Ministries

Fellowship

Fellowship is an opportunity to meet socially to enjoy God’s creation of each other. Calvary’s Fellowship Team supports events and activities held during the year both on Sundays and special event days. These activities are one of the ways that we welcome newcomers and integrate them into the body of Calvary.

In a typical year our fellowship activities include events as diverse as the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, participating in the Flemington Holiday Parade in December, opening the doors for Trick-or-Treating on Broad St each Halloween, holding a Summer Road Rally and various Sunday fellowship events that include great food and wonderful conversation. In addition, the Fellowship Team supports Sunday Coffee Hour after each service. Coffee hour provides an excellent opportunity to chat with friends, catch up on the week’s activities, and greet new parishioners.

Events planned for 2020 include the Church Annual Meeting in January, Parish BBQs, Holiday Cookie Sale, and many other great activities.

To participate in any of these list events or to suggest a new event, please speak to our Vestry Liaisons, Lynn Trinchera lmtemail@comcast.net.


Property

Calvary is blessed to have such a beautiful church that is so critical to our Worship, Fellowship, Education and Outreach Ministries. As such, the Property Team is an important part of maintaining and improving our facilities.  The team not only prioritizes ongoing maintenance projects but also organizes clean up days and maintenance of the grounds around the church. If you have a talent for small or large maintenance projects or lawn maintenance, please contact Jeff White jswhitey9@yahoo.com, Vestry Liaison for the Property Team.


Communications

Calvary’s Communication Ministry is a vibrant group of staff and parishioners who maintain all areas of communication and media for the Church.

The team’s primary activities include but are not limited to:

  • Promote Calvary’s faith-filled activities to the larger Flemington community through various communication channels
  • Support the “guest” experience in conjunction with the Welcome Team
  • Create & produce bulletins, monthly newsletters, annual reports
  • Maintain the website, social media and provide technical support for IT issues
  • And so much more….

Jennifer Vazquez is Calvary’s Parish Administrator and Ron Mahoney is the Vestry liaison.  To speak to Jennifer or Ron about Communication activities, you can reach them by email at parish.office@calvary-episcopal.net and mmahoney249@gmail.com.


Outreach

Community Outreach has always been a key ministry area for Calvary Episcopal Church. Based on a number of recent workshops, Calvary affirmed our focus on helping others in our community. Throughout the year, the congregation participates in supporting our local food pantry, fundraising for groups like Family Promise with events like Box City and the Crop Walk.  Look for more opportunities to directly give back to the community. If you have other ideas or charities you would like to nominate for support, please contact Christine Little cnlittle@msn.com, the Vestry Liaison for Outreach.


Worship

We are a welcoming community of faith and invite you to worship with us during our regularly scheduled services. All baptized Christians are welcome to participate in the Eucharist or request a blessing.


Finance/Stewardship

Take one step up . . . For Christ and His Church

Calvary’s Stewardship program centers on the belief that everything we have – our time, talents and treasure – is a gift from God.  Each of us is appointed by God to be stewards or managers of what belongs to God and not to us.  The focus of Calvary’s Stewardship program is not on fund-raising to pay the bills but on prayerful consideration of how God is calling each of us to use the gifts HE has given us.  We believe that the Biblical standard of giving is the tithe or 10%, and we encourage all our members to work towards that goal.

Calvary’s annual stewardship campaign kicks off in the Fall and culminates in November. Parishioners are encouraged to make their pledge at this time of year to ensure an accurate budget for the following year; however, pledges are accepted anytime during the year and if necessary can be adjusted as needed to accommodate the parishioner.

For more information on the Stewardship program, the New Consecration Sunday program supported by Calvary or any questions dealing with Stewardship, please speak to Jean Good at jeanegood@gmail.com.


Music

Calvary Church’s music program is an integral part of the worship experience at the 10AM services and special services through the Church calendar. The hymns, songs, and anthems are intended to support the lessons being taught during the service and underline the Sunday message.

The Choir is composed of individuals who love to sing, with varying levels of musical background. In addition to leading hymns and service music, the Choir sings anthems that are appropriate for the season, both traditional and contemporary pieces that are true to the Anglican heritage. The Choir rehearses weekly on Sunday mornings at 9:15AM and 11:30AM.

For more information on our music program, please speak to our Choir Director, Steve Koshgarian at stephen.koshgarian@calvary-episcopal.net.


Welcome

Calvary has an active Welcome team whose primary responsibility is to welcome newcomers and visitors and make them feel comfortable during their initial visit to Calvary. Welcomers, also known as greeters, are the “front line troops”, welcoming God’s guests, and delivering the message that Calvary’s “Red Doors” are where all can enter into a vibrant relationship with God.


Altar Guild

In the Episcopal Church, the Altar Guild is a group of men and women who are called to serve God by preparing and tending the places where we worship. The work of the Altar Guild usually proceeds quietly behind the scenes. The Altar Guilds’ primary purpose is to care for service equipment and prepare the church for worship services.

Before each worship service, the Altar Guild member “on duty” sets up the Eucharistic vessels and linens on the altar and prepares the bread and wine to be used in the Eucharist. He or she also makes sure the appropriate altar and pulpit hangings for the season are in place and marks the Scripture readings for the day.

After the service, everything is carefully cleaned and put away to be ready for the next service. Members take turns to launder and iron the linens. In addition, Altar Guild members assist in some services such as the stripping of the altar on Maundy Thursday, and help decorate the church for special holy days like Christmas and Easter.

Members of the Altar Guild share a number of other responsibilities, such as purchasing vestments and linens and replenishing the supply of bread, wine and candles. The Altar Guild meets once a month to clean and polish the silver and brass and check supplies.

All parishioners, men and women, young and old, are welcome to become members of the Altar Guild.