Have you ever wondered what exactly the Parish Assistants do?
Hannah writes about a busy weekend… Besides making the perfect cuppa tea after worship and serving during mass, our duties vary each week. Every week we prepare and serve at weekly mass and vespers, help out at St John’s and St Chrysostom’s Primary Schools, and prepare and clean-up from Sunday mass. The rest of the time is filled with preparing for events, hosting groups in church, and volunteering in the community, such as, Cornerstone and Hulme Hall. This past weekend was busy as we engaged in a variety of events with a wide variety of people.
On Saturday, we celebrated the life of Dr Noel Preston. I helped prepare for the Requiem Mass and clean the church for the service. During mass, I served as an acolyte. It was a beautiful to see the many people Noel influenced during his life. I witnessed the deep support and love of this community.
On Sunday morning, I prepared the mass and served as an acolyte. During Sunday mass, I serve as either crucifer, thurifer, acolyte or I am leading Kharis/Ruakh (our gatherings for young people). Some Sundays, I read the scriptures or prayers. After mass on Sunday, there was a Messy Easter event at St Chrysostom’s Church as part of our Sharing the Light project. During the past week, I prepared the activities and schedule alongside Father Ian. There was a great turnout of staff, families, and children. We began the event singing an American song which involved many Ye-Haws! A child read the resurrection story and we followed it with Resurrection Bingo. We had many excited winners! We spent time in reflection and prayer. Each person wrote a prayer on a strip of paper. Then we connected the strips, creating a paper chain around the Easter candle. After discussing the theme of Sharing the Light, we created paper lanterns to represent light. A mother of a St Chrysostom’s student shared her gift of drawing caricatures. It was a fun and interactive event to engage the community in sharing Christ’s light!
The worship followed the usual structure, but at the end I had the honour of crowning Mary for May.
In the Lutheran church, Mary is not viewed with such respect and importance as she is at St Chrysostom’s. I have enjoyed learning more about her role in the church and the example of love she shares with us.
I am looking forward to the next few months growing, learning, and walking alongside this community!