Worship is an important aspect of life at Christ Church. But so is service to the Lord and the community, and there are a variety of ways to serve at Christ Church. Please consider investing your talents, time and desire to serve in one or more of these ministry opportunities.
Our worship, or liturgical ministries, center around our weekly services and Eucharist at 7:30 and 10. Our outreach ministries involve serving outside the church walls in the community.
Here is information on our ministries. If you are interested in any of these ministries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Acolytes serve at the Altar during the 10:00 Sunday Eucharist and all other special Eucharist services as deemed by the Rector. Children are instructed in their duties, by the Rector. They serve on a rotating schedule. Please speak to the Rector if you are interested in this important ministry.
Small in numbers, but enthusiastic with beautiful voices, our adult choir sings at the 10:00 Eucharist. Practice is held on Wednesday evenings. Male and female voices harmonize so well, so think about joining this important part of worship. Contact any choir member or our organist.
An integral part of the worship service is the beauty of the flowers on our Altar. Flower arrangements are provided weekly by parishioners usually in memory of or in thanksgiving of loved ones. Seasonal arrangements depend on the creativity of our parishioners. Distribution of the flowers after the services, are at the discretion of the donor. Call the Parish Office for an open date if you are interested.
The purpose of the Altar Guild is to make certain that all linens, vestments, necessary vessels, supplies and the table are ready for each service. The Guild operates on a rotating schedule of teams throughout the year. These faithful people are under the guidance of the Altar Guild director who reports to the Rector. If you are interested in the ministry, please contact the director of the Altar Guild.
The mission of this group is “spreading Christ’s Kingdom through prayer, scripture, and service.” The Brotherhood meets for a monthly Bible study and leads a Bible study at the Delaware Veterans Home twice monthly. It also leads weekly Bible-focused programs during the Advent and Lent seasons aimed at the spiritual enrichment of the parish.
As the Eucharistic table is being set, two representatives of the congregation are asked to offer the wine and bread at the altar. The elements are brought down the aisle from the back of the church to the altar and given to the acolyte who, in turn, presents them to the Celebrant. The two people are chosen from those in attendance.
Eucharistic Ministers assist the Priest during all Eucharist services as they lead readings and administer the chalice during Holy Communion. These individuals are confirmed communicants in good standing and are trained by the rector and licensed by the Bishop. They serve on a rotating schedule. If interested in this ministry, contact the rector at the Parish Office.
Eucharistic Visitors take the reserved Sacrament to those who are sick or homebound. These persons are confirmed communicants in good standing; they receive training by our Rector and must complete a Diocesan workshop. In this ministry, the Eucharistic Visitor gives Communion to shut-ins and, if time permits, share news of the parish. Dedication, sensitivity, and a grounded spirituality all help so that shut-ins can continue to be connected to the Parish family in the sacrament of Holy Communion.
We have developed a supportive relationship with both Sussex and Kent County Habitat organizations helping them with willing hands when needed.
Parishioners volunteer to read the Old Testament lesson, one of three readings, during the 10 a.m. Eucharist.
This committee oversees designated outreach funds, and distributes them according to the needs of the community. We have helped Milford Community Pantry (the local food bank), the Circle of Light, the Milford Ministerium, the Matthew Project, and other needs of our community. We welcome donations and ideas for money-giving projects. All are welcomed to participate.
39 years ago, Clara and Roy Lafontaine put a rose on the altar in thanksgiving for the birth of their first grandchild, Melissa. Since then whenever a baby is born to a member of our Parish, this couple places a rose on the altar, using the original vase, in thanksgiving for the new baby. If you would like to have a rose placed on the altar, contact the Parish office.
This yearly offering is sent to the Diocesan Episcopal Church Women organization which sends all donations to the National ECW. The monies fund a wide variety of missions and ministries throughout the world.
Ushers are an integral part of our 10:00 Eucharist and other special services. This ministry is important for the flow of the service. They greet people as they enter the building, hand out bulletins, help find seats, and give guidance to anyone not familiar with our church or service. During the service they manage its flow, especially during the offertory and communion. They also call the Sunday school during the peace to join the worship. Following the service, ushers straighten up the sanctuary. Ushers are placed on a rotating schedule.