What follows here is a longish list of ways in which people can get plugged in to the church this year. The first part of the post gives a brief look at our programs and activities, while further down you’ll find volunteer opportunities.
Things to attend, ways to connect:
ideaExchange – Our monthly series of conversations on a whole host of topics, ranging from pop culture to politics to theology. The first two will be held at Aqua Books, 274 Garry Street, though because the store is set to close at the end of October we’re actively looking for a new home for the remainder of the season. Sessions always fall on Tuesdays, starting at 7:30 and run until about 9:00pm. Dates for the fall are September 27, October 18, November 22 and December 13.
Living Room Liturgies – This is our monthly series of home-based communions, hosted in different households and designed to gather people around the sharing of communion, food and drink, and good conversation. The first monthly gathering will take place in October, and information on signing up for these events to be posted late in September.
Theology in the Dark – Our film and conversation series, offered in collaboration with Booth University College on an occasional basis over the course of the year. The first one is set for October 6 at 7pm. We’ll have a few more details available in the coming days.
House Concerts – We’re planning to hold three house concerts over the course of the year, with the first one set for Friday November 4. Details to follow…
Hear the Silence – A monthly liturgy of music, prayer, readings and silence takes place at the church at 7:00pm on the third Saturday evening of each month, from October through May. The first Hear the Silence for the fall takes place on October 15.
Youth Events – Monthly (more or less…) events geared for junior high and high school students; a good opportunity to get connected.
Mental Health and Wellness Circle – From October through June we’ll again be holding a monthly (or even bi-weekly, depending on need and interest) conversation on issues connected to mental health and wellness.
Baptismal exploration group – Over the fall and winter, we’ll be gathering a group interested in exploring the prospect of baptism or the reaffirmation of baptismal promises. This group will gather several times over the year, with a celebration of baptism and reaffirmation taking place in the Easter season.
An evening Bible study and/or discussion group? – It sounds as if there might be some interest in starting up an evening group of some sort or another, so if this is something you might want to get involved in, let us know.
Ways to get plugged in and help out:
On Sunday nights – Join one of our Sunday evening rosters: snack and coffee; scripture reader; communion assistant; tidy-up duties; nursery roster; book and CD table.
Open your home – Host one of our monthly “living room liturgy” house communions or if you have a lot of space consider hosting a house concert.
Do some laundry? – You know those white linen cloths we use with the communion cups? Well, for seven years now the congregation of All Saints has been laundering those for us, and now it is time to take our turn. We need to organize some people willing to take a monthly turn at doing this very little bit of laundry and ironing.
Join our website and media team – We’re always looking for people willing to help with the development and maintenance of our website, as well as people interested in media-creation. Want to learn how to build podcasts, create short audio and/or video pieces, or even do some simple web-posting? You’re in.
Three rather pressing needs:
- We could use a person to help create and lead a children’s Christian education component for the twice-monthly 4pm Sunday child-friendly communion service
- It would be great to have someone act as the “manager” or coordinator of our book and CD sales table.
- We are in need of someone to volunteer as something of a “managing editor” for the website, so we can begin to call on a wider circle of writers and contributors.
How do you make the connection?
Best way to connect is to simply come out to something and take part. Guests, visitors, and old friends are always welcome.
And if you want to volunteer or learn more about one of the listed opportunities, just contact us and we’ll get you hooked up.