choir-webWorship is central to our life together.

On Sunday we worship with a traditional Rite II liturgy at 8:00 am and 10:30 am. Between the services, we share breakfast together in the parish hall and enjoy a variety of Christian education offerings for all ages.

On Wednesday evenings we celebrate with a short service at 6:00 pm, enlivened by contemporary music led by our Joyful Noise band.

From a wonderfully chaotic Blessing of the Animals on the feast of St. Francis to our celebration of the Great Easter Vigil with “smells and bells,” our worship proclaims our love of Christ. We are fully committed to faithful worship that nourishes and inspires us to do God’s work in the world.

We believe that the Lord’s Table is open to all Christians no matter where they are on their spiritual journey. Come join us!

Children’s Chapel

During the Gloria (right at the beginning of our service), we invite children in kindergarten through second grade to follow the cross out of “big church” and into their very own chapel. At Children’s Chapel, they’ll learn about the day’s scripture readings and follow a developmentally-appropriate version of the liturgy. They’ll return to “big church” in time for the passing of the peace, equipped with an activity to help keep them engaged throughout the Eucharist.

acolyte-recentAcolytes

Acolytes are an integral part of the worship service at St.Thomas. Younger acolytes carry the torches at the 10:30 am service, while older acolytes may serve at either the 8:00 am and the 10:30 am services by carrying the cross or by assisting the priests during communion. Kids in grades 4-12 are invited and encouraged to participate.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild prepares the altar for worship services and cares for the altar linens and Eucharistic vessels. Volunteers offer their time and skill for weekly services, special festivals, and for other important events held throughout the year.

There is no better way to learn about the traditions of the Mass and why the Episcopal Church does things “just so” than to serve on Altar Guild.

Choir

Our choir sings at the 10:30 Sunday morning service and for some holy days and feast days. Their repertoire ranges from Renaissance music to modern works. New members are always welcome. The ability to read music is not required, and there is no audition process. If you can carry a tune and blend your voice with others, the choir has a seat for you! Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm from mid-August through the end of May.

Daughters of the King

The Daughters of the King is a lay order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches who are in the historic Episcopate. After undergoing a training and discernment period, a Daughter pledges herself to a lifelong program of prayer, service, and evangelism. Our chapter, The St. Brigid Chapter, was chartered March 17, 2002.

Eucharistic Ministers

Licensed by the diocese, Eucharistic Ministers serve at the Lord’s Table during Communion and give voice to our prayers during Sunday services. Some Eucharistic Ministers are specially licensed to take communion from our Sunday Eucharist to members of the St. Thomas community who are hospitalized or homebound, enabling them to flower-guildshare with us in the Lord’s Supper. If you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister, please speak with our clergy.

Flower Guild

Flowers at St. Thomas are planned and arranged by the talented and devoted volunteers of the Flower Guild. The Guild provides floral arrangements for Sunday services and prepares extensive floral decorations at Christmas and Easter. Flower Guild volunteers serve once every 6-8 weeks, and everyone helps with Easter and Christmas. New members are welcome and no experience is necessary. All you need is a desire to learn and a love of beauty.

To sponsor flowers on a particular Sunday, sign up on the wall calendar that is posted outside the flower room next to the parlor. The suggested donation is $40.

Greeters

Greeters are the friendly folks who welcome people as they come in the door. In a church as big as St. Thomas, we don’t always know each other. Greeters identify newcomers, help people who may need assistance, and offer hospitality to all. Greeters make sure that everyone gets a friendly hello on Sunday mornings.

Joyful Noise

Joyful Noise is our contemporary music group. They play on the second Sunday of each month at the 10:30 am service, at the Wednesday evening service, and for other special occasions as requested. Most of their music is selected from the Alleluia III songbook. These volunteers enthusiastically support our less formal worship services. Joyful Noise rehearses at 5:30 on Wednesday evenings.

Lectors 

Lectors read the scripture lessons aloud to the congregation and lead the recitation of the Psalms. Lectors choose whether to serve at the 8:00 or 10:30 Sunday morning services. They can expect to be scheduled once a month or so. Serving as a lector is a wonderful opportunity to enhance our common worship.

Ushers

Ushers have several duties beyond merely helping folks find a seat. They distribute bulletins, take the official headcount, carry the bread and wine to the altar at the appointed time, pass the offering plate, direct people to the altar during the Eucharist, and (more often than you might think) regulate the thermostat during the service. After the service, they are responsible for straightening pews, putting away prayer books, and collecting discarded bulletins. Ushers ensure the congregation’s comfort and keep the service running smoothly.