The Episcopal
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Post Office Box 130
Bat Cave, N.C. 28710
Phone: 828-625-9244

Rev. Wes Shields, Rector
The Right Rev. Jos McLoughlin
Bishop Diocese of Western N.C.


Outreach and Service

      We welcome newcomers to our Church Family.  There are many opportunities for outreach and service in our Parish.  If you are interested in becoming more involved, please speak to Fr. Wes, a member of our Vestry, or the contact person named (click on the blue names for email) . Our needs for volunteers change as we continue to grow and add programs, so please ask.  The list that follows may not include everything! 

Sunday School and Nursery
Children's Sunday School and a Nursery are offered during the 10 a.m. service on Sunday.  For more information, visit the Sunday School/Nursery  page. To volunteer, please contact Wes or talk to Barbara Mauldin or Amy Spanjers.

Bare Necessities Group
This group meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. to make diaper kits and feminine hygiene kits to be sent to communities around the world and at home. For more information on their ministry, click here   or contact Laura Shields  or Amy Spanjers

Firewood Ministry  
Meets every Mondays. to cut, split and deliver firewood to people in need.
For more information, contact Wes.

Sunday Friendship Dinners
The Church hosts a dinner in the Parish Hall for anyone who would like to come.  This dinner is free of charge and is simply an outreach to the community for fellowship and food.  Please check the schedule for these dinners on the Mark Your Calendar section of the home page as times and dates change from time to time.
We need volunteers to prepare food, set up and help clean up,  and to host the dinners. Contact Mary Ann Ransom.

M & M  (Mature and Motivated)
M & M meets on the Third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. for games and other activities.  This is a great opportunity to get to know each other and to have a little fun. Bring a guest and enjoy the fellowship!
 If you have ideas for activities or you would like to serve on the organizing committee, contact Marily Floyd 

Cleaning the Church and other Special Projects
Volunteers keep our Church building and Parish Hall looking great.  Some tasks are weekly:  vacuuming, cleaning restrooms and keeping the Parish Hall floors swept.  Others are periodic: polishing the pews, getting into those pesky corners under the pews, cleaning windows, and other deep cleaning jobs.  
 If you are able to help with any of these tasks, contact  Mike Boff. 

TCW (Transfiguration Church Women)
All women of the Church are already members of this group. Some Churches call this their ECW (Episcopal Church Women).  ECW is an organization within the Episcopal  Church.  ECWs are centered in congregations and empower women to do Christ's ministry in the world.  We meet on the second Tuesday of the month.   Bring a lunch and join us at noon for some fellowship and our meeting.  For more information, contact Carlann Scherping or Harriet Taylor.

Join the Choir
 You don't have to be a great singer, just willing to share your voice as we celebrate our love for Christ. The choir practices on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. For more information contact JoAnne Ellingson.

Altar Guild
Prior to each service, the altar is set up. Members of the altar guild work in teams and rotate weeks.  There are also things that can be done at home such as laundering and ironing the linens.  If you are interested in this ministry, you will receive plenty of training and help.  If interested, please see  Wes    or  Harriet 

Lectors are the ones who read the Prayers and the Scriptures during the service. We divide the readings between two Lectors at the 10:00 service.   Lectors are scheduled on a rotating basis. For more information, see Wes.

Acolytes and Chalice Bearers
These people serve at the altar with the Priest.  Adult acolytes are also Chalice Bearers.  There will be a training for our young people when there is an interest.  If you would like to find out more about this ministry, see Wes.

We record the sermons at the 10:00 service.  The camera is set up and ready to go. All you need to do is move it in place and record.  We will set up a rotating schedule for this.  For more information, contact Carlann Scherping or Wes.

Ushers and Greeters
Ushers and greeters serve on a rotating basis.  The ushers hand out the bulletins, welcome people to the Church, bring the Elements to the altar, and collect the offering.   See Harriet Taylor if you are interested in helping with this ministry.

Serve on a Committee
We are always planning dinners or events, and we welcome all the help we can get. Talk to any member of the Vestry to find out where you might be able to help out. 

Where are you being called to serve?