We are called to serve in different ways, using the gifts that God has given us.
"There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit." I Corinthiums 12-4
If you wish to serve in any capacity please contact Peggy Schmied at the church office 610-436-0807
or email Peggy at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To assist in worship by lighting/extinguishing altar candles; bringing offering plates forward to ushers; receiving offering plates from usher; leading choir from sanctuary following worship.
To assist Pastor(s) in worship with prayers and distribution of communion.
Altar Guild volunteers prepare the altar for worship service each week. When Holy Communion is shared, bread, wine and grape juice are setup before worship service and cleanup occurs after worship service. If a baptism occurs, the baptismal font is filled and cleaned. The paraments are changed with the church seasons.
To lead Acolyte(s), Pastor(s), Assisting Minister(s) and Choir into worship by carrying the cross, then lead the recessional at the end of the designated service.
To read the assigned Scripture lessons during Sunday worship and other scheduled services.
To advance the slides projected on the screen throughout the service.
To monitor and adjust sound levels of vocal and instrumental musical offerings as well as spoke parts of the service.
To greet members and guests as they approach the church entrance.
To greet members and guests in worship; pass out bulletins; receive offering; tidy up church following worship.
In addition to leading liturgy and hymns each Sunday, Chancel Choir members prepare one or two anthems for each 10:30 a.m. worship service, often singing together with a soloist, instrumentalists, and/or the Youth Choir. They also provide additional music for special festive occasions.
Hand bell Choir
Play Preludes, accompany hymns, anthems and solos. Choirchimes may sometimes be used.
Make an incredibly joyous noise unto the Lord! Sing at many services and add rhythm instruments to some anthems.
Children's Chime Choir
Play the chimes, as scheduled, primarily at the 8 AM service.
Beautify special worship services and, periodically, regular worship services by playing prelude music.
Provide uplifting music to the congregation and deliver the gospel through contemporary Christian music.
Christian Ed Ministry
Confirmation and Small Group Leaders
To assist Pastor(s) with confirmation instruction and learning. Also assist the pastor in teaching the annual First Holy Communion Preparation Saturday Session.
Under the leadership of the Youth Director, children in 6th through 12th grade meet together to deepen their understanding of Jesus’ message, participate in various outreach activities, engage in fellowship and explore increased responsibility in their roles as church members.
Sunday Church School
Gathering of Women
The Gathering of Women generally attracts 6 - 12 women from thirty-something on up. We have been using a curriculum from the "Lutheran Woman" magazine as a resource and guide to our discussions. Each year has a different focus to our study.
Adult Bible Study
Through reading and discussion, gain a deeper understanding of scripture and how it applies to our lives every day.
Mens Discussion Group
The purpose of the ministry is to provide an opportunity for the men from Advent to share a time of fellowship and a discussion of a passage of Scripture.
The annual Women’s Retreat provides our members and community a time of Christian spiritual renewal through Bible study, workshops, lectures, and diverse presentations. The time together also brings a new awareness of Christ in our life through sharing, fellowship, friendship, prayer, hymns, devotions and the opportunity to share our Faith Journey with other sisters in Christ. The shared experience of a Service of Worship to conclude our time together allows us to carry our renewed spirit and faith into our homes and workplace.
Advent’s men meet once per month in Advent's music parlor or an area restaurant for fellowship and refreshment, followed by reflection on either a passage of Scripture, or one or more meditations based on, or referring to, a Scriptural text. In May, men who are interested travel to the Bear Creek Conference Center for a day of pre-season maintenance on those facilities.
Hospitality encompasses a number of initiatives --including our weekly Sunday coffee and refreshments, our Oktoberfest fundraiser, our annual September Kick-off Picnic, and special lunches and meal preparation. Our varied ministries here aim to ensure that Advent is a warm and welcoming destination, providing diverse fellowship opportunities.
Social Caring Ministry
This group meets monthly to sew quilts for the newly baptized and for those going through a difficult time.
Salvation Army Food Support
Members sign up to provide a meal for 30 to 40 individuals through the Salvation Army of West Chester, PA, once per month. I would also ADD the Website for the salvation army hear and we collect food weekly for the Chester County Food Bank.
Provide information about Advent Lutheran Church for visitors. Volunteers are needed to provide bags and prepare the information to be included in the bags.
The Environmental Ministry provides a resource for members of the congregation to implement environmental friendly solutions.
Advent is environmentally conscious. In the past several years, all of our heating equipment has been placed with high efficiency natural gas units. Additionally, we partnered with PECO Energy to make use of LED Parking Lot Lighting, and to replace various interior lighting with more efficient options. This reduced our electrical consumption by more than 30%.
Represent the congregation in making key decisions on financial and facility or personnel issues. Council communicates with committees and with the congregation through minutes published after each meeting and through semi-annual congregational meetings.
The Financial Secretary tracks member pledges and weekly contributions and assists with the budgeting process. It is important that pledges and contributions are kept confidential.
Evangelism is the act of inviting others to be baptized and to become a member of the church.
To support the staff and also to be a sounding board for staff and members when issues arrive.