Volunteers are key to the life of the cathedral.
There are many ways to be involved with the Cathedral. If you are wondering about getting involved regularly or episodically, please connect with Gillian Doucet Campbell, Engagement Leader. She would be delighted to help you find a meaningful way to utilize your skills, talents, and time in support of the Cathedral Church and the local communities we serve. Gillian can be reached by email here.
It takes many volunteers for the organization and delivery of the various church services and outreach programs. At the Cathedral Church, faith formation is supported by study groups and educational opportunities led by both clergy and volunteers. Another aspect of ministry is the visiting of the sick and members of the congregation who can no longer attend services regularly. Other volunteer areas include different committees that ensure the upkeep of the Cathedral Church as well as its governance.
Where do you see yourself volunteering?
Teams of volunteers assist at regular and diocesan services. Greeters welcome parishioners and newcomers, provide assistance and information, and assure the smooth flow of communicants.
Prepare for the Coffee Hour for Sunday services and ensure clean up.
Children are a key part of the congregation. The 9:30 a.m. service begins with the Dean’s children’s talk during which children sit in a circle and are encouraged to talk and think (and often laugh) and then they are welcomed to head off to Sunday School. Sunday school leaders are deeply appreciated!
Attendance at worship not only fosters a sense of community, of sharing in a common faith journey, but it also seeks to nurture body, soul, and mind. That is a lot to accomplish in one hour once a week! A program of reflection and discussion of the Bible is essential for our growth in understanding as Christians. We currently offer weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly Bible Study and Study Groups. As well, during the seasons of Advent and Lent, a variety of study programs are offered.
If you would like more information, or if you have an idea for a study topic, we would be pleased to hear from you. Just let Gillian Doucet Campbell, Engagement Leader, know where your interest lies.
The Gospel spurs us to compassionate service, advocacy, and justice. Approaches to Outreach incorporate utilizing all our resources – our time, talents, skills, connections, passions, abilities, finances, and so forth as we are able. If you would like to be involved with Outreach intitiaves of the Cathedral Church or you have ideas to share please connect with Gillian Doucet Campbell, Engagement Leader. She can be reached by email here.
Some of the ways we engage in community through the Cathedral Church:
1. Volunteer with others to prepare meals on a Saturday afternoon for St. George’s Anglican Church Soup Kitchen or for the Adopt-a-Meal program with Shelter Nova Scotia.
2. Donate non-perishable food items to the Ask Box for donation to St. Mark’s Anglican Church Food Bank.
3. Bring in unwanted eyeglasses for donation to the CNIB.
4. Provide children’s new winter boots and gently used winter clothing for all ages to the Ask Box to be donated to the Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank.
5. Donate new winter hats and gloves to the Ask Box for Shelter Nova Scotia. 6. Volunteer with others to supply apartment packages to Shelter Nova Scotia for their ‘Move Out’ program that aids people to move from a shelter to independent living.
7. Help fill Christmas boxes for the Mission to Seafarers in November.
8. Provide items for Christmas stockings for families in December.
9. Place supplies for infants such as baby food, size 3 diapers & up, wipes, etc. in the box in the nursery to support young parents in the Phoenix Center for Youth Parents’ Support Program.
10. Through your financial donations to the Cathedral Church, you support community organizations including;
These organizations operate throughout our region and beyond. Each one implements unique mandates in response to the needs of individuals and families. We trust these organizations as the experts that they are and value what they can accomplish with the financial gifts from the Cathedral Church, as well as financial gifts of others, including individuals, foundations, businesses, and various levels of governments. Together we are making a difference in the lives of many people both near and far.
This group welcomes all who identify as female for a fellowship of education and service to the Cathedral, the Diocese, and the Community. This group leads special events where members learn together and support one another and others through fellowship, fundraisers, and fun.
The Friends of the Cathedral is a Foundation to support the cathedral that is currently in a conceptual phase at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, NS. The plan is to have this entity assume, as a major part of its focus, the mandate of the former Cathedral League, an Anglican Church Women group, with diocesan roots, whose mandate was to beautify the Cathedral.
We welcome you to be part of a new venture, Anglicans Powering Potential (APP), a gender inclusive/gender expansive successor to the Anglican Church Women Diocesan Board, a mini-foundation to enhance the capacity for creative ministry! This change is another step in the continuum of the Boards ministry, as change has been a constant feature, whether from WA to ACW over 50 years ago, or to more recent tweaks and adjustments. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
This group welcomes volunteers to help with upkeep, and beautification of the cathedral, including the care of holy vessels, precious metals, and linens, and the arrangement of flowers. Volunteers are always welcomed and appreciated on a weekly, monthly or annual basis. Come when you can, as there is always something to polish, dust, or launder.
In particular we are looking for support with flower arrangements. This committee meets each Saturday morning around 9:30 am for 1.5 to 2 hours. You are welcome to volunteer each week, bi-weekly or once a month - you decide. If you would like to learn more about the Flower Committee, the role, or to set up a Saturday to come and see what the Flower Committee does, please email Sarah here.
Sacristans have the highly detailed, behind-the-scenes task of keeping a church's services running smoothly. They oversee the sacristy - a room where all the church's religious vestments and utensils are stored. Their responsibilities include replenishing supplies from microphones to Communion wafers, dry cleaning vestments, distributing leaflets to clergy, marking the Altar Missals and Gospel Book, and setting out all items needed for the Eucharist.
Servers assist the clergy at the Holy Eucharist and other services of worship. They perform their duties with reverence, skill, and commitment, and are faithful in their attendance at worship. Servers may take on any of the following roles:
A Verger is a layperson who assists in the ordering of religious services. Historically Vergers were responsible for the order and upkeep of the house of worship, including the care of the church buildings, its furnishings, and sacred relics, preparations for liturgy, conduct of the laity, and grave-digging responsibilities. During the service itself, a Verger's main duty is ceremonially to precede the religious participants as they move about the church; they do not typically take any speaking part in the service.
Licensed Lay Ministers, formerly known as lay readers, are authorized by a Bishop in the Anglican Communion to lead certain services or parts of services of worship, to preach and to carry out pastoral and teaching functions. They are formally trained and admitted to office, and they remain part of the laity, not of the clergy. Licensed Lay Ministers and Lay Ministers-in-training wear medals held by ribbons to signify their roles. Purple is the colour of a Licensed Lay Minister's ribbon; blue is the colour worn by a Lay Minister-in-training. You can learn more here about this role here.
The Prayers of the People provide a time of intercession and public prayer in worship using a well-defined sequence while covering specific content. They are also an initial step in a commitment to action. The movement of the Prayers of the People is from the world and the universal Church to local churches and community, to individual and personal needs.
Should you be interested in leading the Prayers of the People you will be supported in where to find litanies in our liturgical books, to know where to find resources to help develop prayers of the people, be able to understand how to adapt litanies to add original content or write original prayers, and be able to cue congregational responses to prayers of the people.
Some resources will include:
A Handbook for Readers and Intercessors
The Cathedral Choir comprises professional singers, choral scholars, and volunteer singers. The choir sings at the 11:00 AM Choral Eucharist every Sunday, from September through to June, and offers services of Evensong, Lessons & Carols, and Readings & Music regularly, as well as concerts. Our Director of Music, Paul Halley, is always pleased to hear from singers interested in auditioning for the choir. You can reach Paul here.