Empowering people. Engaging leaders. Accomplishing God's mission together. Connecting people. Inspiring communities. These are the ministries at St. Alban's.
For more information on how YOU can become involved, please contact our Rector.
Episcopal Youth Community (E.Y.C.)
Members are middle and high school students involved in fellowship and service. The E.Y.C. meets weekly (during the school year and semi-monthly during the summer) on Sunday at 6:00 PM for dinner, program, and worship. They also gather for special events during the school year.
A Benedictine Spirituality group learning about how to live with a “Rule of Life” based on “Benedict’s Rule.” The weekly one hour meeting includes Bible study (Lectio Divina) and review of selected book. The group meets at 6:00 AM on Wednesday.
Christian Education Classes for all ages primarily takes place on Sunday morning from 9:30 to10:20 AM, in other words, Sunday School. Classes are broken down by age range. Children from age 5 through 2nd grade participate in “Godly Play” (see below). Children in grades 3 through 5 are grouped into one class. The Youth class is the same age range as the Youth Group (E.Y.C.), middle and high school. There is a class for adults offered while the children are in class.
• Godly Play Story Teller
Godly Play Story Tellers prepare stories in advance of Sunday lesson practicing at home and re-tell the biblical stories using our Godly Play manipulatives. (Training is available.)
• Godly Play Doorkeeper
Doorkeepers assist storytellers in the Godly Play classroom by gently shepherding children, assisting with artwork, and giving out the feast.
• Sunday School Teacher
The Sunday School program year is divided into four 9-week blocks with a teacher committing to one block only. In addition to the Godly Play leaders, teachers are needed for the older elementary school class, the Youth class, and the Adult class.
Education for Ministry (EfM)
Members meet weekly for Bible Study and Theological Reflection according to a self-study program sponsored by the University of the South.
Volunteers support the Nursery Attendant and assure that the nursery is well maintained.
Order of the Daughters of the King (D.O.K.)
Members of the Order of the Daughters of the King are dedicated to daily prayer and service. They meet monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at 6:00 PM.
Cursillo is a “renewal” experience for adults. Past members will sponsor those interested in attending one of these Diocesan Christian renewal weekend events for adults. There are “reunion” group meetings. One meets weekly in the early morning, and the other meets one evening a month.
Habitat For Humanity
Volunteers help build homes for those in need.
Those interested in “International Missions” may take part in a “Mission Experience (trip),” parish support (through a committee), or Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s).
Volunteers assist with this ecumenical group’s prison ministry.
A local family with children is identified for assistance with Christmas gifts. The family’s needs are met by members donating suggested gifts.
Christmas In Lexington
Volunteers take part in an outreach to the elderly who need repairs which will allow them to remain in their own home even when they are no longer able to do the work themselves or are unable to pay for it to be done. This takes place one weekend a year.
Lexington Interfaith Community Services (L.I.C.S.)
Volunteers from a number of local churches operate a food pantry and used clothing store for the community. Donations for the food pantry are collected at the church weekly, with additional baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Pastoral Care Committee
Members send cards, make phone calls, or visits. They meet monthly to continue pastoral care formation and assist the rector in sustaining pastoral support of members.
Team members provide meals for members of the congregation in need.
Oakleaf Village Healing Service
Volunteers visit the Alzheimer’s unit on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (at 10:30 AM) and take part in a brief “healing” service with well-known hymns.
Altar Flower Delivery
Volunteers take the altar flowers to nursing homes, hospitals, or shut-ins following 10:30 service, according to a rotating schedule.
Episcopal Church Women (E.C.W.)
Each woman is a member. The members are involved in fellowship and service. The Evening Guild meets monthly on the first Tuesday at 7:00 PM. The Morning Guild meets monthly on the first Saturday of the month at 9:30 AM.
Brotherhood of St. Alban
Members are men involved in fellowship and service. The group meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday at 6:30 PM, beginning with dinner.
Hospitality - Coffee Hour hosts
Volunteers prepare and serve coffee and provide light refreshments following Sunday services, according to a rotating schedule.
1st Sunday Fellowship Potluck Set Up Team
Volunteers assist in setting up for the 1st Sunday of the month meal.
Volunteers greet those arriving at service, hand out “visitor bags” to newcomers and urge them to fill out a visitor card, and/or sign the guest register. They are scheduled according to a rotating schedule.
A group of women who provide mutual support and friendship during the period of adjusting to the loss of their spouse. They meet monthly on the 4th Thursday for lunch (1:00 PM) at a local restaurant.
On the 3rd Thursday of the month we host a group of bridge players.
Vacation Bible School (V.B.S.)
