Christian Youth & Children Formation
Bible Study and Christian Education
Everyone at St. Hilary’s is encouraged to participate in the life of the parish and to bring their own unique skills and energy to our community. Here is an ever-expanding list of opportunities for personal growth and service:
Acolytes age 8 - adult serve at the altar each Sunday on a rotating basis. Training required.
Altar Guild prepares the nave and sanctuary for services, baptisms, weddings and funerals.
Choir and Music programs are known locally for their high quality. Sunday Service 10:00 am.
Greeters welcome parishioners and guests to St. Hilary’s prior to each service.
Liturgy Participants are lay Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Acolytes and Vergers.
Saturday Service Musicians – Piano and occasional vocalist/other instruments accompany the service.
Adult Bible Study sessions meet Spring and Fall, Tuesdays from 9:30-11:00 am in the Education Wing.
Community Groups meet in members’ homes for food, fellowship and study of Holy Scripture.
Cursillo Southwest Florida offers three- and four-day courses in Christian lay leadership and living.
Wednesdays @ 6:00 during Lent include a simple supper and a lesson.
Collection Counters meet weekly to count the offerings and make deposits.
Communications Crew uses various media to share church news with our parish and the community.
Hilary’s Angel Crew (HAC) provides volunteer opportunities to enhance our buildings and grounds.
Office Volunteers help with mailings, printing, or phone and reception while the parish secretary is out.
Stewardship can be defined as the responsibility to care for the institutions we value. At St. Hilary’s, stewardship is a ministry of all our members. There are no outside organizations that underwrite us, so each member pledges their financial support at whatever level they can. We pledge because we value our community and want to preserve it for future generations.
Vestry is the Board of Directors for the Parish. The 12-member board meets monthly to make decisions about church operations and financial expenditures.
A ministry of families, parents, volunteers and staff who create, support and implement the youth and children’s lessons, programs and events at St. Hilary’s under the We Belong! Vision Statement:
St. Hilary’s vision for young people is to cultivate a
Christ-centered community and
inter-generational relationships through a team-centered approach utilizing music,
service, education and worship in environments that promote belonging, safety and growth.
Nursery provides a welcoming, safe teaching environment for children from birth through age 5. We welcome parents to come play and learn with us or take time to enjoy the service knowing that their children are in loving and secure care.
Children’s Church ~ ages Pre-K through 7th grade at 9:45am on Sundays. Children hear scripture and liturgy in developmentally appropriate ways and learn the order of service and some of the songs used in the regular service.
Youth Choir for ages Pre-K through 12th grade Start up date TBA
YOSH (Youth of St. Hilary’s)grades 6 through 12 meet at 11:15am on Sundays. Youth dive into a deeper understanding of faith and service to others as well as form lasting friendships.
Episcopal Church Women (ECW) provides educational programs and does service projects for both the church and the community. Every woman of the parish is welcome to participate.
Men’s Action Guild (MAG) is a men’s fellowship group that meets monthly for lunch, works on service projects, and shares their individual spiritual lives through discussions. The monies raised by MAG go to fund non-budgeted items at the church.
Prayer Shawls and Prayer Squares created for shut-ins and those who are ill. These items are hand-knitted with donated wool and blessed by knitters who share in this fellowship.
St. Hilary’s Action Community (SHAC) is a ministry group comprised of 20-50 year old members who are seeking ways to deepen their spiritual lives, help the local community and influence the younger generation to join in these endeavors.
Back to School Supplies to support the Dunbar neighborhood
Christmas Tree (decorated) fundraiser and donations
Food Box, Sock Box Ministries provide items for the hungry and the homeless
Food for the Poor, Inc., donations
Holiday Angel Tree Collection Center for the Salvation Army
Hygiene Bag Ministry ~ individual totes filled with hygiene items for the area’s homeless population.
St. Gregory’s Abbey annual donation
St. Mary’s Convent annual donation
YOSH Teen Hygiene Bags and Mission Trips
Annual Parish Picnic
Coffee Hour hosts after the Sunday services. Parishioners serve coffee, juice, and snacks.
Ministry Fairs showcase the wide variety of events, volunteer opportunities, and programs.
Potluck Meals are scheduled during the seasons of Advent and Lent as well as New Member events.