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 Thistle Farms & Magdalene; Room in the Inn; St. Luke's Community House and more; the Fellowship at St. A's page for ways to connect with the community; and the Wesley Canterbury page to get involved with our college ministry.
Everyone is invited to join the prayer list. Prayer requests will be handled by our pastoral staff in a caring and confidential manner. To sign up or send a prayer request, please contact or 322-4783. A prayer box is also available in the A-frame foyer.
Prepare the altar and sacraments at Benton Chapel each week. To inquire about helping the Altar Guild, please contact . This ministry needs volunteers for the following:
- Washing and ironing the altar linens - Contact
- Maintaining the candles
- Baking bread for the Sunday morning Eucharist at Benton Chapel or other communion services. To volunteer, contact .
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 to learn more.
Children's Church, Nursery & Sunday School
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 .
Be part of the service by running the sound board during the 9:30 a.m. service at Benton Chapel. Contact to learn how to run the board and/or to volunteer!
Hospitality for Sunday Fellowship
Prepare finger foods for St. A's Coffee Hour at the A-frame, which follows the 9:30 a.m. service at Benton Chapel. We rely on volunteers to help provide the weekly array of cheese, crackers, cookies and the like each week. No set-up or clean-up required. This can be a one-time commitment or ongoing. To help, contact .
Food for the Soul
This group provides food for families in need due to illness or the birth of a baby. To help or more information, contact .
If you are ever in need of a meal, please contact or call 322-4783.
To visit the Stewardship information page, click here. If you're interested in getting involved, contact
We host several events throughout the year and welcome help with set up, clean up, promotion, food, etc. To help, please contact .
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 .
Calling all green thumbs! Help us keep the grounds of the A-frame beautiful and weed-free. To help, contact .