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"Rise & Shine" Running & Prayer Group

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Dept: Church - General
Type: Celebrate/Fellowship

21-Day Racial Equity Challenge Group

Leader: Maggie Detty (send e-mail)

Day: Sunday
Dept: Church - General
Type: Learn/Education

A Meal & More

Leader: Robert Ferris (send e-mail)

Serves nourishing meals and provides caring hospitality at lunch time on Sundays and Wednesdays for all in need. The kitchen is based at Christ Church in downtown Rochester. St. Thomas' volunteers on the first Wednesday of each month.

Day: Wednesday
Time: Lunch
Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Feed the hungry

Acolytes- Crucifers & Torch Bearers

Leader: Andrea Stridiron (send e-mail)

The acolytes assist priests and deacons in order that the Holy Eucharist and other rites of the Church may be celebrated with simple dignity. Acolytes carry the processional cross, hold the torch candles, hold the Gospel book, and help the clergy set and clear the Communion table. All ages are welcome to serve, and must be able to be attentive to liturgy and faithful in service.

Day: Sunday
Time: Morning
Area: Church
Dept: Worship Ministry
Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Advent Conversations on Love & Hope

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

We will use themes from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry's book, "Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times".

Day: Wednesday
Time: Evening
Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Share Group

Altar Guild Ministry

Leader: Vicky Rupley (send e-mail)

Working behind the scenes, the Altar Guild assists the clergy and supports all services at St. Thomas' by caring for and preparing the vessels, linens, flowers, candles, and other items used in worship. Members also help tend and prepare the church and chapel areas for services and assist with weddings, funerals and other occasions.

Day: Varies
Time: Morning
Area: Church
Dept: Worship Ministry
Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Baby Layette Project

Leader: Jane Andrews (send e-mail)

Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Nurture the Children

Bakers Ministry

Leader: Lois Giess (send e-mail)

Bake for Church fellowship receptions, coffee hour, funeral receptions or for an ill parishioner. Can work together with Make-A-Meal Team

Day: Varies
Time: Varies
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Celebrate/Fellowship

Brighton Food Cupboard

Leader: Lisa Hand (send e-mail)

Happy New Year! January 2023's needs are HOT CEREALS and SHELF STABLE MILK BOXES. and FEBRUARY means SOUPER SUNDAYS! The WHOLE month of FEBRUARY Please bring in canned soup and some crackers for our Souper Sunday collection. Let's together fight hunger and food insecurity! Seniors and children especially need our helping hands. BFC serves zip codes 14607, 14610, 14618, 14620 Drop off your soup and crackers in barrel at Highland entrance Our most highly needed items are Peanut butter Canned soups Cereal Unscented soap, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, deodorant Condiments (salad dressing etc) Canned fruit Put in baskets at Church if that's easier for you. Otherwise, head on over to the BFC Mon-Fri 9am to Noon at 220 Idlewood Rd, through Evans Farm in Brighton at the old Brookside School. THANKS everybody! BFC needs us to continue to bring donations directly over to them Mon-Fri 9am-noon. There'll be a cart just outside their door at 220 Idlewood Rd. at the Brookside School in Brighton's Evans Farm neighborhood. Experiencing food insecurity? Call BFC at 585-736-4526 if you live in zip codes 14607, 14610, 14620 & 14618

Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Feed the hungry

Campus Improvements Steering Team

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Dept: Church - General
Type: Lead

Children - Young (0-4)

Leader: Paula Gitlin (send e-mail)

Dept: Children & Youth
Type: Learn/Education

Children's Chapel Leaders

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Day: Sunday
Time: Morning
Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Learn/Education

Christian Faith and Action

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Learn/Education

Community Engagement Ministry Team

Leader: Jane Andrews (send e-mail)

Oversees the whole of St. Thomas' outreach ministries. Along with the Rector and Vestry they help discern Outreach projects that align with the mission and vision of our parish. They communicate to the parish how people can be involved in ministry outside the church walls.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies
Dept: Church Leadership
Type: Lead

Conversation on Race

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Using themes from the book, Caste. Wednesdays in March (March 9, 16, 23, 30) 6:30-7:30PM Leaders Andrea and Leslie

Day: Wednesday
Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Learn/Education

Digital Media Communications Team

Leader: Kathleen Merritt (send e-mail)

Day: Varies
Time: Varies
Area: South
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Office

Digital Shepherd

Leader: Fill in Position (send e-mail)

Do you have knowledge and understanding about computers, technology and communication? If so, we have found a space in the church for you to serve! We are recruiting Digital Shepherds: a team of parish members to assist those in our community who need help connecting to our online services.

Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Learn/Education

Dress-A-Girl Around the World Ministry

Leader: Karen Savino (send e-mail)

Sews dresses that give hope to girls around the world living in areas where they are regarded as having no voice or value. One dress can and does change a life!

Area: Church
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Clothe

EFM-Education for Ministry

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Education for Ministry (a.k.a. EfM) is four-year program developed by the University of the South, an Episcopal school. The curriculum includes study of scripture, spirituality, tradition and history with a heavy emphasis on group theological reflection. Each group is made up of 6-12 adults. For questions or comments, please contact Amma Leslie at leslie@stthomasrochester.org.

Day: Wednesday
Time: Afternoon
Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Learn/Education

Encompass (SummerLEAP) Partnership

Leader: Susan Pickhardt (send e-mail)

Is a six-week summer enhancement program for our city children.

Type: Nurture the Children

Endowment Fund Commission

Leader: Richard Yates (send e-mail)

Oversees the endowed gifts and funds established to assure the long-term financial health of St. Thomas', advising the Vestry of invested assets as the Vestry seeks to live out the mission and vision of the Church.

Day: Quarterly on Thursdays
Time: Afternoon
Area: Church
Dept: Church Leadership
Type: Lead

Episcopal 101

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Episcopal 101 is a series as a preparation for Confirmation, Reception and Reaffirmation class. This will be lead up to our Bishop's visit on Easter Sunday. The class will meet on Sunday mornings, 9:00am to 9:45am in the Lounge on March 5, 12, 19, 26. Please Reservation is required

Day: Sunday
Time: Morning
Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Learn/Education

Eucharistic Ministers

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Parishioners trained and licensed by the Bishop to assist the clergy in distributing Holy Communion to the congregation during worship services.

Day: Varies
Dept: Church - General
Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Everybody Welcome Ministry

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Welcomes newcomers to St. Thomas' and facilitates their integration into the life of our community.

Day: Saturday
Time: Morning
Area: Church
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Lead

Faith Book Club

Leader: Jane Smith (send e-mail)

This group has selected Allister McGrath\'s If I Had Lunch with C S. Lewis as their first book for discussion. Other titles considered which may be studied later include God\'s Will, Finding Guidance for Every Day Decision" and The Illustrated Life of Paul. Leadership of the discussions will rotate throughout the group. Each meeting will include an opening prayer, discussion of the assigned reading, a brief Bible reading and sharing of Prayer Concerns. It is expected that we will continue to meet throughout the year, with breaks around the holidays.

Day: Tuesday
Time: Morning
Area: Church
Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Learn/Education

Families with Young Children

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

This group is for families with children who are infants through 5th grade. We get together for monthly lunches at church!

Dept: Children & Youth
Type: Celebrate/Fellowship

Family Promise (RAIHN)

Leader: Andrea Stridiron (send e-mail)

Assists families at risk who are experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence by providing person-centered, holistic services in collaboration with the greater community.

Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Feed the hungry

Fiber Arts Ministry

Leader: Jan Gates (send e-mail)

Enjoys prayerful knitting, crocheting, quilting, and sewingm creating prayer shawls, hats, mittens, blankets and other items that are blessed and given to those in need of physical and spiritual comfort.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Clothe

Finance Commission

Leader: Jim Stefano (send e-mail)

Serves in an advisory role to the Vestry, including initial development of the annual budget as well as monthly reviews, reporting, and recommendations regarding the parish's financial activities.

Day: First Monday of Every Month
Time: Afternoon
Area: Church
Dept: Church Leadership
Type: Lead

Flower City Habitat for Humanity

Leader: Lisa Hand (send e-mail)

WE'RE BUILDING A HOUSE RIGHT NOW at 179 Baldwin St. Go online to create a volunteer account at: https://give.rochesterhabitat.org/ge/brighton2022 AND... Your unwanted clothes can help fund our NEW HABITAT HOME at 179 BALDWIN ST! Cleaning out your clothes closet? Bring home textiles and clothes in tightly closed plastic bags to our St. Pauly donation shed at Grace Church at 805 Blossom Rd, Rochester,NY The Brighton Churches Coalition in Support of Flower City Habitat for Humanity's mission is to bring people together to build houses, communities, and hope. Since 1984 Flower City Habitat for Humanity has built or renovated over 200 homes in Rochester, helping families achieve their dreams of home ownership and strengthening local neighborhoods.

Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Greeter/Usher

Leader: Kathleen Merritt (send e-mail)

Day: Sunday
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Lectors

Leader: Robert Ferris (send e-mail)

Parishioners trained to read the lessons of the day from the Old and New Testaments and the Prayers of the People during worship services.

Day: Varies
Dept: Worship Ministry
Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Live-Stream Committee

Leader: Michael McQuinn (send e-mail)

Dept: Church - General
Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Living Well Through Lent

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Living Well Through Lent 2022: Letting Go with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength and Mind daily devotions by Living Compass. We will gather on Zoom Sundays (March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10) from 11:30 to 12:15 a.m. to reflect on what we are learning and discuss food for thought as we move into the new week.

Day: Sunday
Time: Morning
Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Learn/Education

Music - Adult Choir Current Singers

Leader: Robert Ferris (send e-mail)

All singers are welcome (high school through adult) to sing at Sunday morning services as well as at special music programs throughout the church year. Rehearsals are once a week, September-June.

Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Music - Joyful Noise

Leader: Robert Ferris (send e-mail)

Dept: Children & Youth
Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Music - Youth Choir

Leader: Robert Ferris (send e-mail)

Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Music: Choir - Adult

Leader: Robert Ferris (send e-mail)

All singers are welcome (high school through adult) to sing at Sunday morning services as well as at special music programs throughout the church year. Rehearsals are once a week, September-June.

Day: Wednesday
Time: Evening
Area: Church
Dept: Worship Ministry
Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Music: Choir - Handbell Intergenerational

Leader: Robert Ferris (send e-mail)

A group of middle-school students who practice and perform musical pieces with handbells during special services throughout the church year.

Dept: Church - General
Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Offering Stewards

Leader: Mollie McCormick (send e-mail)

A team of parishioners who make an accurate count of the money put in the offering plate during church services and deposit the funds into the bank

Day: Sunday
Time: Morning
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Office Assistants Team

Leader: Kathleen Merritt (send e-mail)

Parishioners who volunteer to work in the church office providing assistance with answering phones, stuffing bulletins and performing other office duties as needed.

Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Office

Parish Connections

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Coordinates hospitality hours and special all-parish lunches and dinners.

Dept: Church - General
Type: Celebrate/Fellowship

Property Commission

Leader: Brian Eshenaur (send e-mail)

Oversees the repairs and maintenance of our building and grounds and reports to the Vestry. The Garden Ministry is a subcommittee of the Property Commission.

Day: First Tuesday of Every Month
Time: Evening
Area: Church
Dept: Church Leadership
Type: Lead

Property: Gardening Ministry

Leader: Kathy Walczak (send e-mail)

A group of parishioners who maintain the gardens on the grounds of St. Thomas'.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies
Area: Church
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Property

Refugee Resettlement Ministry

Leader: Jane Andrews (send e-mail)

Assisting with housing resettlement and baby layette project for refugees.

Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Admin. Care

Saturday Morning Food, Fun & Fellowship Group

Leader: Andrea Stridiron (send e-mail)

The Breakfast Group, open to all, meets for breakfast on the second Saturday of the month for conversation. Bring an appetite, a sense of humor, and (optional) a dish to pass.

Day: Second Saturday of the Month
Time: Breakfast
Area: Church
Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Celebrate/Fellowship

School #8 Partnership

Leader: Susan Pickhardt (send e-mail)

A volunteer literacy tutoring program that serves students in kindergarten through second grade at which St. Thomas' parishioners volunteer weekly from October through May.

Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Nurture the Children

Staff-Parish Relations Commission

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

This special vestry commission provides counsel and advice to the rector, other clergy, staff, and the parish regarding policies, procedures, and issues related to employment. Through an ongoing process of mutual biblical and theological reflection, the commission supports the roles and work of the clergy, staff and congregation as they carry out their responsibilities in mutual ministry.

Dept: Church Leadership
Type: Lead

STAR (Support to At-Risk Rochester Children)

Leader: Christine Long (send e-mail)

St. Thomas' parishioners volunteer in this Volunteers of America Children's Center and read to nursery-schoolers, donate books, as well as provide clothing, bedding, toys, a birthday party, personal hygiene items to families in the homeless shelter.

Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Nurture the Children

Stewardship Committee

Leader: Jane Smith (send e-mail)

Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Administrative

Sunday School Committee

Leader: Paula Gitlin (send e-mail)

Serve on a team of two during the 10:00 a.m. worship service to provide a safe environment for young souls to be nourished.

