In our Worship we demonstrate the “worthship” of Jesus. If the Love of God in Jesus is worth everything to us, we will make our worship exciting, rich, vibrant and uplifting. Many people play a vital part in preparing for and conducting our acts of worship. Here are some of the ministries which you also may consider:
The Flower Guild decorate our church with flowers, giving God the bouquets He deserves as part of our celebrations and in honour of the saints and the departed. Parishioners are encouraged to donate flowers for special occasions and in memory of a loved one.
These parishioners take care of the church linen and altar vessels and prepare the church, vestments and altar for our worship services on Sundays and weekdays. This is done at the convenience of the teams, usually before or on Saturdays.
These parishioners have the ministry of handing out books and pew leaflets, assisting parishioners with seating and any queries, as well as various other responsibilities at the Sunday morning services, including the orderly flow of people and children to and from the altar.
These parishioners share in the important ministry of hospitality. They create an atmosphere of warmth and are responsible for welcoming parishioners, guests and visitors to the Parish, assisting them in finding their way around, making them comfortable during the service and helping them get and fill in application forms for membership, baptism, confirmation, marriage, and so forth, as well as inviting them back for future services.
We are trying desperately to get our contemporary worship music team going again. Please offer your time talents if you can play a musical instrument or even just enjoy singing and are prepared to lead contemporary worship.
We have a group of lay ministers whose job and joy includes assisting with the leading of worship, distribution of Holy Communion, praying with the sick, needy and troubled, preparing parishioners for baptism, Holy Communion, confirmation and marriage, and various other ministries which may include preaching. Please make it known if you feel called to this ministry. Applications are normally received by the end of November each year, with training beginning in January.
It is good to have as wide a participation in worship as possible. Lay persons are trained to read the Scripture passages at our worship services – a great joy and privilege. Please join this team and participate in this ministry.
Our servers guild assist at the altar on Sundays at the 09:00 Eucharist. Should you wish to join this team, please contact Nada Mdunyelwa. (Please note that you need to be 12 years or older)
Those who feel called to the ordained ministry should speak to the Rector who will assist them on their journey of discernment. Any vibrant parish should produce and encourage ordinands regularly as part of their giving to God and his Church.
The choir and organist lead the congregation in worship. This is a joyful and uplifting ministry. Parishioners are encouraged to join the choir if God has gifted you with music and a good voice.
This group facilitates our worship by designing the presentation and operating the A/V system at services. They are also responsible for the static and portable microphones used during services. We are always on the look-out for additional members.
Members of the Guild of St Raphael pray regularly for the chronically ill. And we have a prayer chain led by Kay Peace who passes on prayer request to each member of the chain.