St. Philip’s parishioners support many outreach activities throughout the year. With the stewardship of our time, talents and treasures we reach out to many in our community as well as reaching out to each other within our parish. The service committee is made up of very capable individuals who coordinate our participation in the following ministries: Transitional Housing, Salvation Army, Crosslines, St. Nicholas Project, Meals on Wheels, Community Clinic, and Crop Walk.
This committee meets monthly with our rector to go over the worship schedule. We review the past month’s services and look for ways to improve the worship experience of the congregation. We discuss the coming month’s schedule of regular and special services. Training for lectors, LEMs, LEVs, and acolytes is scheduled when required.
Children’s Sunday School at St. Philip’s is a fun, vibrant place to be. Sunday school for children is held every Sunday between services, from 9:30-10:15 am. Our weekly lessons typically center around the gospel reading, so that kids and parents are hearing some of the same stories each week, with the Sunday School version being delivered in a more kid-friendly manner. We keep the pace quick so that the children remain engaged; we always have lots of fun and we continually reinforce to them how much God loves them.
Our goal is to increase our Sunday attendance, develop succinct ways to make our faith and beliefs known to the larger community, develop ways to make our visitors feel at home and to encourage their participation in our parish life, enlarge our greeter ministry and follow-up to our guests on Sunday.
This team reaches out to our members who are in need of extra support at critical times in their lives. They offer services to those who are experiencing health problems, those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, those facing on-going challenges, as well as those who are in acute crisis.
This committee oversees our annual pledge drive each year. In addition it strives to create a year round program in which parishioners can identify and use their time, talent, and treasure.