Volunteers assist with teaching, cooking, artwork, and music associated with this annual, evening Christian Education program for the entire family, one week in the summer.
Lexington Christmas Parade
Volunteers participate in decorating the St. Alban’s float for the annual Lexington Christmas parade on the first Sunday of December.
Wine & Cheese Party
Assistance is helpful in putting on a once a year fund-raising event featuring a selection of donated wines and gustatorial delights. Habitat for Humanity is the beneficiary of the monies raised.
Oktoberfest is a fund raiser for St. Alban's. Helpers are needed to put on this annual fall celebration of German culture and cuisine.
The laws governing the Episcopal Church in the United States of America say that "the Vestry shall be agents and legal representatives of the Parish in all matters concerning its corporate property and the relations of the Parish to its Clergy." The vestry has responsibility for all aspects of the financial and physical care and maintenance of the parish church. These volunteers also exercise important leadership roles in conjunction with the rector. A secular comparison to a vestry would be a Board of Directors.
The name "vestry" comes from the room near the altar where the vestments were kept. There was a time when the parish officers held their meetings in this room and over time became known as the vestry. A vestry term is three years, with one-third of the vestry being elected each year. This election takes place at an "Annual Parish Meeting" of the membership.
Bobby Jones, Senior Warden
Keith Frost, Junior Warden
Mary Townhill, Treasurer
Joy Lind, Clerk
Communications Jennifer Merkel
Advertising, e-mail, website and The Alert bi-monthly newsletter
Nominating June Mattox
To serve on the vestry or be a convention delegate one must be a “communicant member in good standing” for at least one year. Persons interested in serving may make themselves known to the rector or June Mattox.
Members are elected by the congregation from those eligible. Term is three years, meeting about 10 times a year, plus retreat at the first of the year for newly constituted vestry. Each member has an area of ministry responsibility. Out of the members are elected the Wardens and other officers.
Delegate To Convention
Delegates are elected by the Vestry to represent St. Alban’s at the annual Diocesan Convention and related quarterly Convocation meetings.
Budget & Finance Joy Lind, Jean Hiers
Treasurer Mary Townhill
Stewardship Mike Talley
Volunteers are committed to a year-long approach to teaching about our responsibility as caretakers/stewards of all with which God has blessed us.
Planning Bobby Jones
Volunteers are studying the long range needs of the parish and how to best meet them.
Building Keith Frost
Building Maintenance Committee
Volunteers assist the vestry person with upkeep of the buildings.
Grounds Kathy Roberts
Volunteers maintain the flowers and shrubbery (not grass cutting).
Congregational Ministries David Kleinfelder (See detailed listing above.)
Children and Youth assist the clergy at the altar; scheduled on a rotating basis.
Altar Guild Elaine Mosely, Director
Members prepare the Altar for Sunday services, weddings and funerals. There are five groups who serve once a month.
Music Charles Owings, Director of Music
Choir - Adult members sing for the 10:30 AM Sunday service and other special occasions. Rehearsal is at 7:30 PM on Wednesday evenings and 9:30 AM Sunday mornings.
Volunteers read the appointed Scripture on a rotating basis.
Lay volunteer licensed by the bishop and trained to assist the clergy at the altar in the administering of the sacraments. Service is on a rotating basis.
Lay volunteer licensed by the bishop and trained by the diocese to take communion to the homebound or those unable to attend Sunday service.
Lay volunteer leads the congregation in the Prayers of the People during the Sunday service.Service is on a rotating basis.
Volunteers distribute worship service bulletins on Sunday morning at both services. In addition they assist with seating and directing the congregation to the altar rail at the time of Communion.
Church Secretary/Administrative Assistant Jean Testruth
Margaret "Jean" Taylor Testruth is a native of Lexington. She attended school at Lexington Elementary and Lexington High School graduating in 1969. She has had the privilege of serving as the Parish Administrator of St. Alban's for eighteen years. She attends Pisgah Lutheran Church, sings in the Chancel Choir, and is president of her circle, the Seasoned Sisters. Jean married John B. Testruth, SFC (USA, Ret) in 1968. During their marriage, Jean has been to Maryland and Kentucky with John and she accompanied him on two tours of Germany. Jean and John have no living children. Jean and John are very active in the American Legion and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Volunteers assist the church secretary with folding weekly bulletins and newsletters.
Director of Music Charles Owings
Nursery Attendant Crystal Daniels
Sexton Contracted janitorial service
We host bi-weekly meetings (Wednesday and Friday) at 12:00 Noon.
Domestic Abuse Group
We host weekly meetings of court ordered group counseling sessions of domestic abusers.
Lexington County Polling Place
We host any Lexington county election when needed.