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Ways to Serve

Serving at St. John’s

A great way to get more involved at St. John’s is by volunteering to serve during our worship service or with one of our programs during the week. If you are interested in serving for any of the positions below, please contact the church at stjnewhaven@gmail.com or contact Parish Worker Paul Smith at paulsmith29@yahoo.com.


Sunday Service

Altar Guild

Prepare the altar before the worship service, and take care of the objects used during worship service. To get involved, contact Lenore Hammers at habitathammers@yahoo.com.

Greeters

Welcome people to the service as they arrive, and hand them a booklet. Collect offerings, and bring up the bread and the wine.

Liturgical Assistant

Help serve alongside the Priest, and assist in conducting the service.

Lectors

Read aloud the Old Testament Lesson or the Epistle Reading.

Prayers of the People

Lead the congregation in the Prayers of the People from the Book of Common Prayer.

Chalice Bearer

Assist the Priest in giving out the wine to those who partake in the Communion.

Coffee Hour

  • Set-up: you and another volunteer pair up to set up for coffee hour, which includes brewing coffee, setting the table of foods, putting out napkins, and etc.
  • Food: fruits, baked goods, chips and salsa, cheese and other spreads, popsicles—you name it! If it’s edible and too good to have by yourself, please bring your culinary offerings to share with the church.
  • Clean-up: collect emptied plates and used cups, and wash them so that we will have clean utensils and china to use next week. Trash is also taken out.

To volunteer for any of the above positions, contact Paul Smith at paulsmith29@yahoo.com.


Music

Praise Band

Under the direction of the week’s band leader, lead the congregation in several praise songs for the Sunday service. The praise band usually rehearses on Thursday evenings from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. and consists of all kinds of instruments: fiddle, guitar, piano, mandolin, banjo, box drum, bass, harmonium—you name it! To get involved, contact Jamie Dunn at james.dunn@yale.edu.

Choir

Under the direction of the choir director, sing an anthem during the offertory. Choir practice is held on Thursday evenings from 7:00 until 8:30. To get involved, contact Michael Racine at mpr@michaelracine.net.

Taizé

Under the direction of the choir director, lead the congregation in Taizé hymns, on instruments or vocally. We rehearse directly before the monthly Taizé service, from 9:30 until 10:15 a.m. To get involved, contact Michael Racine at mpr@michaelracine.net.


Property Committee

Help to preserve and beautify our historic building.  We are looking for volunteers to take on a project under the direction Ben Northrup, the Property Committee Chair.  If interested, contact him at ben.northrup@mac.com.


ESOL Volunteer

Come alongside your refugee and immigrant neighbors to help them grow in their English language skills as they navigate life in America through our programs for English Speakers of Other Languages. Volunteer as a tutor or childcare worker. For more information or to volunteer, contact coordinators Michele Sigg (mmsigg5@gmail.com) or Tanya Walker (emailmetw@gmail.com). Learn more about ESOL here.


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