Why We Serve
Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
1 Peter 4:10 (NRSV)
Serving is just one of the ways we can express our love and thanks for all the things God has done for us and it is a great way to meet people and become connected with others who share your same interests. Serving will also make your church feel like a place you belong, a part of a family. And finally, by serving, we often find ourselves changing to become more Christ-like. If you have a heart for God and a willingness to serve in any of our ministries we would love to get you involved!
Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women.
Ephesians 6:7 (NRSV)
How can you serve through Saint Paul's? Following are just some of the many places and many ways you can respond to God through service in the life of our church (listed in alphabetical order). If you do not see something that speaks to you, or would like to pursue a different ministry opportunity, we encourage to speak to one of our Pastors, who will be glad to help you find just the right place for you to "plug in" and serve.
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Acolyte Coordinators help children serving as acolytes for morning worship with their robes and items to carry. They serve as the encouraging adult who gets them ready to process into worship on time and with confidence. Young acolytes may also assist the clergy team during Holy Communion and other special services. The acolyte coordinators train children for these special duties, and build a schedule with families to insure that this important ministry is filled. Contact: Jill Merryday.
The Altar Guild oversees the set-up of the altar area for the Sunday services and other special services. They schedule flowers, coordinate linens, and make sure that everything is both beautifully appointed and in its correct place. Contact: Donna Peacock.
The Alzheimer's Project, Inc. (APT) exists to provide comfort, support, and assistance to persons with memory disorders and their caregivers. APT is committed to serving the Big Bend community of Florida through education and training, in-home respite, support groups, counseling, referral to community resources, and pro-active recovery of wanderers through the Project Lifesaver program. Volunteers provide respite once a week for usually 2-4 hours at a time, whether at our facility based respite or into a patient's home. Volunteers provide companionship and help our clients get a break from their reality, enabling them to relax. APT was started by Saint Paul's, but is now an independent ministry. Contact Megan Bakan at The Alzheimer’s Project of Tallahassee, 386-2778.
The annual Craft Fair brings together craftsmen and artists who offer their wares to Saint Paul’s and the community at large. This well-attended annual event raises funds to support the mission projects sponsored by United Methodist Women. This is a great opportunity for those who enjoy planning a large event. Contact: Kay Frederick.
Our Audio Visual Team assists with digital and communication tools, both during worship and in ongoing church programs. They make sure microphones are on when needed, videos launch on command and slides spring to the screen. Each year, we grow more involved with electronic communications and more appreciative of the team at Saint Paul’s that makes the magic happen. Associated with the Technology Lay Team. Contact: Gary Eggebraaten.
Communion Servers assist clergy at the altar and the altar rail in serving the bread and grape juice during Holy Communion. They may serve once monthly in the traditional service, weekly in The Gate contemporary service, or occasionally as opportunity arises. Contact: Terry Broadway for traditional services, or Rev. Kandace Brooks for The Gate.
Communion Stewards are a team who take responsibility for preparing the communion elements for all of our worship services. There are few meetings, but rather shared responsibilities to purchase, prepare and clean up the bread and grape juice for the two morning traditional services monthly, and The Gate contemporary service on a weekly basis. On the occasional Saturdays that there are weddings in the evening, a steward or two would need to come late on Saturday or early Sunday morning to prepare the altar table. Associated with the Altar Guild. Contact: Donna Peacock for traditional services, or Rev. Kandace Brooks for The Gate.
Confirmation Classes are taught yearly by a Clergy person. The Confirmands, those who have expressed a desire to become a member, are usually seventh graders who attend the classes to become familiar with United Methodist theology, sacraments within the Church and the meaning of our liturgy. Caring adults assist with teaching, praying and chaperoning the final retreat. This is a wonderful opportunity to mentor and engage our youth at a pivotal time in their spiritual journey. Contact: Rev. Matt Kern.
Counters for Collections, Tithing and Other Offerings count and record all collection plate offerings, pledges and other monetary amounts for deposit in the Saint Paul’s bank account. Each Monday, designated counters meet in the Saint Paul’s office to perform this vital job. The meticulous handling of these offerings is critical to the ministry of our church. Associated with the Finance Committee. Contact: Jack Pearce.
eXtreme eXplorers is a week of eXtreme fun! One week every summer we head out to explore the fun in Tallahassee with our older kids, 3rd-6th graders. Adult chaperones are needed to socialize and hang out with these pre-teens, preferably those with expertise in swimming and loaded with lots of energy! Contact: Jill Merryday.
The Facilities Maintenance Crew lend their time and expertise to keep our buildings and facilities looking good and in top working condition. This group of handymen and women as well as skilled workers can help in plumbing, painting, carpentry, and landscaping either as a one time project or on an on-going basis. Associated with Trustees. Contact the church office at 385-5146.
