An acolyte is one who assists a member of the clergy in a liturgical service by performing minor duties. Young people are warmly welcomed into the ministry of acolyting at Emmanuel Church. Through annual or semi-annual training sessions, an effort is made to create an atmosphere wherein the acolytes may be confident in their roles and upright in their involvement in the solemnity of the service. At the same time, they are relaxed in the knowledge of the moral support, gratitude and appreciation they receive from both priest and congregation. Training sessions are generally followed by pizza meals so that fellowship is fully felt!
Crucifer: The Crucifer is seen as the “head” of the acolyting team and is asked to take responsibility for helping to guide the others before and during the service. The Crucifer carries the Cross in and out, sits in the sanctuary, and assists with Communion.
Torchbearer: Torchbearers carry the torches, representing the light of Christ, into the church. They process and recess together following the cross and sit in the nave, flanking the baptismal font.
Gospel Carrier: On some occasions an acolyte will carry the Gospel Book, the word of Christ, into the church.
For more information about becoming an acolyte or would like to volunteer as head of this ministry please contact the church office.
Altar Guilds are members who care for the Altar area of the church. Their duties include altar hangings or paraments, altar linens, Eucharistic vessels, wafers and wine. Other duties may be assigned. All efforts are executed with a sense of reverence for the Glory of God and the Love of Christ. Emmanuel has 4 Altar Guild teams who serve one Sunday per month. Fifth Sundays are taken in turn by teams. Set up usually involves Saturday time. Sunday time covers pre-service set up and after service clean up. The Altar Guild usually serves at weddings and funerals. Linens are taken home and washed and ironed by Guild members. Other duties involve filling candles with oil as well as polishing silver and brass. Communication is usually by email so Altar Guild members should be emailers. If you would like to be a part of this ministry please contact Beth Askew askewbe(at)msn.com.
The Emmanuel Bread Fund provides nutritious food to those in need, at no cost to them, on the first Saturday of each month. The Bread Fund is a Partner Agency with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB), where most of the non-perishable food and all the meat and fresh produce we distribute comes from. In 2017, we served 541 households, comprised of 1606 individuals, from Nelson and western Albemarle counties. Last year we distributed 40,749 pounds of canned and dry goods, fresh produce and meat – including turkeys for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also in 2017 we changed our service model from dispensing prepacked boxes of food to Client Choice, which allows our clients to select their food from our shelves, based on their preferences and any health considerations. This change has been well received by our clients. With Client Choice, we promote sustainability and self-reliance for the people of this community by giving them access to healthy food. By being properly fed, they can be more effective in their personal lives, and by developing personal relationships we can also help them address other needs that they choose to share with us. In 2018 we initiated a computer-based client intake system. This will allow us to better manage client registration as well as generate BRAFB required reports. We will also use the data collected to identify client nutritional needs based on health conditions and any food allergies. Geographic data collected will help us to determine local areas that are underserved so that we can advertise our services there. All Bread Fund activities take place in a building adjacent to Holy Cross church – 2523 Craig’s Store Road, Afton, VA. Distribution day is the first Saturday of each month from 8 to 9:30. The shelves are restocked on the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 10. The Bread Fund is operated exclusively by volunteers, most of whom are parishioners from Emmanuel Greenwood and Holy Cross churches.
For further information contact: Nancy Avery 434-361-2619 nla14(at)msn.com Or Cindy Kirchner 434-361-2553 cinki124(at)gmail.com.
The Good Shepherd
The Greeter's ministry plays a vital role in demonstrating the Christian tradition of love, fellowship and hospitality. Before each church service, two Greeters shake hands with and welcome parishioners. (Greeters are in place 20 minutes before the service). It strengthens Emmanuel's sense of community and continues to remind us of Christ's love for us and the love we need to share with our neighbors. Also, during the service Greeters become Presenters and carry the sacraments to the chancel before communion. The Presentation takes place immediately after the Peace. To get the timing right, Presenters go stand behind the last pew DURING the Peace. When there is the call for the collection to be taken up the ushers go forward.
After the service, Greeters are encouraged to attend coffee hour for at least 15 minutes, to continue warm greetings, especially to anyone standing alone. If there are visitors, Greeters are encouraged to introduce them to a vestry member. This is the perfect time to show that our Emmanuel family can dish up love as well as food! To become a greeter or for more information please contact the church office.
English Meadows Tea Party
English Meadows Senior Living (formerly Mountainside) is an assisted living facility in Crozet. Emmanuel has been providing volunteer programs and financial support for many years. The nature of that support has evolved over the years. There is no Emmanuel Committee for English Meadows as such. There is a non-hierarchical team of volunteers that provide a ministry of presence for residents. Gren and Jeri King are the Points of Contact for Emmanuel and English Meadows.
