We are all called to ministry by our baptism. It is what we do to represent Christ in this world. At Christ Church we are blessed with a wealth of opportunities to serve in his name. If you are interested in becoming involved in any of these ministries and would like to learn more about them, contact the Lay Ministry Co-ordinator at 207 582 3354 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastoral Care Givers
The Pastoral Care Givers provide Person to Person Ministry which reaches out to the sick, those in the hospital and homebound members, especially those who no longer attend church but wish to remain in touch. Pastoral Care Givers contact members in their time of need, assisting with spiritual growth and communicating the happenings involving our church lives together.
This Pastoral Care Ministry includes our greeting card program, visitation and telephone contacts.
The Pastoral Care Givers may cook and bring meals or goodies to members who may be physically limited for a while.
The committee coordinate and organize a Fall Festival for the elderly but the whole parish is invited. A luncheon is served and games are played. We share our laughter and make wonderful fun.
Home Lay Eucharistic Ministers
A Lay Eucharistic Minister is licensed by the Bishop, directly following a celebration of the Holy Eucharist on a Sunday takes the sacrament consecrated at the Celebration to members of the congregation who by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the Celebration.
This ministry enables those who are not able to attend services to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of our worship; it also enables the parishioner to know they are in the prayers of the whole Christ Church Family for their health and spiritual well-being.
Parishioners may contact the Parish Office, Clergy or members of the groups whenever the needs arise or exists.
If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warm and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that” (James 2; 15-16)
For many, many years, members of Christ Church have made weekly donations to Chrysilas Place, our area food bank that helps those in need of food. We, also, have special events during the year to enhance our weekly giving such as Souper Bowl Sunday and the Mac and Cheese Challenge, when we donated an amazing 1000+ boxes not only to Chrysilas Place, but to other food banks in the area.
We learned that the Homeless Shelter in Augusta was in need of socks. We held a “Sock Hop” and were able to donate 250 pairs of socks (plus some mittens and coats) to the shelter. We are presently exploring other ways to help.. Becky Colwell is our representative to the shelter, and we are considering things such as adopting a room, making curtains, or donating toys.
At Thanksgiving and Christmas we assembled baskets of food and gifts that were distributed to needy families in the greater Gardiner area.
St. Francis Pet Pantry has re-emerged as an active arm of the Christ Church Community Outreach. Thru the caring donations of the CC family we have collected food and supplies for our many furry and feathered friends. Dog. cat, bird and small animal foods, medical needs, litter, toys, leashes and collars. The reputation of our activity has reached other communities and we have been able to help others in the Greater Augusta area. We hope, with your continued support, to expand and become an active support for the area needy animals. Keep those donations coming!!!
Christ Church’s first involvement with Haiti extends back to when our Rector and the first Episcopal Bishop of Maine, Rev. George Burgess, died off the Haitian coast in 1866 while ministering to the poor. (See the marble memorial tablet by St. Ann’s altar in the Sanctuary.) In 2002 Christ Church joined other Episcopal Church’s in Maine by forming a partnership with Rosette, a small mountain village in the north of Haiti. We have donated several thousand dollars for projects such as water spigots and a new water line from the mountains. In 2004 and 2005 Deacon Gary Drinkwater, Ann Chase and Dale Morgan visited Rosette and were warmly welcomed by the local people, bring much needed medical and school supplies. We are presently helping fund teacher’s salaries for the school in Rosette.
Last May, 7 members of Christ Church joined the Sante Konbit Walk for Haiti and, thanks to the generosity of our Church family, raised several thousand dollars to enable us to continue our work.
Quilters for the Homeless meets every 2nd and 4th Friday from September through June at 10 am in the downstairs quilt room. Our mission is to support those in need in our community through our shared love of quilting while enjoying fellowship and fun. Our group is open to all who are interested – we have members at all levels of skill from beginner to expert quilters working together. We are fortunate to have our own dedicated space to work in downstairs in the parish hall.
We collaborated on a raffle quilt that raised $1200 for Outreach. We then worked on twin sized quilts. Ten were donated to the Bread of Life Shelter last winter, and four more are ready to go. Come join the fun anytime, or for more info call Joannie Decker at 213-5879 or Becky Colwell at 582-4988.
