Join a worship ministry:

Taking the next step from worshiping in the pews to actively participating in the life and worship of the parish can be a rewarding and enriching experience. Whether it’s arranging the flowers, reading the lessons, or making sure all are welcome in our church home, there is an opportunity for you to get involved. Click the title of each ministry to request further information.

Readers — Read from the Old Testament, New Testament, or lead the Prayers of the People.

Lay Eucharistic Ministries — Help distribute communion during the worship service and take communion to those unable to make it to church.

Acolytes — A great way for young people to get actively involved in the service by carrying in the cross and assisting our priests.

Ushers and Greeters — Distribute bulletins and busy bags, help people find what they need, take up the offering, and generally direct traffic during the service. All you need is a smile and a handshake to welcome everyone who comes to St. Clare’s on Sunday morning.

Altar Guild — A volunteer group whose ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services, and clean up afterwards.

Counters — Our counting teams, chaired by Alan Casamajor, are responsible for counting the weekly offerings and taking the deposits to the bank. Counting is done on Mondays (except in cases of Monday bank holidays, then counting is done on Tuesdays) at a time mutually agreeable to the partners scheduled. Counting is always done in pairs, and the pairings are randomized. The two primary qualifications are attention to detail (our records must balance to the penny!) and confidentiality (privacy is paramount!). Training is provided before starting, and periodically scheduled for updates and review.

Choir — Lead the congregation is song under the direction of our Music Director, Stefano Flavoni.

Sunday School — Help our youngest parishioners grow with faith, love, and service.

Vestry — Take a leadership role, help guide the business of the church, attend monthly vestry meetings, and participate in a weekend retreat in January.

Flowers — Arrange the floral decorations for services.

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Coffee Hour — Team up to make coffee, bring a plate or two of goodies for the social time after the service, and help clean up afterward.

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Join an Outreach Ministry:

We partner with numerous organizations to help bless those well beyond our doors, from our hungry and hurting neighbors in the Tri-Valley, to the victims of natural disasters around the country, to families in need of decent housing in Mexico. We are committed to being the faces that shine with God’s love, and the hands the do Christ’s work in the world.

food4life

Food4Life: A small meal of protein, snacks, and a water bottle packed into a plastic bag make it easy to respond when someone in need on the street asks for help. We keep a basket of bags at the back of the church.

open-heart-kitchen

Open Heart Kitchen: Volunteers from St. Clare’s staff a shift from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Asbury Methodist Church in Livermore on the second Tuesday each month, serving prepared, nutritious meals free of charge to the hungry people of the Tri-Valley area.

Knitting

Shawl Ministry: St. Clare’s members who knit or crochet create shawls to be given to people who are in need of some extra warmth and comfort. Created in prayer, the shawls are a reminder of the embrace of God, the peace of Christ, and the warmth of the Holy Spirit.

Genesis

GENESIS of the Tri-Valley: An interfaith organization dedicated to creating a unified voice for social justice and public policy reform, with a focus on leadership, development, relationship building, and successful action in the public arena.

Interfaith-Interconnect of the Tri-Valley

Interfaith Interconnect of the Tri-Valley: Monthly gatherings to enrich, inform and educate ourselves and others about the great diversity of faiths and cultures in our community.

corazon

Corazon: Be part of a team that builds a home in Mexico in just one day for a family in need. Corazon builds more than homes. They build community by strengthening families, enabling service, promoting self-sufficiency and inspiring mutually beneficial relationships across borders.

Pantry

Interfaith Food Pantry: We collect non-perishable foods on an ongoing basis and take it to the Food Pantry, located at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Livermore to help feed the hungry in our community.

Episcopal Relief and Develpoment

Episcopal Relief and Development: The compassionate response of The Episcopal Church to human suffering in the world. St. Clare’s has partnered with ERD to help gut and rebuild homes in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and to raise funds to respond to disasters around the world and right here in California.

habitat for humanity east bay

Habitat for Humanity East Bay /Silicon Valley: Affordable homeownership can transform a life, shape a community, and change the world. Habitat does more than believe in change. They build it. And St. Clare’s helps!

disaster-preparedness

Community Disaster Preparedness: St. Clare’s is committed to being a resource for our neighbors in the event of a disaster. Help plan now for a future earthquake, fire, or flood right here in Pleasanton.