Blessed to be a Blessing

The ministry of a lay person is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.

The Book of Common Prayer, page 402

VESTRY

Contact Person: Canon Walkine

The Vestry is the body which runs the parish and is responsible for overseeing all matters in the parish, the ministries, the upkeep of the buildings, the management of finances, etc. The Vestry is also responsible for the long-term and short-term policies of the parish. Please think about this and pray about this. Consider whether you might like to offer yourself for election in the coming year. Our Parish Vestry is made up of:

  • The Clergy
  • The Priest’s Warden (who is appointed by the Rector )
  • The People’s Warden (who is elected every two years)
  • And eight elected persons, four persons appointed by the Rector and heads of parish organizations.

Ministries

ACOLYTES
Contact Persons: Vonise Bethel
These are the persons who are called by God to serve around God’s Holy Altar, assisting the Priests in the services of the church such as lighting and extinguishing the candles, carrying the cross and torches in procession, bringing the elements to the Priest and assisting in anyway they can. Persons can become a part of the Altar Servers Guild from an early age and continue to serve all life long. Serving around the altar is a privilege and is very special and a total commitment is required. Practices are held on Saturdays and members are required to attend mass and evensong on Sundays when scheduled.

ANGLICAN CHURCH MEN (ACM) 
Contact Person: Dale Grant
This group has been formed to foster a bond of fellowship among the men of the parish and to enable them through that fellowship to become involved in various volunteer activities with-in the church. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m., in the Conference Room.

ANGLICAN CHURCH WOMEN (ACW)
Contact Person: Andrea Francis
This group has been formed to enable all women of the parish to become involved in various volunteer activities within the church as well as in fellowship, support and outreach. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m., in the Parish Hall.

ADVERTISING / INVITING 
Contact Person: Canon Walkine
This ministry sees that congregational events are well publicized, that literature about St. Matthew is available and well-displayed, that a Website is in place and is updated and that St. Matthew’s Church has an inviting, welcoming and informative atmosphere.

ALTAR GUILD
Contact Person: Keith Strachan
Every Altar Guild works from a “Sacristry”. This group of men and women work closely with the priests regarding customs, symbols, colours and correct usages in the worship of the church. Their duties are many. They include keeping linens laundered, vessels clean, altars and the sanctuary of God’s temple neat and tidy and well supplied.

BAPTISMAL / CONFIRMATION SPONSOR 
Contact Persons: Canon Walkine & Fr. Burton
This ministry is a tie to the church for the child. The sponsor is
basically a mentor – sending birthday cards, writing notes, letting the child know there is someone in the church that cares for his spiritual life.

BIBLE STUDY
Contact Person: Canon Walkine
The importance of studying the Bible cannot be over emphasized. The Bible is the guide to our living as God expects us to live. Bible Study provides an opportunity for the family to study the Bible and other related topics together. Bible Study is held on Tuesday evenings in the Conference Room. Everyone ought to be a part of this study group.

BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY, GET WELL & SYMPATHY CARDS
Contact Person: Canon Walkine
To design and /or create templates of cards to be printed at the office which will be distributed to persons in the parish who are celebrating birthdays or anniversaries and who are experiencing times of sickness or death of a loved one.

BULLETIN BOARDS / BANNERS
Contact Person: Kervinique Ferguson
One doesn’t have to be crafty or creative to serve in this ministry although it helps. If you have a heart for communication then you are qualified to serve. Bulletin boards are available to send a message of welcome, encouragement or “what, when, where, and why” to our fellow parishioners and to others who visit our church throughout the weeks and months of the year.

CHOIRS
Contact Persons: 7:15 am Marge Knowles & 10:30 am Vivienne Francis
Music is a very important ministry in the Church and our choirs play a vital role in that ministry. If you want to make a
meaningful contribution to our worship services and have fun while doing it, the choir may be for you. Our choirs are pretty good, but they could be even better with a few more good voices. You don’t need to be a professional singer or be able to sight read Mozart (of course it helps) just a love for singing and working as a team member is required. Depending on your time for attending Mass you may join “The Sunrise Choir” (7:15 am) or “The Senior Choir” (10:30 am) Remember – “He/she who sings prays twice.

