The Altar Guild is one of the most essential - and most often, invisible ministries of the church. Its primary purpose is to prepare for celebrations of the Holy Eucharist and other sacraments of the church. The Altar Guild's tasks include preparing the altar, laundering and ironing the linens, cleaning and polishing the silver and brass, setting out the vestments, and readying the sanctuary, nave and narthex for services. St. Christopher's Altar Guild consists of 5 teams of two who serve once a month, and several substitutes.
Acolytes are considered lay ministers while serving at the altar. They consist of parishioners from the ages of 7 to adult. They assist the priests at the altar during Eucharist and at other special occasions. Acolyte teams usually consist of two torches and one crucifer.
Brotherhood of St. Andrew
The Brotherhood strive to bring men into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the disciplines of prayer, study, and service.
The choir, directed by Becky Peal-Sconce, is comprised of volunteers and includes a diverse group of folks who enjoy music of all kinds and enjoy singing. They are responsible for an offertory anthem at every 10 AM Sunday service, as well as extra services during special seasons. They sing a variety of musical styles including contemporary music. They encourage folks who play musical instruments to join them, and those who wish, to sing solos and other special selections. The choir practices on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM and at 9:30 PM prior to the Sunday 10 AM service.
Children's Chapel meets at 10am each Sunday morning and welcomes all children between the ages of 4 to 8. We sing; we pray; we read the Bible; we discuss what we have read; we listen to stories; we say the Creed and the Confession (in words understandable to children); most of all, we learn how much Jesus loves us and how we can show we love Jesus. The children that attend Children's Chapel, process at the beginning of the 10am service with their own Crucifer. After the procession, they meet in the Children's Chapel, located in the Montessori School Building across from the church. The Chapel is located next to the Godly Play room and across from the Montessori School offices. The children will return to the main Sanctuary prior to Communion.
The Coffee Ministry is made up of volunteers who are responsible for coordinating the coffee fellowship in the Parish Hall immediately following the Sunday, 10am Service. The coffee and supplies are provided by the church, however, the weekly volunteers set up the coffee and condiments, provide refreshment, and clean up afterwards.
Daughters of the King
The DOK is a religious Order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches in the Historic Episcopate. Members undertake rules of prayer, service, and evangelism, dedicating themselves to the spread of Christ's Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of the Parish. St. Christopher's has one of the largest DOK chapters in the Diocese of Dallas.
The EYC is a Christian social group for kids from 6th grade to 12th grade. They provide service to the church and the community by collaborating with Outreach. They partner with St. James Episcopal Church - Dallas, serving food at the Austin Street Shelter.
The Healing Order of St. Luke
The international Order of St. Luke the Physician is a Christian healing ministry and fellowship who believes the healing ministry of Jesus Christ belongs in the Church today. Members of the Order are available at the back of the Sanctuary for Unction and Laying on of Hands for healing during the administration of Communion. You may receive for yourself or others for whom you wish to pray.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers & Lectors
The Lay Eucharistic Ministers assist the celebrant at the altar and rail. The Lectors read the first lesson from the Old Testament. The LEM's read the second reading from the New Testament and the Prayers of the People.
The Meditation ministry meets in the church at 10AM - 1045AM on Tuesdays. Quiet contemplation time in the church. Everyone is welcomed.
You may also join us following meditation for a short period of fellowship.
A resource of about 85 topics for personal meditation can be found as follows: On this website, go to the CONTACTS PAGE. Click on FIRSTEP MINISTRY link. Go to the NAVIGATION BAR and select TOPICS MENU. Select a TOPIC that interests you. There will be a selection of 5 - 7 SNACKS for food for thought - meditation.
Fr. Matt's (The Reverend Manton Tracy) Memorial Garden has been dedicated and is located to the west of the sanctuary at the Church office entrance. Volunteers keep the garden manicured and maintained. Memorials may be made and internment is also available. The Memorial Garden placard is located in the hallway of the Narthex.
A group of adult parishioners who "reach out" to various groups or individuals in the community who are in need. Bake sales are held several times a year and the proceeds are designated to local charities. A School Supply drive is held in the Fall of each year to benefit our area schools. Outreach sponsors families in need during the holiday season by collecting gifts and food from members of the parish. On Sundays, Outreach provides immediate need to the homeless with lunch bags.
Rock of Aged
Formed in 1997, Rock of Aged is St. Christopher's in-house band. The band plays classic rock and jazz,
Wednesday Discussion Group
A group of Parishioners who meet weekly following the Wednesday, 10 AM service to discuss this week's lessons and other topics.
Ushers are the official "greeters" of our Parish. The group is comprised of men and women volunteers working in teams of two who welcome the congregation and distribute the programs prior to each service. Ushers assist with seating, administer the collection plates, compile the number of persons attending, manage the Communion, and handle any emergency during the service. Ushering is a great way to serve the Parish, and at the same time, it gives the opportunity to become acquainted with fellow parishioners and visitors.
The Vestry is the governing body of the Parish and Montessori School, presiding over the financial and organizational affairs. The Vestry consists of the Rector, Nine voting members (including the Senior Warden and Junior Warden) and Secretary. The Vestry meets on the 4th Sunday of each month after the 10 AM service and at other times as required by urgent Church business. Each year, three members leave the Vestry and three are elected to take their place. Persons that are members in good standing are eligible to serve on the Vestry.