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In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, welcome to the Church of the Redeemer!
We are an Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Southwest Florida and a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion. We are a growing parish of more than 2,000 people, and we invite you to take your place in this eucharistically-centered Christian community …[Read More]

The Church of the Redeemer is a traditional Episcopal church that has been a part of the Sarasota, Florida community for over a century. Located in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown, Redeemer is the mother parish of all other Episcopal churches in the area, and is well known for the beauty of its liturgy, excellent music program, …[Read More]

Mailing address:
222 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Phone: 941.955.4263
Fax: 941.365.1379

You are invited to “take your place” in the life and worship of our Lord Jesus Christ in this growing parish family! Opportunities for ministry abound. Click here for a list of ministries and opportunities.

Membership God is at work among us, and He is calling many to join this great and growing parish family. It is easy to take your place as member of the Church of the Redeemer: · If you have been baptized with water in the Name of the Holy Trinity, simply call or email a …[Read More]

Take Your Place

You are invited to “take your place” in the life and worship of our Lord Jesus Christ in this growing parish family! Opportunities for ministry abound.

Our 2014-17 Strategic Plan offers insight into the many ways in which Redeemer serves God throughout the Sarasota area and beyond.  To review the plan, link here.

To become involved in any of the ministries listed below, contact the Parish Office at 941-955-4263, or click here.

Acolytes: Actively involving youth in our worship services (Mass) as Crucifers, Torch Bearers, Servers and Thurifers.

Adult Sunday School–The Rector’s Class: Acquainting Christians with the sources, personalities and themes of Holy Scripture, the teaching and activity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the history of the community in which He lived, ministered, died and was resurrected.

Adult Sunday School–Bridge to the Word: Meeting on Sunday mornings, this is an interactive, discussion-based adult education class with a focus on Bible study and building community through fellowship.

Alpha: Emphasizing food, fun and fellowship that will enhance one’s faith in God and impart confidence to share that faith with others.

Altar Guild: Preparing for the Holy Eucharist and responsible for all vessels, vestments, linens, candles and flowers.

Bereavement: Helping parishioners to cope with and work through a major loss in life such as divorce or death. Meets for eight weeks in the fall and the spring.

Bulletin Committee: Assembling the weekly bulletin and announcement inserts for Sunday morning Masses.

Caritas Ministry: Providing assistance to the working poor, the unemployed and the homeless in Sarasota by staffing the Food Pantry located at the First Baptist Church and the Assessment Interview Trailer.

Choirs: Choir members—including boys and girls and men and women of all ages—add immensely to the rich expression of our parish’s liturgical life by performing anthems expressive of the great diversity found in Christian choral literature.

Christian Education—Adult: Offering various courses in a variety of subject areas, taught by clergy or parishioners recognized as proficient in particular subjects, with the purpose of building up individuals in their faith and knowledge of Jesus and His church and equipping them for witness and ministry.

Christian Education—Children/Youth: Responding to The Great Commission, we provide the environment (classes and formation experiences) through which God’s saving grace is experienced by children and youth.

Coffee Hour Coordinators: Providing our congregation with a time of fellowship and an opportunity to welcome visitors and new members with a smile, a beverage and a little home cooking.

Cub Scouts: Sponsoring a Cub Scout Pack and encouraging boys and parents to participate in its programs and join the Pack.

Cursillo: Building up and supporting leaders in our Church with a diocesan weekend program to grow in faith and in spirituality; to gain a deeper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and how we can serve him; an experience of living in a loving and caring Christian community.

Daily Office Readers: Praying the Daily Office and including intercessory prayers for the parish families, those who are ill, seeking comfort and guidance, travelers and parishioners serving in the armed forces.

Daughters of the King: Taking a lifetime vow to live by the Rule of the Order, requiring a spiritual discipline of daily prayer, service and evangelism.

Disaster Preparedness: Protecting the contents and property of the Church of the Redeemer by doing pre-storm protective preparations.

Endowment Committee: Assuring that the investment assets of the Church of the Redeemer are managed to provide attractive inflation adjusted returns over the long term.

Episcopal Church Women (ECW): Supporting all women in their Mission and Ministry, locally and in the world.

Episcopal Youth Community (EYC): Growing our teens’ relationship with Christ through fellowship-centered activities that enable them to spend time with other like-minded young Christians who reinforce their belief while the understanding of their faith matures.

EYC Committee: Helping the Priest Assistant in planning current activities, giving feedback on past activities and sharing ideas for future activities and programs for the EYC.

Evangelism: Equipping the members of the Church of the Redeemer to tell their personal faith stories to others within the church and outside of the Church of the Redeemer.

