺ They get to learn first hand and participate in the customs and traditions of the Episcopal Church, which can help in their spiritual development.
☺ It helps to develop a closer relationship with the priest(s).
☺ In some families, serving as an a acolyte continues a tradition set by grandparents, parents or brothers and sisters who have also served as an Acolyte.
Acolytes receive complete training and begin serving in some of the simpler areas and then advance as experience is gained. Crucifers carry the Cross in the procession. Servers light and extinguish candles and assist at the altar during the Holy Eucharist. Torchbearers “light the way” for the procession with their torches.
Members serve every four weeks as a team of three or four. Commitment includes Saturday morning for approximately one hour and at either the 8:00 or 10:30 service. Altar guild is often seen as a quiet yet deep way to serve God. Altar guild members prepare the worship space for services, maintain and prepare vestments, Eucharistic vessels and altar linens.
Children’s Chapel is held during the 10:30 a.m. service on Sundays. Currently volunteers serve once every 4-6 weeks. The children are led by the liturgist down to children’s chapel where they share in an age appropriate reading, singing and prayers.
Members prepare floral arrangements for Sunday’s services; usually on Saturday. Flower guild, too, can be seen as a way to serve in the background—letting the beauty enhance our worship and remind of God’s creation. You do NOT need experience; only a love of flowers and a willingness to learn.
It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this ministry. We want a visitor to leave Advent with someone having extended a good-bye to them, thanking them for attending the service and inviting them to visit again. As a Greeter we hope to meet and greet the visitor and demonstrate by our actions they are important, answer their questions and invite them to attend another church service or coffee minutes.
Advent’s Adult Music Ministry runs September thru June. We have adult choirs for both singing and ringing. They generally meet once a week for rehearsals. Previous musical experience is not required. All that is needed is the desire to “make a joyful noise unto the Lord.”
SD Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Starting in 2008, the Church of the Advent saw a need on South Dakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to provide Christmas gifts for 100 plus children of the Reservation. The following summer of 2009, five Advent Parishioners went to the Reservation to work with other individuals to help winterize homes, add handicapped access to homes and build, deliver and set up bunk beds for families with such need. It was a trip that changed the lives of those who went. In 2010 12 Adventers and their grandchildren followed the trail of the first 5, and in 2011, 5 made the trip. Because of this commitment of Fellowship and Mission with the People (Oyate) of the Pine Ridge Reservation, here are some things we do each year:
- Collect blankets, coats, and other warm clothes for the children of the Reservation
- Raise funds for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter Dinners
- Raise funds to buy Christmas Gifts for the Children of the Reservation
- Leaders of the Mission will be available on Ministry Sunday to answer any question. Come join us, it will change your life. Sign up for the 2013 trip to South Dakota.
The Prayer Team consists of at least two people intentionally praying for the needs of Advent, it’s members, friends, and family on the days of the week there is not a worship or prayer service. Each week they are provided with updated prayer requests. They are also notified as unexpected or urgent needs are made known. Prayer team members identify, select and commit to a time of prayer on a day that is compatible with their schedule. All that is required is a sincere and prayerful heart.
Room in the Inn
Room in the Inn provides overnight shelter during the cold months of November thru March. Advent parishioners act as hosts once a month at the St. Luke’s Community House, Rogers Center to approximately 10-20 homeless men. Adventers provide dinner, the next days breakfast and a sack lunch for them to take. While men, women and children are invited to share in the fellowship and help with dinner, men are needed to spend the night with our guests.
Ushers are the first impression worshippers obtain about Advent. Some obvious duties include directing visitors as they enter and exit the Sanctuary, direct people to come forward during communion, passing out the bulletin and passing the offering plates. Some hidden duties include checking pews for Prayer Books, hymnals, welcome cards; ensuring kneelers are up; and taking an attendance count. Ushers may sign up to serve at the 8 a.m. service, the 10:30 a.m. service or both.