Parish Life: Committees, Lay Ministries, and Fellowship Groups


Children at the Church of the Annunciation are encouraged to serve as acolytes in the Holy Eucharist, leading the entrance and exit processions, and serving at the altar. Our worship service is designed so that they may also attend Sunday School.

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Acolytes Altar Guild(back to top)

This lay ministry's purpose is to assist the clergy by preparing the church for worship services. Members of the Altar Guild provide and care for all items used in worship: the altar furnishings, linens and decorations, and the clergy's vestments. This is often called "Godly housekeeping", and this privilege and responsibility is shared by the group in a rotating schedule that gives each member of the Altar Guild the opportunity to serve the Church in this manner approximately once a month, as part of a team, usually setting up on Saturday morning, and cleaning and putting away the altar appointments after worship on Sunday.

Contact: Grace Oliff ()

Buildings and Grounds(back to top)

The Buildings and Grounds Committee provides oversight for the many hands that are needed to maintain the Church property. The upkeep, cleaning, and repair of the Church building, the Rectory (our priest's residence) and the landscape around these properties are all the responsibility of the "B & G". This committee reports to the Vestry, and works directly with the clergy and with the church staff to make sure that the House of God is kept in good order.

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The Children's Christian Education Committee creates, supports and maintains a program for the religious education of the church's children and youth, encouraging and enabling them to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Contact: Kathiann Krott ()

Communications(back to top)

We work to promote awareness among the congregation and the public of worship, programs, activities, and parish life at the Church of the Annunciation. Our primary means of communication is electronic, through this website and via a secure Google group just for parishioners. We encourage you to join today — it's free!

Website: Brian Demay ()

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Confirmation(back to top)

Preparation for Confirmation is offered to adults and youth in the eighth grade or older, on an "as needed" basis. The Diocese of Newark offers a pre-confirmation overnight retreat for youth. Youth and adults also have an opportunity to meet with the Bishop as part of their preparation. Confirmation services are held at Trinity and St. Philip's Cathedral in Newark each spring. Confirmation is a sign of Christian maturation, and full acceptance of vows made on our behalf at our Baptism.

Episcopal Church Women(back to top)

Annunciation has an active and faithful ECW, whose members provide hands-on service as well as financial support to a number of outreach ministries. Our ECW members are predominantly retired women and monthly meetings are held during the day. Through its fundraising efforts, Annunciation's ECW makes outreach contributions to Bergen County Habitat for Humanity, North Porch Women's Shelter, the Blanket Fund of Church Women United, the Salvation Army, the convent of St. John the Baptist, and STARFISH of River Edge and Oradell, a volunteer group which drives people to and from doctor appointments. The women also organize two United Thank Offering in-gatherings each year, and participate in the yearly World of Woman luncheon honoring two outstanding women from each parish in the Diocese. In addition, a group meets every Monday afternoon to knit for Seaman's Church Institute, an Episcopal Church Ministry in Port Newark, and to sew johnny coats, wheelchair bags, and other useful items for a nearby county hospital. The ECW's work supports the Church and the community, and the friendships that develop over this ministry create a powerful support network for the women who make up our ECW.

Contact: ECW President Ginny Baird ()

Fundraising Committee(back to top)

This group of parishioners designs events that are 'fun-raising' fellowship opportunities as well as occasions to raise funds for special ministries or general operating expense. We host several church suppers throughout the year; we also hold an annual International Food Fair, sell flower bulbs, and have recently held a benefit concert for Habit for Humanity. See our Events page for upcoming fundraisers.

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Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Lay Worship Leaders(back to top)

Members of the congregation who help the priest administer the consecrated bread and wine of the eucharist, Lay Eucharistic Ministers may be licensed by the Bishop to administer the consecrated elements at any celebration of the eucharist in the absence of a sufficient number of priests and deacons to assist the celebrant. They may also be licensed as Lay Worship Leaders, licensed to lead Morning Prayer and other services of the word in the absence of clergy. Lay people may be licensed for either or both of these ministries. These are understood to be 'extraordinary ministries', and do not take the place of the ministry of priests and deacons concerning the administration of the eucharist. This is a relatively recent formalization of a long-standing practice in The Episcopal Church — before the adoption of the current lay ministry canons, specially licensed lay readers administered the chalice at the eucharist and were known as "chalice bearers".