Facilities Committee: Making recommendations to the Vestry and assisting the Junior Warden with maintenance and improvements to our properties and facilities. The committee is involved in coordinating long-range planning and carrying out all aspects of small and large capital improvement projects.

Finance Committee: Monitoring the Church of the Redeemer’s finances, reviewing financial statements, preparing the annual budget, reviewing proposed expenditures before Vestry approval, overseeing transfers of funds and accounting clarifications.

First Communion Class: Sharing with our kindergartners and their parents the mystery and ritual of the Holy Eucharist through a five-week Instructed Eucharist Class, conducted during regular Church School time in the Kindergarten year.

Garden Club: Maintaining the parish gardens and providing a time for fellowship and personal reflection, meeting at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month on the veranda.

Gift & Book Shoppe: Providing a wide choice of books, games, CDs, greeting cards, notecards, Christian jewelry and icons for our parish family in order to generate funds for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.

Guild of the Christ Child: Organizing parish support for young families during times of need, such as illness of a child or the birth of a new baby. Additionally, twice a year, offering small group studies that focus on biblically-based parenting.

Heart to Heart (Women’s Ministry): Nurturing women through fellowship with God’s love and inspiring them to share that love with those around them.

Inquirers’ Class: Presenting a clergy-led weekly class focusing on the uniqueness of the Episcopal Church, our liturgy, history, rule of life and other aspects of living as a Christian in the Anglican tradition. Inquirers’ Class is required of adults who wish to be confirmed or received into this Communion.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Subdeacons: Serving as subdeacons and administering the chalice during the Holy Eucharist.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors: Church members who visit and bring Holy Communion to parishioners who are unable to attend church. The Diocese of Southwest Florida has authorized the training and licensing of lay people to become Eucharistic Visitors.

Lectionary Bible Study: Reading and discussing the collect and lessons to be read on the following Sunday, which enables the participants to more readily appreciate those lessons when they are heard in church.

Lectors and Intercessors: Reading the Old Testament lesson and Intercessory Prayers during the Holy Eucharist.

Library: Maintaining the parish collection of books and circulation to parishioners.

LOGOS: Taking place on Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 6:30 p.m., LOGOS is Redeemer’s mid-week fellowship opportunity designed for children in grades K-5. Included are playtime, tutoring, choir, art, Bible lessons and family-style “themed” dinners.

Men of Redeemer (MOR): Encouraging men, through relationships, to seek Christ-centered living.

Men’s Prayer Chain: Praying for those in need from the requests made by parishioners.

Men’s Prayer Breakfasts: Setting aside a time devoted to fellowship, prayer and study for spiritual growth among the men of Redeemer and other Christian men. Meeting both mornings in the Eva Pope room of Gillespie Hall (7 a.m. Friday for Lectionary Study and 7:30 a.m. Saturday for Bible or Book Study).

Ministry to COR College Kids: Reaching out to Redeemer’s undergrads living away from home through treats and letters mailed to them at college, a reunion dinner at Christmas, connection with Episcopal Student Centers on campus and clergy contact—all reminders of their parish family at 222 S. Palm Avenue.

Mission and Outreach: Advisory committee to the Vestry which establishes the allocation of budgeted funds among the various missions and charities organizations throughout the community that request financial support from the Church of the Redeemer.

Music Ministry: Central to our rich liturgical life, the Music Program consists of three choirs for our children, one choir for our young women and two choirs for adults. Additionally, throughout the year, music fills the church with the sounds of rehearsals, concerts and community recitals from some of the best and most talented instrumentalists, vocalists, ensembles and orchestras from not only Sarasota, but from all over the world.

Needlepoint: Glorifying God and beautifying the church with needlepoint kneelers, antependia and rugs with the fellowship of a very dedicated group of stitchers.

Nursery Volunteers: Assisting Redeemer’s nursery staff members, volunteers provide loving care for the youngest members of the parish family during Sunday morning and special services.

Nursery and Pre-K Volunteers: Volunteer-staffed, our Pre-K class is open during the 9 a.m. Eucharist on Sundays.

Nursery Committee: Overseeing the successful operation of Redeemer’s nurseries.

Oblationers: Providing an opportunity to offer the bread, water, wine and gifts during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

Parish Dinner and Reception Coordinator: Coordinating the use of Gillespie Hall and Kitchen for dinners and receptions.

Parish Nurse: Improving the health of the congregation by promoting a sense of well-being for the body, mind and spirit.

Pelican Crew: Assembling and labeling Redeemer’s monthly newsletter, The Pelican.

Planned Giving: Informing parishioners concerning various estate-planning methods that may reduce taxes and increase benefits for their families and provide, if they are able, a gift for the beloved Church of the Redeemer to help ensure its continued vibrancy in the many years to come.

