Serving Opportunities at St. Thomas'

You can sign up online for all Serving and Worship opportunities by going to Sign Up Genius. Here are descriptions of each opportunity:

Ministry

What you do in this ministry

Acolyte

Participate in worship leadership by lighting and extinguishing the candles, processing, carrying the cross, banner, assisting with the offering of bread, wine and money during Holy Eucharist. (Children grade 4 and above, youth, & adults)

Altar Flower Delivery

Deliver the altar flowers to designated persons in the parish and community after the 11 a.m. Sunday service and after the 10 am service in the summer. (Not in Advent or Lent)

Altar Guild

Maintain and prepare the altar, the flowers, the elements (bread & wine), vessels, linens, and sacred space set up.

Annual Auction

Help with the annual auction which raises funds for ministry

Bluegrass Mass Support Team

Be a part of the team which provides readers, prayer leaders, ushers, set up and hospitality for the monthly Bluegrass Mass. 

CARITAS

Help with St. Thomas’ week to serve as a shelter and provide food and shelter for homeless people (yearly, January)

And/or participate in the Northside Churches’ Joint CARITAS week where area churches cooperate to host an extra week of CARITAS at one of the churches. 

Children’s time leader

Lead young children in a brief activity during the sermon portion of the worship service

Choir

Learn and rehearse music to sing at Sunday worship services as well as special occasions. (Older youth and adults)

Church Drama

Volunteer for periodic dramatizations of liturgical seasonal celebrations and stories. (Examples: Saint Walk, Vacation Bible School, Epiphany Kings, Sunday school Stories etc.)

Coffee Hour

Set up, serve, and clean up the weekly coffee hour or support the host by providing goodies to serve. 

Eucharistic Minister

Assist in worship and serving communion on Sunday and/or Wednesday night services. 

Food Pantry

Assist in the organization and distribution of food through St. Thomas’ weekly Thursday Food Pantry. Roles include shoppers and gleaners who procure the food we distribute as well as distribution volunteers.

Fall Line Farms Site Volunteer

Serve once a month as a volunteer in the Thursday Fall Line Farms pick up.  Staff a 2 – 3 hour shift once a month to facilitate the participant food pick up.    A free Fall Line Farms membership is provided for volunteers. 

Hospitality

Assist with special brunches, dinners, and receptions by providing food, decorating, set up and clean up.

Jail Collections

Help manage the collections of magazines, books, toiletries and other items donated to inmates at Richmond City Jail.  Once a month commitment to gather collected items and transport them to the City Jail. 

Lay Eucharistic Visitor

Take communion from Sunday Eucharist to a homebound or hospitalized parishioner.

Lotsa Helping Hands/Meals Ministry

Provides meals and other support to parishioners during times of need (This ministry is managed via website.  Volunteers will receive website access instructions.)

Men’s Corps

Supports ministry at St. Thomas’ with fundraising and fellowship. 

Micah Initiative

Provide tutoring and support at local schools

Musical Instruments/Soloists for worship

Do you play a musical instrument” Are you willing to play in a worship service?  Sign up below.  Sing (solo, duet, etc.) at Sunday worship services (where the choir is not singing) as well as special occasions. (Includes adults, children and youth)

Mini-Mission Camp Helper

Volunteer with St. Thomas’ summer mission and outreach camp for children grades 3 – 5. 

Nursery Volunteer

Provide safe and loving care for the youngest children of our church. Nursery workers (adult) and nursery aides (grade 5 and above). Please indicate 9 am or 11 am service preference. 

Office Support

Volunteer as receptionist or an office assistant.

Outreach Collections

Help manage the various items St. Thomas’ collects for outreach (cell phones, eyeglasses, toiletries etc.) Involves periodic checking of what has been collected and delivering the collections to the organizations for whom we are collecting the items. 

Oystoberfest

Volunteer for this fundraiser.

Parish Hall Steward

Serve on Sunday mornings as a steward in the Parish Hall to assist visitors and guests before, between and after the worship services.

Prayers of the People

Lead the “Prayers of the People” during Sunday worship

Property Assistance

Do you have “fix-it” skills?  Sign up to work on St. Thomas’ “fix-it” list around the church property.

Readers

Read the lessons and the Psalm (when it is not sung) during services (Open to children who can read, youth and adults)

Seasonal Celebrations

Help with the  intergenerational liturgical seasonal celebrations.  Includes Advent Adventure, Epiphany Party, Lenten Retreat, Alleluia Egg Hunt, Pentecost Party, Saint Walk and St. Thomas Festival.

Second Saturday Drop In

Help host Chamberlayne Avenue adult home neighbors for fellowship, art, music, and lunch in the parish hall on the second Saturday each month, 10:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

Sewing Guild

Design and create baby quilts that are donated to those in need (Meets on Wednesdays at 10 am)

St. Thomas’ Day School

Support one  of St. Thomas’ main outreach ministries.  Opportunities include Day School Board service, event support and participation.

Sunday School Teachers

Teach Sunday School during the regular Sunday School sessions.

