Ministries

St. Paul’s is a vibrant parish with many opportunities to grow in faith through worship, formation, outreach and fellowship. There are also many ways for our members to serve God and others by getting involved in the following ministries of the church.

For more information and a referral to the leaders of any of these ministries, contact Betsy Bost, Membership Coordinator, at bbost@stpauls-ws.org.

Ushers—Ushers welcome people, hand out service leaflets, collect the offering, assist with directing people during communion and pick up leaflets at the conclusion of the service. Scheduling is flexible, and the total time commitment is left to the individual.

Youth Ushers—Youth Ushers are sixth and seventh graders who assist adult ushers at the 9:00 a.m. Sunday services during the school year, handing out leaflets and collecting the offering.

Acolytes—Acolytes serve as crucifers, servers and torchbearers during services. Youth acolytes are organized into teams, each led by an adult volunteer who coordinates their team’s service schedule. Youth acolytes also participate in other special services. Adult acolytes serve as needed at funerals and other services as well.

Chalice Bearers—Chalice Bearers assist the clergy at services of Holy Eucharist throughout the year. They are licensed by the bishop to administer consecrated wine to the congregation.

Lectors—Lectors read aloud the Old and New Testament Lessons and Prayers of the People during services throughout the year.

Eucharistic Visitors—Eucharistic Visitors are licensed by the bishop to administer the consecrated bread and wine to those who are unable to come to church. Some visit parishioners in private homes while others visit them in assisted living and health care facilities.

Healing Prayer Team—Team members offer prayers for healing of body, mind and spirit on request at services of Holy Eucharist.

Altar Guild—Members of the Altar Guild prepare the church and the chapel for the celebration of the Eucharist and for all other services, making sure linens, sacred vessels, vestments and communion supplies are all maintained and available.

Flower Guild—Guild members arrange flowers for all services at St. Paul’s.

Christian Formation for Adults—Christian formation is a life-long process that involves the various aspects of our communal life together, such as liturgy, prayer, pastoral care, outreach and Christian education. The Adult Christian Formation Committee coordinates a variety of spiritual formation opportunities on Sunday mornings for adults at St. Paul’s. In addition, the committee plans weeknight classes and seasonal events and helps facilitate small groups.

Christian Formation for Children and Youth—The Directors of Children’s and Youth Ministries rely on volunteers for help with presenting age-appropriate Sunday morning formation classes for parish children and youth. They also welcome help with committees and program and office administration.

Choirs— The music ministry at St. Paul’s is an opportunity for service, musical education and spiritual enrichment for all ages based in the Anglican Choral Tradition. Its primary purpose is to enrich the worship of God. All the choirs sing every Sunday for services September through May as well as for the primary Feast Days and often for diocesan services. Special services include Choral Evensong, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas, and the Feast of Lights for Epiphany.

Stephen Ministry—Stephen Ministry is a program that equips lay persons to provide confidential and distinctively Christian care one-on-one to those experiencing various kinds of life needs and circumstances such as illness, divorce, loss of a loved one or loss of employment.

Recovery Committee—The mission of the Recovery Committee is to educate parishioners about the disease of addiction and the paths to recovery with the goal of fostering a caring and approachable congregation supportive of those who are affected by this devastating illness.

Faith and Justice—The Faith and Justice Committee works to educate parishioners about the Gospel’s call to become a community of justice, advocacy, action and service in Jesus’s name.

Kids’ Café—The Kids’ Café Ministry is a partner with Second Harvest Food Bank’s Children’s Nutrition Program. The goal is to feed students’ bodies, minds and spirits. Three evenings per week, students in grades K-12 receive an evening meal followed by a homework session guided by volunteers who assist the students with daily assignments, school projects, test preparation and remedial help in reading and math.

Backpack Program—The Backpack Program is a weekend nutrition program which provides breakfast and lunch for the neediest children at any given school. St. Paul’s has run a Backpack Program in collaboration with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina and South Fork Elementary School since April 2011. Backpack program volunteers also support the Family Food Pantry at South Fork Elementary.

ReadWS—The mission of ReadWS is to improve the reading, writing and spelling abilities of low-income children and teens who struggle with literacy skills. The Augustine Project® trains and supports volunteer tutors who provide qualified students with free, one-on-one, long-term, Orton-Gillingham instruction.

Jail and Prison Ministry—The Jail and Prison Ministry conducts a worship service at the jail one Sunday each quarter. Trained volunteers participate in the service, read lessons and prayers of the people, and sing and play hymns. This ministry gives volunteers the opportunity to bring the Gospel to those on the margins of our society.

Summer Enrichment—For more than four decades, St. Paul’s has sponsored a Summer Enrichment Program for first through ninth graders who live in the Thurmond Street neighborhood and those who attend St. Paul’s Kids’ Café during the school year. The program provides a positive setting in which the children can develop self-esteem, establish healthy living skills and learn to appreciate God’s gifts. The four-week program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. weekdays in July. Paid staff members manage the program and welcome volunteers who prepare lunches, teach classes and offer field trips and other opportunities for the students.