POPS: Our parents of preschoolers group, this group gathers the third Saturday of every month for an outing with parents and their children.

RAMBOs: Enhancing the worship experience of all parishioners at all Masses by operating the sound and lights. Also recording and editing a CD of the Sunday services for shut-ins.

Reach 3 Visitation Ministry: The purpose of this ministry is to bring the blessings of the love of Jesus Christ to three Redeemer shut-ins on a regular basis. If you would like to participate, please contact the Parish Office.

Redeemer Players: Providing the youth of the parish access to the Gospel through their production of a fully staged musical or talent show each spring.

Resurrection House: Maintaining a faith-based resource center committed to the alleviation of the suffering of the homeless by offering physical, emotional and spiritual help and by serving as a bridge from despair to dignity.

Salvation Army: Every Christmastime, Redeemer parishioners participate in the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign, ringing bells and collecting donations outside local establishments. The campaign provides food, toys and clothing to more than 6 million Americans each year.

Shepherds: Giving new members a personal welcome, introducing them to others during coffee hour and encouraging them to become involved with Redeemer’s ministries with their gifts of time, treasure and talent.

Shut-In Ministry: Bringing spiritual counseling, visitation and the Blessed Sacraments to all communicants who cannot come to church because of a serious illness or medical condition.

Small Group Ministries: Studying intentionally, growing personally and with one another, sharing our faith, and learning how to articulate our beliefs. The classes are serious and fun, the discussions are meaningful and the fellowship is strong.

St. John’s Guild: The committee responsible for coordinating evangelism at Church of the Redeemer is always in need of volunteers who are passionate about sharing Christ with others. Do you like meeting others, greeting new people and sharing Christ with them? Currently, St. John’s Guild needs volunteers in the following areas: Welcome Table Ministry (greet newcomers and visitors before and after Sunday masses, sharing information about the parish), Visitor Follow-Up Ministry (work with Fr. Wilson to systematically expand our visitor follow-up) and Evangelism Event Planners (work with St. John’s Guild to plan and execute events throughout the year).

St. Mary’s Guild: Participating women share their faith in Christ and establish long-time friendships with each other. They invite Christian speakers to attend monthly dinner meetings in their homes. They also contribute time and funds when needed.

Stewardship: Encouraging all parishioners to contribute their time, talent and treasure in doing the church’s work.

Sunday School: Providing weekly Christian education classes and activities for children and youth (ages 2 through high school) on Sunday mornings from 10 to 10:40 a.m., drawing all ages into a lifelong process of discovering, meeting and worshipping God.

Thrift House: Selling gently used clothing, jewelry, furniture and household items to the public. Our generous parishioners donate these items and volunteer as staff. All the proceeds go to fund nonprofit organizations. The Episcopal Thrift House is located at 1503 Second St. in Sarasota and is open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Closed on Sunday.

Tract Rack: Providing spiritual aids and community resources; located in the Narthex at the church entrance.

Ushers: Greeting worshipers and offering assistance if they should have any special requests or needs.

Vacation Bible School (VBS): Providing a fun-filled end-of-summer week for children entering Pre-K through fifth grade to grow in the knowledge of God through interaction with priests, peers and parish volunteers of all ages.

Van Ministry: Providing reliable and timely transportation to Mass.

Vergers: Leading processions is the most recognized duty of the office but Vergers also work behind the scenes helping to plan the logistical details of the Mass and assisting the Acolytes, Lectors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Altar Guild and others as needed and directed by the Rector.

Wedding Coordinator: Providing coordination between the parish and the bride and groom from initial preparation to the actual wedding ceremony.

Welcome Table: Welcome Table volunteers show up for church 20 minutes prior to service, greet any and all visitors with a smile, offer to give them visitor tags and answer any questions they may have. They then invite visitors to meet them at the red table on the veranda after the service for a special gift. After the service, they make sure the red rolling cart is on the veranda and offer welcome packets, as well as a mug, as a gift.

Women’s Outreach Ministry: Helping those in need in the parish, the community, the nation and the world through the donation of funds raised by the Episcopal Thrift House and events such as the Annual Plant/Bake Sale, Christmas Stocking Project and Fall Mini-Bazaar.

Youth Bible Study: Providing “food for the body and the soul” for high school and middle school youth every Friday morning during the academic year, 6:15-7 a.m.

Youth Confirmation: Offering an annual course of instruction for seventh-grade youth and older on the Christian faith and Anglicanism, in preparation for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation; consisting of approximately 30 hours of instruction, a retreat and an accountability relationship with a sponsor.

Youth Council: Bringing together leaders, volunteers and participants of all Church of the Redeemer youth programs in order to keep each other informed on the activities each is planning.