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Cathedral Ministries, Guilds and Affiliated Community Organizations

Cathedral parishioners maintain many thriving ministries--both within the walls of the Cathedral as well as throughout St. Petersburg and the wider world.

It takes skilled, hard-working volunteers to keep all our wonderful programs running so well--teachers and caregivers to work with our children in the Children's Chapel and Nursery; Lay Eucharistic Visitors to take communion to those unable to attend our Sunday services; the St. Veronica's Needlepoint Guild to maintain our hand-sewn kneelers, knit chemo caps and prayer shawls; the Flower Guild and Altar Guild to take such loving care of our worship space; as well as cooks and bakers and servers and dish-washers to pull off our many dinners and breakfasts and brunches and receptions . One could go on and on.

But our members are not content to work exclusively within the walls of the Cathedral. Here, we strive to live by the words of William Temple, Anglican preacher, prophet, and Archbishop of Canterbury during World War II:

"The Church exists for the benefit of those who are not its members."

Thus, Cathedral parishioners can be found addressing the needs of the homeless through ministries such as Safe Harbor Servers and Family Promise; serving dinner to local residents living with AIDS via our monthly LIGHT Dinners; mentoring impoverished children as part of our Melrose Mentors program; providing a summer Vacation Bible School for children in the Dominican Republic; as well as donating, wrapping and delivering gifts to the families living at Resurrection House (a local organization originally founded by members of the Cathedral that provides education, job-placement services, life-skills training and long-term transtional housing for homeless families with minor children).

Over the course of its history, the Cathedral has helped found and grow a number of successful local organizations which now function on their own as independent non-profits. These include Resurrection House, as well as Peterborough Apartments and Suncoast Manor Apartments. In recognition of that long-standing tradition of working on behalf of the poor and oppressed, the Cathedral was recently named a Jubilee Ministry by the national Episcopal Church.

We welcome all newcomers to join any of the Cathedral's ministries and help keep the Cathedral doing God's work in the world on into the future.
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