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Altar Guild
St. Patrick’s Altar Guild is made up of women and men who serve God behind scenes. They prepare the altar for Holy Eucharist, place flowers in the sanctuary, decorate the church for festival services, prepare the altar linens, and provide sacramental bread and wine.
 Worship Service Assistants
Ushers, greeters, and lay readers play a very important part in our Sunday morning worship. Ushers hand out service leaflets, provide “traffic” direction to those receiving communion, and distribute the “beautiful and stylish” St. Patrick’s coffee mugs to visitors. Greeters serve to welcome guests as they enter the church and provide any information about the parish or answer questions. Greeters also introduce guests to other parishioners, making them feel welcome and at ease as they worship. Lay readers read the lessons from the lectionary during the service.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Eucharistic ministers assist the rector during services of Holy Eucharist. They are responsible for assisting at the altar, distributing the chalice during communion, and reading the Prayers of the People. They serve as crucifer (cross bearer) during the processions and hold the Gospel book during the reading of the Gospel.
 Vestry
Led by the Senior Warden and Junior Warden, Vestry is the governing body of the church. Vestry members are elected or appointed (Senior Warden) for a three-year term at the Annual Parish Meeting in January, attended by the entire parish. Members of vestry must be in good standing of the parish, be willing to attend monthly meetings, and assist with various functions of the church. Their charge is to carry out the mission of the parish.
Office Volunteers
St. Patrick’s utilizes the skills of its parishioners to have the church office open daily. Volunteers answer phones, print and fold Sunday bulletins, greet visitors to the church office, make phone calls, collect mail, and other front office jobs.
 Daughters of the King
Daughters of the King is a national Episcopal Holy Oder for women who feel called to offer daily prayer for the church, its ministers, and ministries, and for those who have requested special prayers. St. Anne’s Chapter of Daughters of the King meets regularly to enrich their prayer life and to discuss ways to help others in their spiritual journey. A small of amount of personal training is required in order to become a Daughter, but all women are welcome to come to meetings.
 Bible Study Groups
There are currently two Bible study groups that meet at St. Patrick’s. One meets every Tuesday from noon to 1 pm to discuss the upcoming lectionary readings. They occasionally enjoy a hot lunch together as readings are discussed.
The Women’s Bible Study group meets weekly using a curriculum of interest to the group. The current curriculum, Women of the Bible, is very popular and has created some very animated discussion. Summer meetings are held in homes and winter meetings are in the church library. Days and times adjust to attendees schedules.
Spiritual Journeying
The Celtic Community is made up of parishioners and members of the larger Pagosa community who are interested in studying practices of Celtic spirituality. They meet on Monday evening from 6-8 pm in the church library.
Theology on Tap is an informal group that meets Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at Riff Raff Brewery (downtown on Hwy 160) to discuss a variety of theological topics.
Summer Activities
Getting together just for fun builds community within the parish. St. Patrick’s has hiking and golfing groups that meet during the summer months. An abbreviated worship service with no music is offered at 8 am during the summer months.
St. Patrick’s Labyrinth
St. Patrick’s has an outdoor labyrinth located behind the church west of the parking lot. The labyrinth is created from natural rocks from the land, encircling a tall pine tree. Anyone is invited to come and walk the labyrinth or sit in the adjoining prayer garden provided for personal meditation and prayer. It is open daily to the public.
Healing Service
A service of healing (body unction) and Holy Eucharist is held every Tuesday morning at 11:30 am in the church. The service offers anointing for those who are facing illness or have friends or family who are facing illness or personal crises.
Sunday School and Worship
A sung Eucharist is offered weekly on Sundays at 10 am with choir anthems, hymns, and sermon. All are welcome to partake of communion.
Adult Sunday School is offered at 9 am every Sunday morning and Children’s Sunday School is offered during the first part of the regular 10 am worship service. (Children return to church for communion.)
Worshippers are invited to join in the parish hall after the service for coffee and goodies.

 

Contact Information:
         email: St.Patricks.Pagosa@gmail.com
         Phone: (970) 731-5801