The Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest who is celebrating the Eucharistic service. This may include assisting in the preparation of the altar and also serving as a chalice bearer (serving the chalice to the people during Holy Communion).
Lectors read the appointed Scriptures for the day and lead the prayers of the people. While the majority of lectors are adults, any person who is capable of reading aloud is welcome to join this ministry. (We'll train you before asking you to stand up and do it!)
Acolytes assist with liturgical processions, receive the weekly offering, and help prepare the altar for Holy Communion. Acolytes usually serve one Sunday a month but may be called upon to serve at extra services around Easter or Christmas. Children (about 3rd grade up) as well as adults can serve as acolytes.
Oblationers present the bread and wine during the offering at the 11:00 am Sunday service. Any member of St. Michael's, regardless of age, is welcome to participate in this ministry. Two participants are preferred for each service, and can be family members or friends, or anyone at all. This is a fantastic ministry for godparents and their godchildren.
The ushers greet worshippers and distribute the orders of worship at the church door. The ushers count the number of worshippers present (so the priest can make sure that adequate bread and wine are prepared for communion) and collect and present the weekly gifts and offerings. Ushers also serve as ministers of hospitality to visitors and newcomers, to answer any questions they may have.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
Many people think that one must be ordained to be a “minister”. In fact, all baptized Christians are called to be active participants in the church’s ministry. Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM helps participants move towards a new understanding of the connections between faith and their lives and it provides them an opportunity to discover how to respond to the call to Christian service.
EfM is a distance learning program offered by the Beecken Center of the School of Theology at University of the South. This is a 4 year academic program which participants commit to, one year at a time. The St. Michael’s group of 6-12 participants meets weekly at the church.
For more information contact
Donna Young: Dryoun9@msn.com
Rachel Armstrong: email@example.com
Lectio Divina (Holy Reading) is an ancient and venerable way of encountering the Bible in its depth, and as a word of hope for our own times. Bishop Wallis Ohl leads this group on Wednesday nights in the St. Michael's Library, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. No previous experience is required, only a desire to encounter God and a willingness to listen "with the ear of the heart."
Sunday Coffee and Conversation
Sunday Coffee and Conversation follows each Sunday service (8:30 and 11:00) with time to meet our clergy and congregational leaders, share information, and get to know one another. Gluten-free snacks are always available, and we enjoy hearing the sounds of "holy chaos" as we gather and take delight in one another.
Two or three times each year, St. Michael's hosts a luncheon after the 11:00 service for newcomers and new members in the congregation. This is usually held at the home of one of our congregational leaders, and is an opportunity for newcomers and old-timers to get to know one another over a meal. For more information, please contact Kathy Rodrigues at 405-899-7418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episcopal Church Women. If you are a woman at St. Michael's you are already part of this ministry.
We are searching for ways we can continue to have outreach and meet (on Zoom for a while)
We grow together in our helping of others, spirituality and with fellowship. Covid will not keep us down.
We have not met since last January. Our thanks to Basha Hartley and Tonya Fleming for this past year, who were in the position of having to cancel cancelling our wonderful yearly retreat. it will be back. When we can do so safely.
We realize we need to re-define how we meet and what we do. Our ministry is important. Jesus would not stop because of a pandemic and we are going to do what we can safely.
Debi Kelley and Donna Young are the co-chairs for 2021 .
Watch for upcoming info .
St. Michael's prepares for the coming of Lenten austerity with a truly fantastic feast and party every year. The evening concludes with a bonfire in the churchyard and the burning of the previous year's Palm Sunday palms, to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday.
St. Michael's Knitters ( Prayer Shawls)
The Knitters and Crocheters of St. Michael's (including participants from several other churches in the Norman area!) make items to be given away to others. These items include prayer shawls, purple baby caps (to raise awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome), scarves for the Norman Community Christmas Dinner, small articles of clothing (caps, scarves, ditty bags, and vests)for Mariners and Special Olympics. We sometimes do special projects which are brought to our attention. The knitting group meets Wednesday evenings in the Ingathering Space from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm.
For additional information, contact Amy Gardner at 366-8321 or email@example.com
Bushenyi Alliance for Rural Health and Development
In 2005, a long-standing relationship that brought aid to rural southwest Uganda in Africa was jeopardized due to political and belief differences. The idea of a humanitarian organization that would bypass these differences resulted in the formation of the Bushenyi Alliance for Rural Health and Development (BARHD).
