To learn more about the various ministries at St. Mary’s, click any of the links below. If you would like to help with your time, talent, or material, please contact us at St. Mary’s or through the contacts listed.
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A Simple Gesture
The mission of A Simple Gesture is to engage our entire community in a sustained effort to fight hunger in Greensboro, High Point, and Guilford county. Our goal is to establish a regular centralized, reliable and sustainable supply of donated, non-perishable food to support organizations in Guilford County. Currently, we support Open Door Ministries, West End Ministries, Ward Street Pantry, Burns Hill Pantry and First Christian Pantry.
Donors receive a recyclable Green Bag and buy one extra non-perishable food item each week when they go food shopping. Every other month we arrange a home pick-up of the bags of food and drop off an empty Green Bag. A Simple Gesture volunteers then deliver the food directly to Food Pantries on the same day as the pick-up. If you would like more information, please contact J.B. Farlow.
The purpose of the Committee is to train young people at St. Mary’s to serve as Acolytes in assisting with the worship services at St. Mary’s. The Committee also handles the scheduling assignments of the Acolytes for church services. Our Director of Children and Youth Ministry, Amy Campbell, currently schedules Acolytes.
Altar Flowers & Flower Guild
Every Sunday during the church year flowers on the main altar are given by parishioners in honor or in memory of someone. You may choose to have the Flower Guild put together the floral arrangements or you may have a local florist do them. If you would like to sponsor a Sunday, please contact Sally Bulla for more information on providing flowers. Click here for the Check Request Form.
The St Mary’s Altar Guild serves God and the parish by preparing the altar and other spaces for services on Sundays, for weddings and funerals, and at other times of the year. In addition, they take care of all of the vessels, paraments, linens, and communion elements, and make sure that everything is set up and ready. They work closely with the clergy to provide much behind-the-scenes support, and provide training for new members who wish to serve. For more information, contact Mary Beth Yates.
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Jesus is Lord, Prayer, Study, and Service–words that represent the foundations of The Brotherhood of St. Andrew. The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is a men’s service and fellowship organization open to all men in the parish. The primary focus of our fundraising efforts is to support the youth of St. Mary’s, our community, and worldwide. In addition to financial assistance to our Church and community, we provide assistance at church and community events. We encourage participation from any interested men who can contact Matt Penley with any questions.
A Chalice Bearer is a lay person licensed by the Bishop of North Carolina to serve the chalice at services of the Holy Eucharist. Contact Denise Story, Parish Administrator, if you are interested in becoming a Chalice Bearer.
Daughters of the King
The Daughters of the King is a spiritual order for women who are committed to prayer and service. Through this commitment, the main mission of our order is evangelism. We are pledging ourselves to a life long program of prayer, service, and evangelism dedicating ourselves to the spread of God’s kingdom, especially among women, and the strengthening of the spiritual life of the parish. We are engaging the faith every time we meet corporately or individually to pray for others in our community or to serve as Jesus would serve. For more information contact either Margaret McDonald or Stephanie Cole, co-chairs.
ECW (Episcopal Church Women)
Episcopal Church Women is a local and national organization. ECW gathers us together to achieve Christ’s example of embracing and empowering others, both within and outside of our community, by offering support and compassion to all. ECW provides outreach services both inside and outside of St. Mary’s Parish. All women of St. Mary’s are members of Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and are invited to attend general meetings. For more information, please contact Katharine Hawks or Ann Lynch co-chairs.
The purpose of the Greeters Committee is to welcome visitors on Sunday mornings to St. Mary’s and to assist the vestry person with checkin in. Please contact Beth Tuttle if you are interested in helping with this ministry.
We are looking for creative and excited volunteers to help us plan safe activites and church-wide events. If you are ready to plan the next “Lemonade on the Lawn,” or have other fun ideas, we would love for you to join us! Reach out to our parish administator for more information on how to get involved.
The purpose of the Home Buddies ministry is to establish and maintain regular contact with St. Mary’s parishioners who are homebound or have limited mobility and to encourage intergenerational relationships. We communicate through cards, notes, telephone calls, visits, and small holiday remembrances. We also distribute items such as prayer shawls, lap robes, pillows or other hand- made items. If you would like more information, please contact Patti Walls.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEV)
The Lay Eucharistic Visitors are licensed by the Biship of North Carolina to take communion to people who cannot join us at church. The visits are an extension othe pastoral care provided by the Clergy. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Carroll Ann Miller.
A lector is a Lay Reader who reads portions of scripture lessons during church services, and leads the Prayers of the People. For more information, please contact Jason Johnson.
Mobile meals of High Point is a meal program for the elderly and handicapped that provides one hot meal a day for those who have no other means of obtaining one. Meals are free, but donations are accepted. For more information, please contact Hodge Cole.
The Newcomers Committee is designed to welcome, introduce and engage all newcomers into the different aspects of Parish Life. Contact the parish administrator for more information.
Open Door Ministries
Open Door Ministries is a non-profit organization in High Point that provides help for those in need whether through emergency services help, through their Father’s Table Soup Kitchen, or through the Open Door Shelter, an emergency shelter for men. To contact them for more information, please call (336) 885-0191. St. Mary’s provides volunteers to serve at the Father’s Table at Open Door on the fourth Monday of each month. If you would like to be a volunteer or a substitute, pleace contact Libby Fisher or J.B. Farlow.
St Anne's Women's Chapter
St. Anne’s typically meets on the second Monday of the month at 6 pm. We pick a restaurant, socialize, and we have a charitable cause that we donate money or material items to. Please email Stephanie Gardner-Cole for more information.
Stephen Ministry is a Christ-centered pastoral care program of lay persons who are trained and committed to giving one on one confidential care. Stephen Ministers are assigned to meet with you during times of crisis and life changes. meet weekly with you as you walk together during this time of need. Contact Mike Hennen more information.
Traditionally, the Stewardship Committee consists of a chairman, who takes primary responsibility for the effort, and a co-chairman who will succeed the chair the following year. At the discretion of the rector and the chair, the committee may be expanded to include more parishioners. In addition to the annual every member canvass, it is the goal of the committee to convey to the parish that you give because you have received. Time, talent, and treasure are entrusted to us by God and we must be faithful stewards of those gifts.
St. Mary’s ushers meet and great people at Sunday services, special services, and funerals. If you are interested in serving as an usher, please contact Tim Yates.