St. Philip’s is a thriving parish with activities and outreach ministries made possible by the grace of God and the energy and commitment of members of this church community.
The altar guild is comprised of men and women who assist the priest in preparing the altar for worship. Their ministry is one of service. They care for the sacred vessels used to celebrate the Holy Eucharist including care of metal ware and mass linens. They also oversee the ordering of flowers and supplies. They carry out their duties in the sanctuary, “the Holy of Holies,” with great reverence. Service in the altar guild is open to all interested people, for further information please see altar guild director, Susan Parker, or speak with the Fr. David Getreu.
We have an experienced team of individuals who provide Christian education with an Episcopal curriculum to children from grades K-12. The classes are held during the 10:30 Eucharist and the youth rejoin the congregation at The Peace. St. Philip’s has a well appointed nursery and trained volunteers should you have nursery age children. Adults enjoy forums and various study groups which usually meet seasonally. There are myriad educational opportunities and workshops for both youth and adults offered by the Diocese. The bulletin board in the Parish Hall is the best place to find out what types of opportunities are available. Please see Jessica Mullins for further information.
ECW - Episcopal Church Women
The ECW is comprised of the women of the parish. They meet monthly throughout the year and are the backbone of many of the church’s ministries. They staff and fund several projects both within the church and those serving the greater community. One example of service to the community is the annual Leora Sayre Memorial Luncheon. This luncheon is served every December to employees of Pickaway Diversified Sheltered Workshop. You may begin to notice a pattern of food and hospitality: the group also oversees many elegant receptions following the 10:30 Eucharist and the Shrove Tuesday pancake supper. They also contribute to many renovation projects throughout the physical plant.
Lectors, or “Lay Readers,” read assigned scripture or lessons during worship. Lectors also lead the Prayers of the People. St. Philip’s boasts a multi-generational assembly of Lay Readers! If you are interested in becoming a lector, please speak with Dan Hugus or Fr. Dave.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Members of the parish are trained to take communion to sick and homebound individuals who cannot be present at the Eucharist. Training is offered at the parish, please speak with Linda Cundiff or Fr. Dave if you feel called to this ministry.
Weekly Prayer List
Those requesting to be on the Weekly Prayer List are remembered publicly at each celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Sunday. People are encouraged to provide the Parish Office with as much information as possible, as well as notification of when the request may be retired. This list is reset each month. Names can also be added before a service. The list is on the table in the Narthex of the church
Capital Improvement Committee
Although the group’s title sounds like something a villain in an old “B-movie” might come up with, the people of this group don’t seek to rule the world- just keep the physical plant looking its best. In the past few years, the committee has worked hard to oversee the restoration and repair of many projects throughout the church, parish hall and rectory. The church building is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. If you would like to join this group and have a knowledge of architecture and restoration or are simply interested in helping the parish maintain its beautiful facilities, please talk to Dennis Garlington or a member of the vestry for further details.
St. Philip’s plays host to various community groups throughout the year. Some groups may use the Parish Hall once a year, others may use it once a month or even weekly. Our Parish Hall is a large space which is suitable for many gatherings from receptions to business meetings and retreats. The local AA group makes use of the space weekly. Our lower level of the parish hall is used almost daily for strength and cardio classes. If you are interested in using the Parish Hall for your group or event, please make arrangements with the parish administrator, Pam Smith.
What kind of church would we be if we didn’t take part in the town’s long-running show which draws over half a million people to Circleville every October? The parish takes great pride in our pumpkin chili known as, “Phili’s Chili,” which is served to hundreds of hungry visitors – many of whom return year after year and we know by name. The parish also rents spaces in its parking lot to visitors which, combined with Phili’s Chili, serves as a major fund raising project.
The ushers welcome people at the front doors of the church-even through rain, sleet and snow! You’ll always find a friendly smile greeting you when you visit our parish. The ushers will also happily assist you in finding a seat or providing whatever type of assistance you may need to help you enjoy your worship experience. The ushers also bring the gifts of bread and wine forward at the offertory and help direct communicants to the altar rail. Everyone is invited to take part in this ministry of hospitality. You may sign up for duty as an individual, couple or family. Please contact the parish secretary, Pam Smith, to sign up.