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Families of Redeemer
Children: Infants - 5th grade
Youth - grades 6-12
Women of Redeemer
Men of Redeemer
Great Music Series
Christian Formation offerings 2019-20
Coffee Servers Schedule, 9 a.m.
Great Music Series 2019-20 Schedule of Events
Heart to Heart Women’s Daytime Book Club Reading List 2019-20
"The Night Shift" Women's Evening Book Group selections for 2019-20
To become involved in any of the ministries listed below, contact the Parish Office at 941-955-4263.
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–Tell Me More: Meeting on Sunday mornings, this is an interactive, discussion-based adult education class taught by that Sunday's preacher, designed to delve deeper into the day's lectionary readings.
Altar Guild: Preparing for the Holy Eucharist and responsible for all vessels, vestments, linens, candles and flowers.
Baptism Preparation: Prepares candidates for baptism, parents, and godparents for baptism.
Bell Ringers for Salvation Army: Assists the Salvation Army by “ringing the bell” for donations during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Books and Beyond – Men’s Book Group: Gathering one evening a month, this group reads and discusses a wide variety of books.
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 and 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 and volunteers: 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.
Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament: Honors the presence of our Lord in the Sacrament, and promotes appropriate preparation and devotion to the Holy Eucharist.
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.
Day 4 Hope: Prepares at-risk children in our community for the first day of a new school year.
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.
EYC (youth groups) 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. Jr. EYC for middle schoolers, and Sr. EYC for high school students.
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 and Grounds 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.
First Fridays on Palm: The first Friday evening of each month, October through April, Redeemer participates with the Palm Avenue Art Walk, welcoming visitors and offering tours of the nave.
Fourth of July Celebration on the Lawn: Bringing the congregation – and friends – together to celebrate the founding of our country. Dinner, music, worship, and fireworks.
GATORS: “Gathering Adults to Redeemer Singles” is our singles ministry. Goals for the group include to promote Christian fellowship by offering a variety of singles social events and spiritual growth, including singles Bible studies.
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.
Healing Ministry: Focusing on prayers for the mind, bod, and spirit for ourselves and others. Private prayers with trained members of the Order of St. Luke.
Heart to Heart Women’s Bible Studies: Providing exciting, in-depth, and very popular courses throughout the year.
Heart to Heart Women’s Book Club: Offering an opportunity for women to gather monthly to discuss a literary selection.
Hispanic Ministry: Providing an outreach ministry of the Church of the Redeemer to the Hispanic members of the Sarasota community,
Inquirers’ Class (Pilgrims on the Canterbury Trail): 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).
Men’s Softball Team: Big REDeemer. Contact Fr. Chris Wood for details.
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 Guild: Glorifying God and beautifying the church with needlepoint kneelers, antependia and rugs with the fellowship of a very dedicated group of stitchers.
Night Watch: Women's book club, gathers the first Monday evening of the month.
New Member Dinners: Welcoming new members to the parish at an annual dinner.
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.
In The Beginning Crew: Assembling and labeling Redeemer’s monthly journal of events, In The Beginning.
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.
RAMBOs: Enhancing the worship experience of all parishioners at all Masses by operating the sound, video, and lights. Also recording and editing a CD of the Sunday services for shut-ins.
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.
Society of Mary: One of several devotional societies within the Anglican tradition dedicated to honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. Members of the Society adopt a simple rule of life and can then organize regular services, meetings, and other activities.
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).
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 worshiping 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 Kindergarten through fifth grade to grow in the knowledge of God through interaction with priests, peers and parish volunteers of all ages.
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.
Widows'/Widowers' Might: our group for those who have lost a spouse.
Women of Redeemer: Empowering women to discipleship through formation, service, and sharing of gifts.
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.
In the Beginning
Read the latest issue of “In The Beginning,” Redeemer’s monthly journal of events
9 AM Sunday Bulletin
Stations of the Cross
Sundays in Lent
Great Vigil of Easter
Advent Wreath Prayers and Instruction
Advent Wreath Prayers and Instructions
2018 Audited Financial Statement of the Parish
Capital Campaign Readiness Report
Pelican Pal - ready to print
Strategic Plan 2014-17
For Sunday School teachers