GSP Ministries: Food for the Journey!
These ministries respond to Grace St. Paul's Vision and Mission of being a "Spiritual family providing food for the journey..."
- Adult Spiritual Formation The function of this ministry is to provide "progressive Christian education" in accordance with the parish's Vision/Mission statement. Spiritual formation in adult education is done through relevant and informative classes, workshops, and small group gatherings that cover a wide range of topics with specific reference to the Christian faith. Spiritual formation is also addressed through retreat days and special events which offer experiential frameworks for participants. Please check out our current list of education opportunities.
- Altar Guild The volunteers of this ministry work behind the scenes, but their results are a visible part of the worship at GSP. There are three assigned teams who manage the housekeeping and beautification of the sanctuary and all items associated with worship. The teams prepare the table for communion by doing many different tasks. These include laundering linens, polishing brass, washing communion vessels, changing frontals and hangings according to the church season, plus cleaning and preparing the church space for worship. Team members and altar guild support members prepare the church for baptisms, funerals, confirmations, and special feast days such as Christmas and Easter.
- Archives & Media Library This ministry cares for the materials generated by ministries within the church, making photographs and documents available when needed to clergy and parishioners. The documents are sorted annually and filed for easy future access.
- Bulletin Assembly Team The volunteers of this ministry assemble the service booklets for weekly and special worship services. GSP's bulletins include all the hymns and prayers so assembly is a weekly commitment of approximately 3 hours.
- Children, Youth & Family Ministry Visit our CY&F site!
GSP's music program enriches the liturgies by inspiring, enlivening, and consoling the people of God. Choir members enjoy light-hearted fellowship while building community, and musicians are always welcome.
Current ensembles include the Adult Choir, directed by Christina Jarvis, music director, and accompanied by David Wachter, organist; the GSP Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by volunteers Don Lundy and John Camm;
and the Lieto Ensemble for adult instrumentalists, directed by Jane Click, pianist, on an ad hoc basis. Jane also provides keyboard music for the Spirit Song (Taizé) and Spirit Now services.
Children and youth of the parish participate in GSP Arts Council offerings, combining music, fabric art, dance, and drama for presentations to the congregation during the 10 a.m. service.
- Education for Ministry This ministry's primary mission is to provide a four-year program of Christian education. While the majority of students are Grace St. Paul's parishioners, at least one member of a class in the past four years has been a visitor.
- Eucharistic Assistants Volunteers participate in liturgies by serving as readers, chalice bearers, and subdeacons. They illustrate the diversity of our congregation; young people serve as readers, and other volunteers represent a wide range of ages. A training session is offered the second Sunday of every month after the 10 a.m. service. Anyone curious in learning more is invited to attend.
- Flowers This ministry reminds us of "creation." The flowers are displayed to touch the heart of the viewers so that they might see the beauty of God's grace. Flowers are a gift that are used in worship and praise of the creator of life.
- Grief Ministry
- Interfaith Meditation This group provides a spiritual home to all who are called to a contemplative life. It provides a time and space for silent-seated meditation. It is an inclusive group that welcomes all regardless of faith tradition or meditation experience.
- Library This ministry is a resource for research, study and inspiration. It regularly provides books which are not readily available in the public library. This resource is available to everyone who visits GSP.
- Liturgical Arts
- Pastoral Care Team The volunteers of this ministry care for parishioners who have spiritual or physical needs by providing "food for the journey" for those who are not able to attend church on Sundays or who have additional needs that are not met through regular GSP programs. One of its primary goals is for people not to "fall through the cracks." Volunteers are clergy, lay members who have training through the Community of Hope or a similar group, and medical or mental health care professionals. This team meets monthly to review an ongoing list of people who receive visits or other services; this regular monitoring allows volunteers to note changes in needs and to identify possible care givers.
- Prayer Team Volunteers pray for members and friends of GSP, as well as the world's concerns. This ministry is open to all who are interested in praying for others.
- Spirit Now This service provides the opportunity for lay members of GSP to create and lead innovative worship services with clergy guidance. Those who lead the service find that the experience fosters spiritual formation, both their own and that of the group. The service includes time for prayer, chanting/singing, meditation and a shared response to readings, art or literature from different faith traditions. Most services end with Holy Communion. The simple supper that follows each service creates a welcoming space, and offers support for those who visit in search of community. On the third Thursday of the month, a Pot Luck supper follows the service.
- Spirit Song 6 p.m. — 1st Thursday of each month — Worship and Prayer in the style of Taizé, in the Chancel, in place of the usual "Spirit Now" service.
- Ushers The usher ministry celebrates individuals who arrive for worship by welcoming them warmly, assisting any with special needs, and gratefully receiving their offerings.