Serve In the Church

There are multiple ways to serve at Christ Church Cranbrook speaking to our identity as a worshipping community.  One may serve during the Saturday and Sunday worship services. One could also serve in ministries of pastoral care, which support greater congregation in spiritual wellness.

In Liturgical Leadership

In the Episcopal Church, our teaching makes clear that the ministers of the church are not only the ordained.  The ministers of the church are all of the wonderful people of God sitting in the pews, and in worship, every minister has a role to play.  In assisting the congregation, individuals can lead in worship by reading our sacred Scriptures in front of the assembly and leading intercessions, and assisting at the Altar.  Below, you will find a host of ways you can serve during the liturgy.


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 in grades 6th through 12th. For more information, contact Kellie Herdade at 248-644-5210, ext. 18 or

Altar Guild

Members of the Altar Guild work “behind the scenes” to care for our sanctuary, specifically in preparing the altar for Holy Eucharist. This exible ministry is a great way to meet new people and work as part of team. New members are welcomed throughout the year. To get involved, contact Lisa Nemazi at 248-647-1208 or

Flower Guild

The Flower Guild creates beautiful arrangements for the altar, as well as boutonnieres and flowers for those being visited at home or for special events such as funerals and weddings. To become part of this fun and creative group, contact Kimberly Peterson at 248-258-3471 or

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers assist in the Eucharist by administering the chalice. Open to confirmed adults and youth over age 16. For more information, please contact Deb Bush at 248-563-5493 or

Lectors/Intercessor (Lay Readers)

Lay Readers read lessons and lead the prayers at Saturday and Sunday services. Open to all who have been baptized. For more information, please contact Deb Bush at 248-563-5493 or

Morning Prayer Officiants

Assist in facilitating the Morning Prayer Service on Monday through Friday. Training is available for those interested.


Ushers welcome and escort worshipers into the sanctuary, distribute service bulletins, and collect the offering. For information about joining the Usher Corps, please contact Jim Goran via email:

Morning Prayer Officiants

Assist in facilitating the Morning Prayer Service on Monday through Friday. Training is available for those interested.

For more information on worship ministries contact Pastor Imogen Rhodenhiser at 248-644-5210, ext. 16 or


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Our Purpose in Pastoral Care

At the heart of the Pastoral Care Ministries of Christ Church Cranbrook 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 all the people and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Following in the footsteps of Jesus, we are there for people who are in need, hurt or alone. We accompany them as they journey through a difficult life transition. We offer a listening ear, a comforting word, a tangible expression of God’s love. Whether we are bringing the Eucharist or flowers to someone dealing with a difficult life circumstance or we are serving at a funeral service reception, we reflect Christ’s loving heart and healing touch.

 The Pastoral Care Ministries of the church offer parishioners a variety of ways to live out their faith and serve others, There is a great sense of fulfillment to be had in serving God through these ministries: Not only are we blessing others in very positive ways, we are also being blessed by God in our giving thereby satisfying our Fourfold Vision: of Meeting Jesus, Finding Joy, Sharing Beauty and Serving Others.     

If you are interested in becoming involved in any of these ministries or would like more information, please contact Pastor Manisha Dostert.

Eucharistic Visitors

A Eucharistic Visitor is a lay person authorized to take the consecrated elements following the celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who are unable to be present at the celebration due to illness or infirmity. Eucharistic Visitors are licensed by the Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan and required to participate in on-going continuing education, most of which can be obtained at the church. The group meets about 6 times per year, along with the Lay Visitors, during the program year.

Lay Visitors

Lay Visitors are companions who bring beautiful flower arrangements to parishioners who are on their journey through life transitions. Through a listening, non-judgmental presence and compassion, they also bring the caring presence of God and the community.

Prayer Card Ministry

The Prayer Card Ministry is a ministry of very caring parishioners who not only meet to pray for the people on the Prayer List but send handwritten cards to the newly baptized, new members, and those on the prayer list

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry is composed of parishioners who knit prayer shawls for those in need or celebrating a special occasion.  The knitters pray while knitting the shawls.  Prayers are offered for healing, hope comfort, and peace and the shawls are blessed by Pastor Joyce before they are delivered.  As they are received the blessing flows from the knitter, the priest, to the person with both the giver and the receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a loving God.

Healing Prayer Ministry

Our Healing Ministers provide strength, comfort and healing through prayer and anointing with oil to for parishioner seeking healing for physical, spiritual or emotional needs for self or someone else. The healing ministry group provides two Lay Healing Ministers for each 10 am service.  They are stationed in the baptistry during Holy Eucharist.

Fourteen members of the group were inducted into the International Order of St Luke the Physician. The group provides a Healing Conference every year which provides inspiration and education to all who attend.

Parish Health Ministry

The Parish Health Ministry focuses on wellness, disease prevention and health promotion, affirming the church as a place for healing and wholeness. This is done through personal health counseling, a resource file available to the parish community,  forums aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles, and various health articles are published monthly.

Transportation Ministry

Our Transportation Ministry provides rides for parishioners who are not able to attend service because of a lack of transportation.