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Ministries of St. Alban's Church

Who are the ministers of the church? The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons.
(An Outline of Faith, Book of Common Prayer, p. 855).

What is the ministry of the laity? The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work or reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.

Everyone is welcome at God’s table, to share in the life of the Church – even those who are still uncertain or just inquiring about their faith – all are welcome and all can serve.

The following are some, but not all, of the opportunities of service at St. Alban’s.

Care Team

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The Care Team​, led by Parish Nurse, Kay Lahdenpera, provides care and comfort to those who may be in the hospital or confined at home. These efforts take place through phone calls, visits, sending cards of support, or bringing communion to those who are 'house bound.' ​The Parish Nurse, Kay, is available on the 2nd Sunday of each month – following the 10 am service – to check blood pressure and pulse.

Altar Guild

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The Altar Guild is responsible for the preparation of the Altar for all services and for the care and upkeep of the church vestments and altar linens.

Each member is scheduled for service once every 2 to 4 weeks.

Duties include: setting the altar (table), clearing up after the service and cleaning all items used, changing the frontal according to the seasons of the church, and polishing the silver. ​

Open to both men and women. 

Attic Annex

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Located at St. Alban's Church

The Attic Annex is open on the 2nd Saturday of the Month 9am - 12pm

Furniture, pictures, and rugs.

Attic Shoppe

316 Corey Ave St. Pete Beach, Fl (727) 360-5647
Monday - Saturday
10:00 - 2:00

 ​​​​​​​The Attic Shoppe began over fifty years ago and is one of the longest running shops in St. Pete Beach and offers quality items for bargain prices and a bit of hospitality (coffee and cookies) while you are shopping. ​

St. Alban's Church runs the shop via a network of dedicated volunteers - some who have volunteered for over 20 years...
 
Donations of clothing in good condition, or small furniture may be dropped off at the church, 330 85th Av. St. Pete Beach. Look for the box beside the bench outside the church office and leave your donations there.​​ ​

Proceeds from the shop are used to support the church and numerous outreach programs in the WIDER Community:

·
CASA domestic violence center

·Resurrection House

·Transitional Housing for
family


·St. Petersburg Free Clinic

·St. Giles Food Pantry​ 

Outreach Committee

Meets the second Sunday of the month following the 10 am service.

St. Alban’s strives to provide both local and global help to our neighbors.

To that end we participate in: ​Episcopal Relief and Development works in partnership with the worldwide Church, ecumenical agencies and local organizations to save lives and strengthen communities around the world. ​

·Mosquito Nets: Through our Easter and Christmas offerings we are able to provide mosquito nets to those who live with the threat of malaria.

· Food Pantry: Sponsored by St. Giles Episcopal Church, their Emergency Food Pantry serves an average of 1,600 persons each month. Parishioners contribute canned goods or monetary gifts the first Sunday of each month.

· Carlton Manor: Volunteers prepare a monthly dinner for the residents (foster girls) of Carlton Manor on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

· Pak-a-Sak: On Sundays, after the service, we pack take home
food bags for the children at the school across the street who suffer from food insecurity. Currently we are serving 20 children.

· Birthday Bags: Parishioners are asked to donate the ingredients for a bag that enables children at the Foster Care homes to celebrate a birthday.

· Thanksgiving Meal: On Thanksgiving day we serve the children and staff of the Carlton Manor Foster Care Homes for Boy. Parishioners also come to dinner.

·Angel Tree Project: The congregation participates in providing gifts for children at Christmas.

·AIDS Dinner: one Wednesday night in December— we cook & serve a Christmas Meal for about 40 people

Circle of Comfort

A Bereavement Support Group

 ​​​​​​​Under the auspices of our Care Team, this support group is offered  for those who have lost a loved one.

Grief is a hard road to follow, and you don’t have to travel it alone.

It is not uncommon for people to have many struggles around anger, grief, or spirituality as a result of a major loss. Sitting with others and exploring together the anger, grief, frustration, sense of loss or being lost can be helpful in coping with this part of life's journey.

There is also an opportunity to look at how stages of grief and the Psalms of Lament help us stay connected to God.

The dates for this will be determined when it is safe to gather after the coronavirus
safety measures are relaxed.

 The group will meet in the
Peace Chapel, two doors down from the Office. The Circle of Comfort is open to all - even beyond the boundaries of St. Alban's.

If you know of someone who might benefit
from this, please do encourage them to attend. The Rev. Muriel de Bussy will be facilitating the group. Please contact Rev. Muriel if the Circle of Comfort will be helpful to you or if you have questions.