Ministries

We have over 30 ministries. Find one and plug into our family!

Youth Group-EYC

iGnite EYC is the youth ministry at Christ Church. Grounded in faith, participation in the sacraments and desire for community, we begin to take action in fulfilling our calling. During the school year, all youth meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm they enjoy games and fellowship, a meal provided by parishioners, followed by a study of scripture and Anglican tradition, and worship. Rev. Michael Caldwell, michael@cc-nac.org.

Children’s Church

Child care for the church service hour, and Children’s Church during the 10:30 service for the gospel lesson and enrichment activities. Carol Willis, carolwillis8545@gmail.com.

Parent Advisory Council and College Ministry

Parents of CEC youth (PAC) meet, generally once per month, to support the full time youth minister and programs for EYC. The Rev Michael Caldwell, michael@cc-nac.org. Members of the congregation with a special talent for college ministry meet as needed to help support the full time youth minister and programs for the college ministry. Rev. Ashley Cook, revashley@outlook.com.

EfM (Education for Ministry)

A seminar that helps participants discern their spiritual gifts and talents by studying the Bible. Old and New Testament studies, along with Church History and philosophical studies of theology make this an intellectually invigorating and deep experience. Class meets 36 times per year, once a week for about 2 1/2 hours. Interested? Email wwatkins@pixi.com and put “EFM” in the subject line.

“Come As You Are” Women’s Bible Study

Meet women from Christ Church and the community on Thursdays at 9:45 am in the Parish Hall for refreshments, fellowship and study. Past studies have included Francis and Judith McNutt’s “School of Healing”, John Stott’s study of Revelation, and Beth Moore’s “Jesus: The One and Only.” Contact Joanne Castleberry at joanne@castleberry.biz.

Men’s Breakfast Group

Men come together for coffee and conversation every Thursday during the school year at 6:30 am in the Parish Hall. Serious Bible study begins at 6:45 and ends at 7:40am. Five minutes of prayer time, and out the door by 7:45am. Fr Howard Castleberry, rector@cc-nac.org.

Mobile Ministries

Would you like to deliver sack lunches to the homeless in town? How about handing out warm blankets to them in the winter months? These and other ministry efforts are a part of Mobile Ministries, which utilizes our church van to meet the needy where they find themselves. There is much potential for this ministry to grow. Contact Camilla Saulsbury if you’re interested, camillacooks@gmail.com or Deacon Wanda Cuniff at wcuniff@gmail.com.

Tanzania Water Project

Most rural Africans must walk 1 to 3 miles every day for fresh water. Christ Church has decided to bring fresh water to 100,000 people over the next five years in an ambitious water well drilling project. There will be annual visits to Tanzania, and well drilling progress monitoring from the States on a monthly basis. Would you like to help? Contact G.W. Scott, gwscottjr@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/tanzaniawaterproject.

Christ Episcopal School

The largest ministry of Christ Church is our school which serves pre-K to 6th grade students. Fr. Howard oversees the work of Mrs. Catherine Oliver, Head of School, at the only SAES accredited school in the Nacogdoches area. Volunteers of all talents are needed and encouraged to call Mrs. Oliver at coliver@ces-nac.org or 936-564-0621.

Rector’s Class

Every Sunday from September to May, the Rector holds a structured class in the Parish Hall from 9:15 to 10:15 am. Come have coffee, snacks and join in!

Intercessory Prayer

Trained intercessors serve at the side altar during the 10:30 Eucharist. They provide prayers for healing and anointing with oil that has been blessed by the priest. There is a rotation for serving and if you are interested in being trained and scheduled, please contact Deacon Wanda Cuniff, wcuniff@gmail.com.

Bailey House Study Group

Join adults from the congregation and community on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am in the Bailey House to fellowship and study. The current book to be studied will be “Falling Upward” by Richard Rohr. Past classes have included “Reaching Out” by Henri Nouwen.

Acolytes

The youth of the congregation are a vital part of the working experience at Christ Church. Young people from K-12th grades are needed to serve as vergers, cross bearers, and torch bearers for the 10:30 service. Contact Lisa Kennedy, lisa.a.kennedy@sbcglobal.net.

