St. Patrick's Episcopal Church

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

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Ministries                2013 Celebrating Our Ministries Brochure

"Lord our God, You guide Your people by the ministry of all those in your church. Keep them faithful in obedient service to You that by their life and ministry they may bring You glory in Christ. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen."

See the calendar page for dates and times of current activities.  For more information on any of these ministries please contact the church office by phone or email.

Acolytes and Chalice Bearers - The acolytes lead the procession each Sunday with the cross and torch candles.  The chalice bearers administer the chalice at the Eucharist.

Adult Education
- Adult Christian education classes are held at 9:00 am each Sunday before worship services.  At different times during the year, additional programs are presented to further our understanding of our church, to enhance spiritual development, and for Bible Study.

Altar Guild - This "behind the scenes" ministry prepares the sanctuary for all services in the church.  They care for altar vessels, vestments, service books, and other items used in worship services.

Choir - St. Patrick's choir is open to high school and adult age groups who meet each Thursday afternoon from
4 to 5 pm for choir practice.  Previous choral experience is helpful but not required.  

Church Maintenance - Volunteers help improve and maintain the Church, Parish Hall, landscaping, and memorial garden.  A landscape committee assists  in the planning for the grounds.

Daughters of the King - A group of women pledged to prayer, service, and evangelism who are dedicated to the spread of Christ's Kingdom among women. This group meets the second Wednesday of each month.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW) - Is open to all women of the parish and works in many ways to assist our parish and our community.  This group meets the second Monday of every month either at the church or a member's home.

Greeters - Are the first point of contact and help to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all of our guests and members alike.  The goal is to make every person who comes through the church doors feel like a part of our parish family.

Home Eucharistic Ministers - They are trained and licensed by the diocese to take communion to those who are sick or shut in. 

Hospice - Monetary donations and supplies are given to St. Patrick’s Church and Centura Hospice of Archuleta County in support of hospice.  Loaned equipment, home care supplies, and educational materials are made available to those who need them.

Lay Readers - Read the lessons for the day at Sunday worship.  They may also be asked to read the prayers of the people.

Loaves & Fishes - A weekly lunch program sponsored by the community each Thursday of the month.  St. Patrick’s coordinates most fourth Thursdays, providing food, cooks, waiters, servers, and cleanup.  An average of 250-300 people are served each week. 

Men's Fellowship - This group is open to all men of the parish and normally meets the third Saturday of every month in the Parish Hall at 8:30 am for breakfast, fellowship, and work around the church.

Missions - Financial support and volunteer workers are provided to the Navajoland Area Mission in Farmington, NM and to the Manos de Dios Episcopal Church in Honduras. 

Nursery - Nursery care is offered during the Sunday morning worship service and is available for children ages birth to six years.  The goal of the nursery is to provide our children with quality care while enabling parents to enjoy a more relaxed time of worship.

Outreach - Outreach programs include the stocking and distribution of a food bank and a clothing give-away in October.   The church is a founding member of the Pagosa Outreach Connection which provides help for many visitors and residents of Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County.  Numerous other programs are supported, including Habitat for Humanity, the Pregnancy Center, and cancer and SIDS fundraisers.

Prayer Quilt Ministry - Meets every Thursday at 2:00 pm in the Parish Hall to create Prayer Quilts requested by members of the parish for persons with health issues or other difficulties in their lives.  The quilts are blessed at the Sunday morning service and after the service the congregation ties the knots while offering a special prayer for the quilt recipient.

Shamrock Festival - The biggest fund-raising activity of the year is held in August and is open to, and benefits, the entire Pagosa Springs community.   Activities include a catered dinner, silent auction, book sale, and a quilt raffle.   Pagosa Springs residents and visitors look forward to this annual event.

Social Events - Church volunteers coordinate a coffee hour after Sunday services and hold monthly potlucks or simple suppers.

Sunday Night Unplugged - The second Sunday of each month an evening service is held that uses different music and liturgical expressions.  This service is at 5:00 pm and uses readers, ushers, and musicians.

Sunday School - Sunday School serves children from pre-school on and is held in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings.   Please see the Christian Education page for more information.  A nursery is provided for younger children.

Tuesday Eucharist & Healing Service - Held on Tuesdays at 11:30 am as we come together for a brief communion and healing prayer service.  All are welcome..

Tuesday Noon Bible Study - Meets each week in the parish hall following the healing service and Eucharist.  The Gospel lesson appointed in the lectionary for the following Sunday is studied.  Bring a sack lunch.

Ushers - Ushers distribute church bulletins as people arrive, carry the bread and wine to the altar, pass the offering plates, and help guide the communicants to the altar during Communion.  Ushers count and record the attendance in the church record book.

Youth Group - Open to all Junior High and Senior High youth.   The youth program is designed to help young adults grow in faith through community service, fellowship, study, and worship.

        Updated August 2, 2013