Volunteers are critical to St. Mark’s; with over 600 adults members and a staff of just 6, we need many extra hands to do everything from teaching Sunday School and weeding the gardens to making sandwiches for Grate Patrol and organizing our Honduras fundraiser.
There are many ways that you can volunteer at St. Mark’s and we are always eager to have new talents, ideas, and perspectives in our community. Here are some ways you can step in and step up:
Volunteer in our Worship Services
At St. Mark’s, we welcome lay volunteers in all aspects of worship. Whether you are a young person or adult, you can offer your talents and time. Volunteering as a service participant is one way to engage in ministry with our parish community, and offers a new experience of worship. At the morning services, our volunteer coordinators solicit volunteers in advance of the service. At the 5 pm contemplative service, volunteers are solicited on the day of the service. Please consider taking a role during the next worship service!
“Among the many reasons I am drawn to St. Mark’s Episcopal – seeing the faces, smiles and tears of so many friends across the Communion Table each week and learning (over many years) how to live into the time we share. An abundant mix of opportunities are here – to take classes, participate in worship, help with outreach efforts, and participate in arts events….” – Jan
For more information or to volunteer, email email@example.com.
Here are some of the volunteer opportunities in Worship and the coordinator:
Our youth (9 am) and adult (11:15 am) acolytes guide us in worship by carrying the cross during the procession and serving as torch bearers during the service. Acolytes also assist the clergy during the Eucharist (communion).
Kim Bayliss & M.L. Wagner, 9:00 am
Michael Knipe, 11:15 am
The Altar Guild cadre of dedicated volunteers prepares the Altar for the Sunday morning services as well as weddings, funerals, and baptisms. Members are scheduled on a rotating basis. In addition to maintaining the liturgical pieces and linens, members gather twice a year, just before Advent and Palm Sunday, to polish the silver and brass liturgical pieces. These gatherings also provide opportunities for fellowship. Many Altar Guild members view this service a spiritual practice.
Altar Guild Coordinators
Bread and Wine
Those who offer bread and wine for our weekly Eucharist enable us to commemorate Jesus’s last supper with his disciples. Members of the congregation may offer bread and wine in honor of a loved one or to celebrate a special event.
Bread and Wine Coordinators
Joe Tarantolo, 9:00 am
Beryl Maloney Lillaston, 11:15 am
Greeters carry out the ministry of hospitality by greeting each person who enters our doors and providing them with the bulletin and hymnals to participate in weekly worship. Greeters also assist with the offertory during worship.
Scilla Adams and Betsy Agle, 9:00 am
Ruth Ann Hess, 11:15 am
Lay servers assist the clergy with the Eucharist (communion) during the service by offering the cup to each person who gathers around the central altar.
Lay Server Coordinators
Karen Getman, 9:00 am
Linda Huntington, 11:15 am
Laying on of Hands
Every first and third Sunday of the month, we offer the ministry of laying on of hands in the small chapel in our nave during the Eucharist (Communion). Lay volunteers are trained to offer prayers with and for those who request this ministry.
Laying on of Hands Coordinator
Barbara Nelson, 9:00 am and 11:15 am
The Readers Guild volunteers participate in worship by reading the Holy Scriptures prior to the Gospel reading and lead our congregation in prayers of the people following the sermon.
Readers Guild Coordinator
Raiford Gaffney, 9:00 am and 11:15 am
Vergers are lay leaders who assist in all aspects of worship, from the sound system to assisting clergy to managing special services (such as baptisms).
Head Verger and Coordinator
David Deutsch, 9:00 am and 11:15 am
Jennifer Cate, 5 pm
Volunteer in our Youth Activities program
Our Youth and Family Ministries program depends on volunteer support. From helping with the Christmas pageant to chaperoning a middle school overnight to teaching Sunday School, there are countless ways to get involved with our Youth program. Contact Caroline McReynolds-Adams, Director of Youth and Family Ministries, to find out more.
Volunteer in Parish Leadership and Programs
St. Mark’s is extraordinary in the degree to which it is a lay led community. That means we need dozens of volunteers willing to offer their time and talent. There are countless opportunities to offer your services, whether you have just a little bit of time or lots of time to commit. There are one-time projects (helping to “green” the Nave at Christmastime, for instance) to leadership roles that require a commitment of one, two or three years – and everything in between.
We ask members, when they make a financial pledge, to also complete a short “time and talent” survey. It allows each member to identify areas of interest and expertise. Those responses are provided to the leaders of the different activities at St. Mark’s, who will then contact you with information about volunteer opportunities. This way, we can better match your interest and talents with the needs of the community.
To get started, contact our Senior Warden, Peter Sherer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer in Our Outreach programs
St. Mark’s has numerous opportunities to give back to the community around us. From making sandwiches for the homeless after our 9 a.m. service one Sunday to getting involved with one of our partner non-profit organizations. See our Local Outreach page.
Forms and Procedures for Current Volunteers
If you need a form for reimbursement of expenses or to make a deposit, click here.