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Our goal is to Mark Lile-King, Gateway and Engagement Coordinator, at 336-272-6149 ext. 223, or , to find out where you can share your time and talents or to volunteer in one of these areas:

Altar Flower Arrangers collect the altar flowers following the 11:15 a.m. Sunday service and make smaller arrangements to be delivered to parishioners who are ill or who need encouragement.

Altar Flower Deliverers pick up arrangements made from the altar flowers between 12:45–1 p.m. each Sunday and deliver the flowers to parishioners.

Altar Guild members prepare the altar for services; put out necessary liturgical items, linens, and special hangings as the season requires; lay out vestments; keep silver and brass polished; and generally make the Church and Chapel ready for worship. Comprehensive training is provided. Members commit to serving several hours per month which includes a Saturday morning, before or after the next day’s service, and occasional time during the week for special services.

Bookstore volunteers work two-hour shifts and help with special events in the Sacred Garden Bookstore on the corner of Fisher Avenue and Simpson Street.

Chalicists assist the Priests by serving the chalice of wine at communion. They vest in cassock and surplice and sit in the Sanctuary (the area by the altar) during the service. Chalice bearers are appointed by the Rector, licensed by the Bishop for a two-year term, and serve four to five hours per month. if you are interested in serving as a chalicist, please contact the Rector.

Choirs are open to anyone who likes to sing. More information is available here.

Christian Formation offers many ways to work with children and teens. For more information, contact Meredith Scott, Program Coordinator for Children and Youth, 336-272-6149 ext. 237, or .

Christmas Poinsettia Deliverers take poinsettias in early Advent to parishioners unable to participate in the many events and activities at the Church during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Circle of Friends is a group of parishioners who enjoy delivering meals to people who are ill, just home from the hospital, have had a death in the family, or are experiencing a difficult situation.

Condolence Note Writers are parishioners who enjoy writing and volunteer to write a note to people who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Divorce Ministry: Parting Ways offers support to people going through a divorce. If you have been divorced and are willing to share how that affected your spiritual life, you could volunteer to reach out to newly divorced parishioners.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) includes every woman in the church. Volunteers are always needed at luncheons, dinners, and the spring fundraiser. More information about individual ECW chapters can be found here.

Funeral Choir, called the Celestial Choir, is an ad hoc group of men and women who like to sing, be supportive of families grieving the loss of a loved one, and are available during the day. These singers come about 30 minutes before a funeral to robe, then process to the Chancel. Many people who attend funerals at Holy Trinity are not Episcopalians and do not know the hymns or liturgy. The Funeral Choir helps lead the singing and worship service. The choir sings about 15 times a year.

Funeral Guild volunteers help prepare the church for funerals, changing altar hangings before and after the service.

Funeral Ushers and Funeral Reception Ministry volunteers should be available during the day. Usher volunteers are particularly needed. They greet the people as they come into a service, distribute Bulletins, help with seating, and straighten the Church after the service. Funeral reception volunteers help with set up, serving, and cleaning up in the Haywood Duke Room.

Greens Guild volunteers arrange greens from their yard or the Church yard for the High Altar, Baptistry, All Saints Chapel Altar, and Children’s Chapel Altar during the week. Guild members are divided into teams of two who are responsible during a two-week period for refreshing the greenery and adding water to the vases. Greens Guild volunteers also make flower arrangements for special events at the Church. Training is provided.

Holy Trinity Transitional Housing supports refugees from foreign countries and has supported local families who have lost their homes. Holy Trinity volunteers help the families integrate into the community. Support might include food, furniture, clothing, and assistance in referrals to proper day care, health care, education, and vocational training. Holy Trinity owns and oversees two buildings: a single family dwelling on Simpson Street and a duplex on West Smith Street.

Intercessory Prayer Ministry is composed of people who commit to praying for the specific needs of others, whether public or private, and honoring the confidence and privacy of individuals and families. Based on a belief in the importance and power of prayer, this ministry views intercessory prayer as a profound expression of love. There is an orientation for volunteers.

Knit One, Pray Too is a collaborative ministry of Holy Trinity and Healing Ground. Knit One, Pray Too members enjoy knitting prayer shawls and other items that are blessed and given to people who are sick and in need of comfort. Materials are provided. The group meets the first Monday of every month, 2-4 p.m., in Smyth Library and welcomes all levels of experience — from someone who wants to learn to knit to experienced knitters.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs) share the Eucharist with people who are ill at home or in the hospital and with others who are unable to attend Church services. Licensed by the Bishop, LEVs have a deep spiritual commitment and ability to listen sensitively and reflectively to those whom they visit. There is an orientation for this ministry.

Lay Readers and Intercessors participate in Sunday services by coming forward from the congregation to read scripture lessons (lay readers) or the Prayers of the People (intercessors) at the lectern. These volunteers are assigned to services randomly and read at about four services a year. Instructions are available.

Librarians can help in Holy Trinity’s Smyth Library with shelving, organization, and card catalog work.

Money Collectors are needed to greet people at the door and collect payment at Wednesday night suppers and for special events during the program year.

