Altar Guild: Anne Douglas / Myrna Scott - The Altar Guild tends to the altar needs and arranges the flowers for the sanctuary.
Chalice Bearers: Vicki Huxtable
Choir / Music: Avis Parsons - The Parish of St. Mark Choir/Music ministry has 14 faithful choral members who meet weekly to prepare for Sunday services. The choir is especially busy at Christmas and Easter. The choir and its leaders take great care of each other and feel this ministry is very much centered in its people. It is our pleasure to sing praises and work together every Sunday to bring the joy of music to the 10am service.
Our desire is to work closely with our minister and to be a blessing to the congregation in building the parish family. Choir practice is at 10am every Tuesday in the church hall (by the piano), with occasional Saturday practices for special occasions and anthems.
Greeters: Janet Dol - The ministry of Greeters was introduced in our Church twenty five years ago by Margaret Robinson, whose husband was our Minister at that time. When they retired a year later, she asked me to take over this ministry, which I have happily organised ever since.
We endeavour to have three greeters at the 10 a.m. service each Sunday. We stand in the Narthex and greet everyone as they enter. If we encounter a visitor we ask them to please sign the visitors book, and present them with a small handmade cross to pin on their lapel. If they wish to write their address in the book, this is followed up by a handwritten letter thanking them for their visit. For those moving into the district and wishing to connect with a Church we also give them a little card to complete.
This is an important ministry, as Greeters are often the first people a visitor encounters when coming to our Church. This ministry could not take place without this special group of people who so willingly take part in this month by month.
Healing Prayer Ministry: Joe Forsyth - All encounters with God are healing – at least that is what I was told when I first felt the call to intercessory prayer. The healing prayer ministry team all believe this to be true and, while all of us have ways of praying alone, encourage people to come and pray with us whether for themselves or another. Our goal is to let Jesus’ love flow through our hearts, our hands and our words into the person who comes for prayer.
Two team members are in the Narthex during and after communion at the 10 a.m. service and near the side exit immediately after the service.
In addition to this regular prayer, we participate with the Rector in services of anointing and laying on of hands, a sacrament often neglected in the Anglican church. This may happen several times during the year but always in late October in celebration of St Luke, the patron saint of physicians and surgeons. This takes place at both services.
We are also always looking for new pray-ers to join our team so if you feel called to pray for others please come and talk to me or to Rev. Elizabeth.
Intercessors / Readers: Marion Jagger
Servers: Rene Carriere
Sidespersons: Jim Walker