I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1)
We present our lives to God in worship and service. This means physically serving one another, the community around us, and the world at large. Members of Apostles live out these commitments in a variety of ways, including the following:
Here are some of the many ways you can participate in serving at Apostles Anglican Church. If you would like to volunteer in one of these areas, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Acolyte men light candles and assist during the communion service. In the 9:15 am service, an acolyte leads the procession by carrying the cross.
- Altar Guild ladies prepare the altar for communion service.
- Chalice Bearers serve the wine during communion.
- Children’s Ministry workers assist Kaye Freels with the various children’s ministries during service. Learn more.
- Coffee servers help prepare and set the coffee table.
- Greeters welcome visitors before the services.
- Healing Prayer Ministers pray for members as needed, at the end of the 9:15 am service and during communion at the 11 am service.
- Intercessors lead the intercessory prayers from the bulletin.
- Readers read Old and New Testament passages during service.
- Ushers hand out bulletins, take up the offering, and help lead members forward during communion.
Apostles Anglican members serve at many different local and international ministries. Here are five key ministries that we as a community support through service and prayer. To learn more about how you can serve in any of these ministries, please contact email@example.com. Also, to learn more about the whole range of local outreaches in the Greater Knoxville Area, please visit Ways to Connect at Compassion Coalition.
Anglicans for Life
Anglicans for Life is a sanctity of life ministry associated with the Anglican Communion. Anglicans for Life provides pastoral resources dealing with abstinence, abortion, adoption, assisted suicide, elderly care, cloning, and embryonic stem cell research. Each year, Apostles Anglican participates in the Anglicans for Life ministry through fundraising, support of events and even hosting classes. Visit their website to learn more about the ministry of Anglicans for Life.
The Restoration House (TRH) organization works to help restore single mothers and their children back to God’s good intent for their lives. Through transformational housing, team mentoring, and family advocacy, TRH is helping single mother families end cycles of poverty and distress. In turn, TRH’s Participating Families are empowered to build brighter futures for themselves and their families. Apostles members have supported TRH by sponsoring families and by hosting a family night here at the church. Visit The Restoration House website to learn more.
￼International Justice Mission
International Justice Mission (IJM) is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation, and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators, and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators, and to ensure that public justice systems – police, courts, and laws – effectively protect the poor. Visit the International Justice Mission website to learn more.
Reenie Ernest saw a need in Kenya and started Rachel’s Lament, a non-profit compassion ministry focused on serving Kenyan orphans and other youth in need. Rachel’s Lament programs focus on education and job training to give the children a better access to future opportunities. Visit Rachel’s Lament online to learn more.
We believe that all Christians are called to serve Christ and one another in the home, in church, in the workplace and in other places both local and abroad. Some Christians are called to serve the church as Deacons, Priests, and Bishops. The call to ordained ministry should be confirmed in the heart of the candidate and through the witness of clergy and laity. To learn more about the call to ordained ministry, talk with The Rev. Jack King, Rector.
To learn about ordination within the Anglican Diocese of the South please visit the Canon to the Ordinary.