The community of St. Augustine's has long believed that the ministry we do shapes the best of our theology, the truest parts of our preaching, and the deepest parts of our faith. The ministries at St. Augustine's have all begun in a very organic way. They represent our idea of what vision really is: sight filled with grace. None of the ministries were born because of our ability to see clearly into the future; rather they started because of our trying to see more clearly into our past. Seeing all the ways people have offered grace and love to us, it is easy to reach out and begin new ministries in gratitude. St. Augustine's tries to sustain each ministry with the best we have to offer and to make a long term commitment to the growth and sustainability to the work. We have committed ourselves to one another, to loving the world a person at a time, and to doing our best to let our love be shown in our daily practice. Having ministry as the central focus of our life of community has kept us close and kept us busy. We have a lot more to do, and there are many ways that we could improve the ministry that we are about now. We would love your support, leadership, and prayers.
Visit the Center for Contemplative Justice (CCJ) page to learn more about the Ecuador Pilgrimage & Escuela Ann Stevens and Holy Cross Hospice in Botswana; the Partners and Friends page for information on Magdalene, Thistle Farms, and Shared Trade; Larkspur Conservation; St. Luke's Community House and more; Room In The Inn page for volunteer opportunities; and the Canterbury Circle page to get involved with our college ministry.
Launch Pad provides a safe place to sleep for homeless LGBT folks aged 18-25 years old. Contact Jes Williams for more information. Read a recent Nashville Scene article about St. Augustine's participation in this program.
A 12-Step group meets at St. Augustine's A-frame Chapel. Contact Jes Williams for more information.
Visit the Fellowship at St. A's page for ways to connect with the community.
Prepare the altar and sacraments at Benton Chapel each week. To inquire about helping the Altar Guild, please contact Mary Murphy. This ministry needs volunteers for the following:
- Maintaining the candles
- Providing flowers to go on the altar for a Sunday service as a memorial, honorarium, or in service to the church - Contact Martha Farabee by email or phone- 424-8135.
- Bread Guild - baking bread for the Sunday morning Eucharist at Benton Chapel or other communion services. To volunteer, contact Kadi Jones.
Sunday Morning Greeters
Being a greeter is a great way to connect with people. You sort/stuff bulletins and welcome folks at Benton Chapel Sunday mornings (8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.). To volunteer, contact Ellen Latimer.
Lay Readers, Chalice Bearers & Ushers
Are you interested in reading the Scripture lesson, leading Prayers of the People, being an Usher, or being a chalice bearer during the Sunday service at Benton Chapel? Contact Kacky Fell to learn more.
Audio and Live Streaming
Be part of the service by running the sound board during the 9:30 a.m. service at Benton Chapel. Contact Newell S. Anderson to learn how to run the board and/or to volunteer! We also need help recording and live streaming the service over the summer. if you have a laptop computer and are interested in helping with the tech aspects of this ministry!
Children's Church and Nursery
During the Sunday 9:30 a.m. service, children ages 3-9 are invited to join us downstairs at Benton Chapel for a special children's liturgy. A nursery is available for infants age birth to 3 years old during the 9:30 a.m. Sunday service and afterward at the A-frame for Sunday School. We are always in need of volunteers to help with these children's programs. To volunteer please contact Susan Sluser or to learn more, click here.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd offers a hands-on learning experience for children ages 3-12 during the Sunday school hour (11:00 a.m. - noon) at the A-frame Chapel. If you are interested in becoming a certified teacher of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (and we need more teachers!) please contact Susan Sluser, or click here to learn more.
Offered for 8th - 10th graders during the Sunday school hour (11:00 a.m. - noon) in the Conference room at the A-frame Chapel. Email Christy Beesley at or click here for more information.
Vacation Bible School
Onsite Theological Education
Contact Rev. Lissa Smith to learn more about onsite theological education opportunities.
The community of St. Augustine's tries to live faithfully into the call to love the whole world one person at a time- including folks overseas, in prisons, and who worship together on a Sunday morning. It could be as you pray for eyes to see and hands to serve that there is someone near you going through a divorce, getting diagnosis, or looking for work. They could use a listening ear, a ride to an appointment, or a job lead. Sometimes it is easy to forget that small acts of love make a big difference. If you are interested in serving someone in the congregation through graceful acts of community care-or if you have needs of your own- please contact Lissa Smith or Jes Williams.
St. Augustine's Prayer List- Everyone is invited to join the prayer list to pray for needs of the community. To sign up or send a prayer request, please contact Kay Barry or call 322-4783. Click here to learn more.
Priestly Prayer- If you have a confidential prayer request for pastoral staff, send an email to Rev. Lissa Smith at .
Notes & Cards
If you would like to be part of the team that writes notes of encouragement, condolences, congratulations, greetings, or some other reason, email Kay Barry at .
Food for the Soul
This group provides food for families in need due to illness or the birth of a baby. To help or for more information, contact Jes Williams.
If you are ever in need of a meal, please contact Jes Williams or call 322-4783.
Hospital and Home Visits and Communion
This group visits community members who are unable to attend church services and desire fellowship and to receive Eucharist. Contact Scott Owings to help or for more information.
We host several events throughout the year and welcome help with set up, clean up, promotion, food, etc. To help, please contact Susan Sluser.
Building & Office Assistance
The chapel is a busy place and there is always much to do in the way of maintenance and office work. For example, we welcome help in the following areas:
- Answering the phone, especially Wednesdays and Fridays
- Touching up paint and patching up walls
- Organizing storage closets
- Helping with mass mailings- making copies, stuffing envelopes, etc.
- Small repairs
To volunteer or for more information, contact Jes Williams.
Calling all green thumbs! Help us keep the grounds of the A-frame beautiful and weed-free. To help, contact Jes Williams.
Chapel Love Day
A couple of times a year, the St. Augustine's community comes together on a Saturday morning to shower a little love on our precious chapel building and grounds. Work varies from painting, cleaning, basic maintenance to preparing lunch for the work crew. Contact Don Mabry at for more information.