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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Nogales, Arizona


Lay Ministries

The place God calls you to
is the place
where your deep gladness
and the world's hunger meet!

                                    -Frederick Buechner


The program of Lay Ministries of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church aims to tap into the ministry gifts of all who call St. Andrew's their church home. We hope you will find your special niche based on where your passion meets your special gifts and time availability. Everyone in the parish --members, non-members, families, singles, youth and guests-- all have a role. Rather than being a group of people organized around a minister, we try to view ourselves as a group of ministers organized around our love of God and God’s gifts to us.

Please call the church office for contact information and to learn more about any of the following opportunities for service at St. Andrew’s.  We welcome all ideas or suggestions about improving or adding to our Lay Ministry opportunities.  The goal is that you would work and serve where "your deep gladness and the world's hunger" meet.

Adult Spiritual Formation  This  committee plans programs, events and study groups at St. Andrew's to help each of us grow in our knowledge of how to live out our Christian Baptismal Covenant.  

Altar Guild   This is a devotional ministry. Women and men prepare and take down the altar items prior to all services on Sundays and special occasions.

Bell Choir    Rehearses prior to service participation.

Buildings and Grounds  For men and women who love outdoor work, gardening, or are "handy-people," and who enjoy making simple repairs and helping out on the property as needed on a regular basis, and for special occasions.

Choir St. Andrew’s choir rehearses on Sunday mornings prior to the 10:00 a.m. service, in which they lead the sung liturgy and hymns.

Clinic St. Andrew’s hosts the monthly St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic, for which many parishioners volunteer.

Coffee Hour  Parishioners volunteer to provide snacks for two coffee hours each year, after the 10:00 a.m. service.

Counters  Every Sunday, two people count and record the collection for deposit.   

Daughters of the King  The Order of Daughters of the King is an international organization of women who have dedicated their lives to prayer and service. The Daughters maintain their prayer list, and meet regularly for prayer, study, and discussion.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW)  All women of the church are members of E.C.W. Meetings are held once a month or as announced. The women work on many church related projects and fund raisers. 

Healing Team  The Healing Team is made up of people who are trained to pray for those who feel they need prayer for their various illnesses, or for their friends or family members who are facing illness.  Thanksgivings are welcome as well.  

Lay Assistants at Worship Services  Opportunities for ministry at our services include serving as  Ushers , Greeters, Lectors, Chalice Bearers, and AcolytesTraining for these lay ministries is offered periodically.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors  Lay Eucharistic Visitors are those who have been specially trained to carry the Holy Communion to those who are sick or unable to come to regular church services. In doing this ministry, they carry not only the communion, but also, a sense of community to the person to whom they are sent.

Library and Tract Rack  The library has a wide variety of books on Christianity and the Episcopal church.  The wall rack in the parish hall holds numerous small informative and helpful pamphlets and tracts for free.  Volunteer help is needed to manage these resources. 

Men's Group  We meet weekly to discuss personal, religious, and social issues.  Our conversations stay in the room.

Office Volunteers Parishioners volunteer in this vital ministry, staffing the office four mornings a week, answering the phone and performing light clerical duties. Occasionally, larger projects, such as mailings, employ serveral volunteers. People working together can make light work of large projects! Men and women are welcome.

Sacred Grounds  This ministry sells Cafè Justo roasted coffee to parishioners and others in support of the Mexican cooperative and their members who raise, roast and distribute the coffee.

Sunday School  Our ministry is to provide a safe place where children may grow in the faith and love of God through the study of scripture and the Episcopal tradition of our faith.

 If you would like to talk about volunteering at St. Andrew's, please contact the Church Office at 520-281-1523 or email: .