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MINISTRIES AT ST. CHRISTOPHER'S CHURCH

 

CHRISTIAN FORMATION, PARISH LIFE AND FELLOWSHIP

The common life we share at St. Christopher’s encompasses a wide range of activities and ministries.  The following are included: Book Discussion Group The Book Discussion Group meets every other month on the third Tuesday in the afternoon to discuss books of interest to the community.  Members of the group suggest books they believe will stimulate an interesting discussion. For further information, contact Christine Meloni, 703-922-7142 or cfmeloni@hotmail.com

Church School and Youth Groups Classes for all ages, Nursery and groups for our young people are organized by Christina Manning and Katy Dunlap, Liasons to Christian Formation. They are assisted by Megan Coffey and a large number of volunteers, and provides great support to “their teachers”.

Every week between 20 and 30 enthusiastic children meet and are excited to learn lessons parents/volunteers have to offer.  Currently, the Sign-Up Genius volunteer calendar is open through the end of May.  The average time commitment is about 40 minutes per week and Megan Coffey will have materials - coloring sheets, games ideas, books to read all set up.  The only limitation is the volunteer's  imagination on how to lead.  As with all programs like this many hands make lighter work.   

Please see Megan (megcoffey05@yahoo.com) or contact Christina Mannina, and or Katy Dunlap to answer questions or to sign up for a session. Click the link to volunteer: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0948a8a62ca3fe3-childrens

Library There is a library of fiction, non-fiction and reference materials available to parishioners in the Education Building.  You may volunteer to help keep this room organized, or bring books for its shelves. For further information, please contact Katie Alleman. (Contact information can be found in the Parish Directory)

Parish Retreat at ShrineMont This annual event in October provides a restful getaway for our parish families.  The weekend includes two nights lodging and six meals along with a spiritual theme and Sunday morning worship for a reasonable cost. For further information, contact Father Peter(see above).

Thursday Women’s Discussion Group This group meets each Thursday at 10:00 am for intercessory prayer, fellowship and Bible Study.  All women are welcome. For further information, please contact Helen Spence 703-249-9689 or sopsister@gmail.com

The Christophers Members of this group prepare and take meals to those in our community who are in extra need of help, perhaps due to illness, loss, or the birth of a new child. For further information, please contact Marjorie Gray, 703-440-8415 or gjmlap@aol.com 

Coffee Hour Hosts These volunteers prepare refreshments after the 10:30 am service each Sunday.  Individuals, couples and families are invited to join as a team. For further information, please contact the current Parish Life Liason on the Vestry.

St. Spatula’s Guild This group organizes special receptions, dinners and parties – and is responsible for the kitchen.  More hands make lighter work and more fun. For further information, please contact the current Parish Life Commissioner.

WORSHIP/SPIRITUAL LIFE

Acolytes Acolytes are young people, grades five and older, who serve as ministers at the altar.  They wear vestments and assist the priest in a variety of ways.  All young people are welcome.   For further information, contact David Kirck  (Contact information is found in the Parish Directory)

Altar Guild The Altar Guild prepares the altar and church for ALL services.  They also care for the hangings, linens, vestments, silver, brass and pottery.  They work in pairs, and training is provided.  All are welcome. For further information, contact Pam Branstetter, 703-451-6947 or pbranstetter@verizon.net

Banner Guild The Banner Guild creates and constructs new banners.  Most of our banners visually reflect the Gospel lesson, or the specific season or type of service.  Suggestions and able assistance are welcome. For further information, contact Lynn Knox, 703-451-6450 or hdkeak@msn.com

Bread Bakers This group bakes the bread used at Communion during the 10:30 service each week, and for any special services when requested.  All are welcome. For further information, contact Danny Gorham, 703-451-0868 or fgorham103@aol.com

Chapel Prayer Team This group is called to a ministry of praying for the needs of others.  Members are available in the Chapel during communion at the 10:30 am service, and both services Christmas Eve.  You may pray with them, or write down prayers for them to pray. For further information, contact Janet Quinn, 703-451-6209 or bandito8@verizon.net.

Choir – Adult & Children’s The choir is a ministry designed to aid in leading worship.  Adult Choir is open to all able bodied singers – music reading ability is not necessary.  They meet each Thursday evening at 7:30 during the program year, as well as one hour before the second service all year long.  They sing each week at the second service, as well as at special services during the year.  The Children’s Choir rehearses Sundays at 12:10 and sings once each month.   For further information, contact Joe Gabalski, 703-405-7946 or jagabalski@me.com.