Dept: Children & Youth
Type: Learn/Education

The Path - Adult Journey through the Bible

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Meets on the second Sunday of each month in small groups for a brief lesson and discussion.

Day: Sunday
Time: Morning
Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Learn/Education

The Path - Family Journey Through the Bible

Leader: Paula Gitlin (send e-mail)

Day: Sunday
Time: Morning
Dept: Children & Youth
Type: Learn/Education

Thurifers

Leader: Kathleen Merritt (send e-mail)

Trained assistants (5th grade through adult) who assist clergy during the eucharist and other rites of the church (carrying the processional cross, holding torch candles, holding the Gospel book, helping clergy to set and clear the communion table, and serving as thurifer for services when incense is used).

Day: Varies
Time: Varies
Dept: Worship Ministry
Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Ushers

Leader: Tim Mabb (send e-mail)

Ushers greet and welcome newcomers and parishioners at the doors of the church at Sunday morning services. Parents and children, couples, individuals are all invited to volunteer to hand out bulletins, offer assistance, bring communion elements forward during the service, collect the offering and help direct those who receive communion.

Dept: Worship Ministry
Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

Vestry

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

The nine elected members of the vestry serve in mutual ministry with the wardens and the Rector as the spiritual leadership and governing board of the parish. Vestry meetings are chaired by the Rector. The Treasurer and Secretary/Clerk serve as ex officio non-voting members of the vestry.

Day: Second Tuesday of the Month
Time: Evening
Area: Church
Dept: Church Leadership
Type: Lead

Watch Care: Make-a-Meal Team

Leader: Deb Cougler (send e-mail)

Make a meal for individuals or families who are dealing with an illness, surgery or loss.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare Ministry Team

Leader: Deb Cougler (send e-mail)

A ministry within the parish that provides care and support to parishioners. Under the Watchcare umbrella: prayer ministry; meals for individual and families in time of crisis; cards and letters to homebound parishioners or those who have an illness or have had surgery; funeral ministry for the family and receptions afterward; and providing transportation for those who need it.

Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Lead

Watchcare: Card and Note Writers

Leader: Deb Cougler (send e-mail)

Parishioners who send cards and notes to those who need encouragement or who have an illness or who've had surgery.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Eucharistic Visitors

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Licensed and trained eucharistic ministers who take holy communion to parishioners who are unable to be present for worship services.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Flower Delivery

Leader: Deb Cougler (send e-mail)

Deliver weekend altar flowers to people who are ill or in need of some cheer.

Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Lay Pastoral Visitor Ministry

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Admin. Care

Watchcare: Prayer Ministry

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

St. Thomas' Prayer Ministry provides daily, confidential prayer support for the needs, concerns and joys of our parishioners and their families and friends. Members of this Ministry prayer together virtually on the last Sunday of each month to pray in community. Anyone in need of prayer support is welcome to join.

Day: Last Sunday of the Month
Time: Morning
Area: Church
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Transportation & Delivery Team

Leader: Sue Scanlon (send e-mail)

A group of parishioners willing to transport those in need to church services or other St. Thomas' events.

Day: Varies
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Way of Love - Wednesday Book Discussion

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Day: Wednesday
Time: Afternoon
Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Learn/Education

Way of Love Grief Group

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Welcome Hosts

Leader: Dawn Schweitzer (send e-mail)

A team of parishioners who, in addition to the ushers, greet all who come to church at the 10:00 service on Sunday mornings and who pay special attention to visitors and people who might like to make St. Thomas their church home.

Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Celebrate:Worship/Music

When the Heart Waits

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

You are invited to join us for a thematic conversation on Sue Monk Kidd's book, "When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for LIfe's Sacred Questions". Paula Gitlin and Diane Fulkerson will join Amma Leslie in facilitating a thoughtful conversation on the themes of listening and waiting as a people who are becoming. Please register by clicking this link: . A Zoom link will be shared via the STC group. We will meet Wednesdays - July 29, August 5, 12, 26 from 3-4pm.

Day: Wednesday
Time: Afternoon
Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Learn/Education

Women of St. Thomas'

Leader: Susan Pickhardt (send e-mail)

Meets periodically for lunch, fellowship and outreach projects.

Day: Friday
Time: Lunch
Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Celebrate/Fellowship

Youth (13-18)

Leader: Paula Gitlin (send e-mail)

Dept: Children & Youth
Type: Learn/Education