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 any schedules that are listed below.
Mentors play an important role in the lives of youth. During the season of Lent, each youth who wishes to be confirmed is required to attend at least four of the six Wednesday evening worship services with a mentor. Youth are encouraged to choose a mentor who is a member of St. Philip’s, however they may choose a family member (not a parent). Each evening, prior to the Lenten worship service, the youth and mentor meet and explore faith together through a series of questions related to the worship theme. The goal of this time together is to grow in relationship with a caring adult and journey through this season with them. The time commitment to be a Confirmation Mentor is around two hours each Wednesday during Lent. Mentors and youth are highly encouraged to stay connected beyond the Lenten season. Become a Confirmation Mentor to help a youth to learn and grow in faith from a new and different perspective. Contact Connie Yerigan at ConnieY@splcmn.org or 763-571-1500 ext. 107 to volunteer.
Friendly Visitors Ministry Team
As members of the body of Christ, we are called to care for one another in our communities. Friendly visitors are trained to do just that – visit members who are not able to make it to church due to any number of reasons. Friendly visitors can check in on members, bring them communion, or simply offer genuine conversation. For more information to become a Friendly Visitor, contact Pastor Margie at MargieG@splcmn.org or call the church office at 763-571-1500.
Funeral Hospitality Group
The St. Philip’s Funeral Hospitality Group is available to help a family plan for a gathering at St. Philip’s following a funeral. One of the coordinators will meet with the family to determine a menu. The food is ordered from a local vendor/caterer and then delivered to St. Philip’s. The volunteers of this group finalize the room setup, decorate the tables, arrange the food and beverages, assist the family with any leftovers, and then cleanup. 6-8 workers are needed for approximately 5-6 hours on the day of a funeral. The Funeral Hospitality Group provides vital assistance to a family during a difficult time and is always looking for additional members.
The mission of the Heritage Group is to preserve and share St. Philip’s recorded past, through the stories contained in our papers, films, photographs, portraits, audio and video tapes, and digital media. This is essential for understanding who we have been and who we are as Christ’s church. New members to the group are always welcome.
The members of the Library Group are responsible for the maintenance and operation of St. Philip’s library. They invite all to join the monthly meetings held at 9:00 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month (August through May).
Men’s Work Crew
The upkeep, maintenance, and presentation of the building and grounds are the primary focus of the Men’s Work Crew. Projects vary from week to week and include building and equipment repairs, yardwork, painting, seasonal and room setups, and much more. The Crew meets every Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall at 8:30 a.m. and is usually done by 11:30 a.m. A coffee and donut break is at 10:00 a.m. Additional volunteers are always welcome. No specific skills or regular attendance are required.
Office volunteers assist church staff with duties that include folding bulletins, entering attendance cards, assembly of mailings, answering phones, welcoming guests at the reception desk, and other tasks as needed. Please consider sharing your office skills.
This is a group of people, each with an active prayer life, willing to pray for others. Prayer requests are forwarded to the Prayer Network members via phone or email. They then include the request in their prayers with no requirement as to how, when, where, or how often to pray. It is suggested that a Prayer Network member maintains a prayer request notebook and includes each request in their prayers for ten days. A group meeting is usually held annually. Please consider joining if this sounds like a good fit for you.
Sanctuary Decorating Team
The Sanctuary Decorating Team is responsible for changing the liturgical paraments, adding banners and other meaningful items to the sanctuary, as the church season dictates. The committee does not meet on a regular basis. Most of the work is done on an “as-needed” basis, most often on Wednesday mornings. Just like wedding or birthday decorations, banners and other decorative items help us to celebrate the church seasons, to rejoice in God’s endless mercy and to invite participation in the service. “May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up or banners in the name of our God.” Psalm 20:5
The Serenity Garden is a natural area located south of the Fellowship Hall that was built as a quiet place for prayer and reflection. As with any garden area, constant maintenance is required to preserve its beauty and usefulness. This is a good project for a group or family.
Vacation Bible School (VBS) Volunteers
Calling those with caring hearts and helping hands! Please consider volunteering at Vacation Bible School! There are many different areas to choose from. You could lead a crew, run a station, help with set up or even help decorate! In whatever area you choose to volunteer, you are sure to grow in your faith as you help our youngest friends grow in theirs. VBS is scheduled in the mornings for one week in the summer. The time commitment varies based on where you volunteer. Contact Connie Yerigan at ConnieY@splcmn.org or 763-571-1500 ext. 107 to volunteer.
The Website Group maintains and improves St. Philip’s website by adding additional information and conducting periodic reviews. This work can be done from home and requires a time commitment of only a few hours per month with minimal computer skills needed. Training is provided. Additional members are always welcome.
Wednesday Small Group Leaders
Wednesday evening Small Group time offers a way for youth to participate in fellowship, service projects, food, and fun as they dig deeper into God’s word and grow together in their faith. Small Group leaders are given topics and complete lessons that they may choose to use for each week. They offer a listening ear and a caring heart. Time spent with the kids on Wednesday evenings is sure to be rewarding. The time commitment for a Small Group Leader is one hour each Wednesday evening, from September through early May…with the exception of breaks in programming during Advent and Lent. Contact Connie Yerigan at ConnieY@splcmn.org or 763-571-1500 ext. 107 to volunteer.
WOW – Women On Wednesdays
This is a WOWenderful time for women of all ages to participate in the “beautification” of the church, along with an opportunity for fellowship. This group gathers at 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday in the Fellowship Hall. Tasks are usually assigned in teams of two. Tasks include replenishing the pew cards, watering and maintaining the indoor plants, dusting, dust mopping, vacuuming, polishing the brass push plates, wiping up spills, general kitchen cleaning. At 10:00 am, volunteers gather for coffee, treats, and continued fellowship. Come when your schedule allows and help WOW our church!