Intro / Description

There are myriad ways to become involved in life at St. Francis.
Committees always welcome new volunteers. Whether you want a single commitment – to host a coffee hour or volunteer to sort clothing for the Midnight Run – or whether you want on-going involvement such as teaching Sunday school or singing in the choir, there is something for every personality and interest.
St. Francis is also an active member of its community and its members volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, at homeless shelters and at a prison.

Levs

Part social, part spiritual, the Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV) ministry is a wonderful way to connect with parishioners who are unable to join us for worship.

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Lectors/Greeters

Proclamation of the Biblical text is a centerpiece of worship services and provides the context for sermons. Lectors read the appointed first (Old Testament) and second (New Testament letters) lessons. During the summer, the lector leads the congregation in reading of a psalm. Contact Rev. Mark Lingle (marklingle.pastor@gmail.com).

Altar Guild

Altar Guild - Historic Church
The altar is set up on Saturday morning, and altar guild members take it down after the 8 a.m. Sunday service. New recruits work with an experienced volunteer. Contact Beazie Larned at (beazie@aol.com).

Altar Guild - Church
Guild members, typically a team of two, set up the altar before the 10 a.m., service and put it away after the service. Participation is on a monthly basis. There are step-by-step instructions along with photos located in a room adjoining the altar. Contact Claudia Bilotti (claudia_bilotti@hotmail.com)

Pastoral Care

The ministry of pastoral care is a compassionate effort to follow the example of Jesus’ care of people in need. St. Francis clergy are always available to provide pastoral care to those in need. In 2010, St. Francis parish began a Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV) program. Eight parishioners were trained to administer Holy Communion and provide pastoral care to members of our parish who are unable to attend church. This important ministry enables all members to remain part of our community.

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Book Club

The St. Francis Book Club meets about three to six times per year and every Sunday during Lent following the 10:00 am Sunday service. The books cover a variety of genres, and the discussions are lively and informative. A reading list is in  the monthly parish newsletter.  We discuss a book for a given month, and delve into a specific text during the Sundays in Lent. Please join us when you are able. Contact Rev. Mark Lingle (marklingle.pastor@gmail.com).

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Home Pray-ers

Home Pray-Ers
The Home Pray-ers is an intercessory prayer group who pray privately in a location of their choice for the special concerns and needs of parishioners, their family members and friends. The Home Pray-ers meet regularly with clergy for encouragement and the sharing of updates. All prayer requests are confidential. To request prayers, or become a member of the pray-ers group, contact Betsy Adams (esa.namaste@pmwgallery.com).

Baptism

Baptism, in a few words, is the “YES” of God for the creatures of God.

At St. Francis, like most mainline traditions, we recognize baptism as entry and welcome into God’s family. We baptize infants and welcome anyone who desires to be baptized. If you are interested in having your child baptized, or you would like to be baptized, please contact Rev. Mark Lingle (marklingle.pastor@gmail.com or 203.570.6226) to discuss the sacrament prior to baptism and set a date.

Weddings

The blessing of God and the gathered community on the vows of two individuals is a powerful experience and marks the mutual love of two people for each other. St. Francis welcomes couples to contact Rev. Mark Lingle (marklingle.pastor@gmail.com or 203.570.6226) regarding the availability of the Historic Church on Old Long Ridge Road or the Church on Long Ridge Road for a marriage service. Ideally, this request should come at least four months in advance of the wedding. Pastor Mark will provide the costs for use of the space and church professionals for members and non-members. After arrangements have been made for the service, there will be at least three pre-marital meetings with the clergy to discuss the service and the sacrament of marriage.

 

Funerals

As the apostle Paul noted, “We rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12.5). Funerals are those poignant moments in life to give thanks for those whom we love but see no more and to grieve the loss of life. Please contact Rev. Mark Lingle (marklingle.pastor@gmail.com, or 203.570.6226).