Explore and exercise your calling or curiosity through these ministries at Saint Boniface! Check out the list of groups and ministries below. For personal contact information, consult your parish directory.
Youth (Grades 6-12) and adults are welcome to serve as acolytes, assisting the clergy at parish services. There is a training period for new acolytes. Contact Alex Everson for information and scheduling, 941-349-5616 x312 or email.
Volunteers and professional musicians work together in our excellent Parish Choir. They rehearse Wednesday evenings at 7:15, and sing at the 9:00 am services from Advent through Easter; and at the 10:00 service Easter until Advent. There are also several special services and concerts throughout the year. Contact Neil Page at 349-5616 x 325 or email.
The Altar Guild teams prepare the altar, linens, candles and communion vessels for the hundreds of services we hold throughout the year. Their tireless work creates a pleasing and fitting worship space for us all. Contact Carolyn Walker at 349-5616 x316 or email.
HAND BELL CHOIR
Saint Boniface has a five-octave set of Schulmerich hand bells which our Bell Choir rings at Sunday services and special services. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 7:00, November through April. Contact Mary Mozelle at 349-5616 x326 or email.
Flowers for the altar are arranged each Saturday morning. If you would like to join these individuals or if you would like to learn how to create the arrangements, please contact Karen Dakan.
If you enjoy making new friends, this hospitality ministry is for you. Greeters work in rotation, one Sunday a month, by the door of the church before and after the services. They greet and welcome visitors, newcomers and fellow parishioners at Saint Boniface, and help them feel comfortable while worshiping with us. They invite people to Coffee Hour or other parish activities. For more information contact Betsie Danner, (941)349-5616 x318.
Labyrinth Ministries members work to inform parishioners about the history and the benefits of the labyrinth. The Saint Boniface Labyrinth is based on the famous one found at Chartres Cathedral in France, with deep Christian symbolism. Labyrinths are used worldwide as a spiritual walk for serenity, insight and celebration. The members of the Labyrinth Ministries invite you to use our labyrinth any time of the year, and to join them at their various events throughout the year.
Lay people are trained by the clergy to serve as Lay Readers and Chalice Bearers as part of the worship team at parish services, reading the lessons and intercessions, assisting in worship, and administering the chalice at Communion. To participate, contact John Hall, 941-349-5616 x317 or email.
LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) carry the sacrament to homes and hospitals after the services on Sunday. Training and supervision of these volunteers is done by the clergy. LEM visits ensure that "We who are many are one body becauses we all share one bread, one cup." Contact Andi Taylor at 349 5616 x 313, or email.
Saint Boniface Church recognizes that we all are people on a spiritual journey. Some of us are fed by regular church attendance and personal prayer. Others need more. They feel called to explore further or to go deeper. Regardless of where you are on your journey, Saint Boniface offers programs, resources, tools, and personal support.
Taizé Vespers are offered periodically throughout the year. This special worship service is in the spirit of the famous French monastery at Taizé. Chants, incense, icons, a candle-lit church, and extended periods of silence provide an opportunity for a deeper experience of the presence of God. Volunteers set up, lead the service, and assist with administrative duties. Training is provided. Contact Deacon Allan Rogers at 349-5616 x353 or email .
Our Ushers help parishioners and visitors feel welcome by greeting, distributing worship leaflets, assisting people to their seats, and collecting the offering. They serve in teams for a month at a time for Sunday and special services. Training and orientation is provided. Contact Doug Francis for information.
Our Vergers assist the clergy by leading processions and participants to their appointed locations during the service, and generally assisting with worship. One verger serves each Sunday in rotation. To participate, contact John Hall, 941-349-5616 x317 or email.