Note: Many of these activities have been suspended or curtailed due to COVID-19 precautions. Call the church office at 763-571-1500 to confirm the need for Sunday volunteers.
The assisting minister is the lay person who stands with the pastor at the altar, leads the congregation in the liturgy and prayer, and dismisses the congregation at the end of the service. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis at the service of their choice.
Volunteers make coffee before the 9:00 a.m. service and set up the coffee stations in the Gathering Corner. They are also responsible for cleanup once the 10:30 a.m. service begins. Written instructions are posted in the kitchen. Volunteers usually work in pairs on a rotating schedule based on the number of volunteers available (approximately seven times each year).
Communion servers have the privilege of sharing the bread and wine with the congregation during worship. Volunteers who serve at the 9:00 a.m. worship service prepare the communion trays and those who serve at the 10:30 a.m. service clean up afterwards. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis at the service of their choice.
Counters are vital in maintaining the income records of the church. Working in teams of 3-5, counters spend approximately three hours on Sunday mornings counting and recording the Sunday offering and other monies received during the week. They are also responsible for depositing the money at the local bank. Teams are assigned two Sundays in a row on a rotating schedule – usually six times per year. Training is provided.
Greeters, working in pairs, stand at the church entrances (approximately 20 minutes before the start of worship) and greet members and visitors as they enter the building. They also answer questions and direct people to locations and rooms within the church. Greeter teams are assigned to the worship service of their choice and usually serve once every 4 to 8 weeks depending on the number of greeters.
Lectors read the scripture lessons from the lectern during worship. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis at the service of their choice.
St. Philip’s has a notable musical tradition, with the basic mission of praising God through voice and instrument. Here is a place to worship through musical excellence, while experiencing wonderful community. With vocal and handbell choirs, the contemporary worship band, and a need for occasional instrumentalists and substitute organists/pianists, there is sure to be a place for every musician.
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PowerPoint technician volunteers are essential to the continuity of the worship service. Volunteers provide a smooth transition of slides containing announcements, hymns, liturgy, and responsive readings one to two times each month at the service of their choice. Church laptop and training are provided.
The sound & video operator controls the sound level during worship. In addition, they also operate the DVD recorder, the video switch box, and the video camera. Training is provided. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis at the service of their choice.
In Sunday School, children grow in faith as they experience the Bible stories of God’s love. Caring volunteers share their faith with children as they learn together through storytelling, music, games, drama, art, and acts of helping others. Service projects throughout the year enable children to live out their Christian faith in meaningful ways. Sunday School is scheduled from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., September through early May. To volunteer email Connie Yerigan at ConnieY@splcmn.org or call the church office at 763-571-1500, ext. 107.
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Ushers are a vital part of each worship services. Their main tasks are to hand out bulletins prior to the service, gather the offering, collect prayer cards, direct people to communion, and perform a quick cleanup of the sanctuary after worship. Usher teams of 6-8 men and women serve for one month approximately twice a year at the worship service of their choice.