Church of Our Saviour

21 Marathon Street | Arlington, Massachusetts | 781-648-5962

Ministries

We are glad you are interested in Church of Our Saviour (COS). Getting connected with a Christian community is an important part of Episcopal spirituality because:

  • God often responds to our prayers through the hands and words of church friends.
  • A Christian community helps put our spirituality into action.
  • A Christian community helps us break through the barriers of race, class, and geography and lets us develop relationships with people we might never otherwise have met.
  • A Christian community challenges and supports us so we can grow deeper in faith.

The first step in finding your spiritual community is to check out worship and talk with some people.  If you feel like COS might be the right spiritual community for you, the next step is to form deeper connections with a small group of parishioners who are also trying to put their faith into action. We hope the groups described here will help you get started.  For further information, feel free to get in touch with the contact person listed for any of the ministries in which you are interested.  Our priest, Malia Crawford, is here to help you! You can contact her at rector@church-of-our-saviour.org.

Learning Opportunities

Sunday School
Areas of Ministry: Children’s Sunday School meets every Sunday at 10 a.m. during our worship.  Children ages 4–18 are welcome. Our Sunday School meets in the parish hall and uses Godly Play curriculum. If you like any of these things–learning, praying, crafts, carpentry, storytelling, visual arts, music, baking, and children–then we can find a way for you to help build this ministry!
Contact: Sunday School Coordinator

Adult Education
Areas of Ministry: The Adult Formation Committee plans opportunities for teens and adults to learn more about our faith.  Contact Sue to learn more about upcoming events.
Contact: Rev. Sue Fisher-Seeger

Outreach

Newcomers
Areas of Ministry: These people are here to help you get connected to COS.
Contact: Joan Deaderick (jedeaderick at verizon dot net)

Community and Lay Pastoral Care
Areas of Ministry: This ministry cares for people who are part of COS, especially when they’re going through tough times. Pastoral care can take many forms, from writing cards to providing parishioners with rides to bringing meals and visiting homes or hospitals. We also have people who can bring you communion, if you’re sick.

Property Committee
Areas of Ministry: Families need to care for their homes, and spiritual communities need to care for their buildings.  This group takes care of our church’s physical space, so we have a great place to worship and meet.  Please contact Jim if you’re enjoy fixing things, gardening, mowing the lawn, etc.
Contact: Peter Kracke

Worship

Choir & Music
Areas of Ministry: The Choir fills the church with traditional hymns and contemporary music to the Glory of God at our Sunday service and occasional special services like weddings. Choir members rehearse Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and only robe for highly festive occasions. Other musicians may contribute on an occasional basis.
Contact: Alex Johnson

Ushers
Areas of Ministry: Ushers greet parishioners, assist newcomers, take up and present the offering, and take prayer cards to the Intercessor of the Day.
Contact: Ginger Webb

Helping Plan Worship
Areas of Ministry: The Liturgy Committee meets about six times a year to plan upcoming worship services.
Contact: Rev. Malia Crawford or Michele Mouradian

Helping Lead Worship
Areas of Ministry: Lectors read Scripture from the Old Testament and Epistles during worship, Intercessors lead prayers, and Eucharistic ministers serve the chalices during Communion.
Contact: Rev. Malia Crawford

Altar Guild
Areas of Ministry: The Altar Guild members take care of the special vessels, hangings, and linens we use in worship.  They also help decorate the church and get it ready for worship. If you like quiet ways of connecting with God and other people, you might like Altar Guild.
Contact: Mary Denton, Michele Mouradian

Arts & Spirituality
Areas of Ministry: Contact Pam if you are interested in expressing your spirituality through visual arts, from creating colorful banners to making giant St. Francis Day puppets to assembling unique Christmas stars.
Contact: Pam DiBona

Hospitality
Areas of Ministry: Following Sunday worship and for special events, we gather in the parish hall for a time of fellowship and conversation. Fellowship hosts provide food items (like baked goods, fresh fruit, or other snacks) and juice. Different parishioners serve as fellowship hosts each week or for special events. Please contact Ginger if you’d like to pick a Sunday to host.
Contact: Ginger Webb

Diocesan Activities
Areas of Ministry: We are part of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, which offers opportunities to learn and build relationships.  In March and September, there are big learning events. Throughout the year, there are opportunities to connect with people from other churches. This is a great way to learn about the creative other churches are doing and develop relationships beyond our neighborhood.
Contact: Rev. Malia Crawford

Communications

Website
Areas of Ministry: Missed a sermon? Under “Worship,” click on “Sermon Archive” and listen to recent reflections on the Word from wherever you are. Contact Céleste to offer content, photos, videos, or audio clips, or to suggest changes.
Contact: Céleste Kracke

Loaves & Fishes Newsletter
Areas of Ministry: Loaves and Fishes is our monthly parish newsletter.  Contact Eileen if you want to help by writing articles, assisting with layout, or folding and preparing it for mailing. (Contact parish administrator Helen Maxwell to be added to the mailing list.)
Contact: Chuck Provancher

Stewardship
Areas of Ministry: In the Episcopal Church, our parish lay leaders set the budget, and we are responsible for raising the money we want to spend.  Folks who have claimed COS as their spiritual home are asked to fill out a pledge card that says how much they plan to donate in the upcoming year. Our Stewardship Committee encourages us to be generous by our organizing our yearly fall stewardship (fundraising) program. If you’re ready to fill out your pledge card, please contact an usher or Helen Maxwell.

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