Introduction to Ministries
Join the Ministries of King of Peace Episcopal Church
Our Beliefs at King of Peace Episcopal Church
We believe first and foremost that we can best come to know God, our creator, through a relationship with his son, Jesus Christ. And, along with Anglicans around the globe, we at King of Peace therefore hold the traditional faith of Christians through the ages. The clearest statement of what we believe is to be found in The Apostle’s Creed and The Nicene Creed. These two-thousand-year-old creeds (or short statements of faith) are held to be true by billions of people around the world today. As a church, we emphasize the mystery of encountering God in worship. We believe all people are called to be ministers and to serve God, his Church and the community in which they live. In our Book of Common Prayer, it states that the ministers of the church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons. It also states that the ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.
Since our beginning in 2000, the congregants of King of Peace have gathered to worship together and to serve others, both within and outside our community of faith. Over the years, a number of ministries have developed within our parish to cover a range of needs and purposes. Some are to support worship and activities of our ongoing parish life. Others are an effort to touch the lives of those who have never even visited our church.
Each ministry is open to all who consider King of Peace their church home. You are invited to participate in any of our ministries and programs as a way of finding a place to love and to worship the Lord in our community. Working together with other parishioners will strengthen your own journey of faith by offering nourishment through fellowship with others. We hope you will decide to find a ministry that is calling you. A list of our ministries provides a brief description of their work and a contact person you can reach for more information. All of our ministries invite your involvement, so review the list and select the ones that appeal to you. Then, join us and get involved. Our Book of Common Prayer reminds us that God has given us life as well as “minds to think, hearts to love, and hands to serve” (p. 837). We hope that the list of ministries will assist you in discerning what your role could be in this church as you live out your faith at King of Peace.
Christian Education Ministries involve Christian education and formation activities, training programs, study groups and classes. Sample activities include Acolyte training, Adult education programs, Baptism and Confirmation classes, Children’s Sunday School, a Christian Education library, Vacation Bible School, the Episcopal Day School, Lay Eucharistic Minister and Lay Eucharistic Visitor training, Lector/Reader training, Stations of the Cross and Labyrinth booklets and programs. Vestry Liaisons: JoAnn White, Barbara Mathis
Communications Ministries involve publications, electronic communications, and publicity activities spreading information within and about our church. Sample activities include special event publicity, KOP News and Reminders, News from the Pews newsletter, Video announcements, Parish Archivists, and the KOP website.
Outreach and Evangelism Ministries involve programs and groups that reach out to the local community and respond to community needs. Sample activities include Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venture Crew, Chamber of Commerce, Gamblers Anonymous, Missions for Camden, Daughters of the King, and the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Vestry Liaisons: Dave Callen, Robin Davenport-Ray, Jim Hudson
Property and Grounds Ministries involve programs, groups, and activities that maintain and manage the facilities and properties of the church. Sample activities include property and facility maintenance, care for the church grounds, care for the Stations of the Cross Trail, support for the Marcus Dickman Memorial Garden, care for the KOP Labyrinth. Vestry Liaison: Charles Babb
In-Reach and Parish Life Ministries involve groups and programs serving the needs of the congregation and providing pastoral care for the congregation. Sample activities include Nursing and Health Care, the Card ministry, Helping Hands ministry, Newcomers ministry, KOP Men’s Group, KOP Women’s Group, KOP Youth Group. Parish Life includes all of the fundraising and fellowship events held annually at the church such as Coffee Hospitality, Movie Nights, Burning of the Greens, Low Country Boil, Lenten Soup Suppers, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Suppers, Seder Dinner, Blessing of the Animals, Sock Hops, Fall Holiday Bazaar, Annual Book Sale, Recycling Programs, Easter Bonnet Parties, Easter Egg Hunts and Moon Bounce, Easter Luncheon. Vestry Liaisons: Debbie Hayes, Gil White
Worship Ministries involve any activities directly related to or involved in the worship services held at our church. Sample activities include Acolytes, Altar Guild, Children’s Nursery, Choir, Communion Bread Guild, Flower Guild, Lay Ministers, Lectors and Readers, the Memorial Garden, Music, Sunday School, Ushers and Greeters Guild, Worship Committee, Worship Bulletins, Worship Scheduling. Vestry Liaisons: Ruth Proctor Terry, Barbara Mathis
“Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works, begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy Holy Name, and finally, by their mercy, obtain everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” The Book of Common Prayer, (p. 832)