“...for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.” Isaiah 56:7

Ministries

Saint Mary’s ministries are open and available to members of our church as well all people in our community. Our volunteers include women, men and children across age, denominational and geographic borders who join together in our collective attempt to serve the growing needs of people in our community. Please call the church office at (831) 373-4441 or sign our guest book if you would like to participate in any of our ministries.

Christian Social Concerns

Since 1965 a dedicated group of volunteers provide food, clothing, and other social service resources and assistance for people in need. Volunteers interview clients to assess their needs and also bag and distribute groceries; stock shelves; collect food from a variety of sources. Volunteers contribute to the ministry of CSC not only financially but also by donating time and food. This service is available to all walk-ins Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1–2:45pm.

I-HELP

St. Mary’s belongs to this peninsula wide organization that provides food and shelter to homeless men enrolled in the outreach program. Once a month a group of parishioners gather in Edwards Hall to prepare and share a hot meal with the men. Overnight shelter is provided in the parish hall.We also participate in a fairly new and similar program for women.

Thrift Shop

St. Mary’s Thrift Shop and Boutique has been in continuous operation since 1968 selling gently used clothing, books, housewares and linens donated to our church. We have a paid manager plus around 20 volunteers who work in the marking room or the shop, which is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1–4:00pm. In addition to the shop’s regular operating hours, semiannual book fairs are held and the boutique is a major feature of the annual Antiques Show and Sale. Proceeds fund St. Mary’s ministries and assist the operating budget.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Inspired by former parishioner Ann Taugher, knitters gather monthly to create shawls for those who need “celebratory or comforting enfolding.” Recipients have been parishioners, friends of parishioners, relatives at a distance, CSC clients, mental health and social service families. Some recent occasions upon which shawls have been delivered are: graduation, bereavement, hospitalization, birth and relocation. Our shawls are made for all God’s children; anyone who needs a reminder of God’s love for them. Since September 2005 we have delivered over 240 shawls! It’s fun and free! Lessons are provided and knitters of all ages are welcome.

Prayer of Blessing

Warming, comforting, enfolding and embracing.
May this mantle be a safe haven...
A sacred place of security and wellness
Sustaining and embracing in good times as well as difficult ones.
May you receive this shawl and be cradled in hope,
Kept in joy, graced with peace, and wrapped in love.
Blessed Be!

COPA—Walking Together

Walking Together is a founding member of Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action, an organization of churches and other institutions in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. COPA institutions are working together across religion, race, class, education and geography for the common good of our region. At its founding assembly on Pentecost 2003, COPA committed to work together on problems of housing, education, healthcare, safe communities, immigrant issues and economic opportunity. Walking Together meets monthly at St. Mary’s for planning, reflection, fellowship and action.

Episcopal Relief & Development

This fund offers immediate assistance to victims of natural disasters and civil strife throughout the world. Also grants are made to help support ongoing educational and rehabilitation projects.

Christmas Project

Parishioner, Rosemarie Axton, gathers names of families receiving help from local mental health services. Parishioners adopt these families and provide age appropriate gifts for the chosen families.

Organic Farm Stand

Seasonal sale of local organically grown produce from ALBA Farms, Salinas. Currently on hiatus and hope to regenerate soon.

Global Mission

The Diocese of El Camino Real is in partnership with the Diocese of Gloucester, Western Tanganyika. St. Mary’s has a direct relationship with Our Little Roses in Honduras.

Liturgical Opportunities to Serve

Altar Guild

Members prepare the altar for all services. They arrange flowers, maintain linens and vestments, and polish brass and silver. Training upon request. Occasional meetings are held during the year.

Adult Choir

The Choir provides choral music at the 10:00am service on Sundays as well as special services during Advent, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. Rehearsals are held Thursday evening 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Sidespeople

An opportunity to serve as ushers, greet visitors, distribute service bulletins and take the collection.

Lectors

Lectors read the Old and New Testament lessons, and lead the Prayers of the People at Sunday services.

Acolytes

Boys and girls are encouraged to serve as Torchbearers and 2nd Crucifer. Middle and High School acolytes serve as Crucifer/Server. Group training is provided periodically. Individual training is provided when you join the corps and upon request.

Chalice Bearers

Chalice Bearers administer the chalice during communion. The clergy provides training.

Wedding Guild

The parish clergy schedule all weddings at St. Mary’s. Members of the Wedding Guild assist at rehearsals and day of wedding.

Order of St. Luke

As tertiaries, in the Order of St. Luke, we first spend years in study of scripture focusing on the healing miracles of Jesus. After a period of discernment, and with a Priest’s blessing, we then come forward to take solemn vows. We serve in a variety of ways according to the Priest’s wishes. We visit the elderly, take communion to the home bound and are available for prayer after every 10 o’clock service. We have been blessed to witness healings and our gratitude list is long.

Welcoming and Supporting Ministries

Greeters

During Sunday services, Greeters carry the sacraments to the altar at the offertory. After the service, they welcome newcomers and visitors, invite them to coffee, and direct them to the information available on the Welcome Table.

Coffee Hour

Held in Edwards Hall following both services on Sunday. Coffee Hour provides a good opportunity to meet visitors, newcomers and fellow parishioners. Individuals act as hosts by providing food.

Times And Tides

The parish eNewsletter provides news and information about events, ministries and programs. It is published electronically each month and includes delightful interviews with fairly new parishioners. The deadline for articles is the fifteenth of the month.

Military Connection

A representative from St. Mary’s contacts the Navy Postgraduate School and the Defense Language Institute to communicate information to incoming students and their families about St. Mary’s worship services, programs, and ministries.

Newcomer Brunch

Brunches are held periodically to welcome new members and to give members of the parish an opportunity to meet and have conversation with each other.

Memorial Reception Guild

When a death occurs in the parish a memorial reception is provided for family and friends by members of this guild. Each month has an assigned director for memorial receptions occurring during the month. Members of the parish assist in the setting the table; pouring and bringing of bring cookies, small sandwiches and other finger food.

St. Mary’s Guild

The Guild has been in continuous service since being founded in 1886. Luncheon meetings are held at noon on the first Thursday of the month in the Guild Room. The Guild broadly supports various ministries and events, each other and those in need.

Extended Community & Fundraising Opportunities

Antiques Show

This annual fund raising event, which will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2017, is held the second weekend in July. Rooms in Edwards Hall and Clay Hall are transformed into twenty-eight antique shops. Also featured are daily lunches on the patio, a snack bar, Corner Cupboard, Thrift Shop Boutique, and much more. Preparations for this event begin in January. Over one hundred parishioners volunteer their time for this event.

Book Sale

Les Reed, a deceased parishioner, was the inspiration for creating two book sales held each year. In his memory members of the parish continue his work. Extensive advertising attracts people from all over the Peninsula. Hard covers, paperbacks, audio and videotapes are among the items sold.

Gatherings with Extended Family & Friends

Parish Camp

Held in late June at the All Saints Camp Ground in Big Sur. A chance for young and old alike to bask in the sun, hike, swim, BBQ, sing and worship together under the redwoods.

Thanksgiving Day Potluck

Every year parishioners, friends, family and neighbors gather mid-day in Edwards Hall to share a Thanksgiving Potluck Supper.