Flower Arrangers and Delivery Drivers share joy. Flower arrangements from Sunday worship, weddings or other events are broken down into smaller floral arrangements that are delivered to those who are homebound or in the hospital. These simple gifts of cheer and beauty are a much-appreciated reminder that Saint Paul’s continues to nurture its members even when they are unable to attend church. Associated with the Altar Guild. Contact: Donna Peacock.
Golf Cart Drivers are the friendly,patient and helpful drivers who transport people in need of a “lift” from their car or other designated area to their worship destination. Associated with the Transportation Committee. Contact the church office 385-5146.
Greeters play a crucial role in helping make worshippers feel welcome at church. You can help make our guests and members feel welcome, answer questions, and guide guests to find other parts of our facilities. Associated with the Hospitality Lay Team. Contact: Nancy Breslin, email@example.com
Junior Church needs friends to help little ones not quite “mature” enough to sit through worship with their parents. Kids are shepherded and taught their own lesson in chapel at Junior Church. Sharing, caring and storytelling with these children are all that is required. Junior Church starts following the Children’s Chat as they are led to the chapel during the 11:00 Worship hour and ends in the SPARKS room for pickup by parents. Junior Church generally does not meet on the first Sunday of the month, and takes time off during the summer months. Contact: Jill Merryday.
Knitters and Crocheters make shawls that can be used as a shoulder wrap or lap quilt. The maker of each shawl prays during its construction and lets the recipient know that prayer has surrounded the entire creative process. Wrapping in one of these warm shawls comes with the assurance that the recipient has been lifted up to a higher power. It is a gift that brings both physical and spiritual comfort. Contact: TBA
Lay Scripture Readers are lay persons who read the scripture in worship services. In The Gate, lay people may also present the morning prayer. Their participation is significant, showing that the Word of God is to be shared among every worshipper, and is not just the sole province of the clergy. Contact: Terry Broadway for traditional services, or Rev. Kandace Brooks for The Gate.
Lay Servants are trained volunteers who serve in multiple ministry areas. Teaching, serving, training, leading, participating, caring, loving and communicating are integral parts of this role. Lay Servants can also provide “pulpit supply” and are trained to minister to the church through preaching. Specific training requirements are involved. Contact: Rev. Kandace Brooks or Rev. Matt Kern.
Manna on Meridian has been established to distribute food and clothing to our neighbors in need. Manna on Meridian seeks to be a place where churches and community come together with the common goal of reflecting God’s love to each other and our community. We are grateful to the members of Faith Presbyterian, St. Stephen Lutheran, Saint Paul's United Methodist, and Unitarian Universalist churches who make this joint ministry possible. Manna on Meridian distributes food and clothing on the 3rd Saturday of each month, 9-10 a.m., from the building behind the church office parking lot at Faith Presbyterian Church. Contact: Charles Hubbard.
Our Missions programs develop deeply committed Christians by sending members of our congregation into our community, denomination and world to make disciples and serve others in ways that honor God, share Christ, transform lives and promote justice. Here at Saint Paul's, we take our name seriously. Saint Paul was the first missionary, and we are working to become a church worthy of his name. For that reason, we take missions seriously. When Saint Paul's was formed in 1952, Bishop Branscomb challenged the congregation when he said: "Never lose your missionary zeal; when you do change your name!" We have a number ways we do this. But first and foremost, we believe that all of us are called to the mission field. Our goal is to have each and every member to have a hands on missions experience every year. We believe every person should participate in a mission project during their lifetime. We are working to make sure that our missions work as a church is not merely about providing funds, but also involves us being the hands and feet of Jesus.How can you get your hands into missions? Watch for announcements in the bulletin and newsletter and look for a missions event that fits your schedule and your abilities. Contact: Elaine McConnaughhay.
Music Ministry sets the tone for each worship service. From vocal choirs, hand bells, or jazz ensembles, to instrumentals, and from Bach to U2 -- Saint Paul’s embraces music. There is a place for everyone who appreciates music and enjoys making a “joyful noise.” Contact: Cynthia Prescott for traditional service music, or TBA for contemporary service music.
Nursery Volunteers help hold the babies on Sunday mornings and during monthly MOPS meetings when the nursery is overflowing! Do you like to read a book or talk to the little ones? They are the first to come and the last to go in our church… please volunteer with our Nursery Coordinator. Contact: Beth Wilde.
Office Volunteers provide invaluable office help by answering the phones, editing and proofing publications, preparing those publications for mailing, stuffing and labeling envelopes, keeping reservation and sign-up lists, photocopying and various other office duties. Their friendly voices and helpful advice are available every day the Office is open. Contact: Laurie Batten.
Pew Packers go to work before the Sunday services, checking every pew for Prayer Cards, pencils, tithing envelopes, hymnals, Bibles and program materials. They make certain that all printed material and accessories are in place for worship. Contact: Laurie Batten.
