VOLUNTEER

We give our time and talent

We provide for the hungry

We reach out to those around us

We pray with one another

We offer our talents of melody and song

We each have a part in our worship services

 

Feeding

We provide for the hungry

Though we are a small parish, we feed hundreds of people each month through our outreach ministries. 

Hesed House shelter for the homeless in Aurora relies on church volunteers like ours to staff its overnight shelter and serve meals to the residents. Meals for the homeless are provided at Hesed House in Aurora. Our church is in charge of the third Saturday of every month, providing overnight assistance at the shelter, a hot breakfast, and a sack lunch to all of the guests.

 

From 5-7 p.m. on the last Sunday of every month, the parish hall turns into an Italian restaurant of sorts, with the delicious aroma of garlic tomato sauce wafting in from the kitchen. Checkered table cloths and candlelight set the mood for Free Spaghetti Dinner, where volunteer servers dish out a restaurant-quality meal to all who enter.  

 

Six-times a year, on the fourth Thursday, our parish organizes, prepares, and serves a meal to the hungry at Trinity Soup Kitchen in Aurora. This cooperative project of several Episcopal Churches provides a buffet-style lunch for about 150 people at Trinity Episcopal Church in Aurora. Volunteers are needed to plan, donate food, cook, transport, serve the meal, and clean up afterward.​

 

St. Charles Episcopal Church sponsors several food drives each year, as well as ongoing donations, for the Tri-Cities Salvation Army Food Bank. 

 

We welcome you to join us in the parish hall for hospitality and enjoy coffee and other refreshments after each service on Sunday morning, where parishioners meet to get to know each other better and welcome new friends.

 

Spiritual

We pray with one another

Foundational to everything we do at St. Charles Episcopal Church is one simple act--prayer.

 

We pray with and for one another on Sundays and through several fraternal organizations, such as the Daughters of the King and Cursillo​. 

The Daughters of the King is an international women's order​ devoted to daily prayer, evangelism, service, ​​and personal spiritual development. Our parish chapter is named for St. Catherine of Siena.

 

Healing Prayer Ministry members offer prayers for healing, laying on of hands and anointing at all services on the 4th Sunday of each month.  Ministry members meet monthly at the Church for study and prayers. Dates are in the Pulse.

 

The Cursillo Movement emphasizes personal evangelization (make a  friend, be a friend, bring a friend to Christ) and accountability (group reunion). It is ideal for those who wish to deepen their faith and commitment to the church.

 

Home Eucharistic Ministers bring Eucharist to the sick, homebound, or those who cannot attend worship services for any reason.  ​

 

The Prayer Shawl Ministry knits and crochets shawls, afghans, and baby blankets for those in need or to celebrate special occasions such as marriage, birth,​​ and graduation. Volunteers are welcome and will be taught if needed.

 

On our parish grounds we are fortunate to have our very own outdoor Labyrinth. A beautiful site for reflection and quiet prayer, a Labyrinth is a medieval tool for centering and meditating, in which one walks slowly on a maze-like path toward the center of a circle. Ours is modeled after the one in Chartres Cathedral in France and Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco. 

 

Liturgical

We each have a part in our worship services

At St. Charles Episcopal Church, we encourage everyone to take an active part in the liturgy. There are many roles available, including Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Acolytes, Altar Guild, and Bread Bakers. 

 

We also have Home Eucharistic Ministers who bring Communion to the sick or homebound. 

Deliver - Inside the rail

Acolytes assist at the altar during worship services. Acolytes must be in at least the 5th grade and be willing to serve once a month.  They assist the clergy in the following ways:

  • Carry the cross in procession

  • Carry torches if needed

  • Deliver contents of credence table to priest

  • Join in gospel procession

 

Lectors read selections from the Bible at liturgical services. After a short training program, lectors follow a schedule assigned by the Parish Secretary. They are invited to Worship Committee meetings.

 

Lay Eucharistic Ministers assist the clergy in administering communion. They serve at the altar and administer the chalice during communion at our 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Eucharists.  LEMs are licensed by the bishop.

 

Intercessors recite prayer requests during the Prayers of the People. At the 7:30 a.m. Sunday service, the intercessions are read by the acolyte. At the 10:45 a.m. Sunday service, the Prayers of the People are read by various people seated in the congregation. The person assigned for each service selects people to assist in this effort.

Assist - Outside the rail

Ushers help with organization and running of services. The following is an example of an usher's duties at the 11:00 a.m. Sunday service:

  • Arrive 15 minutes before the service

  • Place service bulletins at both doors to church

  • Ring bell 5 minutes before the service

  • Count number of attendees

  • Bring bread and wine to altar at Offertory

  • Bring alms basins to front pew

  • Collect the alms

  • Take collection to the acolyte at communion rail

  • Follow the choir to front pew and invite people to receive communion, row by row

  • Receive communion last, put back kneelers and return to back of church

 

At the 8:30 a.m. service, a family volunteers each week to be the hosts, welcoming everyone as they come in, handing out worship books and weekly readings. The family also bakes the bread that will be used for Communion, and one member of the family is the lector for the first reading.  

Other tasks include the following:

  • Light candles on the altar

  • Ring the church bell 5 minutes before the service

  • Usher people in, pass out worship books and inserts of Pulse

  • Bring the bread and wine to the altar at the Offertory

  • Assist at the altar during consecration

 

Greeters welcome new attendees, invite guests to coffee hour after the service and introduce guests to current parishioners.

 
Prepare

The Altar Guild serves God by preparing the altar and worship space for all services, maintaining the communion vessels and linens and the priest's vestments. This is a behind-the-scenes ministry that is essential to the orderly running of all liturgical services.

 

The Flower Guild arranges flowers for Sunday services and decorates for Christmas and Easter.

Persons interested in donating to the altar flowers fund can sign upon the sheet posted outside the rest rooms adjacent to Ludtke Hall.

Community

We reach out to those around us

Are you looking for a space for your group to meet? We may have the perfect spot. ​Contact the church office at 630-584-2596.

Our church is host to many organizations and lends its space for meetings of the Boy Scouts, Fox Valley Knitters, Yellow House Artists, and Alcoholics Anonymous. 

 

Many of our parishioners are involved in outside organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and the Fox River Valley Initiative, and have made subgroups at our church.

 

The parish offers its facilities to a number of 12-step support groups for people with addictions. Alcoholics Anonymous groups meet Monday at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m, and Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Al-Anon meets on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

 

Yellow House Artists is an art organization for the purpose of supporting and promoting art work of its members. The inspiration for this group started in a quaint yellow house in St. Charles where an initial group of artists created an art gallery.

 

Knitters from the Fox Valley Knitters Guild meet on the second Wednesday of each month (September through May) at 6:30 p.m. in Ludtke Hall.

 

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