Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. – 1 Peter 4:10
Every ministry and service opportunity is important to the life of Christ Church and the community. Your active involvement brings God’s grace into the lives of others, as well as your own.
Jennifer and Greg Andrew serve as Eucharistic Ministers in the contemporary worship service. “We feel truly honored and blessed that we are able serve communion to our fellow parishioners. It feels very special to us to be involved in such an important part of the service, and even more so that we are able to serve together.”
A teacher who loves working with kids, Wendy Waller volunteers with VBS as well as Formation and Arts programs, including a key role in the creation of this year’s children’s Christmas pageant. Leading by example, she and her husband Seth bring their children along for service opportunities when possible.
“We have always felt that as Christians it is important to give back to our church home and support all the wonderful ministries it offers in our community and around the world.
We love our church, and take advantage of so many programs and ministries it has to offer. We feel it is vital to jump in and ensure the programs can grow and thrive. The more you are involved the more Christ becomes part of your daily life and your relationship with Christ strengthens. It makes me strive to be a better person every day” Wendy says.
While many roles require simply a willing heart, some also involve training. The Education for Ministry program helped Esther Angell define her personal mission is as an Episcopalian: “To encourage others that they, too, can overcome and get strengthened in whatever situation they are in. My mission, my hope is to be the eyes and ears of Christ for someone” she adds.
Stretching outside your comfort zone and growing in confidence is often a happy outcome of service. Still, it can take a leap of faith to begin a new role. Leo Warner admits to having been nervous as he began serving as a Stephen Minister. He drew inspiration and support from his fellow Stephen Ministers. “They gave me the confidence that I could help others.”
We hope you will find it in your heart to volunteer for one or more of the many service, support and ministry opportunities offered through Christ Church in the coming year. Finding a good fit for your talents often begins in consultation with Parish Life Coordinator Leila Quinlan (904) 285-6127 ext. 223. Contact Leila or check out these service opportunities and let us know if you are interested in learning more.