Below are some of the volunteer opportunities available to members of Emmanuel. If you have a particular interest, please let the group or committee leader know.
Like most Episcopal churches, the parishioners are the leadership of Emmanuel, represented by elected Wardens and a Vestry who make decisions for the congregation at monthly meetings. We hire our priest and staff, we manage our own finances, and we hold an annual meeting and elect members to represent us in our own parish and at both the regional deanery and diocesan levels. Our monthly Vestry meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month and are open to all members of the congregation.
Parishioners are actively involved in planning (Worship Advisory Committee) our weekly services and participating in them. Members of the Altar Guild work in teams to prepare the Church for our weekly worship services. Our Choir, which is open to everyone in the parish, rehearses on Thursday evenings and on Sunday mornings in preparation for the 10 a.m. Sunday service. Ushers, acolytes of all ages, lectors and litanists help our priest during worship services. Some are called to become Lay Eucharistic Ministers, and with special training assist in serving Holy Eucharist each week.
Whenever there is a special fellowship activity at Emmanuel, the congregation at large is asked to help, whether it be contributing items and helping to organize a Yard Sale fund-raiser or making a salad to share at the annual “Welcome Back” barbecue in September to kick off the Church School year. Hosting our weekly Coffee Hours is an easy way to become involved and get to know people. You can even be paired with an experienced “host” or “hostess.”
You can get involved by taking—or teaching!—Christian Education classes for adults or children. We offer classes througnhout the school year for children from age 3 through Grade 6. New parishioners might consider volunteering to be a "substitute" teacher to fill in for a Church School teacher who is ill or out of town. During Lent, we offer adult education classes on a variety of topics related to the season.
Our pastoral care team is always in need of volunteers to visit, telephone, deliver weekly Altar flowers to, and send cards and notes to our homebound parishioners, as well as others who may be grieving, ill, recovering from illness, or hospitalized. With special training, members can become certified to offer communion to parishioners during pastoral care visits.
All parishioners are invited to participate in the mission work of the Church. Opportunities are frequent and include opportunities for all ages—everything to serving meals to the homeless to participating in food drives to contributing Christmas gifts to members of the community who might otherwise be forgotten during the holidays.
Twice a year, members of the congregation are invited to assist with maintaining our buildings and grounds on special clean-up days in the spring and fall. There is something for everyone of every age to do, from outdoor yardwork to indoor chores, such as painting, dusting, or organizing.