Ready to Serve

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.
Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh,
but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the cosmic powers of this present darkness,
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:10-12 | NRSVCE

Our prayer for service

Creator Father, life is your gift to us and through Baptism you invite us
to share the gift of our lives in service to others.
Be with us each day as we choose to show your presence in the world.
Give us the courage and generosity to accept your love and your call.
We pray especially for all those who serve you as liturgical ministers,
pastoral ministers, outreach ministers hospitality ministers and lay members.
Keep them close you to you.  Open their hearts and minds and the
hearts and minds of all our parishioners, that they may accept your call
to follow the gospel life in the spirit of St. Anthony.  Amen.

Preparation for service

When interacting with vulnerable persons it is necessary to register our intent to volunteer,
educate ourselves on the issues of vulnerability and creating a safe environment, and obtain
a police clearance certificate.  Our duty to care is an act of generosity.

Here are the protocols to follow to prepare for service at St. Anthony’s Church.

Register you intent to serve:

Respond to the invitation to serve in a particular ministry:

  • Obtain your Police Information Certificate.
  • Complete the training for working with vulnerable peoples.
  • Sign and date your assigned role description from the pastor.
  • Attend the prayer meetings and training with your ministry group.
  • Identify your availability and commit to fulfilling your assigned tasks.

Maintain your Service file:

  • Renew your Police Information Certificate every 5 years.
  • Update your training as requested.
  • Email Iserve@stanthonysyyc.ca to enquire about your status.