CHRISTIAN YOUTH MOVEMENT (CYM)
Contact Persons: Fr. Burton
This group is for teenagers 13 -18 years. The purpose of the CYM is to develop strong bonds with each other while pursuing their journey with Christ. The members of the CYM fulfill this through outreach, Bible Study and by simply having a good time.
Meetings are held every Friday from 7 :00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.

Youth Chaperone 
Without added adult support from parents and other members of the congregation, the youth program cannot succeed. Your level of commitment can vary to whatever you are able to give.

CHURCH SCHOOL / CHILDREN’S CHAPEL TEACHERS
Contact Persons: Patrice Fawkes, Kervinique Ferguson
Christian Formation Teachers play a vital role in the spiritual lives of children. Our Church School and Sunday School (Children’s Chapel) are always in need of volunteers to serve as teachers or helpers. As teachers and helpers you are God’s hands, feet and body. Many may have reservations about teaching Church School or Sunday School, but put them aside. God does not ask for perfection, but rather a willingness and openness to serve. Christian Education is very important. It is such a wonderful thing to impart the Good News to a child. This may just be your gift.

COLLECTION COUNTERS
Contact Person: Canon Walkine
Members of the church, especially those with a financial and banking experience are invited to help count the Sunday
Offerings with the Treasurer. You are scheduled depending on the time that you attend Mass. (7:15 am or 10:30 am)

DRAMA
Contact Person: Iris Finlayson
Members of the parish with a special talent for and / or interest in the theatre are invited to join our group of actors called “The St. Matthew Players” Actors as well as persons to work behind the scene are needed. The Players perform various plays throughout the year and from time to time perform during special liturgies.

ELEMENT BEARERS / OBLATION BEARERS
Contact Persons: Catechist Roosie / Canon Walkine
These are the members of the church who offer the bread and the wine at the presentation of the gifts on behalf of the
congregation. The Bearers present the offering to the priest, who then prepares the altar for communion. This can be a family ministry and can be offered on special occasions such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, rejoicing because of a great blessing received or remembering with love a departed relative on the anniversary of their death and/or burial.

FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE
Contact Persons: Heads of Parish Organizations
The time of fellowship that we enjoy after Mass is enhanced by the refreshments that are provided each Sunday. Members of the parish who are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or any other special event, are invited to share their joy by contributing towards the refreshments. Your contribution can be a cake, sandwiches, juice, coffee etc. or being present to distribute the same.

FINANCE COMMITTEE
Contact Person: Canon Walkine, Debbie Taylor, Berry Sweeting
The Finance Committee is responsible for recommending the budget to the Rector, Vestry and the members of the parish at the Annual General Meeting, oversight of the adopted budget and recommendations regarding reserves, income and
expenditures and investment of Church funds.

FLOWER GUILD
Contact Persons: Canon Walkine / Sharon Ferguson
All members of the church are encouraged to share in this ministry whenever we are permitted by the Lectionary to have flowers on the altars. Members of the parish who are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or any other special event, are invited to share their joy by contributing towards the flowers for the altars.

FLOWER DELIVERY
Canon Walkine 
A part of the parish’s visitation ministry, the flower delivery
ministry is one that is appreciated by parishioners. Volunteers are needed to deliver flowers from the altars on Mondays to parishioners who are in hospital, or shut-in, or who have suffered the loss of a loved one. This pastoral ministry extends loving care to our parishioners, and gives the recipients a feeling of connection to the church.

GREETERS
Contact Person: Keith Strachan
The Greeter Ministry serves to extend a sense of warmth, welcome and personal connection to all who attend worship services St. Matthew’s. Greeters can be particularly helpful to visitors who may be in the market for a church home. By extending our sincere hospitality at the doorstep visitors may begin to get a sense for the character of our church. Greeters can play an important role for the assimilation of new and returning members. If you have the gift of hospitality please consider volunteering for the Greeter Ministry.

