Ministry Volunteers are always welcomed. For more information about any of the ministries listed below, or to volunteer, please call the church office at 885-1031

What we do on Sunday

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your  soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."   Mark 12:30

Lector

Lectors read the first and second readings during the worship services. Those called to this ministry need to have a strong voice that carries, and must be able to read scripture aloud, in front of the congregation. Lectors may be called to read at special services and other events.

Lay Reader/Chalice Bearer

The lay reader/chalice bearer helps lead our congregation during worship services. This is a highly visible ministry and is geared for the mature Christian. The lay reader reads the psalm, Nicene Creed, and the prayers of the people, during the service. He/She also helps serve at the altar, assists the priest if needed, and serves the wine during the holy Eucharist. He/She also helps out with baptisms and other special events.

Ushers

This is truly a multi-faceted ministry, which involves someone who can think on his or her feet. An usher assists parishioners and visitors to their seats during worship services and special events. Ushers also act as an information guide for the lost, giving directions to places like the restroom, nursery, parish hall and perhaps even a heavenly place, as needed. Ushers present the elements of the Eucharist to ministers at the altar. During the offertory an usher is required to collect the offering and present it at the altar. During the Holy Eucharist an usher helps direct the congregation to the altar rail in an orderly fashion.

Greeters

The Greeter ministry is a ministry of hospitality. These servants are chosen by the staff and ministry leaders to welcome people. The greeters meet people coming to worship, and help visitors and new comers to feel welcome and comfortable with our worship service. They also provide guidance to visitors to help them acclimate to our facility. The goal of the greeters is to help people feel welcome in hopes that they will have a great experience and return.

Adult Choir

The choir gathers on Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30pm in the church from September to June.  New members are always welcome.

Altar Guild

As Father Roy has shared "Some angels come to church, set up for the three weddings this weekend, clean up and reset for the two Baptisms on Sunday."  These "Angels" are men, women, and their children dedicated to assisting our parish priests and deacons in the preparation of the Altar for Church worship. There are four teams of two people or more, who serve one weekend a month setting up and cleaning up the Altar. We meet two times a year for planning, fellowship and prayer. All training for the Altar Guild is done in fellowship with a member and brings bonding to those who serve God in his church.

Flowers

Though it is an independent ministry of service, it is under the umbrella of the Altar Guild. Flowers are a wonderful form of praise, and a beautiful expression of thanksgiving to the Lord. For those in mourning, flowers are often an expression of love and hope, helping to lead toward closure. They can be an offering of love, praise and commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ. If you want to have flowers placed on the altar, please contact the church office.

This ministry also participates in holidays and special events by supplying poinsettias and wreaths at Christmas, lilies at Easter, and carnations for Mothers Day and Fathers Day. Flowers are also provided for the services of Lessons and Carols, Maundy Thursday and the All Night Prayer Vigil.

Healing Ministry

The Healing Ministry at Christ Church exists as a continuation of the ministry of Jesus Christ. (Luke 9:1,2; John 14:12-14Healing prayer is an expression of a loving community seeking to know Jesus Christ and make Him known; through healing prayer, spiritual gifts are exercised within the community of faith to the glory of God.

Traditionally, healing has been a gift that Jesus taught us as He ministered during His lifetime. He expected us to continue to heal in His example and to His glory. With that in mind you are invited to become a part of our healing ministry. Training is involved.

Caring For Each Other

"Then the King will say to them, Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these brothers or sisters, you did it to Me." Matthew 25:40

Prayer Chain

When an emergency strikes, be it illness, accident or misfortunes, prayers are needed right away!  It shouldn't wait for the Prayers of the People on Sunday morning. The prayer chain is ready to go on its knees in a moments notice. Members pass along prayer requests (in confidence) until they have reached the whole circle. In addition, they have added an email prayer chain in which prayer request are sent to intercessors via email.

Daughters of the King

St. Agnes chapter of the Daughters was re-instated in May 2004. Each daughter takes a lifetime vow to live by the Rule of Order, which requires daily prayer, service and evangelism. The Daughters at Christ Church, Ballston Spa are communicants of the Episcopal Church or of a church in communion. The order was originally founded in 1912 - no history of the previous order has been located, as of yet. Women considering joining the Order can contact the office at 885-1031.

Serving the Community

   Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your name. Amen.         Prayer for Missions, Book of Common Prayer p. 101

Food Pantry

There has been a Food Pantry in our Church for over 20 years. It has grown substantially in the past decade, both in numbers of people involved in the ministry, and in the number of people helped. Our Mission is to help people in need with three to four days supply of food each month, or more often when special needs exist. The Food Pantry provides over 1400 boxes of food a year and gives out dinners or special items for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. An important part of this ministry is to relate to the people who come in by listening to them and offering encouragement and support. Often we may be able to suggest options for problems they may have. 

