Now it is Frans and Darlene's turn to head up the January team of Sacred Service. There are many things to remember to do as we prepare for service and coffee time following and then with clean up. It is always great to see new faces ushering and collecting offering during service. Thank you for your dedication. l
Darlene sent out the following reminder for all Sacred Service teams:
Please be advised that Jerry Stride is no longer volunteering as an usher on the second Sunday of the month. After 35 years, he deserves a rest. Bob Hanwell has said that his third Sunday ushering capability is restricted because of physical ailments so please confirm his availability in advance. Thanks.
Special thanks go to Don McKinnon who along with Mona make coffee for the T.M. room on the second Sunday of the month.
Deb Charnuski had her hands full during the busy Christmas season. Her team, augmented by other willing volunteers, prepared St. David's for several extra services as well as having five Sundays in their month. You deserve to rest, now.
Thank you to the October team led by Sally Hodges. November team, led by Betty Smith, started by serving Communion Sunday morning.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2018
The September team, led by Janet Clare, is hard at work, making sure that all is set up and taken down for each Sunday Worship Service. Check out the new photos.
Check out the photo featuring the June team at work preparing for fellowship time. Joan Gray, Norma Rasmussen and Marian Whitman, leader.
JUNE 3, 2018
Marian Whitman's June team had a new helper on Sunday morning. It was great to see Deb Charnuski busily at work, greeting and ushering. Deb went to Peru before Easter and flew directly from there to Ontario to help out her parents then had to return from Calgary almost immediately to be there for her mother's memorial service. Welcome back, Deb. AND THANKS, JUNE TEAM, FOR YOUR GREAT WORK ON SUNDAY.
MAY 28, 2018
Sacred Service coordinators met on Sunday, May 27 to discuss the past year and plan for next year. The general consensus is that we have some 125 people on 12 teams who are helping to make St. David's a great place to worship on Sunday morning. We stressed the need to update our membership/adherent records but realize that it is not an easy task.
Enjoy the photos from May's team and over to you, Marian and June's team. The value of the month of June is "Celebration" and Sacred Service really makes that our value throughout the year.
1. Remember to lock the front doors after service. Iglisio ni Cristos does not have keys.
Note from Chantal: We have had 3-4 times in the past two months where the front door has been left unlocked over night on Sunday. I waas hoping you could please pass a reminder along to the sacred service leaders to remember to lock the door on Sunday before they leave.
2. OFFERING PLATES ARE NO LONGER IN THE SANCTUARY CLOSET - IT CONTAINS IGLISIO NI CRISTOS BELONGINGS. THE PLATES ARE FOUND IN THE CANDLE ROOM AT THE BASE OF THE STAIRS LEADING TO THE BALCONY.
HERE IS OUR COORDINATOR'S MESSAGE:
It is our turn (Brenda Wallace and Dave Layton) to make sure lights are on, candles are lit, coffee and goodies are ready, greeters are greeting and ushers are ready to usher and collect offering at the assigned time. Oops! On Sunday morning, the offering plates came out of their storage space but unfortunately were hidden from sight until half way through the collection time. Not to be deterred, Dave used the basket for the worship folders and, along with additional baskets provided by the May Sacred Service team, managed to carry out the task while Stephen Ross, our guest pianist for the service, provided the offering of music.
Yvonne Adams has stepped in to lead the April team while Bonnae McTavish recuperates from her surgery. Such an invaluable service each team provides. It is delightful to come through the doors of the church to be greeted by friendly faces and watch the activity of preparation for the gathering. Meanwhile, May's team met at my house after church on April 8 to begin planning for summer and sacred service. Here's hoping!!!!
Bonnae McTavish's April team met after service on Sunday to make plans for their coming month. Heather and Ray MacIntosh's March team. started their month in fine form, Sunday morning.The Value of the Month for March is "Adventure," and sometimes meeting all the demands for Sunday morning is truly an adventure!!
Darlene, Frans and the January team have been hard at work. Thanks for the "Welcome Back" Lunch on Sunday.
Well done, December team. As usual, December is a demanding month, making Sacred Service an even more vital part of the worship experience at St. David's. Thanks go to Deb and her buddy team leader, Marian, for your dedication and commitment.
We have a new coordinator!! Awesome!! Sheryl Schoenthaler has taken Colleen Whidden's place and we are thankful for her willingness to volunteer. Thank you, Colleen, for your efforts over the past years as this very successful program was launched. Betty and her team have been doing a fabulous job this month. Thank you, November team.
Sally Hodges' October team, along with buddy team led by Bonnae McTavish, are doing a smashing job, undertaking all of the tasks before, during and following service Sunday mornings. Their first Sunday involved World Day of Communion. (NOTE: Communion is usually served on the third Sunday of the month from October to April.)
You will notice that the Coffee Instructions have been updated. Our time together Sunday morning after service with coffee and goodies is a very important social time enjoyed by many. We like the new little round tables!!
SEPTEMBER 2017 has the Clare team hard at work. Awesome! I apologize for the misspelling of the Clare name in the minutes for our May 2017 meeting. And now it is time for Sally Hodges' team to take care of us with Bonnae McTavish's April team as the Buddy team (the team to call if extra help is required.)
PLEASE NOTE THE FILE ATTACHMENTS BELOW THAT INCLUDE THE LATEST CHECKLISTS FOR SACRED SERVICE TEAMS.
SEE ARCHIVE FOR PREVIOUS MONTHLY UPDATES
AUGUST 2017 has created some angst as we sought out leadership for the month. Kerry and her July team have offered to serve during the first Sunday of August. Stay tuned for further updates as the month progresses.
JUNE 2017 UPDATE
Marian Whitman and her June team are bringing to life the value of the month, "Delight," as they greet us at the door, usher, make and serve coffee, light candles, etc. We have such a fabulous team of "servants" at St. David's. With the blend of Sacred Service teams along with existing and long-term Greeter, Usher and Coffee Teams, we are so very fortunate.
Team Coordinators met with Peggy at the end of May to strategize for the next year's Sacred Service program. Updated checklists can be found as file attachments below.
SACRED SERVICE OVERVIEW
St. David's Sacred Service are teams of people (children to adults) who take on the supportivee tasks associated with Sunday morning events for one month each year. There are 12 Sacred Service teams operating at St. David's, with newcomers being added when they are comfortable and ready.
PURPOSE of Sacred Service Ministry:
1. To deepen the relationships of people within the church.
2. To promote a higher rate of active participation in the faith life of St. David's
3. To allow for people to test their gifts.
4. To offer an opportunity for meaningful intergenerational interaction.
5. To provide occasions where newcomers can become more involved in the life of the community.
6. To have fun!
HOW IT WORKS:
- Working with existing teams, ushering and greeting including and taking offering
- Preparing for the Coffee fellowship time
- Setting up the communion and prayer candle tables as required
- Reading scripture in cooperation with existing team
- Tidying up the sanctuary before and after the service
- Providing and preparing bread and juice for communion
- Setting up communion Sunday morning
- Serving communion
- Assisting with Community Lunch
TIME REQUIREMENTS and other FAQs:
- Some team members will be needed prior to service and others after service
- Coordination will be initially an assigned role but, later, can rotate among team members
- Kids are welcome
- Church attendance is flexible - come on your own availability
IF THIS ISN'T FOR YOU:
You will be contacted by your team leader and, at that time, you can indicate your availability. Honorable exemptions can be given by calling the office at 403 284 2276.