At St. Andrew’s

Worship Ministry

In the Episcopal Church, worship is not a spectator sport. It is something we do, not something we watch. To make worship happen at St. Andrew’s, we need the unique gifts that all the members of the family bring to the table. Each of these liturgical ministries is open to new volunteers anytime – contact Colleen Simon, engagement coordinator, at csimon@standrewkc.org.

Music is an integral and glorious part of St. Andrew’s worship and parish life. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact Dr. Tom Vozzella, director of music and organist, at thomas@standrewkc.org.

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Acolytes

Acolytes lead processions, bearing crosses, candles, and flags; and they serve at the altar, helping to prepare Holy Communion. All young people, 6th through 12th grade, are welcome to join this special ministry.

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Altar Guild

Altar Guild prepares the church for worship. Members lovingly care for the vestments, linens, and silver used at the altar. They also tend to the candles and flowers, and they manage the bread and wine needed for Communion. The guild gathers several times each year for fellowship and training.

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Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers (EMs) assist the clergy distribute the bread and wine of Holy Communion. You will see them at Sunday services, wearing white robes and offering you the chalice. EMs also serve at special services and funerals as needed.


Greeters

Greeters are the face of St. Andrew’s because they’re the people visitors meet first. Greeters are stationed at the church doors to offer a friendly “good morning.” They’re also responsible for helping visitors and newcomers find their way around the building, such as guiding parents and kids to the nursery and Children’s Chapel/Sunday School.

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Lectors

Lectors proclaim the Word of God by reading Scripture during worship. Lectors need a confident speaking voice and a desire to bring to life the stories of the Bible.

The Order of St. Luke

The Order of Saint Luke (OSL) is a healing ministry whose members pray with and for parishioners during Communion. OSL members commit themselves to daily prayer and Scripture reading, regular worship, sharing the Gospel with others, and regular meetings for learning and growing together in Christ.


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Parish Choir

Rehearsals: Wednesdays 7-8:15 p.m., Choir Room

Our Parish Choir is open to all who have sung in a choir, have pitch recall, work toward rhythmic accuracy, and want to serve St. Andrew’s weekly at the 10:15 a.m. service.

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St. Andrew's Singers

Rehearsals: Wednesdays 8:30-9 p.m., Choir Room

This choir sings at Evensong and other special musical events. Membership is by audition and interview.

Ushers

Ushers greet newcomers and old friends alike as they enter the nave for worship, handing out bulletins and answering questions. During worship, they collect the offering and present the bread and wine at the altar. After the liturgy, the ushers pick up the bulletins and rearrange the prayer books and hymnals in the pews.

 

Other Ways to Help at St. Andrew's

Connection Partners

Connection Partners is a program of the Engagement Commission. St. Andrew’s has a large membership and it can be a bit overwhelming to build relationships and volunteer for ministries and activities when you are new. Connection Partners introduce new members to other parishioners and aid them in connecting to ministries and involvement. Contact Kim James for more information.

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Garden Guild

The Garden Guild includes men and women ranging from master gardeners to people who simply have an interest in keeping our church grounds beautiful while spending time outdoors with fellow members “digging in the dirt!” We welcome all ages and usually gather in the spring and the fall for a thorough clean-up that includes raking, pruning, trimming, planting, and fun. Contact Melissa Rock if you're interested in helping.

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Lay Pastoral Care

It doesn’t take a clerical collar to offer a pastoral presence. If you have a heart for listening to others, consider getting involved in our pastoral care ministries. You could be a Eucharistic visitor who takes Holy Communion to people who can’t get to church, visit parishioners in hospitals and nursing facilities, be part of the SweeneyCare telephone ministry, or enjoy a cup of coffee with someone at HJ’s Youth and Community Center. For more information, contact Fr. Jeff Stevenson.

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Loaves & Fishes

The gift of love and food to our parishioners is so appreciated in times of illness and loss. If you enjoy cooking and would be willing to make a dish to be taken to a St Andrew's parishioner or family, please call or email Ann Renne, pabwr@aol.com, or Julie Johnson, jjohnson100@kc.rr.com.

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HJ's Baristas

Monday-Saturday from 8-11 a.m. at HJ's Youth and Community Center

Volunteers make and serve coffee and welcome visitors to the community center.

Hospitality

Sunday mornings weekly and parish events throughout the year

Hospitality is one of St. Andrew’s spiritual gifts, and we need many hands and hearts to live out that gift week to week. Every Sunday morning, volunteers help support Coffee Hour by providing cookies and other snacks. And our many parish gatherings through the year – such as the Feast of the First Tomato, the Mardi Gras Party, and St. Andrew’s Sunday to name just a few – all need volunteer support. Contact Joy Bower if you're interested.

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Office Volunteers

Tuesday-Friday, during office hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Volunteers answer the office phone, let visitors in, welcome people into the office, and help with a variety of administrative tasks. If you can work a morning or afternoon regularly, or if you’d like to be part of a volunteer substitute pool, we’d love to have you! Contact Fr. John Spicer if you'd like to volunteer.

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Tech Guild

Sunday mornings weekly

The Tech Guild is responsible for making sure livestreaming is functioning properly, all TVs are working, and Java and Jesus at HJ’s Youth and Community Center is set up for livestreaming worship. Contact Fr. Jeff Stevenson for more information.

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Reopening for In-Person
Worship
on July 12

St. Andrew’s will reopen for in-person worship beginning Sunday, July 12. This is joyful news, but living it out will take great caution and a focus on the needs of others.

Please email or call Mary Sanders in the church office (mary@standrewkc.org; 816-523-1602, ext. 110) to reserve seating for each week.

Much of the Sunday experience will feel familiar, and we’ll follow our usual Sunday schedule. We’ll also continue offering worship and coffee hour online. However, many aspects of our worship and fellowship life will be different starting July 12.