In keeping with our mission statement, we offer the following ministries and areas of participation so that we can meet the needs of our congregation, our community and beyond:
Acolyte - This is a ministry for those who wish to assist the priest (celebrant) in the performance of the liturgical rites during the service (minimum age is 10).
Adult Education - St. Ambrose has various offerings, including Adult Forum sessions, special Lenten studies, and Bible/book study groups. (See also: Bible Study/Book Study)
Altar Guild - Members of this group help to prepare the church, sacred vessels, linens and vestments for worship services.
Bible Study/Book Study - We have a Bible study or book study approximately every six weeks, with a one week break in between each series. We alternate between studying a book of the Bible or reading a book relevant to Christian life and ministry. These studies are held on Wednesday evenings at 6:00PM and run approximately one hour. Please contact the church office for a schedule of upcoming studies.
Buildings & Grounds - This committee reviews and oversees the handling of cleaning, repairs and maintenance to church property.
CHAP Café - In partnership with the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP), a group of committed hosts (from St. Ambrose and the community at large) help to provide nutritious meals and fellowship to participants in the CHAP program. Hosts bring an already prepared dish and stay to dine and socialize with the participants. The CHAP participants help set up and clean up for each meal. A great bond has grown among the groups.
Choir - Persons of all ages join together each week to enhance the worship service with beautiful music.
Circle of Prayer - This group meets once a month to pray for the needs of our congregants and others.
Daughters of the King - This is a religious order within the Episcopal Church, where members undertake a Rule of Life requiring a spiritual discipline of daily prayer, service and evangelism. Members meet monthly.
Fellowship - This committee plans and coordinates various fellowship events throughout the year for the congregation.
Finance - This committee meets monthly to review current church finances, making recommendations for the most responsible and efficient use of funds.
Hunger Ministry - Loving hands prepare food to feed 75-150 homeless people each week as well as an extensive feast for over 3,000 at Thanksgiving.
Laundry Love Pomona - In partnership with three other Episcopal churches in the area, we meet at a local laundromat once a month to help families wash and dry loads of laundry. We provide the quarters and the soap, and our volunteers stick around to connect and fellowship with the families. The camaraderie that has developed is meaningful to all.
Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM) - Following a period of discernment, training and certification, a Lay Eucharistic Minister participates in Sunday services by assisting the priest (celebrant) during the Eucharist and by leading the Prayers of the People. (A LEM may also take the Eucharist out to congregants who are sick or housebound, while also providing them with comfort, support and prayer - See Lay Eucharistic Visitor.)
Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV) - Following a period of discernment and training, a Lay Eucharistic Visitor takes communion out to those members who are not able to attend services, while also providing them with comfort, support, and prayer.
Lectors - Members of the Parish are invited to read scripture lessons (from the Revised Common Lectionary readings appointed for the week) during each Sunday service.
Lunch Bunch - Members of the parish meet monthly for lunch and fellowship at a local restaurant and provide transportation to those that might not otherwise be able to attend.
Outreach - The purpose of this ministry is to discern and recommend parish support for local, national, and international ministry opportunities. Our Alternative Christmas market is an extension of this ministry.
Pastoral Care - A vital part of any congregation, the rector works with individuals and other ministry groups to make sure that congregation members experiencing various needs are provided with attention, comfort, and spiritual care.
Stewardship - As stewards of God's creation, our parish seeks to encourage members to give generously of themselves toward the work of Christ, not just financially, but also be devoting their time and energies to other vital areas of ministry within our parish and the community.
Sunday School - During the 10:00am service, Sunday School class is provided for all children from preschool through 5th Grade. We are currently using Weaving God's Promises curriculum, the primary purpose of which is to teach children how God’s promises of salvation are woven into our lives. Childcare is also provided during this hour. (September - May)
Ushers - This ministry is vital to our life here at St. Ambrose. An usher is often the first friendly face that one encounters when he or she enters the church. Ushers greet and assist parishioners and newcomers, assist with seating, collecting the offering, and guiding people to the altar during the Eucharist.
Youth - The term "youth" encompasses those from approximately 6th grade through 12th grade. Our youth meet weekly in partnership with the youth of St. John's Episcopal Church in La Verne. They are engaged in all types of activities, including: eating together, Scripture-based study, games, skits, topical discussions, experiential prayer, just shooting the breeze, off-premises activities, fundraising, service projects, and just hanging out. They meet from 2:30pm to 4:30pm each Sunday for youth activities (alternating between St. Ambrose and St. John's). Confirmation classes will be held periodically. (September - May)
Would you like some additional information about one or more of these ministries or groups? Please contact the church office at 909-626-7170 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.