We encourage parishioners to get involved in many ways in the church. One way is to join one of the lay ministries. Here are some examples:
The Altar Guild prepares the church for all services as directed by the clergy. Duties include flower arranging, preparing and cleansing the communion sets, laundering and ironing the linens, polishing brass and silver, laying out and care of vestments, filling candles and other tasks that may be needed for special services.
Members serve two two-week duty periods each quarter. All members help with decorating the church for Christmas and Easter. Meetings are held the second Sunday every other month. New members are trained under the direction of the Training Chairperson.
Service on the Guild provides the privilege of serving God in his sacristy and sanctuary. The personal satisfaction of this privilege cannot be described or measured.
Meets: Thursday 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the Choir Room
The Chancel choir is St. Matthews' adult choir, and participates each week in the 10:15 am service. All persons ages 15 and up are welcome to join the choir. The group rehearses Thursday nights from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The choir prepares anthems, generally selected from the sacred classical repertoire, for presentation during offertory and communion as well as a few concerts throughout the year. Some music experience is preferred, but not strictly required. A casual audition with the music director is requested.
The Hospitality Committee is responsible for overseeing the Greeters, Newcomer's events, annual church BBQ and providing name tags for the congregation. In addition they host coffee hours. This is a great way to get to know others at the church!
Greeters assist the Clergy in welcoming people to services, keeping a particular eye out for newcomers. Greeters assist newcomers in filling out Welcome cards, escort them to Coffee Hour after services and introduce them to parishioners or other newcomers.