Flower Guild This group decorates our church, entry way, chapel and Children’s chapel each week.  All are welcome and training in flower arranging is provided.  You may also dedicate a floral offering for a loved one on the sign-up sheets provided.  For further information, contact June Hoffman or Ruth York, 703-451-3669 or junegam3@verizon.net

Greeters This ministry is the first group to welcome people as they enter for worship on Sundays.  They work in pairs and hand out bulletins as people come to worship. For further information, contact June Hoffman or Ruth York, see above

Lectors, Intercessors & Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) Lectors read the lessons at each service, and also lead the recitation of the psalm.  Intercessors lead the Prayers of the People at the second service each week – and at all special services.  Lay Eucharistic Ministers are vested leaders of worship who assist the priest in the administration of Eucharist.  For this ministry, a license from the Diocese is required.  All these ministries require nothing more than a willing heart.  Training is provided. For Lector information, contact Mary Johnson at 703-830-6537 or mjohnson311@icloud.com.   For Intercessor or LEM information, contact Helen Spence at 703-249-9689 or sopsister@gmail.com.

Pastoral Assistance Team Ministers Each week, a member of this group (PAT ministers) is “on call” with Father Peter to pray with those in need,  and visit or bring Eucharist to those who are unable to attend church.  The member on call is listed in the bulletin, and prayed for during the Prayers of the People. For more information, contact Ruth Meagher at 703-455-4261 or remeagher@aol.com

Prayer/Healing Shawl Ministry The members of this group knit or crochet shawls and blankets for distribution after the  blessing by our Rector, and by the hands of this congregation, in addition to being prayed over as they are constructed.  The group meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm.  All are welcome, and teaching is provided. For more information, contact Mary Andrews at 703-719-0596 or mca663@gmail.com

Ushers This ministry ensures that the needs of the worshippers are met during services by providing service bulletins, receiving offerings, guiding movement toward the altar for communion and cleaning up after services.  Dedicated men and women serve during the 10:30 am service.  At 7:30 am, the ushers come from the congregation present.  All are welcome. For further information, contact David Medding (703) 866-0353 or dmedding@cox.net

Outreach Opportunities Our Outreach Committee works to provide meaningful ways for us to serve Christ in the world around us.  This includes our collections for ECHO (Ecumenical Community Helping Others) and Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington; our backpack supplies and school physicals project; the Christmas Toy drive for ECHO; our Thanksgiving baskets, and so much more.  Included here is also our newest ministry – the Outreach Garden. For further information and ways to be involved in outreach, contact Richard Sellers (703) 455-0878 or bustionsellers@msn.com

Men’s & Women’s Prayer Groups These groups meet monthly to discuss and pray.  Men’s Group contact Mike Snyder (703) 667-0136 or mike_snyder24k@yahoo.com.  Women’s Group contact Janet Bush (703) 644-5774 or jbush@nvcc.edu

 CARING FOR THE CHURCH

 

Buildings & Grounds Maintenance
Gifts of time and energy from our parishioners maintain our buildings and our various grounds and gardens.  There are two “clean-up” days each year, in preparation for Advent and Easter.  Please join the committees that keep our church looking inviting inside and out for our guests, and for each other.
For further information, contact JIm Bradshaw, (grounds) 703-912-6060 or jim.bradshaw@cox.net
Jim Armstrong(buildings), (contact may be found in the parish directory) 

Finance Committee

This group advises the Vestry regarding the investments and other money related issues for our church.  They also work with the Stewardship Committee in preparing the annual budget.

For further information, contact Gaye Evans, 703-866-1393.

Memorial Committee

This group oversees the distribution of funds given to St. Christopher’s in memory of loved ones who have died.  They work with families to ensure that gifts are used appropriately.  The Memorial Gifts are recorded in the books found in the St. Christopher’s Chapel.

For further information, contact Fr. Peter at 703-451-1088 or rector@saintchristophers.net

Stewardship Committee

This committee works to hold up the joy of giving back to God all that we have been given.  Each fall they prepare and present the Annual Giving Campaign, and each Spring prepare and present the Annual Ministry Fair.  All are welcome to join in this effort.

For further information, contact Helen Spence, 703-249-9689 or sopsister@gmail.com

 Tellers

These faithful men and women count the Sunday offering each week and make the required bank deposit.  They are also responsible for making sure the building is secure when Sunday services are over.  All are welcome, and training is provided.

For further information, contact Stan Spence, 703-249-9689 or spence.stan@gmail.com

 Vestry

This elected body works with the Rector to support all the life and work of this congregation.  Each member is elected to a three year term, and is given a commission – oversight of which is their responsibility.  They serve as council of advice for the Rector, and support the programs of this church, continuously encouraging support for our mutual ministry.  The Vestry Person of the Week attends both services to further assist the congregation in getting to know what is going on here at St. Christopher’s.  Commissions include:  Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Register, Buildings, Christian Formation, Finance, Grounds, New Member Incorporation, Outreach, Parish Life and Fellowship, Stewardship and Worship.

For further information, please contact Fr. Peter (info above).