Noah's Attic

This is a service ministry of Christ Church that is in response to Jesus' call to provide a way for us to witness our love, care and concern to those in our community. Clothing and household items that are donated are sold at a nominal fee or given free if needed. We have helped a variety of people in different situations such as: victims of house fires, domestic violence victims and those who just have a problem making ends meet. This is a very important ministry to the community and to our church. There are always volunteers needed to donate thei time for a couple hours in the daytime, evening or on Saturdays. Please contact the office to volunteer a few hours a week to help the less fortunate than us.

Missions

God called us to go to all people. Mattew 28:19 says "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations".  Acts 1:8 says "you will receive the Holy Spirit and you will be witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." We are called to reach out with the message of Jesus to more than our local community or even Diocese. We are called to think globally. Thus we have involved our church in reaching out to the world by sending people and resources to the Sudan,  Argentina, Chile and more. If you are interested in becoming included in mission much more can be done. 

United Thank Offering

For almost one hundred years the Episcopal Church Women have taken up a United Thank Offering to support mission and relief efforts through out the world. Help is needed for the UTO in gathering each year. Contact the office for more information on this ministry.


Kids Stuff

"But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of Heaven"  Matthew 19:14

Sunday School

We offer Bible based lessons for preschool - high school.Sunday School meets each Sunday between the services at 9 a.m. from September through June. Grades K-1,  grades 2-3, grades 4-5, middle school ,  and the high school group our classrooms next to the church.  Children can join Sunday School at any time. Parents should see the classroom teacher to register.  The curriculums our classes use insert curriculum here.   Also, we try every year to do some outreach projects such as collecting toys for Toys for Tots, and helping with the food pantry. If you have children who are interested in our youth groups please contact the Church office at 885-1031.

Nursery

Christ Episcopal Church provides childcare for the 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM services for children up to age 5. Children over 5 are encouraged to attend the worship service of are welcome to attend Junior Church. 

Junior Church

Junior Church is a wonderful opportunity for the younger members of our parish to celebrate together. The service is held in their own Children's Chapel in the parish Center. The readings follow the same readings as the adults; the only difference is that they are on a younger level. Each week a different adult runs the service. Although the children follow the same service each week, each volunteer brings their own personality to the service. Some adults may choose to read a religious story, others sing songs, while others may do a craft with the children. The children also have an opportunity to pray each week in their own very unique ways. It is incredibly touching (and funny at times) to hear the beautiful prayers our children pray to God. I encourage you to join this ministry. It takes very little time and brings many blessings. If you do not feel called to be a leader and you have little ones - make sure to send them over. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed.  

Junior Choir

Our Junior Choir is open to all children from Kindergarten through 8th grade.  We rehearse most Sundays after the 10AM service.  From time to time, we enjoy singing at the 10:00 AM service and other special events .

Acolytes

The work of an acolyte is to serve the congregation by helping the worship service to flow smoothly. They assist the Priest and Deacons during the Sunday Service and other liturgies. Young people who are active in Church and in grades 2 - 12 are eligible to be acolytes. Acolytes typically serve one Sunday a month. 

Little Saints

Little Saints is our Elementary School Youth Group. We meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Kids who attend Ballston Spa schools are picked up from school at dismissal time. Children in other school districts are welcome to participate but must provide their own transportation to church. Our program includes snack time, games, arts and crafts and videos or a field trip. In the past, we've enjoyed trips to the apple orchards and corn mazes, Howe Caverns, bowling, laser tag, mini golf, roller skating, rock climbing, snow tubing.  We have been to the State museum and a tour of All Saints Cathedral in Albany. Pick up time is usually 5:30 at the parish hall, but can change on field trip days. The cost of a regular meeting at church is $3.00 per child and includes dinner. Cost for field trips will vary depending on our destination. Any questions pleas contact the church office.

Middle School Youth Group

This youth group program is for children in 6th through 8th grade.  Our program includes snack time, games, arts and crafts, service projects, discussion/learning sessions and special field trips and events. In the past this group has attended the 3-day Youth For Christ retreat called "Break Out". We have enjoyed fun things like trips to the Corn Maze, bowling, laser tag, mini golf, rock climbing and much more. The cost of a regular meeting is $3.00. 

High School Youth Group

This youth group is for students in grades 9 - 12.  This group is based on building relationship with one another, learning about God, have fun together by going snow tubing, scavenger hunts, picnics, corn maze, laser tag and much more. Every January our group attends the Youth For Christ conference "Excel" where they are challenged to make a deeper commitment to Jesus. This is a 3 day event that is packed with music, workshops, speakers, and evening fun. At the end of the year we take a 4 day long trip that has brought us to places like Boston, Martha's Vineyard, white water rafting the New River in West Virginia, Washington D.C., Wildwood, New Jersey and most recently Cedar Point in Ohio. 

Vacation Bible School

Our VBS program is for kids ages 3 through High School. It's a fun and inspiring program that includes games, snacks, music, arts and crafts and Bible exploration.  

