This is a group of men and women who oversee the ministries and business of the church for the good of the community. Examples of ministries include: Financial, Administrative, Music, Youth, Church Education, Men’s & Women’s Fellowship, Altar Service and Outreach. The members of the Parish Council must be stewards in good standing and ecclesiastically in order. Parish Council meetings are currently held monthly (see calendar).
Church School religious education is held weekly for children from 4 years old through 8th-9th grade, on Sunday from 9:00am to 9:45am, prior to Divine Liturgy (see calendar for dates). Church School is held from October through May and recesses around our Lord’s Nativity, Pascha, and during the summer months. There is also an adult education class which meets on Saturday at 6:00pm, following Great Vespers. We encourage the parents of our church school children to attend this class, as well as our high school age students and all other adults.
Youth Fellowship (Teen SOYO)
Our youth are encouraged to grow and participate in the life of the Church. In addition to our church school program described above, we have various opportunities throughout the year to serve the church and foster a community among youth. These events can vary from a big outing like Camp St. George to a smaller act of service like decorating our parish Christmas tree. The Society of Orthodox Youth Organizations (SOYO) is for all young people of our church ages 13 through 19, and this group typically meets monthly after Divine Liturgy to plan service events in the local community like organizing food drives or plan fun events together like going for a hike at a state park.
Women’s Fellowship (Myrrhbearers)
The Myrrhbearers are a group of women over the age of 18 who are spiritually centered and value friendship, family and church community. They are among the most active groups in the Parish and concentrate on enriching Orthodoxy in our homes while building a network of supportive friendships. Meetings are held periodically (see calendar) and there is an annual pre-Lenten retreat.
The men of the parish meet once per month in a member’s home for food, fellowship and a discussion led by the priest or another church leader. The men’s fellowship also helps coordinate church work days in the summer to maintain the church property.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)
OCF is intended to “actualize the Orthodox Christian life in the hearts, minds, and souls of college students by facilitating unified campus ministry efforts.” While St. Ignatius does not host its own OCF group, we encourage anyone interested in OCF in the Madison area to contact the University of Wisconsin Madison OCF chapter! Find them on facebook