The best way to get to know people at St. George’s is to ‘get involved’ in something you are interested in, where you will meet people on some common ground. Even if you can’t make a big commitment, you will find opportunities to contribute in vital ways.
|Volunteering & Fellowship Opportunities|
|Worship & Sundays||The Altar Guild
Be a Server or Lay Reader
Join the Choir
Help with Children’s Ministry and Sunday School
Sunday morning Fellowship teams
Help count the offering
|Through the week||Attend or lead a Daily Office
Attend or lead a Study Group
Serve on a church committee
Help with building maintenance or cleaning
|Community Outreach||The Soup Kitchen
St George’s YouthNet (external site)
Refugee Sponsorship Committee
|Another crucial way to help is to donate to our various ministries. You can designate your donation by writing any of the following on your offering envelope: Outreach, Altar Guild, Music, Rector’s Discretionary Fund, YouthNet, Deaf Ministry, Soup Kitchen, or Deck the Hall.
Perhaps most important of all are our general expenses, including heating and maintenance of our buildings, office & communication expenses, printing and copying costs, staff, publicity, and so many more things that make this place work! Without our general fund we would not be able to carry out the ministries so dear to our parish.
Donations can be put on the offering plate at services, sent to the Parish Office by post (2222 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS B3H 2Z3), or made through Canada Helps. Please make cheques out to “Saint George’s Anglican Church.” We also offer a Direct Debit option, if you’d like to give a monthly pre-authorized amount. To set up Direct Debit, contact the Treasurer.
The Altar Guild cares for all the items uses in our worship services — linens, flowers, candles, vestments, brass, silver & gold, wafers & wine, etc. If you would like to be part of a rotational team, or help with specific functions, please contact Tracy Lenfesty.
The Lay Readers undergo specialized training in church history, music, Bible study and conducting worship. They are then licensed by the bishop to serve in our parish in a variety of capacities. Some of our lay readers regularly conduct the service of Morning Prayer on Sunday mornings, and are licensed to administer the sacrament at the Eucharist. Contact the Rector if you are interested in learning more Lay Readers.
The Servers also assist at the Eucharist by bringing the Eucharistic items to the celebrant, carrying the processional cross and candles in procession, receiving the offering and other duties. During the weekday services, the server may also read the epistle. The MC’s are the senior servers who organize and co-ordinate the liturgy, laying out the vestments before the service and putting them away after the service and assigning tasks to the other servers. During the service, they stand near the celebrant to assist him and provide cues and direction to the other servers so the liturgy proceeds smoothly and reverently. Contact Scott Connors if you are interested in learning more about Servers.
Help with Children’s Ministry or Sunday School. Adults may be interested in team-teaching a class for 3 or 6 weeks during the year. We use our own Saint George’s Sunday School Curriculum, which means no experience is necessary, only a desire to help our young people learn the faith. Contact Andrea Lee if you would like to be involved in this ministry.
Sunday morning Fellowship Teams. After we take communion together at the rail, we continue our fellowship in the hall after the 10:30am service, where there are treats and steaming mugs of tea and coffee to be had. So successful is our fellowship hour that we need more hands to keep the treats and the drinks flowing. Can you help? Each team is only on once every six weeks, but an extra pair of hands makes a big difference! Contact Mary Hills.
Help count the offering. Our noble army of counters take turns counting and recording the offering after each Sunday service and special event. If you’d like to help, please contact Elizabeth Haigh.
Attend or lead a Daily Office. We are who we are at Saint George’s because we faithfully pray the Offices of Morning Prayer (9:00 am), and Evening Prayer (5:30 pm) every weekday, and Sundays 10 am and 5:30 pm. Lay people most often lead these services. Try to come to one or two each week, and perhaps consider offering to officiate one service per week. Contact Susan Harris.
Attend or lead a study group. At various times throughout the year study groups are offered for a set number of weeks. Participating allows us to get to know one another while learning more about our faith. If you would like to lead such a group, contact Susan Harris. For information on upcoming study groups and retreats, click here.
Serve on a church committee. Volunteer as a committee member: Spiritual Development, Pastoral Ministry, Finance, Property, and Stewardship are the five main committees we operate to accomplish the work of the parish. Contact the Parish Office to be directed to the committee chairs.
Help with building maintenance or cleaning. If you can share your gifts by helping to keep our buildings clean and functional, please get in touch with the Parish Office. There is always something to be done!
Christmas Outreach. Annually the parish sponsors a number of families with gifts and food at Christmas. Parishioners and the Sunday School also participate in the Mission to Seafarers Christmas Shoebox program, and gift baskets are prepared and delivered each year to shut-in parishioners. The coordination of all these begins in late October, and it takes many hands to make it all happen. To be directed to this year’s coordinator of the individual programs, please contact the Parish Office.
Prayer. Prayer is an essential part of how we, as Christians, care for our communities and the world. Every week in the news bulletin we print three different prayer lists: the Anglican Cycle of Prayer for the global Anglican church, the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer for those in our diocese and community, and our list of those in special need in our own parish. Additionally, on the table at the back of the church you will find a prayer list that divides the names of our parishioners into small groups for each day of the month, so that we are all held in each others’ prayers on a regular basis.