Service in Christ
Ministries of Worship
Mind & Heart
Friends Cooking for Friends Ministry: Friends Cooking for Friends is a ministry dedicated solely to the selfless, kind acts of a group that comes together to cook, package, store, and deliver ready-to-eat meals for people who are suffering a hardship and could use a warm meal. Anyone can join in at anytime to help make a loving difference in someone’s life.
G3 (Green Grounds Group) Ministry: We need volunteers to help us spruce up our church grounds! New ideas for a 5-year plan for the church grounds include: a labyrinth, a narrated meditation walk for the new trail, an outdoor coffee hour area, a memorial area for human cremains, and a separate area for animal cremains.
Greeters Ministry: Greeters are in charge of making all who enter our church feel welcome and comfortable! Being a greeter is a wonderful way to connect with others and get to know one another! We're currently searching for someone to handle greeter scheduling, - contact the church office if you can help!
Hospitality Ministry: The Hospitality Ministry is largely responsible for organizing the coffee hour each week, as well as recruiting volunteers to host coffee hours, and planning/organizing receptions for special events such as: Lessons & Carols, weddings, funerals. They also help put on special dinners, like the Newcomers' Dinner, stewardship dinners, and parish potlucks. Volunteers are warmly welcomed!
Outreach Committee Ministry: The Outreach Ministry is responsible for reaching out and addressing needs outside of the parish. The outreach committee organizes financial gifts to food banks, children's organizations, a children's hospital in Nepal, and much more.
In 2017, the Church of the Nativity, through its Outreach Ministry, 'adopted' Bonnie's House. This is the latest in transitional housing for previously homeless teens in the Grand Valley, run by Karis, Inc. , website http://thehousegj.org/ or http://thehousegj.org/index.php/2018/01/16/bonnies-house/ . We started with completely remodeling and furnishing the house and now we are on to supporting the 7 young adults who live there with food, fellowship, and things like gardening ideas. Come join us! Photos below of church members happily engaged in the remodeling process!
In 2016 this ministry initiated a Reverse Collection Plate campaign where participants found unique ways to conduct their own small, private mission with $25. Listen to stories below shared at Sunday Services.
Ministry of Prayer: This ministry works to provide prayer support for parishioners and community members alike, through the prayer commitments of a team of dedicated individuals. Volunteers need only commit to confidentiality and a consistent prayer practice on behalf of the people who request prayers. Anyone can make a prayer intention known by emailing .
Prayers & Squares Ministry: Prayers & Squares is an interfaith outreach ministry that combines the gift of a custom-made, hand-tied quilt with the gift of prayer for someone in need. The essence of this ministry is in the prayers offered for the recipient; it is not about the quilts.
The Altar Guild Ministry: The Altar Guild is responsible for the care of the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for services. Altar Guild members frequently supervise the decoration of the sanctuary of the parish with flowers.
Liturgical Ministers: Our Liturgical Ministers consist of Acolytes, Lectors, Chalice Bearers, and Eucharistic Visitors. Acolytes serve at the altar and assist throughout the service. Lectors read scripture passages aloud to the congregation as part of our worship. Chalice Bearers serve the consecrated wine at Communion.
Music Ministry: The Music Ministry is composed of a group of volunteers who collaborate to choose hymns and special music to complement each Sunday's Bible lessons, help lead the singing during worship services, and create special concerts/events for the community and our parish. We encourage anyone who wants to sing, play an instrument, or otherwise help with the musical side of worship to join in on the fun!
Centering Prayer Ministry: Centering Prayer Group meets every Tuesday from 5:15 to 5:45 pm. "Centering prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of Contemplative Prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. It is an attempt to present the teaching of earlier times in an updated form. It is not meant to replace other kind of prayer. Rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on other kinds of prayer. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. It is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him. The desire for God is God's gift to us." (Thomas Keating, The Guidelines).
As dusk settled over the valley on the afternoon of the first Sunday in January, twenty-one pet owners, most accompanied by their fur children, gathered around the fire behind Church of the Nativity. Dogs happily greeted one another as our monthly PAWS for a Blessing service commenced. Prayers for animals and the environment were written on paper, some being read aloud, and then placed into the fire. Reverend Teri made her way around the circle, bestowing requested blessings on all the dogs in our company and blessings for pets in absentia. For more on this event, select the Channel 5 News and The Sentinel links below.
