Opportunities to Serve


Bethesda invites children and young adults to participate in our acolyte program. Being an acolyte offers a unique opportunity to participate more fully in our worship services.

During the school year, acolytes are needed for the 10:00am service every Sunday. For further information, please contact Fr Wallace via the church office: 518.584.5980

Lay Readers

Parishioners read appointed lessons as part of the 10:00 Sunday service. Readings are set according to the Episcopal Lectionary and are mailed to the parishioner from the church office one week prior to their reading. Contact the church office 584-5980.


For information on how to become an usher, please leave a message for Tom Moeller through our parish office at (518)584-5980.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors

The Lay Eucharistic Visitors is a group of parishioners who assist the Rector in his pastoral care of the sick, shut-in, and bereaved of the parish. The Lay Eucharistic Visitors main purpose is to keep and maintain regular contact with those housebound and hospitalized in the parish. They receive altar flowers as well as visits and telephone calls on a regular schedule.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild serves at the invitation of the rector and assists the clergy by preparing the sanctuary for worship prior to Sunday and weekday services, weddings, funerals and other special services. The Altar Guild is also responsible for the care of the silver and brass, the altar vessels, the linens, the altar hangings and the vestments.

The Altar Guild provides a means of quietly serving God while enjoying the fellowship of other members of our church family. Members serve on a rotating basis according to a flexible schedule. For further information, please call the parish office at (518) 584-5980.

Coffee Hour

If you are interested in helping with our weekly coffee hour, please leave a message with the church office at (518) 584-5980.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl invites others to join this fun fellowship. We knit and crochet shawls, lap blankets, and
baby blankets for Baptism. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month. If you would like more information, please call the church office at 584-5980.

Bell Ringers

Teams of bell-ringers manually ring changes before and after Sunday 10:00 a.m. Liturgy.  Requirements: ability to count to four.  If interested in learning more, contact the church office.

Office Volunteers

Volunteers to help with office work are always appreciated!  Office Volunteers help with special mailings, and other office management tasks.  For more information, please contact the office at 518-584-5980.

Community Outreach

Home of the Good Shepherd

The Home of the Good Shepherd was established by members of Bethesda Episcopal Church in May 1870.    The Vestry appoints Bethesda parishioners to serve as volunteers on the Board of Directors for the Home of the Good Shepherd.

The Home of the Good Shepherd is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of our residents and promoting independence and individuality.

Along with assisted living in our Home, we also offer nursing, home health aide and companion services through our home care agency.

We invite you to learn more about the Home of the Good Shepherd and our services by visiting their website, visiting a facility, or calling 518-584-3317.

LifeWorks Community Action

A basket in the vestibule awaits your contributions of hygiene products for  LifeWorks Community Action (formerly Economic Opportunity Council ).  These are delivered monthly to assist those in need.  Your assistance is gratefully appreciated.