Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic many of these Ministries are no longer taking place. We look forward to bringing back all these activities when it is considered safe to do so.
Acolytes attend or serve the priest in the sanctuary during services.
Christ Church currently has two acolytes. If neither is present, the work of crucifer, chalice bearer, lay reader, and cross bearer are all combined into one duty. This person also leads the procession and recession at Sunday services.
At Hungars Church, a young person is scheduled to be acolyte for each Sunday service.
Altar Guild is a volunteer group of service whose ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. They also order bread, wine, and other supplies as needed and frequently arrange altar flowers. Altar Guild members serve the Church under the direction of the Rector. The Altar Guild is a ministry of "quiet service" behind the scenes but a most critical act of service. The objective is the same for any weekly or special service: to make each service as perfect as possible. We encourage participation in this important ministry and welcome women and men to join our "teams" who take pride in preparing all areas of our church for worship.
Christ Church Altar Guild Head is Jennifer Ash. Hungars Church Altar Guild Head is Sarah Bingman.
Christ Church: Currently we are on vacation until the Fall when Bible Study will resume on Thursday, 11:00 a.m. in the Parish House. Rev. Dan leads us. All are welcome to join us at that time.
Hungars Church: The group meets Sunday mornings in the Parish House from 8:30 – 9:15 a.m.. This informal group has met for several years and has undertaken a variety of studies: books of the Bible, DVD series, topical programs. Everyone is welcome to join at any time. We announce the beginning of each new study in church. For more information, speak to Nancy Gonzales or any attendees.
Combined Choir: Activity includes both churches. The group engages in worship service only, generally the 4rd Sunday of the month or at joint 5th Sunday services. Choir rehearsal is at 5 p.m. Thursdays at Hungars. Choir is off during the summer.
Our purpose it "to add to the worship experience of the congregation"; for the choir participant there is a music education component.
Choir Rehearsal 5 - 6:30 p.m. Thursdays September through June.
Anyone interested is welcome to come to rehearsal or see Lou Negretti, Choir Director. No experience is required; Lou is an excellent and patient teacher.
Coffee Hour is held at both churches. This hour is meant for fellowship.
Hungars Church: Worship at Hungars on Sunday mornings is followed by Coffee Hour in the Parish House, a time for fellowship, fun, and food. Members sign up to provide various refreshments, simple or elaborate. Sandra Taylor oversees this ministry and manages the sign-up sheet for those volunteering.
Christ Church: Beginning after service Sunday morning, coffee hour has refreshments provided by one or more volunteers who serve drinks and snacks as elaborate or simple as they wish. Cups, plates, napkins, and utensils are provided by the church for serving. Members sign up and are welcome to share in this important ministry.
Each Fall Christ Church holds its annual Bazaar, our main fund raiser for the year. Our Bazaar truly is a congregation-wide event requiring a lot of work and cooperation. Different items for sale are Crafts, White Elephant, Luncheon, Books, and our Country Store area.
From the donated items, we choose a special something for our raffle. We’ve also raffled off hand painted pictures from local artists. Tickets are sold during the Bazaar for $1 each or 6 tickets for $5.
By far our best selling items are our Country Store, which includes baked goods, jams, jellies, soups, and casseroles. A member of the congregation sometimes donates clams or oysters for sale. Our Luncheon is always well-attended, where we usually serve homemade pork barbeque, baked beans, cold slaw, chips, and a drink. Diners may eat in or take out. Barbeque is also sold by the pint.
The Holy Smokers is a Hungars Cure Parish fellowship and outreach committee that makes it's own pork barbeque.
Meetings: Various members homes.
Events: Annual BBQ sale during Garden Week (the last week in April).
Lay readers are non-ordained persons licensed by the Bishop to read during services. They read the Lessons, can conduct Morning Prayer services, lead Prayers of the People, and administer the chalice during Holy Communion.
Hungars Cure Parish welcomes all to our free concert series held at historic Hungars Church. The vision of the Music Ministry Committee at Hungars Episcopal church is to encourage, support, and augment the Church's mission with diverse musical opportunities for our congregation and our community. A free-will offering supports our program and will be received in the Narthex before and after performances. A meet-the-artists reception in our Parish House will follow each concert. The committee schedules events and has a brochure printed annually with concert information.
The "Visit here for dates of concerts" is the Music Ministry Facebook page. Please feel free to leave concert reviews on Facebook.
The Outreach Committee is a Hungars Cure Parish committee. The committee assists the vestries in Outreach donations and service projects. By researching non-profit organizations on the Eastern Shore, we can recommend donations, collections or service projects. We also provide some outreach to our congregation members.
We have recommended donations to several organizations on the Shore; we have provided food on a regular basis to an Exmore soup kitchen; we have had two annual trash pickups along Bayside Road around Hungars; we have taken collections of food for the Food Bank, nutrition supplements for Eastern Shore Area Agency on Aging; school supplies for the local elementary school teachers midterm and we have collected supplies, filled and shipped Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes. We have arranged for speakers from local nonprofits on Fifth Sunday joint services to make our congregations more familiar with their missions and needs.
