Saint  Matthias
 Episcopal Church

Ministries

St. Matthias Mission Extension Fund – Agencies we support

Centerpoint, assists people facing or experiencing homelessness with housing, food, clothing, transportation assistance, health and social services. 

Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, as a hunger-relief organization, solicits, stores and distributes food and other essential items to low-income children and families through a functional network of over 100 community and faith-based non-profit organizations within seven parishes.

Grace Home is a community residential hospice operated by Christus Schumpert Foundation.   For additional information, call (318) 681-7730

Gingerbread House, Bossier/Caddo Children’s Advocacy Center, provides coordination of investigation, prosecution and treatment services by bringing together professionals and agencies to create a child-focused approach to child abuse cases. (318) 674-2900

Literacy Volunteers at Centenary College provide adult literacy students with focused tutoring, one-to-one or in small groups, at no charge to the student. For more information, and/or inquiries, please email lvcent@bellsouth.net

“Meals on Wheels” furnishes a hot meal delivered daily to deserving senior citizens, helping them to remain in their homes.

Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy, helps uninsured citizens obtain medications they need but cannot afford. For more information you may email inquiries to: nlip@bellsouth.net

Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission offers emergency shelter, food, clothing, medical care and counseling for homeless men, women and children. 

Volunteers for Youth Justice is a community of caring for children in crisis.  Specially trained volunteers are assigned by judges to speak on behalf of children who have been placed in foster care due to abuse or neglect.

Contact any of the above listed agencies directly for additional information on volunteer opportunities or check the brochure rack in the Narthex.



St. Matthias Ministries

The Daughters of the King is an Order for Women

who are communicants of the Episcopal Church, churches in communion with it, or churches who are in the Historic Episcopate. Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. By reaffirmation of the promises made at her Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a lifelong program of prayer, service and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ’s Kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.

The Order was founded on Easter Even, April 14, 1885 in Holy Sepulcher Church (now Church of the Resurrection), New York City.

The National Council DOK is made up of an executive board, committee chairmen and eight provincial representatives. The national headquarters of the Order is in Marietta, Georgia.

St. Matthias’ chapter was chartered in 2007.


The Choir of St. Matthias

Organist and Choir Director – David Sherma

Telephone  (318) 221-4178    

e-mail:  Sherman2962@bellsouth.net

  Choir Practice Times:  Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (September through May0

Sundays at 9:15 a.m. in the Choir Loft

 The St. Matthias Choir sings for the 10 a.m. Sunday Eucharist and for Special Services

  


E.F.G. (Episcopal Family Group)

We are a group of “younger” Episopalians who come together as a family (hence, the name) to serve God and our church through social and service activities. Formed in July of 2006, we include a variety of adults (single, married, with and without kids) working together to renew and expand our Parish.

Some of our activities and accomplishments include:

  • The design and construction of the new playground
  • The organization of the Halloween Spectacular! festival
  • Monthly lunch meetings in the Parish Hall
  • Helping out other organizations in our church
  • “Dinner in December”, our group Christmas party and Toys for Tots drive
  • Occasional get-togethers outside of the church for a variety of activities including bowling, a day on the lake, pool parties, bar-b-q’s, paintball, and others…

As one of the newer groups at St. Matthias we are eager to increase the fun and fellowship in our group. That means we want YOU to come try it out! All of our activities have an open invitation attached. Please feel free to join us anytime!

If you have any questions regarding the EFG, please feel free to contact us through the church office, or you can email us at efg@saint-matthis.com.


The Young At Heart Ministry:

Young at Heart is a ministry for those 50 and above who enjoy sharing Christian fellowship. Many are unable to get out at night so our ministry is held during the day at the St. Matthias Parish Hall on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Our first meeting was held to see if there was a need for this ministry. Indeed, there was! We have a great support group which consists of God, Clergy, Vestry, Parishioners, and Friends. All are welcome. The only requirement is to be “Young@Heart”.

We have Bingo on the first Thursday of each month and, of course, prizes for the winners. Lunch is provided that day (snacks may be brought). We have “Game Day” on the third Thursday of the month when whe play Bingo, Pokeno, Scrabble, or your choice of other games. Please bring a sack lunch for the third Thursday fellowship. Of course, if you have a “Senior Moment” and forget to bring a lunch, not to worry, there is always plenty of food and drink.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the St. Matthias Church office by phone or email using the Contact Us link at the top of the page.

We look forward to seeing you on the first and third Thursdays of each month!


Acolytes

To be an acolyte is something very special. It takes someone who is committed to their church as a member and dedicated to being on time and willing to serve when they are needed. Being early and available is a commendable virtue and acolytes must have it.

Acolytes are responsible for two assignments during the service: crucifers and torch-bearers. The crucifer is responsible for carrying the cross at the front of the processions and leading the procession during the service. The torch-bearer’s job is to escort the cross into the church during the procession. Both of these positions require patience and reverence during the service. Only people of special aptitude can hold such a position.

Serving as an acolyte brings a unique feeling of serving our Lord as well as a view of respect from the church body. Do you think you have what is needed to handle it? Please contact the church office and let them know.