Ministries

Ministries at Emmanuel

The ministers of the church are lay persons, bishops, priests and deacons.

The best way to get to know a church is to get involved. Here’s a look at the ministries offered. Join us!

Worship

Acolytes: A great way for children Grade 6 and older to serve God.

Altar Guild: Prepare the altar for service. No experience necessary-training provided.

Bread Guild: Using Emmanuel’s recipe, make bread for the Eucharist.

Flower Guild: Arrange altar flowers-come learn how. Lessons provided.

Lay Readers and Lay Eucharist Ministers: Assist during worship or take Eucharist to homebound members.

Ushers: Greet worshipers and assist with offertory and communion duties.

Music

Adult Choir: Lead the singing during worship. Anyone who can carry a tune is welcome!

Handbell Choir: Another group that makes a joyful noise. Training given.

Music Guild: Help support the Music Program at Emmanuel.

Christian Formation

Children’s Minstry: Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and more.

Youth Ministry: Sunday evening get-togethers and other events, Grade 6 and above.

Adult Education: Sunday School, Bibles studies, Lenten programs, etc.

Cursillo: “Short course” in Christianity to enable, empower, and equip believers.

Daughters of the King: Women dedicated to prayer, study, and service. Read below for more information on this fine ministry.

What is the Order of the Daughters of the King?

Founded in 1885, the Order is open to women and girls who are communicants in the Episcopal Church. The mission of the Order is the extension of Christ’s Kingdom through Prayer, Service and Evangelism. The emblem of the order is a silver Greek fleury cross worn at all times either as a pin over the heart or on a chain. Currently, there are over 25,000 Daughters in the U.S.

What does becoming a Daughter of the King mean?

Members undertake the Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. Actually, a Daughter recommits herself to the promises made at Baptism and Confirmation and pledges a life-long program of prayer and service dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom with the added privilege of rendering at all times aid to the clergy as deemed necessary for the smooth running of the parish. A chapter usually meets once a month for prayer, study and fellowship and maintains a confidential prayer list. The bonds that are established over the years amongst Daughters are priceless.

The Emmanuel chapter of Daughters was established in 1976. At that time, few women in the parish worked outside the home and so it was logical to meet in the morning. Now, we have two Daughters of the King, Ginger Grimm and Betsy Mark whose jobs or home commitments preclude them attending daytime meetings and we are confident that there are other women in the parish who would be interested in becoming Daughters of the King if an evening meeting were available. Barbara Dow is eager to talk with any woman who feels called to this important ministry.

EFM: A four-year course enabling every baptized person to carry out ministries given to all believers.

Membership Services

Coffee Hosts: Provide coffee and hospitality following church services.

Emmanuel Life: Help with our monthly newsletter or comment e-Newsletter

Greeters: Welcome people on Sunday, carry bread and wine to altar.

Hospitality: Help provide food and support for parish receptions, other events.

Newcomers/Visitors: Develop ways to help new arrivals feel at home. Arrange to give tours of our sanctuary, including the beautiful stained glass windows.

Pastoral Care: Provide meals for those who are ill, rides for those needing transportation.

Prayer Chain: Offer prayer as requested for those in need.

Stephen Ministry: Support ministry for those in life crises, both in and outside the parish. Training provided. Contact Joan Dagon, Terri Godsell, or Deacon Janice Honea for more info.

Website and e-mail:  Communication is always an important in the life of a church community. Contact Ginny Justice if you’re interested in helping with the website or e-mailing others. gjustice1@aol.com.

Outreach

Outreach Committee: Plan disbursement of funds to help others beyond our parish.

Fresh Start: Provide meals to the men of the Christian Service Center’s Fresh Start program. Here is an excerpt from the October Emmanuel Life about Fresh Start:

“One of the most meaningful ministries at Emmanuel is serving dinner to approximately 20 men at Christian Service Center. Our church has committed to the 7th of each month. Because we have four teams, that means each team only has to prepare dinner and bring items for lunch the following day once every four months.

These men are a step from being homeless. They appreciate so much our meals and our fellowship as we eat together.”

If you’d like to learn more about this ministry, contact Linda in the office at 407-894-1641.

Physical Plant and Finance

Budget and Finance: Plan our finances, guided by our treasurer.

Capital Campaign: Support our special capital campaign efforts to raise money for the church’s special needs.

Building and Grounds: Keep our building and grounds in shape-help is always needed.

Gatekeepers: Unlock and lock up the church before and after Sunday services.

Stewardship: Implement ways of encouraging us to share time, talent, and treasure for the spread of God’s Kingdom.

Contact Linda Wright at the church for more information on these ministries and who to contact for each area. 407-894-1641.