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A Parish Workday is schedule for September 30th. If you need help around the house, or your neighbor needs help, please let John Sjulin know.

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 Bible Study ~ I Peter  Often misread and misunderstood, First Peter is enjoying something of a renaissance in scholarship and interpretation. According to one writer, “Recent studies in 1 Peter abound and demonstrate a remarkable convergence on many points.” First Peter is only five chapters and about four pages long, but is filled with opportunities for reflection and discussion. Please join us at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays beginning May 10th for a deep and lively conversation in the Canterbury Room. 

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. 

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 2nd at 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.  

Episcopal 101  This series of classes offers an interesting and entertaining encounter with most things Anglican and Episcopalian. Each session is self-contained, so people may choose to attend any or all. The program will use a broad range of resources, including television (“The Vicar of Dibley”), film, historical fiction, and the Adult Catechesis of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. Please join Fr. Mike on Tuesdays at 6:30 for a fun, informative 90 minutes. May 9 Worship, Music, and The Book of Common Prayer; May 30 Our Sacramental Life and Personal Piety; June 6 Anglican Peculiarities (narthex, coadjutor, etc.); June 13 Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Moral Decision-Making; June 20 Who We Are and How to Explain Us to Others. All who complete the series will be eligible for confirmation, if that is a personal goal.

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. 

Sunday Brunch  Sunday Brunch is held every Sunday following the worship services. Everyone is invited to bring something for the buffet: doughnuts, bagels, egg casserole, fruit tray, veggie tray, cake, pie, cookies, breakfast burritos, pig-in-a-blanket, crackers, cheese, salads, biscuits, and gravy. Visitors and new members are especially invited for fellowship and a chance to meet new people. 

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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