- Preparing the Church for Sunday morning, regular weekly services and special liturgies (e.g., palm crosses on Palm Sunday, weddings, funerals, baptisms), including set-up, clean up, laundering, and care of linens.
- To acquire a good working knowledge of Anglican liturgy.
Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: Parish Hall
Holy Saviour’s Senior Choir sings weekly at the 10:00 AM Sunday liturgy, warming up in the Chancel one hour prior to the service. Holy Saviour’s Senior Choir also sings Mattins at 9:00 AM on the first Sunday of every month, Choral Evensong at 4:00 PM on the third Sunday of most months, and at special services throughout year (e.g., Advent Lessons and Carols, Nine Lessons and Carols, Good Friday, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Vigil, Ascension).
The choir is open to everyone in the community; no audition is required. Music reading skills are helpful, but not required, and can be gained and improved through regular attendance.
The choir’s repertoire spans the gamut from medieval chants to Renaissance motets, anthems by the great English masters, and works of recent composition. Rehearsals focus intensively on vocal technique, musical interpretation, liturgical importance of the music, etc. The choir is a wonderful way not only to minister to the parish in a unique manner, but also to enrich one’s own understanding and experience of the liturgy.
Rehearsals: Sundays, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Location: Douna Room
The Generations Choir sings weekly at the 10:00 AM Sunday liturgy, with a practice and warm up in the Music Room one hour prior to the service. As with the Senior Choir, the Generations Choir is open to everyone in the community from ages 5 and up; no audition is required. Musically, the Generations Choirs sings a variety of music, some challenging and some not as much.
Christian Education Committee
Christian Education offers opportunities for discussion, reading, study and exploration of our congregational life, including Christian and Anglican traditions, the Bible, the spiritual life, and mankind’s continuing involvement with “the faith instinct.”
The “Christian Education Committee” of Holy Saviour consists of any parishioners or neighbours prepared to commit to activities promoted by the suggestions and interests of others in the congregation. Our activities thus depend on the involvement of those interested, and rely on suggestions and leadership,in the exploration of programs, topics and resource material.
We also serve to promote of the wider programs in the Anglican community (such as Deanery activities and programs at Renison Institute of Ministry).
Chuck Erion edits our quarterly newsletter, What’s New. Jeanette Bell assists with layout and production. Each issue features an interview with a parishioner or one of the staff. Distribution is via email and regular mail for those not online. You can find the latest issue, and back issues, on our front page, and older ones are here:
Winter 2015: What’s New – December – 2015
Fall 2015: What’s New – October 2015
Summer 2015: What’s New – Summer 2015
Lay Assistants assist in the Service of Holy Eucharist. They read a lesson at selected worship services and assist clergy in administering the Holy Eucharist. Lay Assistants help distribute the bread or wine and the Additional Lay Assistant administers the Intinction Chalice.
A schedule is circulated three or four times a year with current Lay Assistants being scheduled at least twice a month.
Lectors read the lessons at all worship services, including Mattins, Holy Eucharist, Choral Evensong or other special services, at Holy Saviour or other Anglican churches. Anglican churches obtain the lessons for all services from “The McCausland’s Order of Divine Service”. There are three Liturgical years on which our Lectionary is based. It is a cyclical schedule.
A schedule is circulated three or four times a year with current Lectors being scheduled approximately once every two months.
Liturgical Assistants are present at most services to assist the Rector with part of the service, to read a lesson if the appointed lector is unexpectedly absent, and to be supportive in any other way that might be requested by the Rector. For many of us, this minor “calling” is a meaningful part of our service to God in His church.
The Server’s Guild at Holy Saviour is composed of women, men, youth members and older children.
Instruction and training are provided. Please contact Alison Prittie at 519-745-3433 if you would like to inquire about or join this important guild in our parish.