Chairpersons: Joan Greer & Jennie Payne
The Altar Guild consists of ten experienced members who work
well together in teams of two for each week's services. Complemented by
those who offer their talents in floral arranging, the guild's week-by-week
attentive preparation of the altar and the elements provides a critical ministry
to the whole body.
Most of the young people at Holy Family have
been meaningfully engaged in worship as acolytes. They usually work in
teams of three at the 10:30 service. Training is ongoing throughout the
year under very capable direction. The more advanced team has served at
baptisms, weddings, funerals, and the ordination of a priest at the Cathedral of
St. Philip in Atlanta.
The Administration Ministry is the "hands-on" arm of the
Vestry. The AM effectively carries out the wishes of the Vestry, the
clergy, and, through them, the spirit of the parish mission. Convened and
chaired by the rector or by the senior warden, the AM meets once each week and
at other times as necessary. The ministry not only proposes pertinent
motions but also develops administrative policy for Vestry consideration.
Specifically, it executes week-to-week actions as needed. Holy Family's
current administrative staff includes the Rector, the vestry liaison (usually
the Senior Warden), the Junior Warden (or Vestry buildings and grounds person),
the buildings superintendent, the parish secretary, and the parish
administrator. As needed, others are assigned.
The responsibility and management of this large facility is
divided between two volunteer superintendents who coordinate their work.
The buildings superintendent handles all matters associated with the operation,
maintenance, and improvement to the buildings, while the grounds superintendent
handles all such matters associated with the campus grounds. The Junior
Warden serves as this ministry's liaison to the Vestry.
The goal of the Christian Education Ministry is to help all
parishioners explore and deepen their faith and develop and use their gifts for
ministry and outreach. For youth, the Journey to Adulthood and the Rite 13
programs are in place. For the past three summers, a very successful
Vacation Bible School has served approximately thirty children between the ages
of five and eleven. One adult Sunday school class, referred to as the
Seekers Class, offers a varied program coordinated by laity and taught by both
laity and clergy. The Christian Education Ministry plans to establish
adult classes at times other than the traditional Sunday morning hour.
The Communication Ministry's purpose is to inform Holy Family
members of parish news and activities. To this end, the ministry manages
the web site, sponsors a bi-monthly publication called "Family Notes," and
invites all other ministries, as well as the rector and the senior warden, to
contribute newsworthy articles.
As would be expected, the Finance Ministry plays the role of
steward for parish assets, income, and financial obligations. The team
nominates a qualified treasurer (approved by the Vestry), recommends budget
allocations to the Vestry, prepares the annual operating budget, oversees the
parish endowment program, arranges for adequate insurance coverage to safeguard
assets, and provides quarterly contribution statements to parishioners.
The Finance Ministry meets monthly and currently includes a chairperson, Vestry
liaison, treasurer, and three other members selected by the Finance Ministry and
approved by the Vestry.
From the Sunday coffee hour to receptions and parish dinners,
the Hospitality Ministry is involved in most of the social activities occurring
at the church. The ministry supports other ministries within the limits of
their facilities and personnel. This group has also established a
"Casserole Patrol" that provides meals to parishioners during challenging life
Trained by the rector and the verger, the lay Eucharistic
ministers and lectors perform critical roles in the worship service. They
are scheduled on a monthly basis by a faithful member of the Worship Ministry.
Holy Family is grateful to have a growing, active music
ministry and a quality, rebuilt twelve-rank Austin pipe organ to augment
worship. The organ was the gift of former choir director, Betty Henley,
in memory of her husband Jim. An adult choir of about twenty-five members
regularly sings an anthem at the 10:30 service and supports the liturgy.
Occasionally, the Judy Sanger/Linda Vickery bell choir also performs. The
development of a concert series is in its infancy, but it is hoped that such a
series will grow to be a very positive offering to the congregation and the
community. The present Music Director, Ms. Pat Peterson, was employed in
October, 2002, and, thanks to her more than thirty-five years of experience and
her positive rapport with the choir, the program is steadily improving.
■Newcomers Welcoming and Orientation Ministry
Chairpersons: Al Benson & Jack DeCamillis
As its name states, this ministry is dedicated to the purpose
of greeting, registering, visiting, orienting, and integrating newcomers.