Supper Clubs

Participate with other parishioners for monthly potluck meals at each others’ homes. Hosting in one’s own home is not required to participate. Groups are reorganized annually.

Tellers

Count, record, and deposit the weekly offering collection

Ushers

Distribute bulletins, collect the offering, assist with special seating needs and extend welcome during worship.  Serve on Sundays and/or Wed. night.

Vacation Bible School

Help provide a week of study, worship, service, and fellowship for children in our church and neighborhood

Wheels Ministry

Provide transportation with your own vehicles for parish members and guests who need a ride to and from church

Women of St. Thomas’

Help with Yard Sale and Presale Treasure Event (Help with selling tickets, wine and cheese refreshments and assisting in sales.)

Youth Ministry Team

Support the youth program with prayer and participation.  Team divisions are: Middle School, High School and Support Team.

 

 

Committees:  Committees are formed by a combination of recruitment and volunteer.  All committees have a vestry liaison which works directly or indirectly with them.  

 

Faith Formation Committee

Finance Committee

Hospitality Committee

Newcomer Committee

Outreach Committee

Parish Life Committee

Pastoral Care Committee 

Property Committee

Shrine Mont Parish Retreat Committee

Stewardship Committee

Worship Committee

 

Outreach Ministries

Al-Anon: We provide meeting space for three Al-Anon meetings each week.  They enable families of alcoholics to gain support in difficult situations and lead healthy lives.  One of the groups has been meeting at St. Thomas’ for over 40 years.  

CARITAS: St. Thomas’ supports the efforts of CARITAS by hosting a week each winter for Family Focus.  

Coins for Outreach:  The loose coins put into the offering plates in worship each week. These coins are used to supplement the outreach funds allocated as a part of our church budget. 

Concerned Northside Congregatinos  This is a group of churches in the Ginter Park/Northside area that meet to discuss and support concerns and issues of our neighborhood residents, especially relating to those who are homeless or living in group homes, in order to better meet their needs as a group. This year the group hosted a CARITAS together and worked on several other joint projects. 

Discretionary Fund: The Rector’s discretionary fund helps the clergy to meet some financial needs of the poor while respecting confidentiality.  Funds get used to help people in need who are not part of the congregation as well as assist people within the congregation to nurture and enhance the life of the congregation.    

Education: St. Thomas’ Day School is an outreach ministry of our church. (See detailed report attached).  

Episcopal Church Women:  Provides scholarships high school seniors in the parish through funds raised at their Yard Sale; and periodically provides dinner to the O’Brien Home.

Food Pantry:  This ministry serves between 150 to 250 households each month representing 281 to 771 individuals 

Magazines and Paperbacks for Prisoners:  St. Thomas’ parishioners continue to donate copious amounts of magazines and paperback books which we take to the jail.    

Micah Initiative: This ministry is a partnership between various communities of faith in metro Richmond and the Richmond Public Schools to support education and nurture of the children of Richmond.  St. Thomas' has a roster of volunteers numbering nine individuals; mentoring is a one-on-one relationship, where classes are concerned the numbers will run 16-20 per class . We have  five active participants at this time. One is serving in a Tutoring role with a first Grader; two are serving as Classroom Assistants; two Volunteers are serving as Pen pals.  

Refugee Resettlement Project:  This program aims to help in providing needed supplies and welcoming into the community a large group of refugees from all parts of the world, who live approximately 2 miles away.

Regional Meetings: We have provided meeting space for Ginter Park Residents’ Association, the Richmond EFM class, Region 11 clergy gatherings, and Regional Educators Meeting. 

SCAN: We provide space for weekly meetings for Stop Child Abuse Now, which helps prevent abusive behavior and teach parents better ways of managing anger and raising children.  We have been providing meeting space for over 10 years. 

Second Saturday Drop-In: (Also see Second Saturday Drop-In report attached). Second Saturday Drop-In serves neighborhood group home residents of O'Brien Home and The Palace Home on Chamberlayne Avenue, every second Saturday morning of the month. Residents are people with mental and physical disabilities, who are served a healthy breakfast, snack, and lunch. We also donate healthcare supplies, time in gardens around O'Brien Home, and a social connection of friendship. Each month, we serve between 10 - 20 resident guests. St. Thomas Volunteers donate food, toiletries, healthcare items, and their time and talents. Each year, around Christmas, we partner with other churches in Concerned Churches of Northside Richmond [CCNR] and have a Christmas Party. St. Thomas has actively and consistently partnered with Chamberlayne Avenue Group homes, since September 2003. 

Stations of the Cross: This a ministry of prayer and presence that takes place on Brookland Park Boulevard on the afternoon of Good Friday. 

Towels and Toiletries:  Donated for use in CARITAS, inmates at the Richmond City Jail, and the Second Saturday Ministry as well as other groups that periodically request these items. 

Vacation Bible School:  This summertime childrens’ event  takes place over a week and each year a project or place is chosen to donate money and needed supplies. 

Youth Ministry Outreach Projects:   included serving lunch through St. Paul’s Episcopal Church lunch ministry and a CARITAS Dinner as well as a mission trip to Appalachia.