As part of Church of the Nativity’s ongoing mission to ‘care for all creation’, we celebrate pets with blessings and prayers. Please join us the first Sunday of every month from 5-6 pm for an all-faith ceremony that includes hands-on blessings for your furry, feathered and scaled children. Well-behaved, leashed dogs, crated cats, caged birds, and all manner of safely secured pets are welcomed and blessed during this service. Our deacon, Reverend Teri Shecter, is especially fond of turtles, tortoises, and rabbits. If your pet is too big to accompany you, bring a photo!
Here are links to a Jan. 2018 piece in the newspaper. and TV interview, which further exemplify the PAWS for a Blessing program:
Each month we deliver donations collected from Paws for a Blessing participants to a different animal organization as part of our continued, local effort to be responsible stewards of the earth and its creatures. Church of the Nativity supports the following shelters and humane animal rescue groups:
* BLACK CANYON ANIMAL SANCTUARY
* GRAND VALLEY PETS ALIVE
COMMUNITY CAT CARE
* GRAND VALLEY PIT CREW
*HARMONY ACRES EQUESTRIAN CENTER
* RUFF SANCTUARY
* GRAND JUNCTION PIT BULL RESCUE
* PIG-A-SUS POT BELLY PIG RESCUE
*CAWS (Citizens for Animal Welfare & Shelter)
* NORTHWEST CO RABBIT SANCTUARY
* ROICE-HURST HUMANE SOCIETY
*GRAND RIVERS HUMANE SOCIETY
* GRAND VALLEY AUDUBON SOCIETY
*GRACELAND ANIMAL RESCUE
* STEADFAST STEEDS MUSTANG SANCTUARY
Animal Memorial Services are conducted twice a year on the first Sunday in May and November beginning at 5:00pm. Weather permitting, we gather outdoors near a fire to grieve and share stories about our cherished, departed pets. Please click the link below to watch our animal memorial service from November, 2017.
Owners of departed pets are welcome to remain after the brief blessing service for a special parting service centered around the interment of your pet’s cremains (ashes only) in a designated animal memorial garden. The $45.00 burial includes an engraved marker stone with a photo of your pet and any epitaph you may wish to include as well as placement of small colored stones over the burial site. All proceeds support our expanding animal ministry. Additional donations are welcomed. For more information or to arrange a parting service, please contact the staff at Church of the
Domestic Violence affects Pets! Did you know that in the United States an estimated 1,000,000 animals are maimed or killed in domestic violence occurrences? 71% of domestic violence victims report that pets were also targeted by their abuser. For Mesa County residents, please contact Latimer House (970.241.6704) if you or someone you know needs support, help or information regarding a domestic violence situation. The National Domestic Violence Hot Line 800.799.SAFE(7233) has trained advocates available 24/7 and are able to communicate in over 170 languages. All calls are confidential and anonymous. Visit the Colorado LINK Project to learn more about the correlations between human and animal abuse.
Spiritual University Ministry: This ministry offers study and discussion of a wide variety of spiritual concepts and topics, usually including a specially-chosen DVD series to focus the discussion. Church of the Nativity offers a variety of study leaders and session times, so keep an eye on the website for the latest offerings or call the church office. Take a look at this history of Spiritual University if you wonder what our past offerings were:
Sunday School Ministry: Sunday School is for children from toddlers up to 12th grade, and begins at 9:30 each Sunday morning. Sunday School offers an Episcopal approved lesson plan. When it's time for the Eucharist, the children rejoin their families to share in communion.
Tuesday Book Group Ministry: Join us at 10:30 am Tuesday mornings in the Susan Baker Room! This group works together to select a book or DVD series to read/watch and discuss over a period of several weeks. Feel free to join at any time, even in the middle of a series!
WEL (Wednesday Evenings in Lent) Ministry: WEL is part of the Adult Spiritual Formation, which consists of five components: WEL, Spiritual University, Adult Education (Adult Sunday School), the Book Group, and Centering Prayer. WEL only meets during Lent and lasts for five weeks. During Lent, those interested enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread and then break into an hour of study. During WEL, there will be no other evening studies in progress.