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Ministries

Missions and Ministries

At the Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles, we believe that our 'church centered' ministries and our 'world centered' ministries are of equal importance in the realm of God.  We believe we are each required by our baptismal covenant to minister to God's people in God's world, according to our diverse gifts and callings.  We are always -- always! -- looking for people who are willing to share their gifts and energy in service to our church, community, and world. 

 

Some of our ministries are "inside" ministries that take place in the church building, fellowship hall, or individual homes.  Some are "outside" ministries undertaken by individuals who are passionate about sharing their time and talent in the broader community - storytelling and dog training, woodworking and painting, volunteering in animal shelters and so much more.  For more information on any of the things we do, please call the church office 847.526.7148 and leave a message stating your interest -- we'll have our contact person get back to you as soon as possible.  Don't forget to leave your name, phone number, and email address if possible!

Altar Guild

A ministry of men and women centered on ensuring proper preparations are undertaken for all worship services.  These are the people whose “behind the scenes” activities allow us to worship with dignity and grace.  Altar Guild members polish silver, fill our paraffin candles, ensure the proper items are available for the celebration of the Eucharist, and much more.  

Big Table Sharing Program

The Big Table Sharing Center is indeed a ”shared” project.  Hosted by Holy Apostles, sponsored by Fusion Church, administered by the Faith Acres Foundation, under the auspices of the Illinois Food Bank, it operates out of Lincoln Hall on Tuesday nights, roughly 5:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m.  Food comes from a variety of sources – local farms, Costco, Jewel, Fresh Thyme, and the Food Bank.  Participants may attend every week as need, there are no requirements to document residency and it is focused on the local community.  As a “Sharing Center” – rather than a regular food pantry – volunteers are not only involved in the distribution of food itself, but make a point of sitting with clients to listen, chat, pray, and develop relationship.  It is a great ministry, in which we are fortunate to have a part!

Bishop's Committee

This ministry of leadership is centered on discerning, planning, and executing the requirements for the facility, pastoral, and programmatic needs and offerings of the parish

 

Book Discussion Group

Our book group enjoys lively discussion on a wide variety of books, and good company, in an informal setting.  Members explore a variety of genres...

Community Garden

Ask for a plot in the Holy Apostles Community Garden and grow your own fresh flowers and vegetables!  Plots are free.  Water is available.  Come give your green thumb a workout!

Dinner Dance/Auction

This group of hard-working people is responsible for planning and executing the annual fund-raising (and fun-raising!) dinner dance and auction.  Our annual auction dinner is not only a wonderful fellowship opportunity, but is our primary fund-raiser for the year, and contributes significantly to operating budget.

Episcopal Charities

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles is a Mission Congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.  The Diocese directly supports several missions and ministries, and as a contributing member of the Diocese, we provide indirect support.

Food Pantry

A ministry of affiliation centered on supplying food-stuffs and practical service for this organization.  The Wauconda-Island Lake Food Pantry’s mission is to help families and individuals of Wauconda and Island Lakes in times of emergency or unusual hardship, and can help sustain low income families with food, paper products, and necessities such as personal items and school supplies.  The food pantry in Wauconda was originally established by Church of the Holy Apostles, and our members generally staff the Food Pantry on Saturday mornings.

Greeters/ Hosts/Ushers

"Read More" to read a full description of our Greeters/Hosts/Ushers Groups.

Liturgical Ministries

Acolytes, Eucharistic Ministers, Flowers, Lectors (Readers), Musicians, etc. – these ministries are centered on assisting the clergy and enhancing the experience of our worship services.  They are crucial for the smooth functioning of our worship!

We host two weekend (Saturday night - Sunday morning) sessions of Lake County's emergency shelter program PADS (Providing Advocacy, Dignity, and Shelter).  The program is physically located at Messiah Lutheran (ALCA) in Wauconda.  We take responsibility for all program elements on these two weekends, however - arranging for volunteers; setting up and breaking down tables, sleeping mats, etc.; providing dinner and sack lunches; being present overnight; and other duties.   This sheltering season our months are November 2019 and February 2020.

Prayer Bead Ministry

The members of our Prayer Bead ministry make beautiful sets of prayer beads (Episcopal 'rosaries'), each a unique work of art.  They also prepare educational materials and 'starter' prayers for those who are unfamiliar with the ancient devotional practice of using beads to help center and focus prayer.  The beads are blessed in our worship services and are available to anyone who would like a set.

Shawl Ministry

Our Shawl Ministry is a women’s fellowship group centered on knitting and crocheting shawls and 'chemo hats' and making fleece blankets, all of which are donated to people in various types of physical, emotional, and spiritual distress, or in thanksgiving for God's blessings.  Shawls are blessed in our worship services.

Tellers

Members of our Bishop's Committee (our governing board) and parish volunteers count monies received as pledge and plate offerings, after each service. There are separate tellers for each service, and each service has two tellers, one from the Bishop's Committee and one from the congregation. Tellers are responsible for counting, recording, and taking the deposit from their specific service to the local bank. Tellers for each service and their assigned dates of service are published and distributed in advance.

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