Children age 3 and up need to wear masks and there will be an attendance limit. Children who have a fever or do not feel well should not be placed in the nursery but kept at home. Nursery caregivers are Covid-vaccinated, will wear masks, and will follow Covid guidelines here.
Although babies and children are always welcome in our sanctuary, free childcare is available for children newborn- age 3 1/2 years during the 10:00 am service. The nursery is down the right-side hall at the end of the entry (narthex) – ask an usher for directions. Parents can fill out an information form and leave their child in the loving care of our two experienced, Safe Church trained, paid caregivers. A Seasons of Faith curriculum is available to be presented when appropriate. At Communion time you are invited to bring your child into the worship space to have Communion with you. There is no charge for using the nursery and visiting families are welcome to use it.
WORSHIP FOR CHILDREN AND MIDDLE SCHOOLERS
St. Gabriel’s family ministry respects the need for our students to have their own way of worshipping as they start on their journey to learn to love Jesus. As we teach and celebrate the love of Jesus we strive to support parents, grandparents, and other grown-ups in their role as their child’s main spiritual mentor. In church school, we provide child-centered classrooms that respect the ways children learn. We offer worship and responses that help children grow their faith and develop a relationship with a loving God and their church community.
In-Person Church School
Church school meets in-person during the 10:00 am worship service. Students should follow the Covid safety guidelines here. They will go into one of two classrooms organized by grade level (unless there is a family service):
- Church school: Preschool- 3rd grade in classroom #2
- Jr. Youth Group: 4th grade- 7th grade in classroom #4
After classroom time, students will be brought by teachers into the sanctuary to take Communion with their families. Children are always welcome to sit with their families in service, as well. Feel free to ask one of our ushers about the options for your child, including which classroom is most appropriate for them.
YOUTH GROUP (8TH- 12TH GRADE TEENS)
St. Gabriel’s youth ministry strives to supplement and support the spiritual teaching of parents, grandparents, and other adult mentors who are our teens’ most important spiritual guides and teachers. Our goals are: to create an accepting community of teens and leaders who gather for worship, discussion, bonding and fun; have a place for youth to go on Sunday morning; present service and outreach projects to work together to make a difference in the world; help others; learn servanthood; provide mentor opportunities for youth to work with children as well and older adults to mentor our youth; promote our Episcopal principles of inclusion, respect, tolerance, compassion, service and social justice; and encourage and strengthen life-long ties to the Episcopal Church.
Late Middle/High School 8th-12th Graders are welcome to join in with their church community (masked) at the Sunday 10:00 am or any of our worship services and are encouraged to participate. On most Sunday mornings 8th-12th graders are invited to sit with our youth minister Tamara Knowles in the service on the purple fleece-covered pews during the 10:00 am service, take early Communion, then adjourn to our youth room for check-in and discussion.
Once a month the group will have a special activity, usually on Sunday after church, either a service project or a fun outing. We usually go on a summer mission trip together, and whether we go in 2022 will be dependent on whether we can do so safely during the Covid pandemic.
There are also many other opportunities for service for teens (dependent on the Covid situation) including being a volunteer leader at our summer Art Camp, helping at our summer literacy program Wonder Wednesday, and serving as a reader, usher, or acolyte for worship services. Here are ministry opportunities for teens to get involved in serving their church- please contact our Sr. Youth minister Tamara Knowles at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will link you with the respective ministry leader:
What: Lights the Altar candles; is part of the Procession starting the service; sits near the altar to assist the clergy at the Eucharist, the Gospel reading, and other tasks during special services.
When: Every Sunday at the 10am service.
Training: Held a few times a year, usually before high holy days, and usually after a Sunday service.
Mission: The St. Gabriel Altar Guild serves our congregants by being stewards of the worship environment and by supporting our clergy during worship services. This is not a ministry that has direct contact with fellow congregants but works behind the scenes to support the act of worship.
What: We set up/take down the altar accouterment for every service, make sure everything stays clean and in good shape, and arrange the flowers; do a deep cleaning of the sanctuary twice a year.
When: We have a rotating roster so currently each person serves for a regular Sunday about once every 7/8 weeks. Special services, like Holy Week, are by sign-up. During non-pandemic times, we have monthly dinner meetings – the first Tuesday at 7:30 – which are pot luck. Our meetings tend to be as much fellowship as business.
Sunday A/V Producer
Duties: Run the cameras at church during either the 8am or 10 am service and log into Zoom from the computer in the sacristy to be the e-usher.
Equipment: None. All equipment is provided
Skills: Computer savvy and an aptitude for technology
This is the community and congregational outreach committee for the church.
Mission: To be a resource to our neighbors over a broad range of services and activities. This is not intended to be an evangelical project but rather an effort to be available for anyone to feel welcome, nurtured, and valued.
When: The second Tuesday of the month at 6 pm, presently via Zoom. We are a group of about six people, and most recently leadership has been provided by St. Gabriel’s deacon, but we are currently sharing those responsibilities. No training is necessary to join in and we would love to welcome some new volunteers.
What: the community garden; providing items as requested for PCC Rock Creek Panther Pantry; the Friendship Circle; Beaverton Clothes Closet; and the Beaverton Resource Center; the Gabriel Center also coordinates the annual Thanksgiving basket outreach and Christmas gifts for various organizations chosen by the committee annually.
Gabriel’s Friends Animal Ministry
Mission: The purpose of the Gabriel’s Friends Animal Ministry is to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of the animals who share our lives. We are also here to offer prayers and support if an animal friend faces health challenges, or for those facing the loss of an animal companion.
Recently, the Gabriel’s Friends Ministry has begun collaborating with the Gabriel Center to find new and creative ways to take our animal ministry out into the community. As the restrictions due to the pandemic are lifted, Gabriel’s Friends is poised to grow. We would love to have new members, and Youth are particularly encouraged to join!
We envision a scrapbook or photo album of our members’ pets, which could reside in our sanctuary as a symbolic reminder of their importance. Creating such a book might be a great project for our Youth or children.
We would like to hold the Prayer Service for Companion Animals regularly, perhaps once or twice a year. This service would do very well as a continuing Zoom service. Zoom has the advantage that people do not have to transport a pet to church – thus allowing the attendance of a much wider range of pets. It also allows people who have limited mobility or who live at a distance to attend. One idea might be to have our Youth create an animal-centered service, either for Zoom or Hybrid worship.
When: there are currently no meetings, but projects are in the works.
What: Lay members offer healing prayer for any who requests it. Since the pandemic prayers are offered remotely. Prior to the Pandemic Healing Prayer would be provided every Sunday at the 10am service on a rota schedule.
When: Meetings have historically occurred every other month on a Saturday.
Mission: Oversees scheduling for Ushers (In-Person only), Greeters, Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM’s), and Readers.
These are for the 8:00 and 10:00 am Sunday services as well as most special services (i.e. Easter, Maundy Thursday, Christmas, Holy Friday, etc…). Healing Ministry and regular Wednesday services are scheduled separately as are E-Ushers and Technologists.
When: Positions are scheduled during each church quarter (March, April, May / June, July, August / September, October, November / December, January, February) and volunteers may hold multiple roles during service (i.e. An Usher may also be a Reader) though I try to avoid it when creating the schedule each quarter.
Training: No special training is needed; if you volunteer, a general description will be sent to you and most communication is done through e-mail. The most important thing is to be on time and flexible; things don’t always occur exactly as they are written out.