Are there many opportunities for service?
Yes there are. God is breathing new life into the historic Anglican Faith across North America and around the world! All of our parishes need and welcome active lay men and women. It has been well said that the traditional Anglican movement has been built upon the efforts of its laity.
Within the parish there is the need for an altar guild, acolytes, church school teachers, lay readers, choir, vestry members and parish committees which help in carrying out the parish’s mission. Also, a number of our parishes are in the process of obtaining their own property, building new structures or renovating existing ones for use in worship. A vast array of talent is needed to complete these tasks. Many parishes have begun study groups, prayer groups, and church school classes, offering further opportunity for involvement.
Beyond the parish you will find many Anglicans involved in community concerns or serving on committees of the diocese or province.
The laity are an integral part of the government of the traditional Anglican Church. The parish vestry (similar to a board of directors) is comprised of parish communicants and is charged with the management of the temporal affairs of the parish. Synods – or meetings – of the diocese have active lay participation. Each parish sends lay representatives to the diocesan synod.
Anglicans take seriously our Lord’s call to all Christians to serve Him and make disciples. This means both a ministry within the Christian family and a ministry to the world to spread the Gospel and actively to show forth Jesus Christ in our lives.