Becoming involved in a ministry at CCC is a great way to meet other people in an environment that is rewarding to you and the person or organization you’re helping.
To view and print a Time and Talent Ministries checklist, please click here.
If you find in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
- Maya Angelou
Like babies and toddlers? Nursery care is available during the 10 AM Sunday service to children birth through three years old and help is always appreciated.
Children from age four through 6th grade attend Sunday school during part of the 10AM Sunday service. Your talent in this rewarding ministry is always appreciated whether it is as a regular Sunday school teacher, an occasional helper or on a one-time basis for parties or preparing for lessons.
Boys’ and Girls’ Choir
The CCC Boys’ & Girls’ Choir is open to children 3rd through 6th grade who like to sing. All are welcome! If you have an interest in helping with the children’s choir, we would love to have you!
Vacation Bible School–
The backbone of Vacation Bible School is the group of volunteers who do everything from set design, to making snacks, playing games, being a crew leader or taking pictures or tending to the occasional bump or scratch. You will find that this is truly “The Best Week of the Year”!
For more information or to volunteer for any of the Children’s Ministries, please contact Jessica Neeper, Director of Children’s Ministries (firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-644-5210, ext. 14)
Youth Group for 6th-9th grade
Youth Group for High Schoolers
Share a Meal in Pontiac
On the 3rd Wednesdays of each month, September – May from 4:00 – 5:30 PM the youth cook, serve and eat with the 1st – 6th grade kids from the Bound Together Tutoring Program at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Pontiac. Volunteers are welcome!
For more information or to help with any of the Youth Ministries, please contact Rev. Beth Taylor, Associate Priest for Outreach and Youth, (email@example.com or248-644-5210, ext. 30).
At the heart of the Pastoral Care Ministries of CCC is our mission as a church. Each time we reach out to the sick or to those who are grieving, we fulfill our purpose to live out the faith and love the people in our midst.
Career Transitions Network
A support group to help those in the midst of a career transition with resumes, job searches, industry information, etc.
Eucharistic Visitors are lay persons who receive specific training and are licensed by the Bishop to take Consecrated Elements from the Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity or other limiting factors, are unable to be present at the Eucharistic Celebration.
Lay Visitors are trained to assist clergy with visiting the ill, the bereaved, the disabled, and the homebound. Delivering altar flowers on Sundays and plants at Christmas and Easter are also the work of these dedicated volunteers.
The Parish Health Committee
The Parish Health Committee provides health education, a health educator, personal health counseling, coordinator and training and of volunteers, liaison between parish and community health organizations. They also clarify the close relationship between faith and health.
Prayer Card Group
This small group meets monthly to address prayer cards with personal messages which are sent to all on the church prayer list, as well as to new members.
The Prayer Group
The Prayer Group meets the third Wednesday of each month to pray for members of the parish.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Nearly 30 knitters meet monthly for two hours to knit beautiful prayer shawls for comfort, celebration or recognition of achievement to children and adults. Hundreds of shawls have been distributed each year though this special ministry, touching the lives of others.
The Reception Committee plans and hosts receptions in the Guild Hall following memorial, funeral and other special services.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Rev. Joyce Matthews, Associate Rector (firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-644-5210, ext. 15).
Christ Church Cranbrook is committed to actively reaching out to its neighbors in the local community and beyond. To find out more about what is going on with Outreach at Christ Church Cranbrook, visit our Outreach tab on our website.
Focus: HOPE/Hope Village Initiative:
Christ Church Cranbrook is pleased to have an ongoing, mutual partnership with Focus: HOPE in Detroit. Focus: HOPE is a renowned organization with a 40+ year old history committed to hunger relief, career training and development, and racial reconciliation.
Volunteers are needed in many areas of our collaboration with Focus: HOPE.
Technical and professional: Strategic planners, Architects, Tradesmen,, etc. are are needed at various times.
Glazer Elementary School: Tutoring, “Reading Buddy”, after school activities, etc.
Hand on Projects: Help with specific projects; painting, yard clean-up, etc.
Ingatherings: (Collecting lawn mowers,snow blowers, gloves, toys, blankets, etc.)
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Linda Braun at 248-227-6854 or at email@example.com
Baldwin Avenue Soup Kitchen
Christ Church Cranbrook parishioners and friends volunteer at Baldwin Soup Kitchen on the first Wednesday of the month and on the third Saturday every other month.
Wednesdays: May 2, June 6, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Katherine Wlodarczyk (firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-626-0360)
Saturdays: April 21, June 16, August 18 and October 20. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Cheri Foster (email@example.com or 248-745-8724)
Bound Together Tutoring Program
Bound Together is a tutoring program based at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Pontiac. Volunteers help students after school with reading, math and homework. For more information, please click here
All Saints’ Church Resale Shop
All Saints’ operates a resale shop to benefit their Outreach ministries for more information, please click here
The Grants Distribution Committee
Initiates recommendations for the use of Christ Church Cranbrook’s resources in reaching out to those in need. They also plan opportunities for parishioners to collect food and other items for agencies serving the needy.
South Oakland Shelter (SOS)
A rotation shelter for the homeless. Christ Church Cranbrook participates with other area churches in housing and feeding the homeless one week each year.
