Lay Ministries

St. Monica’s Guild

St. Monica’s Guild is a Christian fellowship group for the women of the parish. It meets on the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 am in the parish library. St. Monica’s sponsors the coffee hour on the second Sunday of each month, gives Christmas gifts to needy children, and promotes programs and study groups for their members. All women of the church are invited to participate in this Guild. They also collect toiletries for women in homeless shelters & will be collecting school supplies, toiletries and clothing for children in need that are attending school in the Racine Unified School District during the year.

The Episcopal Church Women (ECW)

Episcopal church women founded in 1871, was originally the Episcopal Church's Women's Mission Auxiliary and was to encourage and support the churches missions. In 1958, the name was changed to Episcopal Church Women. Today, ECW groups continue to support the church's missions, promote fellowship, and encourage spiritual growth. The local parish groups are diverse in their endeavors, remaining independent as to what they prefer to focus on and what events they choose to offer.

Quarterly, a member volunteers to prepare and give a talk at a monthly meeting on "Women of the Bible". ECW continues to contribute to St. Marc's Episcopal School in Jeannette, Haiti, by sponsoring a student for the school year. ECW sponsors retreats, offers an annual Christmas Bake Sale and tree lighting ceremony, has Fall Bake Sales, sends Greeting Cards to parishioners, sponsors a parish Book Collection for the Youthful Offenders Correctional Facility in Racine, saves pennies for the "Miles of Pennies" national ECW Periodical Club project, donates memorials to the Diocesan Book of Remembrance which in turn helps seminarians, and is responsible for the Spring and Fall United Thank Offering (UTO) Ingatherings for Episcopal Relief and Development. ECW and the Ladies Guild of the First Presbyterian Church take turns hosting an annual fun get-together, a potluck supper followed by a program.

ECW thanks church members for their constant support in events and happily welcomes new members to share in fellowship with us.

The Altar Guild

The members of the Altar Guild provide an important ministry to the congregation and clergy as they prepare the church and chapel Sanctuary for Mass on Sundays and weekdays. Their duties include setup and cleanup of sacred vessels and vestments for each service, polishing brass and silver Altar appointments, keeping the Sanctuary and Sacristy neat and tidy. It is a wonderful ministry opportunity that supports spiritual growth and friendship through active service to the church. The Altar Guild welcomes new members, both women and men.

Lay Liturgical Ministry

The Acolyte program is open to youth and adults who are trained to assist the clergy and congregation in all areas of the liturgy. Chalice bearers are trained and licensed by the Bishop to assist the clergy with the administration of the chalice at Mass. This ministry is open to adults and older youth. Lectors are trained to read the Lessons at Mass and lead the Prayers of the People. The ministry of Lector, like that of chalice bearer, is open to adults and older youth. Ushers provide a ministry of hospitality to all who enter our church for worship. Ushers greet people as they arrive, assist with seating, collect and present the offering, direct the Congregation during Holy Communion, say goodbye as people leave the church, and make sure the church is neatly tidy before leaving. Training is provided to adults and older youth interested in participating.