We will continue to provide information and needs to our Vestry so they can make informed decisions about participating with them. We will continue to provide speakers at Fifth Sunday joint services. We will also plan and implement service projects for some organizations. We get input from congregation members about organizations they would like us to check into.
Meetings: We meet the first Wednesday of each month at 10 am. We meet at Hungars Parish house.
Contact: Contact the Church Office or committee chair, Nancy Gonzalez (757-678-7562 or email@example.com).
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Hungars Cure Prayer Shawl Ministry began in 2015. Since then, eleven women have participated and have completed eighty-four shawls. Sixty-four of those shawls have been given to friends and family in need of comfort and our prayers. They go to those facing major surgeries, treatments or illness. Some have found homes with nursing home residents. Others have gone to those who are dealing with loss. One went to a nursing mother and gave her baby "his own private dining room" when she nursed in public. Another has gone to college to be a comfort against homesickness. The shawls are given for many reasons, for any reason people need our prayers.
The shawls are knitted with love and prayer. We do not knit in a group because we see the knitting as a very personal experience. Our knitting is a time for prayer and meditation. Each knitter choses her own pattern and materials and each shawl created is as unique as the knitter and the person who receives it. We also knit small "pocket prayer shawls" that can be tucked in a purse or pocket for travelers or those who don't want a full size shawl. When a shawl is completed, it is blessed by Father Dan and the congregations continue to pray for those who receive the shawls.
The shawls are free and everyone is welcome to take one for someone in need of comfort and prayer. Please contact the church office or see Megan Rose-Jensen at Hungars to choose one. If you are interested in knitting or crocheting a shawl, please contact Megan for more information.
Real Men Sing Loud
“Real Men Sing Real Loud, phase 2” began 3 years ago with a group of 12 men who banded together to resurrect the original “Real Men Sing Real Loud” idea. The concept was men singing praises to God to spread the Gospel message. We requested a room at Hungars for Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 PM for practice. We have had 2 performances at Hungars, a dress rehearsal for our families and our first performance for the public. Since then we have performed in several of the Shore’s churches of different denominations and have travelled to Prince George County, VA and Crisfield, MD.
During our performances we sing a mix of classic and contemporary hymns and praise music. We sing with recorded music and also sing several acapella songs. One of our members gives a testimony about God’s interactions in his life and his faith journey. A free will offering is taken up and the proceeds are to be distributed annually to a worthy cause once the cost of our equipment is recouped.
Practice at Hungars: Tuesday evenings from 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.
St. Cecelia's Guild
Christ Church's St. Cecelia Guild meets once a month on the first Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the parish house. We are a member of Convocation 1 (Eastern Shore) of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW). All women of the church are invited to attend our meetings.
Annual events we sponsor include a Spring Plant Sale held the same day as the Eastville town-wide yard sale. During the Summer we hold a Card Party with lunch and prizes. In the Fall we're all busy with the Bazaar, also held during Eastville's yard sale. At different times during the year, we hold Bake Sales. At Christmas our Bake Sale and Evergreen Arrangement Sale are very popular. All money we collect is donated to various church needs and local non-profit charities.
Hungars Church Sunday school: Through storytelling, parables and imagination the children learn about God and how to practice love, joy, peace, patience, kindliness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. In the summertime we learn through a group craft project. The children help serve at the annual spaghetti dinner and help fill the Operation Christmas Child boxes. During the Easter Service they place flowers on the the chicken wire cross changing it into a thing of beauty. An Easter Egg Hunt takes place after the Easter service.
When: We leave for Sunday School right before the sermon.
Contact: Anyone who loves and enjoys children is welcome to teach or help with an activity. Contact Cindy Walker at 442-2830 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The attached PDF file contains a Nursery Attendant Schedule.
Christ Church currently has no Sunday School. If children attend services, we welcome them to sit with their parents and hope they enjoy the service. We love having children in our church and hope at some future time to have enough interest to conduct a Sunday School.
The Hungars Parish Thrift Shop was started in 1984 by the Rev. Harry Crandall and a group of parishioners from Christ and Hungars churches as an outreach program. Our mission was then, as it is now, to provide low cost clothing and household items to our low income neighbors. We not only provide a source of low cost goods to the community, but are also able to continue the outreach ministry for which we were chartered. We receive no funding, and everything we earn is given back to the community.
Thrift shops are an important ministry allowing those with means to share their unneeded goods conveniently and anonymously. In doing so, it allows those without adequate means to clothe and furnish their homes while retaining the dignity of purchasing items rather than receiving charity.
Volunteers: The Hungars Cure Parish members staff the Thrift Shop but volunteers from the community are always welcome. Contact Marion Roe for more information.
Our hours are: Monday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Located at 16393 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia 23347.
Members of the congregation take turns serving as Ushers each Sunday. The formal tasks of ushers include handing out bulletins, carrying the elements of Communion up to the altar, passing and presenting collection plates, and restoring order in the pews after the service by rearranging books and removing bulletins left behind. But the real mission of the ushers is to provide everyone who comes through the doors a warm welcome and accommodation.
Hungars Church ushers are scheduled by Ken Sutton.
A current list of Vestry members is shown. Vestry members are elected for a three-year term at our separate Annual Meetings held in January. Offices within the Vestry are elected by the members.