Resource Room Organizers support our ministries by arranging our Resource Room. The Resource Room stores materials for a wide scope of programs and events. This storeroom is accessed daily by staff and volunteers. The “Organizers” provide the valuable service of keeping the shelves of materials orderly and accessible so those needing resources can easily find them and replacement needs can be quickly identified. The group meets on an as needed basis. Contact: LuAnn Stiles or Peggy Benton.
Serving Through Worship can be a rewarding experience! There are various opportunities to serve in or in support of our worship services. If you sing or play an instrument, our Music Ministry provides an outlet for your talents. Perhaps you love to meet people? If so, perhaps you would like to be an Usher or Greeter. For those who are comfortable with public speaking, you might want to serve as a Liturgist for our traditional service, or as a Scripture reader in our contemporary service. Children can serve as Acolytes. Behind the scenes, our Altar Guild and Gate Team prepare the worship environment, and our Audio Visual (Tech) Team handles sound and visuals in the services. If any of these areas is of interest to you, you may find additional information on this page, or contact the church office at 385-5146.
Our Sister Churches provide opportunities for mission and ministry. The Cuba/Florida Covenant established a formal relationship between the Florida Conference and The Methodist Church of Cuba. The Haiti/Florida Covenant created a formal relationship between the Florida Conference and The Methodist Church of Haiti. These relationships encourage the sharing of ideas, experiences and resources, and help to foster greater understanding. Saint Paul's participates in both of these covenants. We have a Sister church in Yaguaramas, Cuba, and another Sister church in Soisson, Haiti. We have regular interactions with our Sister churches, including occasional visits. Please click here for information about our Sister church in Yaguaramas, Cuba. Please click here for information about our Sister church in Soisson, Haiti.
Soul Food is a mission to the homeless in our community. There is a monthly distribution of food and warm clothing the last Saturday of each month. Items are collected throughout the month in the church office or bins in Sanders Hall. Trucks are loaded with your donations and delivered across the lake to the homeless community. To serve on this team, please contact Belinda McClellan through our church office, 385-5146.
SPARKS (Saint Paul’s Awesome Rockin’ Kids Stuff) gives opportunities to serve and minister to the children in our Wednesday after school program. These range from riding on the bus, providing snacks, bouncing a ball with friends, or assisting with their craft skills. There are many ways to share Jesus with our children at Saint Paul’s. Contact: Jill Merryday.
Sunday School Teachers and Substitutes provide the backbone of Saint Paul’s Christian Education program. Sunday School Teachers are regular folks who share their lives, gifts and time with a small group who gather together each week. Saint Paul’s has classes of all ages and provides teachers with an easy- to-follow curriculum and classroom materials. As a teacher, you can teach one week, a few times or a whole year. Most Sunday School teachers will tell you that they themselves become the clear beneficiary of the experience. Contact for children: Jill Merryday. Contact for youth: Rev. Matt Kern. Contact for adults: Rev. Matt Kern.
The Superintendent of Sunday School, and assistants, work with Sunday School classes and teachers to record the attendance within each class, provide accurate statistical data, and ensure appropriate coverage at each age level. Contact: Superintendent TBA.
Tuesday Prayer Group is a group that meets every Tuesday morning at 8:00 a.m. to offer intercessory prayer for any requests from the congregation. The requests come to the group through worship services, through the Prayer Cards, or though individual knowledge of those in need of prayer. When appropriate, the group sends a much-appreciated card that lets people know when prayers are being said on their behalf. Contact: Janet Newsom.
Ushers welcome people to worship, distribute bulletins, assist those with physical needs to their seats, collect offering, coordinate at Holy Communion and take worship attendance. This is a wonderful ministry for a friendly person who can put others at ease. Contact TBD for more information or to sign up.
Vacation Bible School is a vibrant and totally enjoyable half-day program held during one week each summer. Children from nursery age through high school participate. The Saint Paul’s fellowship hall and classrooms are transformed into rotating venues of music, crafts, costumes, skits, science and Bible stories. There is a themed curriculum each year that ties the activities together. Contact: Jill Merryday.
Our Visitation Team visits Saint Paul’s shut-ins who are unable to attend regular worship services. They provide Holy Communion when requested, offer prayers and words of encouragement, plus provide valuable contact with these persons who have limited access to others. Through simple conversation and basic sharing of faith, the visits let shut-ins know they are still a valued part of Saint Paul’s community of faith. Contact: Louise Carpenter.
Saint Paul's Mission Survey
The Saint Paul’s Mission Team is collecting information on how our members have volunteered with or in other ways supported community service organizations in 2015. When we’ve collected the donation and volunteer hours from this survey, we’ll present the totals so that all can see our collective impact on our local and global communities. Take a few moments to tell us how you have made a difference in local and global missions. If you wish, you may write “anonymous” for name. Please DO NOT include activities sponsored by Sunday School classes. Missions Survey.