There are a number of ways for you to take part in parish life at St. Paul's. Should any of the ministries below appeal to you, contact us to learn how you too can become involved. Our appreciation and gratitude goes out to all of our church volunteers who donate their time and energy to each of these important ministries!
ACOLYTES: Children and adults serve at the altar assisting our priest during our services. Duties include lighting and extinguishing candles, carrying the cross in the procession and recession, and assisting with Communion.
ALTAR GUILD: Team members are responsible for setting the Lord's Table for the Holy Eucharist and cleaning up after the service. This includes not only Sunday services, but special services such as weddings and memorials. They work in teams of two or three, and also clean the church regularly.
BREAD MINISTRY: St. Paul's uses fresh-baked bread for Communion. Volunteers prepare the bread each week on a rotating basis. A simple recipe is provided, as well as prayers to be said during its preparation. The bread is then delivered to St. Paul's prior to the early Sunday service.
CHOIR AND MUSIC MINISTRY: Our musical members provide music at the 10:00am Sunday service and various services throughout the year. Music is a vital and integral part of worship at St. Paul's. The Praise Band leads us in music during the last Sunday of each month.
FLOWER GUILD: Members arrange to pick up the flowers for the altar from an area florist, and see that the flowers go to the flower donor or other designated individual after the service.
GREETERS: Our greeters stand by our entrance door and warmly welcome all visitors, newcomers, and parishioners to our service each Sunday.
LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS: The LEMs are responsible for administering the chalice to congregants during the Holy Eucharist. They are also authorized to lead Morning Prayer and may officiate at burial services.
LAY EUCHARISTIC VISITORS: LEVs are authorized to take and administer consecrated Elements to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or injury, are unable to participate at the Holy Eucharist.
LECTORS: Our lectors are individuals with public reading skills who "speak God's Word," through the reading of the Sunday lessons appointed for each particular service.
LICENSED LAY PREACHERS: Our lay preachers deliver homilies at various services throughout the year.
OBLATIONERS: Oblationers are congregants who bring forward the "gifts of the People" (i.e., the bread, wine, and water) to the altar during each service.
USHERS: Ushers assist with seating and directing congregants to the altar for Communion. They also take the offering to the altar during the Offertory.
CARING MINISTRY: Caring Ministry members are available to: provide assistance to those in need through convalescent visits, maintain a phone tree to check in with parishioners on an as needed basis, provide meals in the short-term for those unable to prepare food; or assist parishioners with shopping or transportation.
CURSILLO MINISTRY: This is a movement with the goal to bring all to Christ and to help those in the church understand their individual callings to be Christian Leaders. At St. Paul's we have an active group of men and women who meet on a regular basis and remain active in this diocesan movement.
EVANGELISM TEAM: This team guides, supports, and kindles enthusiasm in every member of St. Paul's parishioners to share their faith with others. Our Evangelism Team has a deep concern for friends, neighbors, and acquaintances who are not active church members. Their goal is to share their spiritual experiences and faith in God in order to lead others to our faith community.
FOOD BANK MINISTRY: This ministry is vital to the Payson community at large and continues to be strongly supported by the members of St. Paul's. Both non-perishable items and monetary contributions are accepted. St. Paul's helps to stock and work the local food bank at St. Vincent de Paul and the Community Presbyterian Church in Payson.
THE ORDER OF ST. LUKE: This group is comprised of parishioners who pray for the health and concerns of others. Members are available to pray with people who have needs after each Sunday service as well as after the Service of Healing and Holy Eucharist on Wednesdays. Members of the Order of St. Luke also assist our priest with prayers at our Wednesday service. All prayer requests are confidential.
PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY: This group gathers regularly to craft lap-sized quilts that are then tied together with yarn and given to those in need of extra prayers for medical, spiritual, or emotional reasons. God has the power to comfort and heal those in need; we only have to ask through prayer. The quilt is the outward sign of these prayers. The quilt is blessed at a Sunday service and hung outside the church for parishioners to tie a knot on. Each knot signifies a prayer said by each parishioner for those in need of comfort.