Make a Difference… Put Yourself in the Picture!
Being part of a Church family opens up a host of ways to volunteer your time and talent and be actively involved in the life of the Parish and the community at large. And enjoy some fellowship into the bargain.
Most of the activities are scheduled on a rotation basis so there is plenty of opportunity to be part of a team without placing an undue burden on your time. See some activity that you would like to be part of? Just call or E-mail and let the Church office know of your interest.
Worship Service Involvement
Greeters & Side Teams are on hand each Sunday to help you feel at home at St Martin’s
Servers assist the Rector under guidance of the Head Server
Alter Guild prepares the alter and church setting with appropriate adornments
Choir Music is an integral part of the liturgical celebration at St. Martin’s and members of the choir rehearse on Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:15 to bring choral majesty to the 10 am worship More information about music at St. Martin’s.
Lay Administrators assist in the distribution of the sacrament
Prayer Intercessors lead the congregation in the prayers of the people
Readers read the assigned scripture lesson for the congregation
Behind the Scenes
Are responsible for the weekly count and deposit of church offerings.
Are a much-appreciated gracious team that sets out light refreshments for folks to partake of as part of a standing invite for parishioners to enjoy some post worship fellowship.
St Martins has a dedicated prayer chain in place to respond to the call for prayers made in the wake of personal or external crisis situations of a short or long term nature.
Earth Angels help care for St. Martin’s flower beds and shrubbery
Outreach Team ~ focuses on mission and outreach activities related to the Diocese and suggestions made to and cleared by St Martin’s Parish Council.
Pastoral Care Team ~ connects with parishioners including the elderly or infirm and families during times of distress to offer a caring heart and comfort.
Serving Neighbourhood Senior Centres ~ Through the tireless efforts of St Martin’s Licensed Lay Reader, Rebecca Veale, residents of New Orchard Lodge, Carlingwood Retirement Centre and Carlingwood Manor can take part in regularly scheduled on site morning prayer service. Rebecca is a familiar face to many former parishioners now living at these centres and familiar face to the host of young people who have attended the Messy Church program hosted by St Martin’s in its 2015-16 season.
Soulful Outlets for the Heart and the Mind
Each life and journey in faith is a story waiting to be shared. St. Martin’s has several gatherings and events in place or planned that provide an environment of caring and trust in which to explore where things are at in those journeys. These include:
The Mens Fellowship Group ~ meets for breakfast on the 3rd Saturday morning of the month and is the source for St, Martin’s Annual Pancake Supper Chefs and servers.
The WWWW Group ~ members have dubbed this the weird, wacky, wonderful widows group that periodically gathers for a potluck meal to share views, insight and wisdom that only a life journey can bring to
Library & Resource Centre
The Centre has a wide assortment of books, magazines and videos on faith-related and spiritual topics that parishioners are encouraged and welcome to borrow.
Adult Study Groups
Worthwhile discussion on faith-related topics and issues are convened seasonally. Latest session dates and times will be posted. time
Guided Meditation Session The first one held during Holy Week was very well received and raised expectations that more will be forthcoming as the church season unfolds.