Getting Involved

Volunteering is a wonderful way to give.  Looking for the right Ministry Opportunity for you? Take a moment to speak with Signa about what might be the best fit for you.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY

  • Acolytes – We’re looking for adults interested in serving as acolytes. Acolytes lead the procession and recession at every service. There’s a crucifer, two torch bearers and a verger’s cross bearer. Acolytes assist the Priest as they prepare for the Holy Eucharist and can also be chalice bearers offering the communion wine. All are welcome! If you have any questions or would like to join in, contact Nancy Dymond.
  • Altar Guild – We are in need of more members for the altar guild. While we see the priest, we are not always aware of what happens “behind the scenes.” If you would like to serve, please send an email to Cindy Lufkin and Robert Ford  (or leave a message at the church office).
  • Comfort Food Ministry – Comfort food ministry provides pre-made meals to people or families who need a meal during a stressful or crisis event. This provides care and support for those with a short-term need. Contact Susan Johnson for more information.
  • Counters – Each week two church members, COUNTERS, take about an hour after the Sunday Service to count the money that has come into the church over the previous week and make up the bank deposit. The bookkeeper works with them to enter the pledges into the correct accounts and sort all the receipts into the proper category. The church likes to have 10-12 people volunteer to do this so that each person only has to take one hour after church every 5-6 weeks. We need more volunteers for this. It is not difficult work but does require diligence so that what is deposited is accurate to the penny. We have not added to the Counters list in years and had to change to counting every two weeks so the money sits around too long and we should return to weekly counting. Please consider helping with this. Counters must maintain confidentiality. No special training is required. New counters will work with an experienced counter and the routine will be easy.  Please contact Don L for more information.
  • Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen – St. John’s Episcopal Church volunteers take part in preparing and serving a meal on the 4th Tuesday of each month as our outreach community ministry.  It takes place at Salvation Army Building at 65 S Park Street, Bangor.  We arrive at 9:30 am to prep, cook, serve, and clean up.  We are finished by 1 pm.  We serve anywhere from 50 to 100 people.  It varies depending on the time of year and needs of the participants.  We serve a well balanced meal.  New volunteers are welcome by contacting the church office, to be referred to the current chairpersons:  207-947-0156 or email the office.
  • Driving Volunteers – Would you be willing to pick up a fellow parishioner and bring them to and from church services? To sign up, please email the office.
  • Evangelism Team – The Evangelism Team is looking for volunteers to assist with greeting parishioners on Sunday morning services. Greeters will have the opportunity to 1) welcome all of God’s children at the door of His church, 2) assist with handing out literature on St. John’s and the Episcopal pattern of worship, 3) inform all inquiring parishioners of ways to get connected, and 4) help Fr. Nutter send parishioners out into the world following each Sunday service. If you’d like to join our team of volunteers, please contact Signa Strom.
  • Flower Ministry – We need someone to tend the book of dedication of the altar flowers, This requires checking to be sure that each Sunday is covered, if possible, and that the information is collected for the prayers and dedication. Parishioners tend to take care of it themselves to some extent so this is not a difficult or time consuming responsibility. If you’d like to join in, contact Don L.
  • Intercessory Prayer – Intercessory prayer provides prayerful support to those struggling with difficult life events. This offers deep comfort in time of need. Members who feel called to join please contact Susan.
  • Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM) -The lay Eucharistic ministers take communion to those that are unable to attend services in person. This helps to keep our community connected with one another and Christ. Contact Susan Johnson for more information.
  • Name Tag Ministry: This person will work with the Ushers and make sure people get name tags and the name tag table is kept neater than it is. Someone now prints the name tags so this ministry involves helping before the service and encouraging people to have name tags.  If you’d like to join in, contact Don L.
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry – Prayer shawls are offered to anyone who is going through a difficult time and is in need of comfort. The shawls connect you with the community through prayer. Contact Susan Johnson for more information.
  • Second Saturday is always in need of volunteers, particularly from 11:45-1:30, the time during which we serve the meal and clean up. Interested? Please contact Phil Ulrich — or just show up and we will be happily surprised to see you!
  • Streaming Volunteer – Did you know that our Sunday services are live streamed every week so that people who are homebound, traveling, or who are in need of a faith community can watch our services online? If you’re comfortable with using a computer and can see yourself learning to operate our video streaming system in order to support online access to our worship services for those who can’t attend in person, we could use your help! Please connect with Signa Strom for more information.