It regularly provides a nametag and a take-home welcome kit which includes
first-contact information concerning the life and mission of Holy Family Church,
as well as a special loaf of homemade bread. This committee is small but
critical, and the church sincerely hopes to enhance the welcoming process.
From its inception, the Outreach Ministry at Holy Family has
been a supporter and leader in both establishing and nurturing ministries,
projects, and Pickens County programs that enhance the quality of life of area
residents - especially those of the poor, the needy, the disabled, and the less
fortunate. Through this ministry, the church has participated financially
and personally in The Good Samaritan Health & Wellness Center, the Emergency
Night Shelter of Pickens County, Pickens Launch Pad for Literacy, Ithiel & Irish
Jones Prison Ministry, Pickens County Community Resource Association, and, on
the grounds of Holy Family itself, the Child Advocacy Center serving Gilmer and
Pickens Counties, as well as the Community Food Pantry (including its Emergency
Assistance Department). In gratitude for the exceptional blessings of
talent and resource enjoyed by Holy Family parish and out of their abiding
compassion and understanding of active stewardship, the very strong Outreach
Ministry is dedicated to expanding the parish's involvement in community
This ministry, among the newest at Holy Family, grew out of
two back-to-back courses on lay pastoral care led by Assistant Priest, the Rev.
Dr. Bill Harkins. The team understands that its ministry must adhere to
boundaries appropriate to the sensitive nature of a helping relationship and
that, whereas the priest may have more spiritual training and experience for
such ministry, there will be many more requests for help than clergy alone can
handle. In addition, it is just this kind of ministry that underscores the
priesthood of all believers.
Together with the clergy, the members of the Stewardship
Ministry are charged with helping congregants become more aware that God calls
His disciples to be faithful stewards in all areas of life. It is the
ministry's conviction that the programs related to stewardship should be year
round in nature, focused on the spiritual core of stewardship, and neither
limited to the annual pledge campaign nor to money itself.
Working with the rector, especially with regard to special
services, the Worship ministry meets monthly to plan the worship services.
The various ministries that relate to worship - such as Music, Altar Guild, Lay
Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Vergers, and others - send representatives who
bring ideas or plans to these monthly meetings. The music program for the
month is discussed. If there is to be a holy day, more elaborate details
are worked out.
Holy Family's chapter of the Brotherhood is two years old.
Following their three disciplines of daily prayer, regular study, and continuous
service, this small group of dedicated men meets twice each month for a short
business meeting followed by a discussion using a Bible-based study guide of
Holy Family's St. Joan of Arc Chapter of the DOK was
established several years ago. These women individually are committed to
service in many ministries of the church. As a group, the Daughters
prepare the baptism banners, furnish a special cake for the coffee hour after
baptism services, offer bereaved families support in providing a reception
following funerals, send out written acknowledgments of prayer requests, and
participate in ongoing study.
Chairperson: Carolyn Wheeler
The Foyers program is active at Holy Family. About
forty to fifty participants sign up in the spring and fall and, month by month
throughout the season, meet together with their group of eight. The simple
fellowship of breaking bread together in one another's homes facilitates bonding
within the parish family and often provides a more intimate welcome to
The Men's Breakfast Group has been gathering since before the
congregation began worshipping on the current property. Though attendance
varies, about ten to seventeen men meet weekly for fellowship and conversation
in the relaxed setting of the Carriage House Restaurant on Main Street.
The members feel free to bring up any subject and can expect supportive
comments, advice, or sometimes laughter. The Men's Breakfast is also a
time of sharing joys, concerns, and sorrows with the opportunity to ask for
prayers and the assistance of others.
At this time in its growth and development, the church has many opportunities
for new projects, modifications of programs, and increased utilization of
facilities. Consequently, the vestry has created the Planning Committee to
ensure that all aspects of these opportunities will be considered before
approval or disapproval. By seeking input from other pertinent ministries,
the Planning Committee provides the vestry with a broad view of new proposals
and their impact on current and future programs and facilities. The
committee has the additional charge of providing both a three-five year plan, as
well as a longer-term plan for the parish.