Adults Learning About God

"All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work."   2 Timothy 3:18,19

Bible Studies

Through out the year a variety of Bible studies are offered. In the past we have studied various books of the Bible along with several different study programs. Most classes last from 6 to 12 weeks, although some have lasted much longer. Usually there is a Bible study program offered Wednesday morning led by Fr. Roy. There have also been a variety of topical Bible studies including "Women of the Bible", "The Parables" and "Parenting". 

 

Newcomers' Class

These classes are offered twice a year for those new to the parish that are interested in learning more about the church and the Christian faith. The classes are required in order to become a member of the church so it is hoped that these classes will give a person enough insight and understanding to make that serious commitment. The class is taught primarily by Fr. Roy and includes topics such as Jesus, the Church, Church History, the Bible, Worship and what is expected of us in living the Christian life.

 

Adult Sunday School

Sunday School is not just for kids. At the same time the children's Sunday School is going on (9:00 - 9:50), we offer an adult Sunday School class. Sometimes we study the Gospel lesson to be read at the Sunday worship service.  Other times we have had a special class on a specific topic, such as "The Lord's Prayer". The coffee is always on!

Alpha

Alpha is a 12-week course for those who want to learn more about the Christian faith. The course comes out of a church in England and features the teaching of Nicky Gumble. Included in the class are topics such as: Christianity: How should I read the Bible? Who is the Holy Spirit? Does God Heal Today? What about the Church? and more.  The Alpha course includes dinner with every meeting as a way to deepen friendships. The course also includes a weekend retreat. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who want to restore or renew their faith. 

Having Fun Together

" They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers"    Acts 2:42

Coffee Hour

We have one of the sweetest ministries there is!! Our coffee hour is held every Sunday following the 10:00 service in the parish hall. The volunteers provide a warm inviting area for all parishioners to come and fellowship with one another while sampling some of the most delicious baked goods. Each volunteer is requested to provide baked goods or snack foods, juice and creamer. They make sure the coffee is made and set up before the worship service is over. 

Parish Events

This ministry area is in charge of planning fun activities for our church family. In June, we hold our annual church picnic and for the past two years we have been fortunate enough to be able to hold it at the Spiritual Life Center. For the past five years, we have held the "Padre Open" golf tournament at Brookhaven Golf Course followed by dinner and awards. We have taken trips to Yankee Stadium to catch a baseball game, we've held game nights, movie nights and cafe-music night with special musical guests. We have also held an annual Valentine's Day get together. 

Taking Care of Business

"As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."    1 Peter 4:10

Building and Grounds

The Buildings and Grounds Committee is a group of parishioners who, under the guidance of the Vestry Chairperson, help to maintain the facilities of Christ Church. 

Collection Counters

People are always needed to help count the Sunday offering. People work in teams and are usually committed to helping for one month of Sundays. Counters should have good math skills and basic data entry. 

Diocesan Conventions Deputies

The Diocese of Albany meets for convention each June at The Camp of the Woods in Speculator, NY. Christ Church is allowed to send three deputies to participate in the important council of the Church. Delegates are elected at our annual meeting in January. But you don't have to be a deputy to attend Convention! There are a wide range of worship events, workshops and teaching sessions at Convention. Anyone who would like to attend may, but make your reservation soon because space is limited.

Contact Fr. Roy if you would like to be considered for this ministry. 

Stewardship Team

The Stewardship Committee is comprised of eight people including the Rector. We meet monthly to brainstorm ideas and implement plans to help our congregation understand the concept of giving to God from a heart of gratitude. Each month we try to be visible to the congregation in various ways and every few months we host a special event. In the spring we center our presentation on the pledge campaign, which usually occurs in May. 

Vestry

Christ Church Vestry is made up of nine members, plus the Junior Warden and Senior Warden.  This group is responsible for conducting the business of the church. Three members are elected each year to serve a three-year term to allow for rotation. The Warden position is a total two-year term. The Junior Warden is elected every year (one year term). Then at the end of the one-year term the Junior Warden becomes the Senior Warden. These officers of the church are responsible for the management, financial well being, and stewardship of the church. Each member also chairs a committee. In addition, The Clergy, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Clerk and Administrative Assistant sit on the Vestry. We are grateful and proud of their work.

It is important to the Vestry that all parishioners feel welcome to share their thoughts and ideas about God's vision for us as a Christian community and how to make that vision a reality at Christ Church. Parishioners are welcome to attend the meetings, which are held on the second Monday of the month beginning at 7:00 pm. Also, you are encouraged to speak with any of the Vestry members about your ideas for Christ Church.

What is God saying to you???

God speaks to his Church through many people. He may be putting a new ministry on your heart today. We are always open to hearing new ideas! We may not be able to use them all; but we are always ready to listen. Share your ideas for ministry with Father Roy, Deacon Al, Deacon Bill, Deacon Lynne or one of the Wardens or a Vestry Member!!