Crisis Ministry—The Crisis Ministry provides financial assistance to low-income people with significant health issues who are often referred by local health agencies such as Cancer Services, the Department of Social Services and Sunnyside Ministry. The Crisis Ministry is made possible by the Stedman Funds through The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Social Action Committee—This committee assists with the planning and setup of various short-term outreach projects including staffing the Samaritan Inn shelter for one week each November, packaging meals for Stop Hunger Now, Toys for Prisoners’ Children, and a January food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank.

Outreach Funding Advisory Committee—This committee makes recommendations to the Vestry for financial outreach support from the Stedman Fund, administered by The Winston-Salem Foundation, and from the St. Paul’s Fund, which is drawn from undesignated gifts to St. Paul’s.

Welcome Committee—The Welcome Committee greets, introduces and incorporates visitors and newcomers into the life of St. Paul’s. They are available at most Sunday services and other special services. The committee also sponsors social events for visitors and newcomers throughout the year.

Guild of the Christ Child—This ministry for parish families expecting or adopting a child. For many years, the Guild has served as a warm and loving presence, helping welcome newborns and newly-adopted children into the parish by offering prayers, notifying clergy of the new arrival, providing “care packages” and a meal, and by sending cards on the children’s birthdays and the anniversaries of their baptisms.

Event Hospitality Committee—The Hospitality Committee’s purpose is to set up, decorate, serve and clean up after parish receptions, dinners and special events. The committee also consults with individual committee chairmen about set up and decorations for their committee’s events.

Agape Host Ministry—The members of this ministry assist in extending the care and comfort of Christ’s love to those who have lost loved ones and their families and friends at the time of a funeral by being present with the family before, during and after the service.

Senior Adults—The ministry to senior adults offers fellowship, pastoral care and support to the parish’s senior adult population. Activities such as monthly luncheons, overnight trips and local outings are offered. The Senior Adults Minister calls on seniors in hospitals, nursing facilities, homes and retirement communities and counsels families on senior-related issues and available community resources. Sick, homebound and hospitalized parishioners are offered communion by clergy and Eucharistic Visitors each week. Holy Eucharist is celebrated the first Thursday in every month at Salemtowne and Arbor Acres communities.

Library Guild—The Library Guild welcomes people who like to work with books and with each other. We have a wide variety of jobs: some that can be done at home, some that need to be done at the Library, some that are scheduled, and some that you can do on your own time.

Episcopal Church Women—Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is a national Episcopal organization that helps the women of the Episcopal Church carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world and gives women a variety of opportunities for leadership in the life, governance and worship of the church. The ECW sponsors several women’s circles as well as a number of service and fund-raising projects throughout the year.

Bookshop—The Bookshop offers Christian-themed books, Bibles, cards and gifts for sale. The shop is staffed by volunteers who typically work one day each month. Profits support outreach programs at St. Paul’s.

Men’s Ministry—The Men’s Ministry offers adult men opportunities for fellowship, discipleship and service throughout the year. The ministry recently celebrated the 4oth anniversary of the Dudley Colhoun Men’s Prayer Breakfast, which meets on Friday mornings year-round. From September through May, teams of 10 to 12 men take turns preparing Sunday breakfast for parishioners. The ministry landscaping team helps keep up the grounds around the church and in Dalton Garden. The ministry has sponsored skeet-shooting events and is planning a Monday night men’s dinner series beginning this fall.

Young Adults and Families—The Young Adults and Families Ministry serves parishioners in their 20s, 30s and 40s, married and single, with and without children. The group plans fund-raising, service and social events throughout the year.

Memorials Committee—This committee manages and disburses money that the church receives from memorial gifts. Applications are accepted for review for various projects, and the committee makes recommendations to the Vestry for the final decision on disbursement.

Ecclesiastical Arts—The Ecclesiastical Arts Committee is concerned with maintaining the historic, liturgical, and architectural integrity of St. Paul’s Church and grounds. This includes recommendations to the Vestry for expenditure of funds from the Ecclesiastical Arts Fund to support various long term or permanent architectural, decorative, or liturgical enhancements.

Communications Advisory Committee—The Communications Advisory Committee advises and works with the Communications Director on all aspects of communications within and beyond the parish. Members include professional communicators as well as others who share an interest in supporting effective communications at St. Paul’s.

Finance—Those who serve on the church Finance Committee provide financial oversight, guidance and recommendations to church staff, clergy and the Vestry. The finance committee usually meets once a month.

Buildings & Grounds Committee—This committee works closely with the church staff to identify and prioritize projects for maintenance and improvement related to St. Paul’s buildings and grounds. Proposals for work are evaluated and recommendations made to the Vestry for approval. The staff then oversees the implementation of all work. The Landscape Subcommittee is charged with the continuing development of St. Paul’s grounds. St. Paul’s five acres of land are located in the West End Historic District of Winston-Salem, a neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Archives and Records Management Team—This group is dedicated to documenting the history of St. Paul’s and managing, restoring and preserving church artifacts and archives.

Office Volunteers—Parishioners regularly serve by answering telephones for a few hours each week and collating service leaflets with ParishWeek. Several provide ongoing administrative support for specific ministries or work with staff to manage ongoing record-keeping. Others are “on call” to help with ongoing and special projects requiring administrative support.