Mothers Offering Mothers Support (MOMS) is a ministry of concern and support for young families with a focus on new mothers. Volunteers connect with women who are pregnant, provide a book of prayers, prepare and deliver meals to the family, and offer encouragement.

Office Volunteers do many of the things that keep Holy Trinity working. They answer the telephone, fold and collate the Sunday Bulletins, and perform other light office jobs. Just two hours a week makes a difference.

Parish Work Days, held several times a year, give parishioners the chance to weed, sweep, rake, power-wash, and more around Holy Trinity’s campus. There’s something for everyone of every age. Watch the ePistle and Sunday Bulletin for dates and times.

Pastoral Visitors are called on to make a connection with and regular visits to people who are isolated or home-bound. These visitors should enjoy engaging in conversation, listening, and sharing news about Holy Trinity events and activities.

Photographers are always needed to take photographs at parish events for various publications, social media, and the website. Contact Rita Eberle, Communications Coordinator at 336-272-6149 ext. 231 or .

Summer Outreach Sundays are held several times over the summer break. Holy Trinity raises money and contributes labor on a Sunday morning for a variety of outreach projects. Parishioners of every age have helped pack meals for Stop Hunger Now, loaded backpacks with school supplies for needy children, baked bread that was distributed in the community, and more. Check the current events calendar for more information.

Transportation Volunteers give parishioners who are unable to drive or do not have access to a ride transportation to Sunday services.

Ushers greet the people as they come into a service (especially welcoming newcomers and visitors), distribute bulletins, and help with seating. They also take up the offering, count the congregation, and assist parishioners in moving to the altar rail during communion. After the service, ushers collect Bulletins, straighten prayers books and hymnals, and generally prepare the Church for the next service. Ushers serve one Sunday service every other month.

Wedding Guild is a division of the Altar Guild. These volunteers work with the clergy and engaged couples to choreograph wedding ceremonies and ensure they unfold in a smooth and beautiful way.

Worship Service DVD Program volunteers record Sunday services. Recordings are taken to parishioners who cannot attend church.

Writers with experience can contribute to Holy Trinity’s many publications. Stories are assigned by the Communications Coordinator and the Editorial Board.

Your Book, My Voice provides volunteers who read to others. This ministry is for people who enjoy reading out loud to someone whose eyesight or health makes them unable to read for themselves.

Holy Trinity Commissions

Much of Holy Trinity’s work is done by commissions or committees that are made up of appointed members. Appointments are made at different times of the year and are usually for a three-year term. If you have a special interest or talent in one of these areas, please contact Mark Lile-King, Minister of Welcome, Engagement and Pastoral Care at 336-272-6149 ext. 272, or , and he will relay your interest to the appropriate clergy member.

Business and Finance Commission oversees the Parish budget, designated funds, investments, insurance, endowments, bookkeeping, and long-range planning.

Christian Formation Commission for Children and Youth develops and evaluates the Christian education curriculum at Holy Trinity. With the Director of Christian Formation, this Commission helps plan and organize Sunday and Wednesday classes, ensuring that the Church provides a variety of opportunities for seeking and practicing the Christian faith.

Columbarium Committee members monitor the need for space in Holy Trinity’s Columbarium, plan expansion and maintenance, and oversee Columbarium policies governing plaques, engraving, and cost of niches.

Communications Commission works with the Communications Coordinator to research, develop, and evaluate communications tools and processes that support the Church’s mission.

Environmental Stewardship Commission fosters an awareness about and commitment to sustainable practices within the Parish (energy consumption, recycling, etc.) and encourages parishioners to practice sustainability in their daily lives.

Gateway and Engagement Commission seeks to enhance the welcome and engagement of newcomers, new members, and even long-time members into the Holy Trinity family. Its aim is to help people find gateways for becoming involved in the faith community. This group hosts newcomer gatherings, delivers bread to new members, and helps with Parish-wide special events.

Memorials Committee members have oversight of honorary and memorial donations. They assess Parish needs and work with families of those being honored or memorialized to find meaningful and appropriate uses for the funds.

Outreach Commission promotes active ministries of compassion, service, and advocacy. The commission identifies and publicizes ministry opportunities within the Parish and in the community, makes grants of financial aid, and oversees the stewardship of Holy Trinity’s resources in the work of outreach ministry.

Pastoral Care Commission works to ensure that Holy Trinity is an intentionally inclusive Christian community; to be aware of and sensitive to the pastoral needs of all parishioners; and to encourage parishioners to reach out as effective lay ministers and caregivers by providing support, friendship, love, and understanding.

Personnel Committee works with the Rector on personnel policy, salary, and individual personnel matters as needed.

Physical Properties Commission works with the Parish Administrator and Junior Warden to oversee buildings, capital improvements, grounds, equipment, and furnishings.

Stewardship Committee works with the Stewardship and Planned Giving Coordinator to evaluate and plan the Every Member Canvass, Holy Trinity’s annual giving campaign.

Vestry members are the elected leaders of the Parish. Holy Trinity has 12 vestry members at any one time. Each fall a nominating committee of the Rector and four outgoing Vestry members nominates eight candidates. Four of those candidates are elected to a three-year term at the fall Parish Dinner. Each January, when new members take office, the Vestry elects a Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Secretary, and member-at-large to an Executive Committee.