BARHD was incorporated as a non-profit in January, 2006 and received IRS tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status in December, 2006. In August, 2007 we established a sister organization in Uganda called Bushenyi Integrated Rural Development (BIRD). BIRD is an NGO (non-governmental organization) and funding goes directly to health and education needs, bypassing all government and faith-based entities.
St. Michael's provides funds every year for orphaned Ugandan children to continue their education. The money covers the cost of tuition, room and board, books, and school uniforms. Since its beginnings in 2006, The Bushenyi Alliance for Rural Health and Development project has grown into an ecumenical undertaking, involving nearly 300 students in several schools in the Bushenyi area. One of the schools, Bishop McAllister School, is named for a former Bishop of Oklahoma.
Please contact Rosemary Ford (405-808-1848) or Jocelyn Pedersen (405-823-7674) for more information.
Donations to BAHRD may be made directly to St. Michael's Episcopal Church, PO Box 720326 Norman, OK 73070 with "BAHRD" written in the memo line.
Food For Friends
This ministry serves meals at "Food and Shelter for Friends" in Norman, Oklahoma. On the second Saturday of each month our parish is responsible for providing and serving lunch at Food and Shelter for Friends in downtown Norman. Sometimes we cook the main meal… sometimes we buy it. Members of our parish provide cookies, milk, and side dishes. We also deliver the food to the shelter and serve it to those in need .Contact Vickie Blythe if you are interested in helping 405-492-8173
Each year the amount of baskets given by St. Michael's has increased due to our parishioners donations. We collect money for, prepare and deliver baskets on Thanksgiving week to families in need through ACTION NORMAN.
Norman Community Christmas Dinner
Started at St. Michael's in 1987 with the slogan "No one should be alone on Christmas." bringing together those who had no place to go for Christmas Dinner and fellowship. Still led by Bob Magarian, the dinner is now held at Norman High School and feeds around 1300. Donations of money, toys and gifts start December. St .Michael's always has the first chance at signing up to help the day of the dinner. The list is usually out the first two weeks in December.
Started during the pandemic, December 2020, as a way to reach out to our neighbors and friends and let them know we care, in a safe way. We deliver food, gifts, cards.
Hospital & Home Visits
When a member of the St. Michael's community is in the hospital for any reason, the clergy and parish office should be notified as soon as possible. Hospitals and other medical care facilities are generally not allowed to contact the churches directly, the individual themselves should share this information. (A family member or friend may be authorized to share this information, with the patient's permission.) Please call the parish office at (405) 321-8951 to let us know. Our clergy and lay ministers want to minister to the needs of all St. Michael's parishioners. But we need your help, in order to know how to help.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEV)
The practice of lay persons taking the sacrament with them after a Eucharistic celebration dates to the beginning of the Christian church. Early Christians received enough of the sacrament at a Sunday Eucharist for them to be able to communicate themselves and others between Sunday Eucharists. The modern church has revived this practice. The Canons of the Episcopal Church state that a licensed lay person may "Directly following a celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Sunday or other principal celebrations, (take) the sacrament consecrated at the celebration to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the celebration." This ministry is an extension of the altar rail from our eucharistic celebration to our larger parish community. Lay people take communion directly from the service to those unable to attend the Sunday liturgy. Please contact the parish office if you (or someone you know) would like to receive Communion at home on a regular basis.
St. Raphael's Guild Care Team
By longstanding tradition, the Archangel Raphael is understood to have great powers of healing for those who are sick or in distress. Our St. Raphael's Guild Care Team allows us participate in that healing ministry and fulfill Christ’s commandment to love our neighbors by caring for those in our church family who need it. Our care can include delivery of home-cooked fresh or frozen meals to be heated up, transportation to doctors’ offices or for grocery shopping, or by visiting those who are alone and housebound. For additional information about how you can help the St. Raphael’s Guild or to request the Guild's assistance, please contact:
Debi Smith 405-306-3450 ()
Jocelyn Pedersen 405-823-7674 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Church office: 405-321-8951 (email@example.com)
The Prayer Team is a ministry that has been active at St. Michael's for many years. Members dedicate themselves to daily intercessory prayer for those in need of this spiritual support. Prayer requests may be made by members of the congregation on behalf of themselves, other church members, family, friends, or people outside St. Michael's congregation. In addition to prayers for physical, mental or spiritual needs, the Team offers up prayers of thanksgiving for blessings and healings received. We believe this ministry strengthens the spiritual life of the parish and provides a resource of caring support for people in times of need, as well as joy and thanksgiving.
Confidentiality of prayers is maintained within the prayer group. Prayers may be requested by contacting the parish office, or by contacting the Coordinator, Amy Gardner at 405-410- 5523.