St. Francis Episcopal Church
Ministries & Social Opportunities

At St. Francis, there are many ways to become involved, get to know your neighbors and support the congregation and its families. Please click on the following links for a description of each group.

If you are interested in becoming involved with any of these ministries, please contact the Church Office at 336-288-4721. Please check the calendar to get the most up to date schedules and information about our Ministries & Social Groups.

Congregational Care Faith Formation Hospitality
Friends From St. Francis
Shepherd's Hands
Stephen Ministry

Godly Play
Sunday School
Middle School
Cornerstone
Youth Group
Adult Forum
Jewish/Christian Explorations

Office Volunteers
Pocket Gardener
Ushers
Welcoming Committee

Mission Parish Life Worship
Outreach Committee
Potters House Breakfast

Blessing of the Animals
Book Sale
Fellowship Committee
Kitchen Committee
Parish Workdays
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Roustabouts

Acolytes
Adult Choir
Altar Guild
Eucharistic Ministers
Heaven Help Us
Junior Choir
Lectors
Other Opportunities
Chrismon Construction Company
Friars
Piecemakers
Property Committee

St. Clare Women
Stewardship Committee


Congregational Care

Friends from St. Francis
This ministry seeks to help parishioners and their families at the time of bereavement. Our services include, but are not limited to, house sitting, ushers, help with pre-funeral visitations & coordinating receptions. Friends from St. Francis will respond as the family wishes at this difficult time.

Shepherd's Hands
We hope to monitor and tend to the needs of each other in a neighborly way, whether by running an errand, raking some leaves, sharing a visit or phone call, walking a pet, preparing a meal, or giving a ride to an appointment or to church.

Stephen Ministry
A group of parishioners who have been trained and have developed their gifts for reaching out to others in a time of crisis, illness, grief or other need. Stephen Ministers develop one-on-one ongoing confidential relationships to offer the care and support of Christ's community to those facing challenges in their lives.

Faith Formation

Godly Play
Godly Play meets in Classroom #18, also known as the Godly Play room. This Montessori-based program helps children to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language, and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Children from preschool through 5th Grade are welcome to explore their innate spirituality in Godly Play, and then go to Sunday School to continue learning.

Sunday School
The faith formation of children takes place during the 10:30 service and teachers teach in teams about 5-6 times a year. Curriculum, supplies, and training are provided. 

Middle School
The faith formation of children takes place during the 10:30 service and teachers teach in teams about 5-6 times a year. Curriculum, supplies, and training are provided. 

Cornerstone
Leaders are needed for our High School Sunday morning class, in which we engage in conversation and explore the depths of what it means to live our lives in balance through a variety of relevant topics.  

Youth Group
Meets weekly for Middle and High School students. We currently need more adults to serve in a support role to our Youth Minister, assisting with leading discussions and providing additional hands on support on Sunday evenings. 

Adult Forum
Forums are held on most Sundays at 9:15 and cover a variety of topics that explore the intersection of faith and daily living. We invite you to simply join us each Sunday and participate in the dialogue. 

Jewish & Christian Explorations
An ongoing series of studies exploring questions of theology, philosophy, biblical studies, biblical archaeology, and church history. Various viewpoints are articulated for those seeking deeper answers – or simply better questions. 

Office Volunteers
Volunteers for a shift to answer the phones, perform miscellaneous office tasks when available and greet parishioners/ visitors as they come into the church.

Pocket Gardener
Help make our campus warm and welcoming to visitors by "adopting" a small flower garden around campus- pulling weeds and planting annuals and watering when needed. Would be a great project for a family with children to take part in.

Ushers
Facilitate worship by welcoming and assisting parishioners and guests on Sunday morning. Specific duties include handout out service orders and the taking up of the offering.

Welcoming Committee
Meets a few times a year to oversee our welcoming of our Sunday morning guests. Also helps in the planning of two New Member socials each year.




