We see and feel the presence of God in each other, in the bread and the wine, in our music, and while worshiping together in our beautiful old church. Our values are witnessed by participation in our many ministries.
The younger children are engaged in the story of God’s people both in the Pre-School Room and later through the interactive experience of Godly Play. As they grow, some of them serve as acolytes.
Youth Group members demonstrate their values through acts of service, including, hosting Halloween and Easter parties for the little ones, and raising funds, which they donate entirely to help local folks in need and those far away through Episcopal Relief and Development. musically inclined young people, we have the “Celtoids,” offering an opportunity to learn and play Celtic fiddle music at designated worship services and parish social events. Members of the Celtoids serve food at Celtic concerts at St. Mary’s.
For adults the opportunities are numerous, starting with service in worship as lectors, ushers, chalice bearers and choir members. Engagement with the broader community is integral to our parish identity.
Saint Mary’s ministries are open and available to members of our church as well all people in our community. Our volunteers include women, men and children across age, denominational and geographic borders who join together in our collective attempt to serve the growing needs of people in our community. Please call the church office at (831) 373-4441 or sign our guest book if you would like to participate in any of our ministries.
Opportunities to Serve
Christian Social Concerns
Since 1965 a dedicated group of volunteers provide food, clothing, and other social service resources and assistance for people in need. Volunteers interview clients to assess their needs and also bag and distribute groceries; stock shelves; collect food from a variety of sources. Volunteers contribute to the ministry of CSC not only financially but also by donating time and food. This service is available to all walk-ins Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1–2:45pm.
Along with other local churches, we take a regular turn in providing dinner and a safe overnight for homeless men, and recently, a similar program for homeless women. St. Mary’s belongs to this peninsula wide organization that provides food and shelter to homeless people enrolled in the outreach program. Once a month a group of parishioners gather in Edwards Hall to prepare and share a hot meal with either the men or women. Overnight shelter is provided in the parish hall.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Inspired by former parishioner Ann Taugher, knitters gather monthly to create shawls for those who need “celebratory or comforting enfolding.” Recipients have been parishioners, friends of parishioners, relatives at a distance, CSC clients, mental health and social service families. Some recent occasions upon which shawls have been delivered are: graduation, bereavement, hospitalization, birth and relocation. Our shawls are made for all God’s children; anyone who needs a reminder of God’s love for them. Since September 2005 we have delivered over 240 shawls! It’s fun and free! Lessons are provided and knitters of all ages are welcome.
Walking Together is a founding member of Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA), an organization of churches and other institutions in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. COPA institutions are working together across religion, race, class, education and geography for the common good of our region. At its founding assembly on Pentecost 2003, COPA committed to work together on problems of housing, education, healthcare, safe communities, immigrant issues and economic opportunity. Walking Together meets monthly at St. Mary’s for planning, reflection, fellowship and action.
Episcopal Relief and Development
This fund offers immediate assistance to victims of natural disasters and civil strife throughout the world. Also, grants are made to help support ongoing educational and rehabilitation projects. Visit www.episcopalrelief.org.
Parishioner, Rosemarie Axton, gathers names of families receiving help from local mental health services. Parishioners adopt these families and provide age appropriate gifts for the chosen families.
Organic Farm Stand
Seasonal sale of local organically grown produce from ALBA Farms, Salinas. Currently on hiatus and hope to regenerate soon.
The Diocese of El Camino Real is in partnership with the Diocese of Gloucester, Western Tanganyika. St. Mary’s has a direct relationship with Our Little Roses in Honduras.
Members prepare the altar for all services. They arrange flowers, maintain linens and vestments, and polish brass and silver. Training upon request. Occasional meetings are held during the year.
The Choir provides choral music at the 10:00am service on Sundays as well as special services during Advent, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. Rehearsals are held Thursday evening 7:00pm – 8:30pm
An opportunity to serve as ushers, greet visitors, distribute service bulletins and take the collection.
Lectors read the Old and New Testament lessons and lead the Prayers of the People at Sunday services.
Boys and girls are encouraged to serve as Torchbearers and 2nd Crucifer. Middle and High School acolytes serve as Crucifer/Server. Group training is provided periodically. Individual training is provided when you join the corps and upon request.
Chalice Bearers administer the chalice during communion. The clergy provides training.
The parish clergy schedule all weddings at St. Mary’s. Members of the Wedding Guild assist at rehearsals and day of wedding.
Order of St. Luke
As tertiaries, in the Order of St. Luke, we first spend years in study of scripture focusing on the healing miracles of Jesus. After a period of discernment, and with a Priest’s blessing, we then come forward to take solemn vows. We serve in a variety of ways according to the Priest’s wishes. We visit the elderly, take communion to the home bound and are available for prayer after every 10 o’clock service. We have been blessed to witness healings and our gratitude list is long.
During Sunday services, Greeters carry the sacraments to the altar at the offertory. After the service, they welcome newcomers and visitors, invite them to coffee, and direct them to the information available on the Welcome Table.
Held in Edwards Hall following both services on Sunday. Coffee Hour provides a good opportunity to meet visitors, newcomers and fellow parishioners. Individuals act as hosts by providing food.
Times and Tides
The parish eNewsletter provides news and information about events, ministries and programs. It is published electronically each month and includes delightful interviews with fairly new parishioners. The deadline for articles is the fifteenth of the month.
Memorial Reception Guild
When a death occurs in the parish a memorial reception is provided for family and friends by members of this guild. Each month has an assigned director for memorial receptions occurring during the month. Members of the parish assist in the setting the table; pouring and bringing of bring cookies, small sandwiches and other finger food.
Leslie Garden Standing Committee
Committee members provide care and maintenance for St. Mary’s Leslie Garden and columbarium. Members assist with arrangements for those wishing to be inurned or interred in the Garden and help clergy and family members with committal services at the time of death.
St. Mary’s Guild
The Guild has been in continuous service since being founded in 1886. Luncheon meetings are held at noon on the first Thursday of the month in the Guild Room. The Guild broadly supports various ministries and events, each other and those in need.
Held in late June at the All Saints Camp Ground in Big Sur. A chance for young and old alike to bask in the sun, hike, swim, BBQ, sing and worship together under the redwoods.
Thanksgiving Day Potluck
Every year parishioners, friends, family and neighbors gather mid-day in Edwards Hall to share a Thanksgiving Potluck Supper.