Twice a month (2d and 4th Tuesdays from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm) six to ten Emmanuel volunteers bring sweet and savory snacks to English Meadows and serve lemonade, snacks, hugs, and conversation to 12-30 residents. An Emmanuel volunteer plays mood music on the piano for the first half hour, and another volunteer on the piano then accompanies an old timey hymn sing. We end the visit by forming a circle and singing “Love is like a Magic Penny”. This program has for many years been called the Emmanuel Tea Party even though we’ve never served tea, nor used tea service items. The strength is in being there for residents who may have no one else in their lives.
The Nursery ages 0-2 (sometimes up to 5 years of age) is a safe and wonderful place for children to play and learn new skills while their parents are attending church. Whether you are a member or a guest we welcome you!
The nursery is located in the Parish Hall (accessed by covered brick walkway opposite the church entrance) and opens at 9:30a.m. There is someone there until 11:30a.m. (unless notified). The nursery will always try to maintain two people at all times.
There are lots of fun activities for the children to do. The children play with Legos, coloring books and make jewelry; to learn shapes and colors. This also helps with hand eye coordination.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help in the Nursery, please contact the Office and leave a message for Causey Hope.
The Healing Shawl Ministry is an opportunity for those who knit or crochet to make Healing Shawls for individuals who are battling an illness, facing personal difficulty, or celebrating a milestone event. These are knit or crocheted by church members and are then blessed during a service. A card with prayers for healing is attached and the shawls are given to someone who is need of an “outward and visible sign of God’s love”. The pattern is suitable for beginners and we are always happy to assist anyone who needs help. We can even show you basic knitting or crocheting stitches if you want. We welcome donations for yarn and encourage those who can to make a shawl. Instructions are available by contacting the church office at 540-456-6334 or Janice Fischer at jlwfischer(at)gmail.com
Special Receptions such as Funeral Receptions, Bishops Reception, Pancake Breakfast, Church Summer Picnic, are coordinated with the parties involved to set-up and run the event. In most cases, we reach out to church members for help with set-up, serving, clean-up and providing food for/during the event. For funeral receptions, we often work with the family, or a caterer that they choose. We also coordinate closely with the sexton, church administrator on dates, church hall set-up, and kitchen requirements. For more information on helping with this ministry please email Maria Fox maria1772therese(at)yahoo.com.
Stewardship begins not with a campaign, strategy, or plan. It is not rooted in the nuts and bolts of running a church. Stewardship begins with our awareness of God's abundance and our response. Being grateful and responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God is at the heart of stewardship. It is about reaching out to build relationships and to serve God from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity.
Each Fall, Emmanuel Greenwood solicits financial pledges for the coming year. Pledges allow the church to more effectively plan and budget for the coming year. This happens with leadership and organizational help from a group of volunteers that serve each year on the Stewardship Committee. If you are interested in serving on the Stewardship Committee, please contact the church office.
Ushers welcome parishioners, distribute bulletins, help seat people, take up the offering, guide folks to Holy Communion, help with parking when needed, and assist with any special needs during the worship service. In addition, ushers are present at most funerals/memorial services performing the same functions as stated above. If you would like to be an Usher or would like more information, contact Harry Lankenau, 434-760-9507 or email hlankenau(at)icloud.com.
Warm Clothing Ministry
Emmanuel’s Warm Clothing Ministry is conducted in conjunction with our Bread Fund food distribution effort. Both serve rural residents of western Albemarle and northern Nelson counties, and both are conducted in a long-standing partnership with Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Batesville. The ministry is conducted in two segments: collection of clean and gently worn warm coats, fleeces, sweaters, snow pants, socks, boots, hats & scarves for children and adults during October, and distribution at Holy Cross on the Saturdays of food distribution in November and December. Collection box donations in the parish hall of each church are supplemented by purchase of early spring sale children’s items. Local advertising begins with newspaper and bulletin board material in mid-October.
Distribution occurs from the Holy Cross parish hall basement simultaneously with Bread Fund distribution. Last year more than 900 items were provided to local families in need. Volunteers produce the marketing materials, sort the donations, transport them to Holy Cross, arrange them selection and assist our clients with items which fit their needs. Kat Connell and Delores Smith lead a larger group of Emmanualites in this annual outreach. Most see great value in serving so many in need and enjoy the camaraderie of a team effort. Come join us! For more information please contact Doug Connell doug.connell141(at)gmail.com.