All parishioners at Heavenly Rest are invited to serve in the liturgy in one or more of these vital ministries.
Our Acolyte Ministry gives children the opportunity to fully participate in the 10:30 a.m. service as crucifers and torchbearers. They wear acolyte robes, and are taught all the details of the worship ceremony. Each acolyte is put on one of five teams, led by a parent and a high school student that serves in a once-monthly rotation. Acolytes derive a deeper liturgical experience while assuring that church service runs smoothly. Acolyting at special services, such as Christmas and Easter, is done on a volunteer basis. Contact the Rev. Cindy Stravers.
Open to women and men, the Altar Guild is a group of laypersons entrusted with the responsibility of preparing the altar for the Holy Eucharist and caring for the communion vessels. They serve the church before the Eucharist by arranging the linens, candles, wine, and wafers on the altar, and by divesting it and washing the silver after the service. To participate contact Molly Grose.
Heavenly Rest Parish Choir
Described by one of our members as “Oxford meets Manhattan with a a dash of folk and a strong sense of family” is an apt description of a wonderful community at Heavenly Rest. We welcome volunteer musicians with solid music reading and part singing ability and blending voices who sing alongside our team of gifted section leaders. There is no weeknight rehearsal and we gather on Sunday mornings at 9am to rehearse for the 10:30 service. The full choir is in session each Sunday mid September through Memorial Day. We sing hymns, service music, and two anthems each week ranging in musical style from Medieval to newly composed works. If you have comfortable music and part reading ability and a blending voice and are interested in offering your time and talents to the Heavenly Rest Parish Choir, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Mollie Nichols.
Children and Youth Choirs
From the very young through high school there is a place for children and youth who love to sing in one of our choirs. Adult volunteers help teach and supervise. For information visit the Children’s Choir page or contact Director of Music Mollie Nichols.
The Order of St. Luke is a group of laypersons trained to pray with the sick and others who need help in seeking God’s special blessings in their lives. Members of the Order of St. Luke offer healing prayers on Sunday mornings. Call Deacon Caroline Boynton.
Ushers offer a warm greeting to our worshipers, provide information, assist people to their seats, take up the collection, and supervise the congregation going to Communion. Ushers are assigned to one of four teams and serve in a once-monthly rotation. To participate contact the Rev. Cynthia Stravers at email@example.com.
Our team of greeters serve in a ministry of hospitality after services, helping to welcome newcomers during our coffee hour. For more information, please contact the Rev. Cynthia Stravers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A lay reader is a member of the congregation who reads one or two passages from Holy Scripture. Lay Readers are scheduled based on their availability and serve at Wednesday evening and Sunday morning services. For more information contact the Rev. Cynthia Stravers at email@example.com.
A Chalice Bearer, or Lay Eucharistic Minister, assists clergy with distributing the wine during Holy Communion. Any older youth or adult may become a chalice bearer following training. For information contact the Rev. Cynthia Stravers at firstname.lastname@example.org.