Weddings at Christ Church

Would you like to assist the Christ Church wedding coordinator, with wedding planning? Judy Huey, hueyrun@sbcglobal.net.

Altar Guild

Guild members prepare for and clean up after each communion service. They also serve at weddings, funerals, and special services such as Palm Sunday, Easter and Christmas, as well as attend workshops to learn how to better assist the priest in serving God and the parishioners. The Guild is divided into four groups, and therefore each group serves approximately one week each month. Glenna Sorensen, kgsoren@suddenlink.net.

College Life Ministry at SFASU

All college students are invited to the upper rooms of the Parish House for dinner and worship on Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm during the Fall and Spring semesters. The Rev Ashley Cook, revashley@outlook.com.

Ushers

Men serve in teams of two to hand out liturgy sheets at all services at Christ Church, ring the bell, help people to their seats, pass the alms basins, and direct people to the altar rail for communion. Bill Patton, billp@allcom.co.

Brotherhood of St. Andrew

One of the ways the Brotherhood gives back to the church is by cooking a wonderful pancake breakfast the second Sunday of each month. Proceeds from those breakfasts go to the charity or ministry of choice for the Brotherhood. Want to help cook? Larry O’Neal, loneal@sfasu.edu.

Christian Meditation Group

All are welcome to join this group in the nave of the church, each Monday at 5:30. No experience is required, and simple training is provided. Jill Carrington at jillecarrington@suddenlink.net or Wanda Cuniff, wcuniff@gmail.com.

Lay Readers

This ministry carries on the tradition from the early church in the reading of scripture by parishioners other than the priest during the 8:00, 10:30 and special services. Joanne Davis, joantwin2@gmail.com.

New Membership/Greeting Team

Develops and implements actions, activities and programs to welcome newcomers. Organizes effective newcomer greeter ministry and procedures, raises retention of new families, explores other church’s successful new membership and greeting practices. Carol Willis, carolwillis8545@gmail.com.

Nursery

Children are welcomed at Christ Church worship services, however our well child nursery is available for parent convenience during church services. The nursery is staffed by two adults that must be certified in the EDOT program, Safeguarding God’s Children. It is located on the East end of the main building. Tara Rollins, tararollins2@rocketmail.com.

Daughters of the King

An order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church and churches in communion with it. Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating a Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. By reaffirmation of the promises made at baptism and confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.” Our Christ Chapter meets at 2:00 pm the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Bailey House. Dorothy Morse, dmorse@wildblue.net.

Floral Gifts for Altar

Flowers are given in memory of, or in honor or thanksgiving for an individual each Sunday or for special services. The memorials or honorees and who gave them are included in the Sunday service bulletin. Elizabeth M. Milstead, elizmmilstead@live.com.

Christ Episcopal School Board of Trustees

The church’s parish day school, Christ Episcopal School, serves the needs of many families in Nacogdoches. CES relies on trustees to serve on school board, consisting of members from the community and Episcopalians from this parish. If you have skills to contribute to this valuable ministry, contact any board member or Catherine Oliver, Head of School for CES. baker_teresa@sbcglobal.net or call 936-564-0421 for more info.

Circle of Care

A support group and continuing education opportunity for lay pastoral caregivers. The group meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. All who are involved in pastoral caregiving are welcomed, even if you have not been through the Community of Hope training. Jill Carrington, jillecarrington@suddenlink.net.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

As a Church community, to prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies such as Hurricane, flood, or fire as called for by the Diocese of Texas http://www.epicenter.org/emergency-preparedness. Robert M. Judy, rmjudy@gmail.com or 936-559-9065.

Community of Hope, Nacogdoches Center

A lay organization, trained to provide lay pastoral care. We are based on the Rule of St. Benedict. The Nacogdoches center is operated at Christ Church and includes those from other denominations. A 14 week training class offered periodically here, in Lufkin or elsewhere, or certification in clinical pastoral education is a pre-requisite to serving as a lay chaplain. Deacon Wanda Cuniff at wcuniff@gmail.com.