Engagement and Outreach Team (E-Team)
This lay-led team of parishioners seeks to engage us by reaching out in love and service to our neighborhood. Examples of current projects include:
Supporting the students of Pleasant Run Elementary School with snacks and cards during standardized tests
Organizing the Angel Tree project to buy Christmas presents for children with incarcerated parents
Monthly donations to the COME and ICAN food pantries
Community Day, a once-a-year festival provided to the neighborhood at no cost. Community Day includes food, bouncy slides, live music, and even magic!
The team usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. New members are always welcome!
St. Matt's involves laypeople in many aspects of its worship! Volunteers regularly serve:
As Altar Guild members, setting the altar up for Holy Communion each week
As crucifers, gospel-bearers, and chalice bearers, assisting the priest in carrying out the service. Thurifers (incense bearers) are also required on special occasions like Easter and Christmas.
As lectors, reading Scripture from the Old Testament and Epistles every Sunday.
If you are interested in serving in one of these roles in worship, talk to the rector to learn more.
The St. Matt’s Adult Choir sings for the 10 a.m. Eucharist in addition to major feasts from September through May. Members rehearse weekly on Thursday evenings preparing mostly SATB anthems for the following five to six weeks. While being able to read music is helpful, it is not required in order to be an integral part of the ensemble. Our choir consists of committed people who love and support each other. We are not an exclusive club, and welcome and expect new members to join us. To join the choir, speak to the organist/choirmaster.
The Handbell Choir is made up of volunteers of varying degrees of experience who join together each week to prepare music for the Sunday morning 10:00 Eucharist service. Bells are used in the liturgy every week, and the choir generally presents musical compositions once a month.
Bells are the ultimate in group musicianship, because the ensemble depends on every member’s participation. The absence of one diminishes the musical quality of the experience. We are always seeking new individuals who would like to join the bell choir. To join, speak to the handbell choir director.