Guilds and Ministries
The Altar Guild assists the Priest by setting up for the Sunday services, Baptisms, Funerals and during the Holiday Seasons. Altar guild also orders supplies , such as the Sacramental Hosts, wine, and oil for the candles. Terry Black is the Altar Guild Directress.
Birthday Card Ministry
Birthday Cards are mailed to all parishioners on their birthday. The leader of this ministry is Bernice Baldwin.
Brookdale Assisted Nursing Ministry
St. Gregory's has adopted the residents of Brookdale Assisted Nursing located at 1771 Country Club Drive, Mansfield, Texas. Members of St. Gregory's calls bingo for the residents and the parish provides donations of toiletries, personal items, gifts, magazines, office supplies and snacks which are used for various resident activities and parties. James McDuff coordinates this ministry.
Daughters of the Holy Cross
Daughters of the Holy Cross exists to gather Anglican women and girls into a nurturing and empowering community called to be servants of Jesus as He unites and bulds up His body, the church. Each Daughter takes a lifetime vow to live by the rule of the Order which requires a spiritual discipline of daily prayer, service, study and evangelism. Daughters of the Holy Cross (DHC) prays for the needs of St. Gregory parishioners and the community. DHC also provides transportation for members to church services and makes visits and calls to the sick and shut in. During the year DHC hosts several service projects, a women's retreat, plus social events for women of the parish. Bernice Baldwin is the president of St. Gregory's chapter.
Evangelism and Outreach
Evangelism and Outreach plans activities and volunteer efforts that are inviting and supportive of the Mansfield community. St. Gregory participates in the "Feed the Children" Backpack program which helps feed children throughout the year. St. Gregory hosts a Fall Festival each year free to the community. Evanglism and Outreach also supports activities of the preschool and preschool families, such as, the Preschool Thanksgiving Feast. The Angel Tree program is supported each December through a joint effort of the parish and the preschool. Kathy Walker is the Vestry representative for Evangelism and Outreach.
The purpose of the Flower Guild is to beautify the Sanctuary of St. Gregory's and to glorify God with fresh, cut flowers each week. Flower arrangements are prepared each week. special floral arrangements are made for The Altar of Repose, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Funerals and the Bishop's reception. Guild leader of the Flower Guild is Cheri Davis.
Jim Maas is the Organist and Choir Director for St. Gregory's. The choir under the direction of Jim provides music during the Sunday Mass as well as other services such as Lessons and Carols, Easter, Christmas, and funerals. With the support of the Sunday School, children of the parish have learned to present the Doxology on the day of the Children's sermon. St. Gregory's produced its first Christmas pagaent in 2017 and plans are to make this an annual event. In 2018 Jim plans to add "St. Gregory's Strings" to the worship music involving violin performances during the prelude, anthem, hymns, and service music. The Music Ministry invites anyone who enjoys singing to join the choir.
The Nursery Guild was established to provide child care during Mass for children up to age 3. Volunteers work a 2 week alternating rotation so the children see a familiar face each week. Cheri Davis coordinates the Nursery ministry.
Parish LIfe schedules and organizes social events for the parish to build up the relationships of parishioners and encourage social interaction. Wednesday evening potlucks are scheduled for the first Wedneday of each month following the Wednesday evening Mass. Social dinners are scheduled at least twice a year. These events are held at the home of a parishioner and those who attend furnish side dishes. Each Sunday following the Sunday Mass a time of fellowship is available in the parish hall; coffee, tea, and doughnuts are served. Parish Life also provides food for receptions that follow funerals.
St. Clara's Guild
St. Clara's guild members use their sewing skills to make quilts for the sick and shut in, knitted baby caps for premies at area hospitals. The guild also made chair backs for the pre-school and costumes for the Christmas pageant. St. Clara's guild enjoys sewing, knitting or crocheting and the comradery it brings. Barbara Hanson hosts St. Clara's Guild in her home.
St. Francis Pet Therapy
St. Francis Pet Thereapy works through Pet Partners which consists of an owner/handler and their animal making visits to the nursing home and schools, and bringing joy and love to the residents and students. Volunteers without pets can also participate in this ministry by reading, visiting and participating in special activities with the residents.
Children's Sunday School currently consists of three classes: 3-5 year old, K-second grade, third through fifth grade. Music is taught during Sunday school along with a bible lesson and craft. Cheri Davis is the vestry liason for Sunday School.
Worship/One Hour with Jesus
Heinz Liedke coordinates St. Gregory's worship servers and prayer team. Worship servers consists of Greeters, Lems, Lectors, Crucifers and Oblationers. Servers are scheduled on a monthly basis. Prayer teams have been established to pray and lay hands on those requesting prayer; this is done following the Eucharist.
One Hour with Jesus is a contemplative hour of spiritual music and scripture readings done weekly at the rehab center behind Mansfield Methodist Hospital.
St. Gregory's Preschool
St. Gregory's Preschool provides classes for children ages 18 months through Pre-K. Programs available are for 2 day, 3 day, 4 day or 5 day classes. The program is designed to provide an environment focused on educationg each child socially, scholastically and spiritually. Elizabeth Rivera is the Preschool Director. More information can be found on the Preschool page of this website.