Annual Renewal Program:
The Yarrawonga Parish Renewal Program, is an annual program where Parishioners offer their commitment to partake in various areas of Ministry Support. A booklet with an encouraging and motivating letter from our Rector with the roles of Ministry Support listed is posted out to Parishioners in early November. The booklet has a pull out page where each Parishioner is encouraged to complete. On the last Sunday in November, one Service is held,for the day, at 10am to thank God for the Gifts we have and to offer our Service to God (collection of the reply sheets).
Worship Ministry is described below:
The 10 o’clockers have the delight of bell ringing prior to church, however rumour has it you need to be a nonagenarian to perform the role at St Cuthbert’s. Campanologist 2017 Bruce Neil.
In some Services families bring up the Communion wine, water and wafers to the Sanctuary. This role is still being developed and we hope to seek volunteers from our young people and provide a roster.
St Cuthbert’s run a children’s bible study called ‘Fun and Faith’ during the 10 am Service except on AWE services and school holiday weekends. The children have their own special time of learning for approximately 45 minutes then join their parents in Church for the remainder of the service.
For those who are interested in joining the teaching team, a Working with Children Check is required, free for volunteers, application forms available from the Post Office. Please chat to Janet Schweda for details or Email via the Parish:
The Parish runs a roster system for liturgical involvement which includes servers, readers, lay readers, intercessors and welcomers. Appropriate training is provided for these functions.
Ensure to practice reading the passage out aloud, give the Word of God respect. Sit up close to the sanctuary, avoid distracting the congregation by a long walk / wait. Ensure the microphone is in correct position for you. Read slowly and clearly using your pre marked passage (see below).
Practice the reading:Practice reading through the passage a few times in your head and again aloud. Some great advice, received when first joining the reading roster was to add breathing ( / ) marks to the passage, to remind myself to slow down, breathe and to emphasise important pieces.
For example compare the two paragraphs below:
Paragraph A“The star was a gift from God to announce to the world that a special baby had been born,” replied the cow. ” It was the largest star in the sky. It shone over the earth to lead travellers from far and near to the Baby Jesus. In fact, the star was so bright, the stable glowed as the dog stood watch with the cow and the donkey nearby. “
Paragraph B“The star / was a gift from God / to announce to the world / that a special baby had been born,” / replied the cow. / “It was the largest / star in the sky./ It shone over the earth / to lead travellers from far / and near / to the Baby Jesus. / In fact, / the star was so bright,/ the stable glowed / as the dog stood watch / with the cow / and the donkey / nearby. /
A sacristy is a room for keeping vestments (such as the alb and chasuble) and other church furnishings, sacred vessels, and parish records. In modern times, these important furnishings and records are often stored off site. The sacristy is also where the priest and attendants vest and prepare before the service. They will return there at the end of the service to remove their vestments and put away any of the vessels used during the service.
Sacristies usually contain a special wash basin, called a piscina, the drain of which is properly called a ” sacrarium ” in which the drain flows directly into the ground to prevent sacred items such as used baptismal water from being washed into the sewers or septic tanks. The piscina is used to wash linens used during the celebration of the Mass and purificators used during Holy Communion. The cruets, chalice, ciborium, paten, altar linens and sometimes the Holy Oils are kept inside the sacristy. The word ” sacristy ” derives from the Latin sacristia, sometimes spelled sacrastia.
A person in charge of the sacristy and its contents is called a sacrist or a sacristan. At St. Cuthbert’s we are extremely grateful for the attention to detail by two silent achievers, Carolanne Terry performs the duties of the Sacristies and Shirley Gash maintains all the altar linen.
At St Thomas’s,we have a team of two ladies rostered on each month whose duties include: all aspects of cleaning, flower arranging, setting up the vessels for the Eucharist, washing them afterwards and packing them away.
If you are interested in learning more about these roles, please chat to our Rector or the ladies involved.
The Parish runs a roster system for liturgical involvement which includes servers, readers, lay readers, intercessors and welcomers. Appropriate training is provided for these functions. Chat to Max Grinter or the Rector for further information.
- Arrive before the service commences to hand out hymn books, service sheets etc. (please check if data projection is being used, then limit handouts to those who require them)
- Count number of parishioners and communicants and record on collection sheet.
- Wait for the children to take up the Communion Gifts (if on Baptismal Font) prior to taking the Collection up to the Sanctuary.
- Place the Altar Rail in place across the Sanctuary, after handing over the offertory, and replacing the rail after Communion OR arrange someone else to move the rail if unable to lift it.
- Collect hymn books and service sheets etc. from Parishioners on leaving and put away in cupboards following the service.
- Hand out the Diocese newspaper – The Advocate, to parishioners on leaving, when available.
- Following the Service, take the Collection, record and balance monies and hand to either the Rector or Treasurer.
If unable to attend, please arrange to swap with someone else from the list.
If you are on Breakfast or Morning Tea please swap with another rostered pair.
Some members of the Pastoral Team undertake home and nursing home visitation. The Eucharist can be provided in both venues if desired. We also try to monitor situations within our local community and within our church community where practical help may be required.
If help is required this should be made known to the Rector or a member of the Pastoral Team.
At St. Cuthbert’s we do not have a Verger position, however we are grateful for Noel Hunt who performs the role of assisting Visiting Rectors when our Rector is on leave, to induct the Rector with the layout of our Church and assist during funerals and weddings where ever / whatever the need may arise.
What is a Verger? The office of Verger has its roots in the earliest days of the Church’s history (see History, below). Today’s Vergers are laypersons who serve the church in a ministry of liturgical coordination and welcome. It is an appointed volunteer position, serving at the discretion of the rector.
The Verger’s logistical support allows the priest more time for pastoral and sacramental responsibilities. Some typical Verger duties are assigning, training, and checking in lectors, chalice bearers, acolytes, and prayer intercessors. The Verger coordinates with the clergy, acolyte master, music director and choir, altar guild, ushers and greeters, and checks lighting and sound. The Verger works with the rector to ensure that any special service needs are met and that the service flow is seamless and grace-filled. Often the visitor will see the Verger in a simple black cassock moving about the church preparing for worship, and responding to questions from parishioners old and new. The Verger must be trained and able to fill any lay position if needed, from usher to lector to acolyte to chalice bearer.
What’s a Verge? The verge is the Staff that a Verger carries in procession. The name comes from the Latin ” virga ” which simply means a rod or staff; hence, a ” Verger ” is one who carries a Staff. The size, style, and shape of a verge varies from parish to parish; but one end typically has a cross or other Christian symbol mounted on it. A longer variation of the verge is called the ” beadle ” , and was originally used to lead academic processions.
The 10am Service at St. Cuthbert’s has a team of Welcomer’s where rostered volunteers, meet and greet visitors at the door and take down names of new residents in the area to welcome them to the Parish. Nancy Wright Co- ordinates this service and would welcome interested persons to come and have a chat.
The role includes:
- Please register (if possible) names/s of newcomers to the Parish (for a welcome visit), in the book in the Visitors Box, located on the table in the Narthex.
- Please arrange a follow up, (within 2-3 weeks) phone call, visit, coffee at cafe etc. If you are unable to follow up with the visitor, please contact Nancy Wright.
- Hand out the “Workbook for Kids Church” to children as they arrive, boards and pencils are located under the back pew for coloring.
- If you are unable to be present on your rostered day, please swap with someone else on the roster.