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Acolytes  Members of the St. Philip’s Acolytes carry candles in processional, Gospel procession, and recessional, and assist with communion. They help the clergy at the Altar during Mass. Young people in grades six through college are invited to consider this ministry as are adults. 

Adult Christian Education  Sundays at 9:15 a.m. "Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer"  All interested adults are invited to join our new Sunday Adult Christian Education class, based on the book, Being Christian, by Rowan Williams. Our text is a small book, very readable, but also very incisive. Whether you can come only once, or make a habit of sharing in the study each Sunday, all are welcome. Instruction will include fellowship, written materials, didactic and media resources, as well as interesting discussions. Childcare available beginning at 9 a.m. 

Altar Guild  The Altar Guild is a group of women and men who support the clergy in preparing the church for worship and maintaining vestments and liturgical appointments of the church.

Ardmore Soup Kitchen St. Philip’s started this program in 2007.  The program provides hot dinners Monday through Friday to anyone in need of food.  The Soup Kitchen serves approximately 900 meals per month and grown to include the involvement of 18 churches and civic groups providing 10 volunteers needed for the daily cooking and serving of meals. Funding comes from private donations. St. Philip’s participates in this ministry by volunteering to help cook, serve, and clean every three months. 

Bible Study  Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. "The Bible & Sexuality"  National Public Radio’s Marty Goldensohn once said, “When I was a kid, I could never figure out why there had to be two of every animal on the ark. No one would ever tell me. I wondered, was it so God could have spares, like a spare giraffe, in case one giraffe got hurt or sick?” It is surprising how infrequently ministers, rabbis, and priests talk about the messages of sexuality in Scripture. There are many stories, even core stories such as the story of creation and the birth of Jesus, where sexuality is central but often ignored. We’ll explore how we treat each other, how we understand our own sexuality, and how we express it with others, not simply through acts but through our very relationships.

September 13th What the Bible Really Says About Sex
September 20th Sexuality in the Time of Jesus and Paul
September 27th The Church and Human Sexuality
October 4th No class. Fr. Mike will be attending the Clergy Conference at St. Crispin’s.

Childcare available during Bible Study from 6:30-8 p.m.

Blessing of the Animals  On the Sunday nearest to October 4, we celebrate the feast day of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi. It's customary that in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's love for all creatures, animals are brought to the church for a special service called the “Blessing of the Animals.” This service welcomes all animals to receive a blessing and a treat. This year’s Blessing of the Animals will be held on Sunday, October 1st 1 p.m on the east lawn with St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Choir  St. Philip’s Choir leads the people in singing at worship and sponsors other musical activities.  On principal celebrations of the Holy Eucharist they are accompanied by the church’s magnificent Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ.  Membership in the choir is open to all adults and teens. St. Philip’s Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings in the Choir Room at 7 p.m. and a Sunday morning warm up in the Chancel before the 10 a.m. Mass. Instrumentalists are invited to speak with the music director about how they may participate in the music program.  

Handbells  The St. Philip’s Ringers practice in the Music Room on Sundays between Labor Day and Memorial Day following the 10 a.m. service. This ensemble performs at Lessons and Carols, Christmas, Easter and on other occasions. Interested Ringers are invited to attend any rehearsal or speak with any member of the Handbell Choir.

Hospitality Committee This committee hosts and plans receptions for funerals, baptisms, and other special events.

Lay Eucharistic Ministries  These lay people administer the chalice during celebrations of the Holy Eucharist and assist the clergy in bringing the sacrament to sick and homebound members of the parish who are unable to come to church. This ministry requires special training by the clergy.

Lectors  Lectors participate in worship by reading from scriptures. Training workshops are offered periodically, but special licensing is not required.

Men’s Group  Volunteers take on large projects in the Ardmore community and within the parish such as building fences, cleaning up storm damage, and painting. The Men’s Group also sponsors the annual Father’s Day Parish Picnic at the Chickasaw Lake Club. 

Mission Leadership Teams  Are you called to outreach and the mission of the church? Everyone is invited to explore the possibilities of joining a Mission Leadership Team. Meetings are held the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Teams include Parish Prayer Teams. Projects range from helping someone change light bulbs, painting, yard work, and more. You may pick and choose which Work Day Project you would like to participate in depending on your interests and abilities. Work Days are typically held on a Saturday from 8 a.m. to Noon. Special Projects include outreach in response to tramatic local and national events.

Parish Office Volunteers  Do you have a few hours in the week to volunteer in the Parish Office? An Office Volunteer is responsible for providing support to the church office during the weekly scheduled hours of operation. This support comes in the form of answering the telephone, welcoming guests, vendors, and others. Volunteers are needed to work in conjunction with the Parish staff on specific projects such as mailings, proofreading, filing, and other secretarial-type work. Computer skills are not necessary. For more information call 580-226-2191.

Round Robin Dinners  The Round Robin Dinners are designed to bring members of the parish together outside the sanctuary or the parish hall at St. Philip’s.  Small groups of six to eight people gather in the home of a fellow parishioner for a meal. Everyone in the group is responsible for providing part of the meal. The groups gather once a month beginning in the fall. The round robin method assures the opportunity to get to know a different group at each gathering. 

Ushers  Ushers are on hand to offer a friendly greeting, welcome those who are new to St. Philip’s and assist in the smooth progress of the liturgy.  They are available to answer questions about the Mass, and to assist with special needs that may arise

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