St. Peter’s recently hosted a Ministry Fair on two Sundays, August 20 and 27 in the parish hall. Different leaders for each ministry area were there to talk to other members of the parish to let them know the good and varied work in which members of St. Peter’s participate. So why do we do this? Why are we called to help others, even strangers? We are called by Christ to be His representatives on earth. Jesus instructs his disciples many times that they are to minister to each other and to demonstrate their love of Christ and each other by serving others (Matthew 25:31-46 and Luke 9:1-27 as two examples). It is the very cornerstone of the church.
Our Vision Statement sets out this very notion of ministry:
The Vision of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is to become:
- a community of bold followers of Jesus
- a crowd that effects good change for the world
- a place known for radical love and welcome
- a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte
These aren’t just words. As the ministry fair demonstrates, parish members are committed to putting actions to words because that is what we are called to do. Whether we are helping feed and house our homeless neighbors, comforting a friend in times of trouble, or serving at our worship service, we are all ministers in Christ.
I urge you to prayerfully consider how you might use your talents to minister to others. Talk to fellow members who are serving in various ministries and find out what they do. You might be surprised to find a ministry that plays into your strengths. Or, perhaps, you would like to stretch outside your comfort zone and chose a ministry that brings you in contact with others you might not have previously thought about. There are so many possibilities for you to find your ministry. A part of my role on the staff is to assist you with engaging ministry opportunities, so please contact me either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or at 704-749-6141. I am here to help.
– Elaine Wood, Ministry Associate