Get Involved !

 

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE MORE FULLY AT ST. MATTHEW'S?

"In Christ, we grow in faith, respond in action, and embrace all people."

We at St. Matthew's Cathedral want all to feel part of our community. We invite you to participate with us in as many of the activities listed below as you feel led. If you feel called by God to come up with additional activities, we would love to hear about them. Below you will find a contact person for each of the committees and some of the groups listed under the committees as well. You may contact them directly or the church secretary or the Dean at (307) 742-6608.

Building and Grounds Committee - Committee members develop strategies for maintaining and enhancing the Cathedral buildings and property.  

(Contact: Punch Williamson at (307)742-8472 or (307)761-3889 or hrhinwyo@aol.com)

  • Cleanup and Maintenance days - Volunteers are always welcome to help on designated days throughout the year.

  • Clock winding - On a rotating schedule, brave volunteers climb the ladder inside the steeple and hand crank the tower's clock.

  • Refurbish and Renew - A group has been meeting on Wednesday afternoons to help make our parish a cleaner, better organized and welcoming place.

 

Canterbury Fellowship - Young adults (and the young at heart) are invited to attend Evening Prayer and fellowship at Canterbury House (110 S. 9th. Street) each Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Other activities are planned each month and are listed on the Canterbury calendar found on the St. Matthew’s website.

(Contact: Allison or Blake at canterburywyo@gmail.com)

 

Christian Education Committee: Committee members establish strategies to provide spiritual and religious education opportunities for all ages.  

(Contact: Sheila Speight at  monetSp8@aol.com or (307)745-6069.)

  • Adult Christian Education - Not currently meeting due to COVID.  

  • Book Group - Open to all who enjoy fellowship and a good book.  Members meet during the summer to choose books for the coming school year. The group meets at Night Heron Bookstore from September - May on the fourth Monday of the month at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the selection for that month.

  • Children's Christian Education - Sunday School/Nursery - Volunteers help supervise and/or teach in the nursery or at Sunday School on Sunday mornings from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  

  • EFM - Education for Ministry is an opportunity to foster spiritual growth through exploration of the scriptures and the history of Christianity.  (Contact: Johanna Leuchter at jleuchter@gmail.com)

 

Communication Committee - Volunteers help to maintain and improve communication with the congregation so that all may feel included and informed about the life of the Cathedral.

(Contact: Nancy at stmattslaramie@gmail.com)

  • Chimes - Once a month the Chimes is distributed either by email or in print.

  • Volunteers meet to fold the copies which are mailed.

  • Directories - Directories of both ongoing activities and parishioner lists will be  available in electronic versions  (paper versions upon request).

  • Facebook Page(s) - Information about our parish is shown on our Facebook pages.

  • Parish Website - Volunteers meet to keep the site up to date.

  • Weekly Announcements - Our church secretary puts out the weekly announcements to keep us all informed of the activities that week.

 

Congregational Life Committee - Committee members create and maintain ideas for strengthening the relationship between the Cathedral and its parishioners.

(Contact: Nancy Elliott in the office at stmattslaramie@gmail.com or (307)742-6608)

  • Cathedral Fun Nights - periodic celebrations of parish life together.

  • Pastoral Care - Parishioners reach out to other parishioners who are homebound or hospitalized or in some way unable to attend church. If you or someone you know is in need, please contact Julie Gross at (307)2512-6146.

  • Youth Group - open to all youth grades 6 through High School.

 

Finance Committee - The goals of the Finance Committee are 1) to ensure the financial stability of the Cathedral through the ongoing assessment and monitoring of its operating budget, investment portfolio and annual audit report and 2) to periodically review, and/or modify financial and investment policy and guidelines and financial performance benchmarks in support of the Cathedral's plan, and to make financial recommendations as appropriate to the vestry.

(Contact: Punch Williamson at (307)742-8472 or (307)761-3889 or hrhinwyo@aol.com)

 

Outreach Committee -  Committee members create and maintain ideas for strengthening the relationship between the Cathedral and the community (locally, and globally) by reaching beyond ourselves to help those in need.

  • Cathedral Home for Children - Parishioners can support Cathedral Home with donations of time and/or money.

  • Clothing Cottage - You can participate in the Clothing Cottage in a variety of ways. They are always in need of donations of clothing and household goods.

  • Also you could volunteer to help out or even shop at the Cottage.

  • ERD- Episcopal Relief and Development reaches out to those who are in need here in the USA and around the world. Donations are always appreciated.

  • Prayers and Squares - The group meets on Tuesdays mornings to make quilts for those in need of prayers and quilts.  On Thursdays, members make Military Prayer Squares.  

  • Soup Kitchen - The Soup Kitchen which meets in the undercroft of St. Matthew's feeds 40 - 60 people five days a week.  Volunteers help to prepare and serve food and donations of food are welcome.

 

Stewardship Committee - Committee members develop strategies and offer educational opportunities to foster parishioner gifts of time, talent, and treasure.  

(Contact: Dean Brian at stmattsdean@gmail.com)

 

Vestry - The vestry consists of six members plus two wardens. Two vestry members and Junior Warden are elected annually. Also the Senior Warden is appointed by the Dean and approved by the congregation at our annual meeting. The vestry members serve a term of three years. Vestry members function as both spiritual and administrative leaders of the church.

 

Liturgy Committee - The worship committee works with the clergy to plan and implement worship services.

(Contact: Dean Brian Gross at stmattsdean@gmail.com)

  • Acolytes - Youth and adults assist in worship as crucifer, server, thurifer, torch bearers, assisting the dean/deacon at the altar.

  • Altar Guild - The Altar Guild works in teams to provide all that is needed at the altar for Sunday services and special services including linens, vessels, and candles. They meet on the third Tuesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. from September to May.

  • Choir - Open to all who wish to offer their voices at the 9:30 service.

  • Eucharistic Ministers/Chalice Bearers - Lay ministers assist the Dean in administering Communion at Sunday worship and special services.

  • Eucharistic Visitors - Volunteers provide the Holy Eucharist and fellowship to parishioners who are no longer able to attend services at the Cathedral.

  • Instrumentalists - Musicians use their musical talents to beautify Sunday worship.

  • Intercessors - Prayers are offered for individuals on Sunday morning and Wednesday at noon in the Chapel . In addition you can be part of the prayer chain to pray for those in need or request prayers by contacting the church office at stmattslaramie@gmail.com or 742-6608.

  • Lectors/Lay Readers - Lay ministers proclaim the lectionary readings and prayers of the people during Sunday and special services. .

  • Sound System Technicians - Volunteers are trained to control the sound system at worship services and/or wedding and funerals.

  • Ushers - Volunteers greet people, collect the offerings, distribute bulletins and make all feel welcome during Sunday worship and special services.

  • Video Technicians - Volunteers are trained to make videos of services, classes, or other occasions.

  • Visual Arts - Volunteers decorate the church for various occasions. We need both artists and those willing to help them.