Community Outreach

MASS FOR LIFE

Mass For Life is not a protest, but an oppurtunity for ministry. Mass is celebrated on Frederick Street (off Choctaw, behind Planned Parenthood) every third Thursday of each month - check the Calander for updates here.

 

DANCE MINISTRY - In His Steps

Dance Minister: Amanda Newcomb

In His Steps Dance Ministry is an outreach of COTR and serves the Lord through dance during Eucharistic celebrations as well as at public events. Additionally, classes in liturgical and spiritual dancing are available for all ages.  For more information, you can reach the In His Steps Studio at: (828) 285-0360 or to contact Amanda Newcomb via email click the link here. 

 

DELIVERANCE MINISTRY

Overseer:  The Ven. William G. McLoughlin

A team of trained clergy and laity are available to assist those who seek deliverance from evil spirits.  One of the reasons Jesus became human was to free us from demonic influence.  Saint John writes:  "The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work." (1 John 3:8)  Careful planning is required for this ministry.  If you are interested, please click the link here to contact one of the clergy. 

 

PRISON MINISTRY

Coordinator: The Ven. William McLoughlin

COTR supports Christian prisoners at correctional institutions throughout the state by offering community volunteers, transportation to worship (for those eligible), religious instruction, and pastoral support.


Ministries to the Church

POT-LUCK LUNCHES/DINNERS

Just as the New Testament Church met regularly for meals, so does our church. COTR celebrates the birthdays of our parish quarterly with a pot luck lunch. We also hold times of fellowship for other various special occasions.

COTR holds an annual picnic at the Memorial Gardens located on Old Haywood Road. Click the link here!

We also have a small group that brings lunch on those Sundays the Prison Ministry (listed above) brings inmates to worship in order to provide them with a home cooked meal.

 

HOSPITALITY MINISTRY

Members of the hospitality team serve the Lord by providing refreshments and meals at special events of the parish. The goal is to encourage a warm, welcoming environment for all attending.

 

ACOLYTE SERVICE

Coordinator: Christopher McLoughlin

Acolytes serve the Lord at the Altar during worship services. Duties include: tending the thurible, carrying torches, processional cross and incense, as well as assisting the ordained ministers. Acolytes serve as examples of reverent worship to our Lord. 

 

ALTAR GUILD

Coordinator: Sue Shorey

The Altar Guild serves by tending and maintaining worship items used at the altar, as well as preparing the altar for sacred worship. This includes providing the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine, as well as cleaning and maintaining all altar linens, glassware, chalices, Eucharistic vessels, candles, and related wooden instruments and furnishings.

 

USHERS

Coordinator: Ron Filka

Ushers assist during worship services.  They greet arriving worshipers, hand out bulletins, and receive the offering.  They are also available to assist visiting worshipers in following the service.  

 

LAY READERS

Coordinator: Miranda McLoughlin

Lay Readers serve during worship services through the public reading of Old Testament lessons, New Testament epistles, and prayers of the people.

 

PRAISE AND WORSHIP TEAM

Worship Leader: Jack Nitterauer

The COTR praise and worship team serve the Lord during worship services by giving forth their musical talent.  The praise and worship team serves during Eucharistic celebrations as well as at public evangelism/outreach events. Regular practice is on Monday evenings beginning with Eucharist (open to all) at 6:30 pm. 

 

PRAYER CHAIN

Coordinator: Wanda Filka

Available intercessory prayer for any significant need or concern can be lifted to the Lord by many members of the church during all waking hours of the day, seven days a week. Call the coordinator, Wanda Filka to add your prayer request to the chain; or to serve.

 

LIBRARY

COTR's library serves the community by providing resources for members. These include educational and devotional audio, video of/readings with Christian authors. Required texts of St. Michael's seminary are also available for check out. Four series of children's videos are available including Veggie Tales, the gospel according to St. Bernard, the New Testament animated series and Quigley's Village. 

 

PILLARS

This is a group of men, chosen by the Rector of the parish, who help carry the weight of ministry with the clergy and support the spiritual growth of parishioners, especially the young men of the parish.  A group of committed lay men, the "pillars" of the church, help guide young men in being built up into the foundation and structure of the church, with Christ Jesus being the Chief Cornerstone. 

 

 

SACRAMENTAL AND PASTORAL MINISTRIES

Ordained clergy provide special sacramental ministries such as private confession, as well as special services such as baptism and holy matrimony (both with instruction). Anointing of the ill is available after every service of Holy Eucharist (see meeting times here). Pastoral counseling, teaching and spiritual direction are also available upon request. 


Fellowship With Other Churches

SONRISE SOUP KITCHEN

Once a month COTR along with the Seventh Day Adventist Church serve breakfast to the homeless at SonRise Soup Kitchen located on Patton Avenue. 

 

VISITIATION OF REGIONAL CHURCHES 

From time to time COTR members visit other area churches in Asheville to share in fellowship and worship with our Christian brothers and sisters.

 

THE CATHEDRAL IN SELMA, ALABAMA

Cathedral of Christ the King in Selma, Alabama is a fellow Charismatic Episcopal Church.  The cathedral hosts conferences and seminars led by our bishop and other clergy. COTR avidly supports these educational opportunities and encourages participation in events held at the cathedral . Past topics have included healing and understanding the prophetic gifts.

 

MONASTIC RETREATS

COTR promotes the spiritual disciplines of silence and solitude by encouraging members to participate in retreats to monastic venues. Both the Monastery of St. Clare in Travelers Rest, South Carolina and Mepkin Abbey, a Trappist Monastery  in Moncks Corner, South Carolina welcome guests. Visits to these monasteries have enhanced members’ relationship with God and given new perspective on an ancient form of worship.