LECTORS / LITANISTS
Contact Persons: Catechist Roosie / Canon Walkine
Lectors are parishioners who read the lessons during the services. Litanists are parishioners who read and lead the Prayers of the People (Intercessions).
Individuals are needed to lead the Intercessions and read the lessons at the Masses on Sunday mornings and Evensong on
Sunday evenings. If you are a good reader, then volunteer to read in church. The Ministry of God’s Word is vital and the reading of the Scriptures is done at all services.

MAINTENANCE
Contact Person: Tommy Treco
Maintenance of the Church Buildings is important. There are always odd jobs to be done around the Church – carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing, painting, air conditioning, sound equipment, or carpeting. There is always something that needs to be done. If you are qualified in these areas of building up-keep then put your gift to use and help your Church.

MEMBERSHIP CARE
Contact Persons: Canon Walkine / Sharon Ferguson
This ministry establishes personal contact with members whose lack of attendance is of concern. Calls or emails absent
Members; gives a friendly call to homebound or elderly .

OFFICE VOLUNTEERS 
Contact Persons: Canon Walkine / Sharon Ferguson
Members of this ministry team do general office work such as filing, typing, sorting of envelopes and placing membership data on the computer.

PRAYER MINISTRY
Contact Person: Alice Innis
Prayer is the key to the success of every church. Therefore all members are encouraged to become active in the Ministry of Prayer. It does not mean you have to join the church’s Fellowship of Prayer Group, although we highly recommend that you do so. The Prayer Fellowship meets the fourth Tuesday each month in the Church at 7:00 p.m. for prayer, fellowship and study. Within this small group setting you can learn “What prayer is”, “The types of prayer”, “How to pray” etc. This group also helps you to develop your private prayer life. 

SOCIAL OUTREACH 
Contact Person: Valerie Smith
The men and women of the Social Outreach Committee play an important role in the life and ministry of the parish. Everyone can help in this ministry even if they are not members of the committee. You can make financial contributions on a monthly basis through the Social Outreach envelope in your envelope packet or you can make donations of food stuff which can be brought to the church every Sunday and given to members of the Committee. Suggested food items are corned beef, tuna, 2lb bags of rice, 2lb bags of grits, 2lb bags of sugar, tea, tomato paste, cream, soup, soap, toothpaste, baby food, deodorants and pampers.

STUDENT MINISTRY
Contact Person: Canon Walkine
There are many of our young members who are away from us studying abroad. Keeping in touch with them by email, face book, snail mail, etc. assures them of our prayerful support.
Experience shows us that when they return home from school they rekindle their relationship with their church family.

USHERS
Contact Person: Keith Strachan
Volunteers are needed to greet persons on their arrival at church; to properly seat them; to distribute bulletins and other worship materials; to collect the offering and to assist the
congregation to go forward to receive Holy Communion. Ushers should be friendly and outgoing persons with a pleasant
personality. Ushers are needed for the 7:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Masses and 7:00 p.m. Evensong on Sundays and other special
occasions. Persons should be willing and able to reach church half hour before the service begins and leave after everything has been put away.

Committees of the Vestry

Christian Formation & Education
To teach about God so everyone in the congregation may have knowledge, as well as to assist in spiritual formation in order to know God in an intimate and personal way.

Communication
To assist in disseminating information about St. Matthew’s worship services and other events to the surrounding communities through print and electronic media. This includes disseminating information on fundraising and other special events by writing news releases, contacting members of the media, preparing mailings, designing, distributing or posting flyers, signs, or banners on the church premises and in local establishments.

Pastoral Care
To address the concerns and conditions of persons in the congregation so that they may grow in their spiritual lives and become better equipped for life as Christian disciples.

SOCIAL OUTREACH 
Contact Person: Valerie Smith
The men and women of the Social Outreach Committee play an important role in the life and ministry of the parish. Everyone can help in this ministry even if they are not members of the committee. You can make financial contributions on a monthly basis through the Social Outreach envelope in your envelope packet or you can make donations of food stuff which can be brought to the church every Sunday and given to members of the Committee. Suggested food items are corned beef, tuna, 2lb bags of rice, 2lb bags of grits, 2lb bags of sugar, tea, tomato paste, cream, soup, soap, toothpaste, baby food, deodorants and pampers.