Opportunities for Involvement

This congregation is blessed with parishioners of all ages, and there are many opportunities to be together.


Acolytes

Children and youth who would like to take part in the important task of assisting with the worship services should contact our Rector. Acolytes assist in worship through a variety of functions, such as carrying the processional cross, lighting candles, holding the Gospel book, holding candles, assisting the priest with tasks at the altar, and many other tasks. This program is open to all youth — third grade through college.

Ushers

Worship flows smoothly thanks to the ministry of our dedicated ushers. Ushers welcome folks to worship, assist newcomers, collect the offering, and assist the flow to the Eucharist. We are always looking to increase our pool of ushers. Please reach out to Sarah at: stclements@stclementsberkeley.org.

Lay Readers

Our Lay Readers are appointed each Sunday to read the appointed lectionary for the day. Each service generally features two members of the congregation, one to read the New Testament and another to read the Old Testament lesson. Interested individuals should contact the Rector.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers

Lay Eucharistic Ministers (L.E.M.’s) assist in the distribution of Holy Communion. Parishioners also assist the Presiding Clergy at the Altar. Contact the Rector for more information.

Choir

Our worship is greatly enhanced by the work of the St. Clement’s music program. The church features both youth and adult choirs. Interested parties should contact Linda Gavenda or the church office. More information can be found here.

The Altar Guild

Our Altar Guild prepares the sanctuary for all services. This includes changing, cleaning, and preparing linens, refilling candles, preparing the elements of the Eucharist before services, and assisting the clergy in setting up for worship. Their dedicated work is done under the direction of the Rector and anyone interested in service is asked to speak with him. 

St. Mary’s Guild

The St. Mary’s Guild is the oldest continuously functioning lay-led organization at St. Clement’s. This women’s group was formed in 1962 for the sole purpose of raising funds for capital expenses not covered by the general church budget. Our members gather monthly to discuss and plan ways to help keep our lovely sanctuary, hall, and grounds attractive and in good working order. They hold recurring fundraisers that have become memorable events for the St. Clement’s Family, such as bake sales, a crab feed, and a lawn sale. The Guild meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM. All women of the parish are welcome. Contact Barbara Smith if interested.

Parents’ Book Club 

St. Clements Reading and Discussion Group usually meets the 4th Tuesday of every other month. Join them for serious reflection, conversation, fellowship and a potluck meal.

Education for Ministry

Education for Ministry, or EfM, is a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice. Since its founding in 1975, this international program has assisted more than 100,000 participants in discovering and nurturing their call to Christian service. EfM helps the faithful encounter the breadth and depth of the Christian tradition and bring it into conversation with their experiences of the world as they study, worship, and engage in theological reflection together. Based out of Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee, the program is offered in Churches around the country.

Parish Retreat

The St. Clement’s Parish Retreat is an annual intergenerational weekend at the Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg, California. It provides parishioners with opportunities for prayer, fellowship, fun, reflection and exercise.

Film Group

The film group meets in parishioners’ homes to discuss a previously viewed film, and enjoy potluck meals and fellowship.

9:00 AM Forum

The 9:00 AM on selected Sundays offers a morning program which explores a variety of topics ranging from the study of the Bible to forums on Christianity in everyday life. 

Presenters and speakers include members of the clergy, noted personalities from religious institutions, as well as members of the congregation who generously offer to share their interests and expertise. 

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