Contact: Grace Oliff ()

Lay Eucharistic Visitors(back to top)

Lay Eucharistic Ministers may also be licensed by the Bishop to go from a Sunday eucharist or other principal celebrations of the eucharist to share the sacrament with members of the congregation who were unable to be present at the celebration because of illness or infirmity.

Contact: Sue Dziemian ()

Music Ministry(back to top)

Music at the Church of the Annunciation is led by our gifted Parish Musician, Linda Lanier-Keosaian. At Sunday services the congregation sings several hymns and a Psalm, and a cantor leads us in additional liturgical music, much of which is based on the rich musical tradition of the Medieval Church.

Although our Choir is small, and does not sing every Sunday, it is growing, and parishioners who play instruments also participate in special holiday services. Our music is primarily from the Anglican tradition, but we enjoy singing and playing a variety of musical styles. We've recently hosted a wonderful benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity, featuring a group of talented young rock musicians, and our children are learning to sing for the congregation on Youth Sundays. Our whole parish family is enjoying the revitalization of our music ministry. Are you a musician? Join us - we'll welcome your participation!

Our Bell Choir is relatively new, and is under the direction of Sue Keitel. They are currently performing a piece every other Sunday.

Nursery Care(back to top)

We are a family-friendly church, providing nursery care on Sundays and on major holy days. Our nursery provides a safe and welcoming environment for small children, from about age 1 to age 5. Although all children are welcome to join us for worship in church, many parents are uncomfortable with their small child's wriggling about, and so we provide this care. Care givers have participated in "Safeguarding God's Children" training. Infants are also welcome in church, and rocking chairs are provided for nursing mothers.

Outreach Committee(back to top)

The mission of the Outreach Committee is to manifest our love of Christ by responding to the needs of people in our community, the nation and the world with appropriate contributions of money, time and talent. The Outreach Committee is also charged with involving and inspiring the congregation in outreach effort, and communicating with the parish family regarding this ministry. It organizes the 'absent guest' plate collections and responds to special outreach concerns of the congregation.

Contact: Sue Dziemian ()

Stewardship Committee(back to top)

This group seeks to nurture year round stewardship awareness within the parish community. It promotes a culture of gratitude in a society that is accustomed to seeing scarcity before abundance. The Stewardship Committee organizes the yearly pledge drive and works to increase gifts of time, talent and treasure for the health of the Church and the spread of the Gospel.

Contact: Brian Demay (Sunday School(back to top)

Provided from September through May for children age 6 to 16, our Sunday School offers a safe place for children to explore their faith, learn Bible stories, and engage in activities. All of our teachers have completed "Safeguarding God's Children" training. Each Sunday, children begin worship in the church with their parents. After a brief children's message, they leave with their teachers for Sunday School classes downstairs. They return in time to take communion with their families. Occasionally, our children participate in singing or hand-chime ringing.

Worship Committee(back to top)

The members of the Worship Committee serve by assisting the clergy of the Church of the Annunciation in providing for the congregation a worship experience, in accord with the canons and customs of the Episcopal Church and the traditions of the Church of the Annunciation, that invites a personal experience of God's love expressed in Christ Jesus. The Worship Committee serves as a sounding board only, looking to the rector for guidance and direction.

Contact: Grace Oliff ()

Lay Leadership(back to top)

The Vestry of an Episcopal Church is elected by the members of the parish to carry out three primary responsibilities. The first two are managerial: to take care of the parish finances, and to see to the care of the parish buildings. The third responsibility is to choose individuals to fill various positions of parish leadership and representation. In so doing, the Vestry also nurtures the people of the congregation in their faith, supports them in their love of God, and empowers them to practice love of their neighbor.

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