Mission

Outreach Committee
Responds to the unmet needs in our community through the funding of a variety of community projects. Past involvement has been with groups such as Backpack Beginnings, Barnabas Network, Housing Greensboro, Greensboro Urban Ministry, Food Assistance, Step Up Ministry Greensboro, Stop Hunger Now, Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine, Episcopal Relief and Mobile Meals

For more information please contact: outreach@stfrancisgreensboro.org

Potters House Breakfast
Prepare and serve breakfast at Greensboro Urban Ministries Shelter on Tuesday mornings.


Parish Life

Blessing of the Animals
This annual event, held in October, gathers the wider community as we give thanks for our pets and have a pet blessing. Volunteers are needed for planning, setup, and especially for marketing.

Book Sale
The St. Francis Book Sale Committee is always is need of volunteers, from serving on the committee and weekly sorters, to working at the set-up and sale. All money raised at this event goes to the St Francis Outreach committee to support the needs in our community and the world.

Fellowship Committee
Be a part of this new committee that will plan and coordinate fun, social events at St. Francis.

For more information please contact: parishlife@stfrancisgreensboro.org

Kitchen Committee
The Kitchen Committee works behind the scenes for Parish functions. We prepare refreshments, set up, sere and clean up afterward.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Meets weekly to knit or crochet prayer shawls. The shawls are then blessed and given to someone in a transition – happy or sad – in their life. Don't knit? We'll teach you!

Parish Workdays
Responsible for 6-7 annual work days where we do general yard and cleanup work.

Roustabouts
Meet on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 to 12:00 to work on special projects associated with the care and repair of our facilities. Projects include both indoor and outdoor projects. "Handyman" skills are useful but not necessary.

Worship

Acolytes
Assist in leading worship by carrying the processional cross, torches, and setting the altar for Holy Eucharist.

Adult Choir
Leads the congregation in service music and anthems year round (including special services), rehearsing on Wednesdays evenings throughout the school year, and prior to the service; and on Sunday mornings during the summer.

Altar Guild
Open to all members who would like to serve in a behind-the-scenes role. Serves with a team one weekend per month to prepare for the regular Sunday Eucharistic services of the church. Training provided.

Eucharistic Ministers
Lay persons that assist as Chalice Bearers during the Eucharist during Sunday Services. Training will be provided. Once trained, the Eucharistic Ministers are scheduled to serve once every 4-5 weeks at one of our 2 Sunday services. They may also be assigned to serve at the Parish Hall Eucharist.

Heaven Help Us
An intergenerational vocal and instrumental ensemble that music at our monthly Parish Hall Eucharist. We are open to new (or more) instruments, voices and ideas. All skill levels are welcome.

Junior Choir
Open to all children of the parish from Grades 3-12. No audition is required. We rehearse on Sunday afternoons during the school year. The choir sings at various services throughout the year.

Lectors
Lectors serve the church by reading Holy Scripture during our services, making every effort to prepare and deliver Scripture in a way that is discerning and thought provoking. Lectors also lead the Prayers of the People weekly.


Other Opportunities

Chrismon Construction Company
The Chrismons make Latin Crosses for Confirmations and Baptism Shells for Baptisms. Newcomers are welcome.

Friars
A mens social group that meets monthly for dinner and fellowship. Meets the third Wednesday of the month.

Piecemakers
The Franciscan Piecemakers make quilts for Project Linus, a nonprofit national organization. Supported through gifts and donations, their mission is to provide a sense of security, love, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. This group is for experienced and novice craftsperson's. Meets on Wednesdays from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in St. Mike's.

Property Committee
The Property Committee works to meet the current physical needs of the church campus and to attempt to anticipate and plan for future needs, under the charge of the Vestry. The Property Committee consists of 12 parishioners, alternating three year terms. We welcome volunteers!

St. Clare Women
St. Clare Women is a fellowship and service group that meets the third Wednesday of each month from September through May at 11:00am at the church.

Stewardship Committee
A year round discovery and channeling of the Parish's time, talent and treasure.




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