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Ministries at Ware

“There are different abilities to perform service, but the same God gives ability to everyone for their particular service.”
- 1 Corinthians 12:6

Opportunities abound to be a part of the activities of Ware Church.

The Leaders of Prayer and Worship

The worship life of Ware Church is complemented and made richer by dozens of people who take an active role on Sundays. It begins with the Chancel Guild who prepares the Altar for worship by arranging flowers, setting out linens and the communion silver. The ushers welcome people to the services. The acolytes carry the processional cross and candles and then assist with Baptisms and the Holy Eucharist. The Lectors read the Old and New Testament lessons. A group of Lay Eucharistic Ministers, the Chalicists, read the Prayers of the People and administer the Chalice to the congregation. At the close of the service, the greeters speak to everyone, especially visitors, and invite them to coffee hour. There is always an invitation for everyone to join these groups.

Acolytes

The youth of the church may serve as acolytes at the 10:30 service and special occasions.   Acolytes are trained in the liturgies and sacraments so that they can assist in the worship services.  Contact Mike Jenkins.

Senior Choir

The anchor of the Music Program is the active Senior Choir who provide a rich variety of hymns, anthems and service music for the Holy Eucharist, the occasional service of Daily Morning Prayer, and funerals. Musical selections for the anthems are drawn from the Baroque era through contemporary offerings.  Rehearsals take place on Sunday mornings beginning at 9 o’clock in the Choir Room.

Junior Choir

For almost a century a vested children’s choir has been part of our worship life. Originally there was a boys’ choir which has grown into a Junior Choir of over 20 children singing monthly and at special times such as Christmas and Easter. The children range in ages from 4 to 12 or more.  Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays starting at 5 o’clock. There is a light supper, a game, and then a rehearsal for an anthem or a seasonal program. Two octaves of hand chimes and rhythm instruments add to the richness of the music. The Junior Choir regularly participates in community outreach projects such as working with the Salvation Army to provide items for children in need.  They sing on the second Sunday of the month, providing an anthem for the 10:30 service.

Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir is composed of over a dozen members who meet Sundays following the 10:30 service. They perform throughout the year, including Christmas, Palm Sunday, and Easter.  The choir is a multi-generational group, including pre-teens, teenagers, and adults. They ring using a set of 49 Schulmerich handbells.

Christian Education

Christian Education classes for all ages are offered from September through May. They begin at 9:30 a.m. with a brief family service in the Chapel which includes a reading from Holy Scripture, music, a reflection and time for prayer. Classes are grouped beginning with pre-kindergarten children through high school. The Adult Forum gathers with coffee and reflects on the lessons assigned for worship, discusses contemporary issues or reads a selected book.  Special events commemorate significant seasons of the year.

Members of the congregation lead each class using modern curricula and materials. 

The Prayer Group

A special ministry of Ware is the Prayer Group. A dedicated core of people gathers monthly to pray for those in need of healing, those who are celebrating their blessings, those who care for others and those who have departed this life. They are as close as a phone call to the church office or an email so one will always know he or she is not alone, but is being surrounded and remembered in prayer.

St. Tabitha’s Guild

A gathering of people seeking to grow in faith as we use our hands to make prayer shawls, hats and scarves, and other items for people in need of comfort and a reminder of God’s love for them. We meet each month on the third Tuesday at 7:00PM in the St. Tabitha's Room in the parish hall.

The Young Adult Community (YAC)

The Young Adult Community is a gathering of adults, mainly in their 20s-30s, but the young at heart are also welcome, who seek to work together in mission and ministry. We typically gather on the first Sunday of each month, from 4:00-6:00pm.

The Women of Ware

The Women of Ware gather bi-monthly from September through May for luncheons, programs, guest speakers and special events. They and their families host Sunday morning coffee hours and sponsor the reception for the annual Bishop's visits.

Women of Ware Book Club 

The Women of Ware meet throughout the school year to discuss selected books. They gather in various homes for lunch and then discuss the selection.

The Men of Ware

The Men of Ware sponsor spring and fall clean up days, prepare the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, and host several Parish Breakfasts during the year. Additionally, they gather bi-monthly at a local restaurant for breakfast and a guest speaker or program.

Youth Group

The Youth Group gathers monthly and plans programs, activities, and trips. They sponsor the Halloween Party and the Easter Egg Hunt. They also serve as the Lector by reading the lessons when the Junior Choir sings at the 10:30 service.

Meetings occur between 5:30 and 6:30 on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month.

Mission Committee

The Mission Committee supports community service projects including the weekly food collection, the annual school clothing fund, and Christmas Giving Tree.

Cemetery Committee

The Cemetery Committee meets irregularly to plan and care for the cemetery and other church grounds.  The beautiful grounds at Ware may look natural, but thoughtful planting and pruning are important for providing a serene environment for worship and celebration.

There is a large turn-out from the entire congregation twice a year for fall and spring clean-up days, when both indoor and outdoor maintenance tasks are performed amidst a great deal of fellowship.