Serving at Saint John's
Women’s Homeless Initiative
Saint John's has been opening its doors every Monday night to provide welcoming shelter for up to twenty of Denver's homeless women. As a participating church in the Women's Homeless Initiative, we are working together to find a way to keep these women safe. And each week they express their gratitude not only for the food and warm place to sleep, but also for the genuine hospitality and welcoming spirit that our volunteers extend. It is not easy work and the stories our women share can be heartbreaking. But we also have the chance to so often see God's grace. There are opportunities for everyone and we hope you'll consider joining us. We especially need overnight volunteers and encourage both women and men to be a part of the program. If you would like more information about what we do or would like to be added to our email list, please contact Site Coordinator Sue Abbott at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Who are these robed in white raiment?"
Acolytes play a significant and visible role during the Holy Eucharist. They undertake various duties, such as being a crucifer, torch bearer, server, thurifer, chalice minister and more. There are also opportunities to be part of weddings and funerals. Contact Brad Case >
"Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us!"
Vergers are most often seen leading the Cathedral's grand processions and carrying a rod outstretched, called a "verge." They also coordinate the duties of the acolytes, lectors and other service participants, and ensure everyone and everything is in the right place at the right time. Contact Brad Case >
"Then I will go to the altar of God."
The altar guild provides all that is needed for the altar at the Holy Eucharist. Their work includes preparing and laying out of precious vessels, caring for linens, and maintaining candles and candelabra. Contact Diane Cast, 303-577-7018.
"For the beauty of the earth."
The flower team provides floral arrangements in the Cathedral and the Chapel. They also design displays for the Christmas and Easter festivals, and for special occasions. Contact Diane Cast, 303-577-7018.
"The Word of the Lord."
Lectors read the Scripture readings and lead the Prayers of the People at Sunday services. There is also a growing ministry of reading the lessons each weekday at Morning and Evening Prayer. Contact Billy Baker
"Blessed are your ears, for they hear."
This ministry is essential for every service that takes place in the Cathedral. Operation of the sound desk needs an eagle eye and an attentive ear. Contact Jeff Blasingame
"Welcome one another, as Christ has welcomed you."
Ushers greet all those who enter our doors, take the offertory, note attendance figures, and with their signature white carnations are always on hand to give assistance. Adult ushers also serve for other events, such as Evensong services, funerals, and ordinations. On Sundays, adults serve at the 11:15 am service and youth serve at the 9:00 am service. Contact William McMechen
. Usher Schedule >
More volunteers are needed to serve as receptionists in the Welcome Center on the weekdays. To become a part of this volunteer team, contact Clergy Administrator, Michelle Geurin at Michelle@sjcathedral.org
or call her at 303-831-7115, ext. 7721.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
It is not only the clergy who care for our congregation; the people of Saint John's reach out to one another by visiting the home-bound, by helping our seniors, and by caring for the grieving. The Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV) ministry comprises lay volunteers trained and licensed to administer communion to Saint John's parishioners who are unable to attend services in the Cathedral. These parishioners are at home, in the hospital, or in a care facility. LEVs are expected to bring Communion to their parishioners at least once a month, as long as there is a need. If you would like to learn more about this important pastoral ministry to our seniors, please contact LEV coordinator Julie Fletcher at 303-923-3515 or email@example.com
or Kris Stoever at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Saint Johns Landscape and Garden Committee (LGC) is made up of about two-dozen volunteers who help to build, maintain, and plan the many wonderful gardens at Saint John's, including those on the East and West lawns and the Nursery Garden. Plans for a community garden are underway. We are striving to make Saint John's an even more beautiful and welcoming place that nurtures both our church and our neighborhood communities. The committee has scheduled work days on Saturdays throughout the year, but we also welcome gardeners who would like to work quietly on their own during the week. We have been meeting once each month at members' homes, generally on the third or fourth Tuesday evening. To volunteer, please contact Chris Alexander, chair, at email@example.com
or 303-778-6735. Garden Committee Calendar >