Women Of Christ Church (WoCC)
The purpose of this organization shall be to unite the women of this Parish in worship, giving, study, service and fellowship, in pursuance of their common duty to “pray reverently, labor diligently, and give liberally” in the service of Christ. This includes cooperation with the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Maine and the Episcopal Church USA. All women age 15 and over who are associated with Christ Church are members of this organization.
The officers of this organization shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and shall serve for a terms of two years. These officers shall be called the Executive Council.
The Women of Christ Church meet quarterly to discuss new business/old business and welcome guest speakers. We hold two major fund raisers each year: June a lawn sale and pancake breakfast and December, a Christmas Holiday Fair with a luncheon. These fund raisers are to assist our community folks with food, heat, and clothing whenever possible throughout the year.
The Women of Christ Church also contribute to Haiti projects; and sponsor the Backpack program at local schools. Scholarships are given to students of the congregation who are attending worship camps, traveling, and graduating.
This year the WoCC visited the Blaine House during the Christmas Holidays, and plan a trip to the Botanical Gardens sometime in June
FMI: Janet E Pierce, Secretaryt of WoCC. 207-215-9931.
Choir And Bell Choir
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3)
Singing brightens the perspective and brings hope during dark times.
The Choir of Christ Church supports the Congregation in singing at the 10:00 service as well as services during Holy Week, Christmas Eve, and other special services. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 until 8:00 and one hour before the Sunday morning service. Our hymns are from the 1984 Hymnal and often from Wonder, Love, and Praise. We invite a mixture of musical styles at our services and our Anthems are usually from classical, traditional, spiritual, or contemporary repertoire.
Our handbell choir plays on Christmas Eve and occasionally at other services. Newer members rehearse throughout the year as needed and experienced ringers join them for a few rehearsals before the service in which they will play.
We are a small family within a larger family supporting each other in our duty to use our gifts to the glory of God with grace and affection.
St. Anne’s Altar Guild
St. Anne’s Altar Guild was established at Christ Church Episcopal on January 14, 1942 for the purpose of caring for the church, altars and sacristy.
We are a small group of dedicated church members who prepare the Lord ‘s Table for our weekly services, baptisms, weddings, and funeral services as well as our special Maundy Thursday stripping of the Altar.
The church linens, silver and brass items, Memorial Candles box and reredos are maintained weekly and at scheduled pre-Christmas and pre-Easter cleanings
Christ Church Vestry consists of the Rector, Senior Warden, Junior Warden, Treasurer, Clerk and 9 Members-at-Large. The Wardens, Treasurer and Clerk comprise the Executive Council, and are elected at the Annual Meeting for a term of one year. The 9 Members-at-Large are elected at the Annual Meeting and serve staggered three year terms. The Vestry is responsible for the business affairs of the Parish and represents the Congregation in every area of decision making.
All communicants of Christ Church who for the previous year have been faithful in corporate worship, and have been faithful in working, praying and giving for spread of the Kingdom of God are considered communicants in good standing and are eligible to serve on the Vestry. The Vestry meets the 3rd Sunday of each month after the 10AM service.
Lay Eucharist Ministers
Lay Eucharistic Ministers administer the chalice to communicants at the altar rail during Holy Eucharist. In the absence of a Priest or Deacon, they may, also, administer the consecrated elements of bread and wine. Eucharistic minsters are licensed by the Bishop for a three year term. Training is required.
Lectors read the assigned Scriptures of the day. The ministry of the Lector is to proclaim the word of God by reading both the Old and New Testament Lessons and leading the Prayers of the People. No prior experience is required, just a clear voice, combined with the ability to read publicly with expression. No license is required, but a short training session is suggested.
Greeters assist parishioners and guests as they arrive for Sunday services. They pass out the Sunday bulletin, help people find seats, collect and present the offering and straighten up the Church after each service.
Acolytes assist the clergy in the worship service. They serve as crucifers, torch bearers, banner bearers, light the candles and carry the Gospel Book. Youth and adults are encouraged to live out their baptismal ministry, and becoming an acolyte is a way of doing this. Training and orientation are provided.
Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
For many years Christ Church has opened its doors to provide meeting space for a number of community organizations including Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops in the area. We presently host 3 Girl Scout troops and 4 Boy Scout troops. During the year, the Scouts participate in special events and services at the Church.
Worship Committee works with our Priest and is open to anyone who is interested in exploring ways to make our Sunday services more meaningful, reverent and topical. The committee meets the first Tuesday of each month at 4PM.