- Music Staff
- Opportunities to Serve
- Marriages at the Cathedral
- Church Street Eats
- Participating in God's Mission
Bible Study takes place on Sunday mornings between the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services. This is a lively and spirit-filled gathering. Spanish Bible Study is Wednesday evenings in congregant’s homes. Spring 2016 will bring a Lenten forum series during Sunday Fellowship Hour on “Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Healing” led by the Rev. Jay Cooke. The Christian Formation Team and and the Bible Study Ministry Team have been working together on programs focused on healings themes for the congregation, the wider community of worshipers and the city.
The Altar Guild is a group of men and women who are called to serve God by preparing and tending the places where his people worship him. We are the priest’s partner in making the worship life of the congregation run smoothly, Our responsibilities include purchasing vestments and linens; managing flower money and orders as well as arranging the flowers; cleaning all linens; polishing silver and brass; replenishing the supplies of bread, wine and candles; participating in special rites like the stripping of the alar on Maundy Thursday. Altar Guild is a vocation whose workers are called to it and their response has to be “here I am”. The congregation is called to assist the Altar Guild in the “greening” of the Cathedral for the Christmas services.
In the 21st century, the ever-changing techniques for communications do not necessarily make a communicator’s job easier. Advances in digital technology have had a tremendous impact on how we communicate. Words on paper are still with us even though we increasingly “go green” by using the Internet. Here are the major ways we communicate:
Persons with communications skills who would like to be involved with Cathedral efforts are invited to contact us.
In addition to hosting the weekly Sunday Fellowship Hour, the team hosts many special events such as Homecoming, Harvest Festival, evening receptions, concert receptions, Christmas Eve reception, Easter Vigil reception, and the Pancake Brunch. In partnership with Church Street Eats,the team hosts the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Luncheon and the Urban Picnic. These are the visible aspects of what the team does. What isn’t seen is the organizing and ordering of food and supplies to host these events, the many hours that go into the planning, execution and clean-up. One can volunteer to join the Hospitality Team or to help at one of our many Cathedral events.
The Monday Stewards are the counters who are trained and responsible for collecting, recording and preparing the deposit of the treasure that the congregation offers each week. We work as two-person teams in coordination with the Cathedral Accountant. The counting task is regularly done on Mondays, but beginning in 2016 the task will be done on one Sunday a month, instead of a Monday, to allow for greater participation by persons who hold jobs.
The Pastoral Care Team focuses on providing attention, prayer and support to our homebound members and to our members and to their relatives and friends who are hospitalized. Our mission is to provide a pastoral presence to all our Cathedral congregation in a multifaceted manner. Our Lay Eucharistic Ministers (see Worship) continue to make visits to our homebound members on a regular basis. Are you called to this gentle ministry of prayer and caring?
Discerning what we give back to God out of all that he has blessed us with is essential in going further in our journey of faith. God loves us where we are, but does not want us to stay put on the path! The practice of tithing ten percent of our income to our faith community is a concrete and meaningful way that we put God first in our lives. The annual giving campaign in the fall is a time set aside to reflect on how the practice of intentional giving deepens our walk with Christ. The Stewardship Committee is active from late summer through mid-January.
The worship life of Christ Church Cathedral is the responsibility of the clergy, according to the Canons of the Episcopal Church. Our Dean, however, welcomes and invites the input of our Worship Team members. As a result, a revised Ushers Manual and a revised Acolyte Manual were recently produced and new procedures put into place.
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