“Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.”
– Deuteronomy 16:17
Congregational Engagement Team (CET) was formerly the Congregational Development Team, and its mission is to invite, welcome, connect, and engage all members to be bold followers of Jesus Christ. How do we do this? We invite by offering coffee and conversation hours twice a year to discuss faith-based questions and get to know other members who have similar religious goals and questions. We welcome with hosts at the doors at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services. We also volunteer for the front desk. We connect by following up with connect cards from the Sunday service by calls, emails, and text messages. We engage by offering opportunities to learn and volunteer with many of St. Peter’s organizations and ministries.
I want to challenge us to look at ourselves and acknowledge our God-given talents and gifts, and to start using them here at St. Peter’s. As you set your financial goals each year, set a service goal for your church community. The Congregational Engagement Team would like to focus on service ministries in need of your support. Today I would like to focus on three of our 15 organizations here at St. Peter’s and four subgroups: Worship and the Arts, Youth Ministry, and the Congregational Engagement Team. Worship and the Arts has a need for Eucharistic Ministers (EMs) and Ushers. EMs are licensed by the diocese and assist with communion by distributing the bread and wine at Communion. They are also licensed to lead Prayer Book services that do not require a priest, such as Morning Prayer. Ushers assist worshippers by giving them directions, guiding them to seats, offering bulletins, collecting the offering, and straightening the church after worship. Youth, adults, and couples are welcome to serve in this ministry. Training is on-the-job with an experienced crew. Youth acolytes, assisting with other liturgical ministers in the congregation, may begin serving as early as fifth grade.
The Congregational Engagement Team is in need of Welcome Hosts/Greeters. Interested members should be those with a welcoming spirit who can encourage all to be welcoming members. Hosts are responsive to the needs and requests of the clergy and ushers, and are stationed at the entrances.
Giving of your time and talent will be hard, and at times uncomfortable. I will share a little food for thought… given to me by a 90-year old physical therapy client: “Do you think it was easy for Jesus to carry his cross and be crucified?” Jesus loves you and so does St. Peters. Peace be with you. If you are interested in helping, please contact: Hosts and Greeters – Sabrina Clarke (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ushers – Betty Little (email@example.com), or Eucharistic Ministers – Doug Hutto (firstname.lastname@example.org), Youth Acolytes – Elsie Erneston (email@example.com).