Members of the Alongsiders group contribute to the St. Paul’s community and the world at large through daily prayer. Do you have a rich prayer life already, or would you like to make prayer a more active part of your faith? Are you too busy to come to church sometimes, or shut-in due to commitments or health issues? Your prayers for others and the world are always appreciated. Members receive a prayer calendar with requests for prayers for each day, as well as a bible verse. These serve as starting points for your time of prayer and reflection, and can help lead to a deepening of faith.
Sacred vessels, the bread and the wine, linens and hangings, candles and torches, flowers and special or seasonal decorations: these beautiful components and embellishments of our worship are maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers at St. Paul’s. Every service is set up in advance, including weddings, funerals, ordinations and all other special events held in the Cathedral. If you have an eye for beauty and a deep appreciation for the Liturgy, you may wish to be a part of this essential group.
For more information, please contact the Church Office.
It is a truly rewarding and spiritual experience to assist as an Altar Server at the Holy Eucharist, as well as at Diocesan events, weddings, funerals and other special services. An Altar Server’s primary role is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy, through specific actions and by setting an example to the congregation by active participation. Training is provided and the schedule is flexible to meet your own personal schedule.
If you would like to become a member of the Altar Servers please speak with The Reverend Deacon Pat Henderson, (519) 434-3225 x215, Chaplain to the Altar Servers. Alternatively, you may contact her through the Church Office.
If you can play the piano, read music, and climb two flights of steep stairs, you have the tools required to “play” the bells in St. Paul’s tower. Made up of 11 bells—C4 to D5, plus F sharp and B flat—these bells are played by means of a carillon console (i.e. wooden levers serve as keys). The carillon console in the first-floor tower room and the bells are played before and after Sunday services as well as for special weekday services, ringing out over downtown London.
For more information, please contact Stephanie Allen care of the Church Office.
Flowers are a beautiful addition to worship services, and are also a fitting tribute to the memory of loved ones as they are symbolic of God’s promise of eternal life. Each week (except during Lent) new bouquets are sponsored by members of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The blooms adorn the altar during worship, and then they are divided into smaller posies and hand-delivered to parishioners who are shut-in or unwell, bringing a bit of cheer into their homes along with prayers for their well-being.
If you would like to donate flowers as a part of this ministry, please speak with Audrey Smith care of the Church Office.
During times of worship at St. Paul’s, the sick and others in need of spiritual support are remembered. Members of the congregation take turns leading prayers – they are the “Prayers of the People”, not of the clergy or leadership of the Cathedral. If you have a rich prayer life, or would like to take on a new challenge, you can volunteer to compose and lead the intercessions, which is the act of praying on behalf of others. Working under the guidance of The Reverend Deacon Pat Henderson, volunteers are provided with prayer suggestions, references and also the first names of those who have asked to be remembered in prayer each week.
Do you feel a calling to participate more closely during the Eucharist? You may be interested in serving as a Lay Administrant. This group of parishioners is authorized to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at St. Paul’s Cathedral. As parishioners continue to kneel or stand after upon receiving the Host—the Body of Christ—the Lay Administrants then offer the Cup to all those who have approached the altar rail, saying “The Blood of Christ.”
If you are interested in participating in the holy sacrament of Eucharist in this manner, please contact The Reverend Deacon Pat Henderson, or call her at (519) 434-3225 x215. Alternatively, you may contact her through the Church Office.
A warm embrace during times of great sadness or illness can make all the difference... A prayer shawl is a special kind of embrace – shawls are knitted or crocheted while the craftsperson prays for the health and well-being of the ultimate recipient, working mindfully to create an item that will impart physical warmth but also remind the recipient that they are loved and remembered. If you know how to knit or crochet, or would like to learn, your skills and prayerful participation would make a huge impact on someone’s life.
For more information, or to request a shawl on behalf of a loved one, please contact Heather Clark via the Church Office.
A reverence for the word of God and a calling to share it with a strong voice may lead you to this ministry. Proclaiming scripture during worship services is more than just reading aloud—you are telling the good news and making these words ever new, bringing them to the ears of listeners and fostering a dialogue between God and God’s people. Thoughtful preparation is required, as is a commitment to the date assigned (or, ample notice given so that a substitute may adequately prepare in your place).
If you would like to explore this opportunity to deepen your appreciation for the bible and the liturgy, please email The Reverend Deacon Pat Henderson or call her at (519) 434-3225 x215. Alternatively, you may contact her through the Church Office.