MINISTRIES AT CTR

Worship
Acolyte – Historically a form of apprenticeship for young men discerning a call to ordained ministry, the ministry of acolyte has now expanded to include boys and girls who have a heart to serve God around his holy altar during Sunday worship service by carrying the cross and torches during the processional, setting the table for Holy Communion, and assisting the clergy in other aspects of the service.
Altar Guild Members of the Altar Guild engage in one of the most holy and sacred ministries of the parish, preparing the altar of the Lord for the service of Holy Communion, that baptized Christians may receive the Body and Blood of Christ each Sunday in worship.
Audio/Visual Team – Our worship service embraces the modern tools we have been given to communicate the timeless truths of God. We welcome anyone who would like to serve by “powering” the worship service on Sunday mornings.
Flower Guild In Scripture, we are encouraged to “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 96:6). Among other things, flowers represent growth and life and are used to adorn the altar, and other areas of the parish, that all people might experience the beauty of God through his creation.
Lay Readers – A most holy and humbling act of ministry is the public reading of Scripture. For, as the Scriptures say, “How can they believe in the one of whom they have never heard? And, how can they hear if no one is proclaiming? (Romans 10:14). CTR offers its members the opportunity to publicly read the Word of God in worship each week.
Music With both a traditional choir and contemporary praise band, CTR offers people the opportunity to enhance the Sunday service with a variety of musical offerings. You are welcome to express your musical gifts with us.
Sub-deacon The ministry of sub-deacon is a lay ministry, which is included as part of the altar party, along with the clergy. Sub-deacons assist the clergy in the ministry of Word and Sacrament during the Sunday service.

Evangelism
Greeters This front-door ministry of the church exhibits Christian hospitality to members of the parish and guests alike. If you like making people feel welcome, we invite you to consider this critical ministry.

Ushers – The ushers of the church both help people feel more comfortable in the worship service, and help keep the flow of the service going as smoothly as possible by helping people find their seats, taking up the offering, and assisting with Holy Communion, among other things.

Fellowship
Sunday morning food
 Scripture encourages hospitality to everyone who visits. Hebrews 13:2 "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it." A dedicated committee of volunteers arranges for morning coffee and snacks at every Sunday Worship service. We welcome others to join us for this ministry of hospitality. 

Supper Groups – A great way to get to know folks is over a meal. At CTR, we have Supper Groups of 6-12 folks who gather regularly for a meal. Let us know if you’d like to join!

Pastoral Care
Lay Eucharistic Visitors As nothing is more sacred than receiving the Body and Blood of Christ, so it is critical to the ministry of the congregation to have those who are willing to take the Sacrament to those who are shut-in, or otherwise infirm.
Daughters of the Holy Cross is an Anglican order of women and teenage girls dedicated to prayer, service, study and evangelism. A discernment period is required prior to taking vows. Daughters serve in their parishes and their community, and confidentially pray for its priests and members.

Discipleship
Nursery One of the great features of our parish is the care of our children. We have professional, paid staff to care for our babies, as well as a team of volunteers who have undergone a background check and training in the supervision of our infants and toddlers.
Children­ – Proverbs says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6). At CTR, we take seriously the discipleship of our children, providing them with opportunities to study and to serve.
Youth I Timothy 4:12 declares, “Do not let anyone despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” Therefore, we at CTR commit ourselves to equipping our youth to learn how to serve today, that they may know how to lead tomorrow.
College At CTR, we minister to our own college students who are in various universities around the country by sending them notes and care packages. Additionally, we provide opportunities for spiritual growth and development for the college students in our midst.
Young Adults – Whether single, married, or starting a family, CTR provides opportunities to our young adults for worship, fellowship, discipleship, and mission.
Men - Proverbs 27:17 declares, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” CTR offers all men the opportunity to sharpen their devotion to Jesus through fellowship, study, and service opportunities. Our mission is to build Men of God, who will be good husbands, fathers, citizens of society, and warriors for Jesus.

Women - Proverbs 31:30 says, “A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Our mission at CTR is to become and be praise-worthy women in the sight of God. Therefore, we offer many opportunities for fellowship, study, and service so that our lives will be pleasing in the sight of God and that we might serve him in whatever station and season of life we may be.

 

If you would like to know more about how to get involved or simple have questions, please contact us here or call 817 386-3000.