The Altar Guild prepares the chancel area of our sanctuary and the Lord’s Table for all services. In addition, we continue to be active in the Cape and Island Deanery Altar Guild Gathering held on Ascension Day each year. On special holidays, including Christmas and Easter, we decorate the sanctuary with the able assistance of others. We are delighted to welcome new members who wish to join us in this peaceful ministry.
Buildings and Grounds Committee:
The Buildings and Grounds Committee keeps an eye on the real property of the church – four buildings and the land around them. It recommends to the Vestry possible actions to maintain, preserve and improve the buildings, both in the short-term and for the future. It also monitors the budget items relating to the property and recommends and develops sources of capital funding where necessary.
The mission of the Cemetery Committee of the Church of the Messiah Churchyard, Woods Hole Village Cemetery and Vale, as well as the Memorial Garden, is to maintain the peace and beauty of this sacred place and provide perpetual care for those interred within. A committee of 10, who meet monthly, oversee the budget, general care and upkeep of the Cemetery; and manage current special projects including developing an additional grave site area and the headstone restoration project.
The Oureach Committee at the Church of the Messiah focuses on local, national and global needs of the human community. We review information about areas of need that have been brought to our attention through the parish. In addition, from time to time, we share some of the information or resources that focus on an area of need in a particular place. It is our responsibility to make recommendations to the Vestry as to where funds are either distributed, or in the case of our Easter and Christmas offerings, what institution or program they might be sent. Our focuses range from educational and health issues to specific needs facing individual groups, as well as many areas in between. We are motivated by God’s call to serve one another on this “fragile earth, our island home.”
The vestry is comprised of the rector and/or clergy in charge of the parish and the elected lay leadership of an Episcopal congregation. The wardens, treasurer and clerk are each one year terms that can be renewed. The other six members serve on rotating three year terms. Vestry meetings are held monthly. In addition to being a major source of communication between different areas of the congregation’s life, the vestry has the overall fiduciary responsibility for the congregation.