There are many ways to get involved at Our Saviour! Here are a few of the many opportunities to be a part of the COS family, as well as a peek at some of the many ministries and programs at the church.
At COS we have Sunday school for children and youth. The children’s Sunday school meets during the 10:00 AM service each Sunday. We encourage all children in the parish to participate. Youth classes also meet during the 10:00 AM service. The children and youth then join the adults for Communion in the church. Adult volunteers are always welcome and needed to teach and assist with these classes.
Children's Sermon Sunday
The last Sunday of every month we have a children’s sermon. We also encourage our children and youth to participate fully in that service reading the Scripture lessons, leading the Prayers of the People and presenting the offerings. On those Sundays all children and their families are invited to gather around the altar for the celebration of Communion.
The Church of Our Saviour Youth Group hosts formational, educational and recreational events for junior high and senior high youth as publicized. The COS Youth meet weekly to discuss and deepen their understanding of the Christian faith and experience. If you’re interested in joining the youth group, or if you are an adult interested in volunteering with the youth group,
At COS Confirmation is for those sixteen years of age or older who wish to take a step further in their faith journey in Christ. Confirmation preparation is held twice a year in a one-day retreat format (9 AM to 3 PM). The Confirmation service is normally held on a Saturday in May or June at the National Cathedral. If you would like to participate in one of the preparation retreats, please speak with a member of the clergy.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
A Bible study is offered on Wednesday mornings at 10 AM during the program year and meets on our church’s Commons Room. It is open to adult of all ages.
Church of Our Saviour Seniors
COS’s seniors group meets on the third Monday of the month at 11:30 AM for fellowship, learning, social activities. The discussion is of spiritual and other issues of special interest to seniors.
Women of Our Saviour
The Women of Our Saviour (WOS) is the name of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) group at the Church of Our Saviour. Membership is open to all women of COS
COS hosts a chapter of the international organization known as the Mother’s Union. The Mother’s Union is dedicated to ministry by mothers to other mothers and to children. Meetings are on the second Saturday of the month.
The Newcomers Committee is a ministry that looks at ways to welcome our guests and incorporate newcomers into the life of COS. One ministry of the Newcomers Committee is the welcome bags which are given out to all guests on Sunday mornings. We also invite anyone interested in the ministry to guests and newcomers to join the Newcomers Committee.
Fellowship of the Trees
Through the sale of Christmas trees and wreaths, the Fellowship of the Trees has raised thousands of dollars every year to support the various ministries of COS. Opportunities for service include helping set up and dismantle the Christmas tree sale lot and help with the sale of the trees until Christmas. Those who participate enjoy the fellowship.
The Chancel Choir of COS sings every Sunday and for other special services during the program year. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7:30 PM and again Sunday mornings at 9:15 AM. This is an all volunteer choir and we welcome new members.
Children’s Hand Chime/Steel Pan Group
The Children’s Hand Chime/Steel Pan Group meets every Sunday for thirty minutes following the 10:00 AM service to learn and practice playing hand chimes and/or steel pans. They offer occasional performances for the COS community. All children ages 8 through 12 are welcome.
The ministry of the acolytes is to assist at the altar on Sunday mornings and other special services. Acolytes are trained to carry torches (candles) and processional crosses, light and extinguish candles, and assist the priest at the altar and during the service. .Both children and adults are welcome to join in this ministry in our church.
Lectors & Intercessors
Lectors are scheduled to read the appointed scripture passages in the Sunday worship, while Intercessors are scheduled to lead the Prayers of the People. Training for this ministry is provided and we welcome those with clear, strong voices.
Prayers in Languages other than English
To celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our congregation, at our 10:00 AM service we often pray the Collect (opening prayer for the day) in English and then another language represented by members of our church. If you speak a language other than English and would like to translate and read the prayer in that language one Sunday, please call the Church Office.
Several Chalicists assist at the altar each Sunday, serving the wine to those who come up for Communion. Any adult who would like to serve in this capacity, please call the Church Office.
Prayer Ministry / Ministers of Healing
Each Sunday during Communion at the 10:00 AM service members of the healing prayers ministry are available in our Chapel to pray with individuals who wish special prayers for healing or other life events.
Ushers serve in the important ministry of greeting people as they come to services of worship at the church. They also distribute the bulletins for the service, collect the offering, assist people as they come forward for Communion, and notify the priest if someone needs to receive Communion at his or her seat. Ushers are often the first point of contact and welcome to those who come to our church. If you are interested in joining this ministry please contact the Church Office.
Altar Guild / Sacristans
The Altar Guild members prepare the altar for Sunday and weekly services, baptism, weddings, funerals, and other special services; arrange for altar flowers; and maintain the linens, vestments, and vessels used at all our services. Members are assigned to one of four teams, and each team assumes the responsibilities for a week at a time on a rotating basis. Teams typically meet on Saturday mornings. The entire Altar Guild meets several times per year for cleaning sessions before major holidays. Both men and women are welcome to join.