The Cathedral offers many choices for volunteer service. Some may require specific
skills but most are open to all. An opportunity to serve people in need is offered
through our feeding program Church Street Eats. Activities involving religious
services include these: lay readers for Bible selections; Lay Eucharistic Ministers
to take communion to homebound persons; acolytes and vergers who participate in the
service; ushers and greeters; the Altar Guild; the Choir.
A variety of Ministry Teams work in diverse areas: Adult Christian Formation/Bible Study; Church Street Eats, a feeding program; Communications; Healing Ministry; Hospitality; Mansfield Education Committee; Monday Stewards who count the Sunday collection; Stewardship; Youth Ministry.
Look at the Sitemap for details on how you may be able to serve.
The word “Episcopal” comes from the Greek word episcopos for “bishop.” Thus
“Episcopal” means “governed by bishops.” The Episcopal Church maintains a
three-fold order of ministry as handed down by the Apostles-- deacons, priests
and bishops-- in direct descent, via the laying on of hands from the original
Our faith is sometimes described as a three-legged stool: Scripture,
tradition and reason. Traditionally the Episcopal Church has been a place
where many points of view are welcomed as part of the life of faith. All can
find a home regardless of ideology, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation,
disability or age. Episcopalians value what is revealed about God and God’s will
as we take into account a variety of perspectives and voices.
When you visit an Episcopal church, you will almost certainly find in a pew
rack a copy of TheBook of Common Prayer. It includes various services and rites,
creeds, prayers, psalms and a lectionary that lists daily Scripture readings.
These and more comprise what is known as “liturgy,” a written pattern for our
corporate worship. In corporate worship, we unite ourselves with others to
acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God’s Word, to offer prayer, and to
celebrate the sacraments.
A printed bulletin, given to you when you enter, provides information on
what happens during a service, such as when the congregation sings hymns or
other music for the liturgy, when responses are made to prayers, or when it
is appropriate to stand or kneel, if you are able. Congregation members
nearby will gladly offer their assistance.
The Holy Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, is the chief service of
Sunday, the Lord’s day. It was instituted by Christ himself as a memorial of
his sacrifice on the cross. It offers the elements of bread and wine
consecrated and offered as the Body and Blood of Christ. “Eucharist” comes
from the Greek word that means “thanksgiving.”
At Christ Church Cathedral, all baptized Christians, regardless of age or
denomination, are welcome to receive Holy Communion. The sacrament will be
brought to persons unable to go to the altar rail. If you prefer not to have
wine, you may take only the bread.
A baptized child may take communion at any age. The decision is left to the child and the parents.
Come as you are. There are no rules about clothing.You will see member of
our congregation in what may be considered “going to church clothes” but also
in more casual choices.
Both the Episcopal Church and the Roman Catholic Church are within the
apostolic succession but there are key theological differences. One example
is that the Pope is not the head of the Episcopal Church though we recognize
him as the head bishop of another branch of the Christian Church. In the
Episcopal Church, women, as well as men, can be priests and bishops, and
clergy can be married.
In the Nicene Creed, a statement of our basic beliefs about God which is recited during the Eucharist, these words occur: “We believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic church.” The word “catholic” is in lower-case and means “universal.”
The Bible is central to the life of the Episcopal Church. The Book of
Common Prayer encourages us to “hear, read, mark and learn” words of Holy
Scripture “that we may embrace them and ever hold fast the blessed hope of
everlasting life.” Episcopalians have traditionally found that their unity
in worship allows freedom in the reading and understanding of Holy Scripture.
We recognize that the Holy Spirit speaks to God’s church today.
Every member of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut is a member of
Christ Church Cathedral. The Cathedral hosts a congregation that regularly
attends worship here. Membership in our congregation reflects a commitment
to God’s mission through service and contributing financially to bring about
that mission in the world.
Membership in Christ Church Cathedral is not necessary. However, it is
required that one member of the couple be a baptized and active member of an
Episcopal church. Premarital counseling is required by the canons of the
Episcopalians in Connecticut are members of Christ Church Cathedral. Episcopalian who regularly worship at another parish in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut may hold a wedding at the Cathedral; their parish priest is responsible for the premarital preparation.