At St. Thomas we believe we are all ‘ministers of the Gospel’ and we strongly encourage adults and children to offer their gifts during worship and in the community.
Parish Groups and Activities
Anglican Church Women (ACW) – Women of all ages are invited to be part of the St. Thomas ACW – a group which meets regularly for fellowship, bible study, to help with ministries and events within the church, and to offer outreach for those in need beyond our parish.
Fellowship Events – A wide variety of fellowship opportunities are held throughout the year to celebrate our life together as a parish community.
Parish Retreat – A St.Thomas parish retreat is held each spring to encourage spiritual growth and development.
Prayer Chain – Members of our prayer chain offer daily prayers for those in need. Prayer lists are updated each Sunday and are held in complete confidence.
Telephone Tree – Members of this ministry telephone members of the congregation as needed to update them about important parish events and activities.
Visits to Shut-Ins – Visits are made regularly to individuals in nursing homes, hospitals and at home.
Royal Arch Lodge Services – Members of St. Thomas lead a monthly worship service for senior residents of the Royal Arch Lodge in Champlain.
Southview Heights and Terraces Services – On the last Tuesday of each month the clergy of St Thomas lead a Eucharist at the Southview senoir residence.
Scouts – This year saw the reintroduction of a scout troop at St. Thomas. They use the church on Saturday mornings.
If you would like to know more about any of the ministries described below, please let the priest know of your interest.
The Pastoral Circle – Once a month after our Wednesday Eucharist the Pastoral Circle meets to discuss those in our parish who might be in need of a visitation and/or some other sort of pastoral care. The Circle is also active in visiting parishioners who can no longer come to church and takes communion to them as well as our fellowship. Anyone who feels the call to this sort of ministry is more than welcome to join.
Readers -The Old and New Testament lessons are read each Sunday by parish members.
Intercessors – The Prayers of the People are offered by a member of the congregation each week, using either the prayers founds in the Book of Alternative Services, other prayer resources, or prayers written by the intercessor.
Altar Guild – Members of the Altar Guild prepare the altar and the sanctuary for Sunday worship and oversee the decoration of the church for special feast days and celebrations.
Choir – The choir helps the congregation praise God through music each Sunday and prepares anthems for Christian festivals and other occasions throughout the church year.
Praise Group – The praise group offers contemporary Christian music with guitars and percussion.
Other Music Opportunities – Singers and musicians, either individuals or groups, are encouraged to offer their musical gifts before or during worship.
Gift-Bearers – Gift-bearers bring the bread and wine forward to the altar as the offertory hymn is sung. The gift-bearers serve as representatives of the community – symbolizing that we are offering ourselves – our gifts, our skills, and our resources — to God.
Liturgical Dance – Members of the congregation – both children and adults – are invited to take part in liturgical dances prepared for special occasions during the year. Our next liturgical dance performance will be at our Easter Day service in April.
Healing Team – Those who have a special concern for themselves or someone they know are invited to pray with our healing team during the Eucharist. All prayer requests remain confidential.
Bread Makers – The bread we share during the Eucharist is baked and provided by members of our congregation. Sidepersons and Counters Participants in this ministry distribute leafl ets, record the number of worshippers each Sunday, and collect and count the offering.
Coffee Ministry – The congregation gathers for fellowship and a cup of coffee or tea and refreshments after the service each Sunday. Volunteers assist in this ministry by making the coffee, bringing baked goods to enjoy and cleaning up afterwards.
Servers – Members of the congregation help at the altar during the services.
Committees at St Thomas
New committee members and activity volunteers are always warmly welcomed. If you have an interest in any of the committees below, please contact the committee chairperson for more information on how to get involved.
Administration and Finance — Develops a church budget and is responsible for overseeing building maintenance, new building projects, gardening, contracts for building use, and all other financial aspects of the parish.
Congregational Development – Supports all activities in the parish related to spiritual nurture, fellowship, and pastoral care. These activities include, among others: Bible studies, pastoral visiting, youth ministries, the parish retreat, and fellowship dinners and events.
Outreach – Develops and oversees activities to help the parish reach out to those in need in the local community and overseas. Activities include food drives, foster children, support to local social service agencies, the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. The Wardens chair this committee.
Worship – Assists in the year-round planning of worship services and liturgical events.