Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Who says summer is a low-activity season?

This is a glimpse into our Godly Play program, photo taken 2 Sundays ago.  The children are doing their work, following the story of the Tabernacle.  Two more children are at work in the Desert Box, out of range of the photo.

Calling ALL women: your ECW (Episcopal Church Women) will be gathering this Sunday, following the service, to pray, address issues pertinent to our group ministry, and get to know each other a little better.  Sunday, July 31, about 11:30am in the library.

Calling ALL family members: here is a quick, easy way to get your Safeguarding God's Children training in, whether for the first time or to renew every 5 years is to sign up for the 3-hour session at Grace, Georgetown.  It's scheduled for Sat., August 20th from 9:00am - 12:00pm and anyone can register for that by clicking here.  

Did you know that St. James' now has a sexton who is also verger-in-training?  Michael Holder is this man.  What are those odd titles anyway, you say?  Here are some definitions.

A verger is a person within the Church who assists the clergy in the conduct of public worship. It is said that the Verger serves the church in a ministry of welcome and the duties of the Verger vary from parish to parish. Vergers can be full-time or part-time, paid or volunteer. Their duties can be purely ceremonial or include other responsibilities such as parish administration, leadership of the worship committee, sexton, etc. He or she may serve in other capacities throughout the church; such as Sacristan, Acolyte Master, Sexton, Chalice Bearer, Lay Reader, Usher, Protector of the Procession, Doorkeeper, Grave Digger, Master of Ceremonies or anything else that the parish requires. The Office of Verger dates back to the Middle Ages when the Verger was the "Protector of the Procession." He led the Procession into the Church or Cathedral, clearing the way for the Procession and protecting it from vagabonds and animals that tried to attack it. Today, in many parishes and cathedrals you will see a Verger ceremonially leading the Procession. The Verger wears a gown and carries a Virge (staff of Office) to help clear the way, and point the way for the procession (definition from this site).

sexton is a church, congregation or synagogue officer charged with the maintenance of its buildings and/or the surrounding graveyard. In smaller places of worship, this office is often combined with that of verger. In larger buildings, such as cathedrals, a team of sextons may be employed.

The word "Sexton" and "sacristan" both derive from the Medieval Latin word sacristanus meaning "custodian of sacred objects". "Sexton" represents the popular development of the word, via the Old French "Segrestein", from Latin Sacristanus "Sacristan" (From Wikipedia).

Michael will be reporting to the Bishop's Committee as regards the maintenance needs of the church buildings.  Thank you, Michael.  

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

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