St. Margaret of Scotland Episcopal Church
Lay Ministries & Fellowship
Lay Ministries and Fellowship are Important for a
Community at an Episcopal Church in Sarasota, FL
Lay ministries, duties performed by non-clerical members, are the backbone of every church community. They are the builders of our community. It is the first face you see, the first hand that greets you, the people who prepare the altar and the voice that shares the gospel. St. Margaret’s encourages every member to get involved in Lay Ministries and to feel free to even create one that will be beneficial to the community. Training is provided several times a year for all members. Fellowship is the conduit to creating and developing a community of believers. You can attend church every Sunday and still not know anyone. You need fellowship opportunities to develop close ties with others. There are many ways to get better acquainted with other members of the community but nothing is more fun than sharing a meal, taking a hike, or going on an outing together.
The first Sunday of the every month features a themed brunch. A good example is the Ocktober Fest celebration we had in October, followed by St. Margaret’s High Tea Sunday in November, and the Christmas Cookie contest in December. On the 3rd Saturday of every month we get our friends and dogs together and go out to visit local parks. Our favorite is Myakka River State Park but we have added several new trails in the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center south of Punta Gorda. The outing group meets and plans fun trips like kayaking the mangrove tunnels of Lido, visiting the Stations of the Cross at Dayspring and going to local museums in the summer.