The garden provides fresh produce to feed the hungry in our area. Volunteers are needed for planting, weeding, watering and harvesting. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Lauren Balames (firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-644-1775)
Acolytes serve at worship services by leading the procession; lighting the candles; carrying crosses, banners, and torches; and assisting the clergy at the altar. This group is open to youth age 13 (or grade 7) and above. For more information, contact Rev. Beth Taylor, Associate Priest for Outreach and Youth (email@example.com or 248-644-5210, ext. 30) or Bill Gollnitz (firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-258-5769).
Altar Guild members prepare the altars and sanctuaries for all services. For more information, contact Sara Prepolec (email@example.com or 248-644-1329). The Altar Guild is currently looking for new members.
Eucharistic Ministers deliver the Eucharist to those who cannot attend the worship services due to illness or other causes.
Flower Guild members create the flower arrangements for the altar for all services, including weddings and funerals. No experience is necessary. For more information or to volunteer contact Kimberly Peterson (firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-258-3471).
Greeters are a corps of volunteers who welcome newcomers and visitors before and after each worship service. They provide information about our parish and offer hospitality. For more information or to volunteer, contact Bill and Cindy White (email@example.com).
Healing Ministers are available in the Library at the 10:00 AM service and anoint, pray and lay hands on the individuals who seek healing.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers assist in the Eucharist by administering the chalice. Open to confirmed adults and youth over age 16.
Lay Visitors visit those who cannot who are homebound or wish to have a visitor from the church.
Lectors/Intercessor (Lay Readers)
Lay Readers read lessons and lead the prayers at Saturday and Sunday services. Open to all who have been baptized.
Morning Prayer Readers
Assist in offering the Morning Prayer Service on Monday through Thursday. Training is available for those interested. Contact Jonathan Sams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-644-5210, ext. 14.
Ushers welcome and escort worshipers into the sanctuary, distribute service bulletins, and collect the offering.
For more information contact Rev. Joyce Matthews (email@example.com or 248-644-5210, ext. 15)
Make a joyful noise to the Lord. That call to worship is the driving force behind our music ministry at Christ Church Cranbrook. All are welcome to join the music ensembles at Christ Church Cranbrook. For more information, please contact John Repulski (firstname.lastname@example.org or 248.644.5210, ext. 37).
The Choir of Christ Church Cranbrook
This group provides musical support weekly at the 10:00 AM Sunday morning services from September to June, as well as certain holy days, concerts, and special events throughout the year.
St. Francis Choir
This choir is for children in kindergarten through second grade. It meets Sundays after the 10 AM service for 30 minutes.
This contemporary ensemble is made up of vocalists and instrumentalists who lead the singing at the 10:00 AM service on the third Sunday of the month.
CCC boasts the largest handbell collection in the Midwest with a full six octaves of bronze handbells. You do not need to read music to be a part of the ministry, though prior musical experience does help.
Music at Christ Church Cranbrook (MACCC)
The purpose of this committee is to provide financial oversight and organizational assistance for CCC’s special music presentations.
While all of the ministries provide fellowship, these are specifically intended to bring people together.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW)
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) is open to all women of the parish and involves fellowship, education, worship, and service. The group meets for a program and lunch on Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. from September to June. For more information contact Kate Stella (email@example.com or 248-737-7970).
Social Groups are composed of individuals who meet five times per year. These gatherings may include dinner or light refreshments, and provide a great opportunity for church members and clergy to get to know one another. Service projects may also be a part of the fellowship circle. For more information contact Gwen Fitzgerald ( firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-647-2342).
Conduct guided tours of the church and chapels to small and large groups. For more information on arranging a guided tour for your group please contact Janice King (email@example.com or 248-644-5398).
Volunteers are always needed to answer phones, organize files, proofread, input data and many other office related duties!
For more information, please contact Kathy Doyle (firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-644-5210, ext 11).
Administrative committees consist of members of CCC who are known to the Rector and the lay leadership of the church.
The Artworks Committee
The Artworks Committee is responsible for the care, safe-keeping, and proper use of the artworks of the church.
The Building and Grounds Committee
The Buildings and Grounds Committee maintains all church properties, church buildings, and the church’s many gardens and grounds.
The Columbarium Committee
The Columbarium Committee is responsible for the oversight of the Columbarium niches and the surrounding gardens.
The Finance Committee
The Finance Committee concerns itself with all matters affecting the fiscal policies and financial affairs of the church.
The Investment Committee
The Investments Committee establishes investment policy and monitors the performance of the portfolio managers for the church’s trusts.
The Memorials and Gifts Committee
The Memorials and Gifts Committee encourages donations to the parish on behalf of those wishing to memorialize a loved one or express thanksgiving for a special event such as a birth or baptism.
The Stewardship Committee
The Stewardship Committee educates and inspires in all parishioners a commitment to the principles and ideals of Christian stewardship.
The Personnel Committee
The Personnel Committee develops and reviews personnel policies and procedures, job descriptions, compensation, and contracts with employees.
The Planned Giving Committee
The Planned Giving Committee educates and helps parishioners with financial and estate planning.
The Vestry is the governing body of the parish. Members are elected at the annual meeting and serve a three-year term.