But some one will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.

-- James 2:18

There are many active ministries at St. Clement’s by-the-Sea. God has given us much work to do in this community, and is constantly calling us to do more, not only within our community of faith, but in our neighborhood as well.

The work of St. Clement's by-the-Sea is organized around six broad missions, under which are the many ministries through which we meet, serve and proclaim Christ.

To become involved with any of these ministries, please call the church office at 949.492.3401or send an e-mail to: info@scbythesea.org

Acolytes and Ministers of Ceremony

Acolytes and Ministers of Ceremony at St. Clement's by-the-Sea are made up of men and women, young and old, of all backgrounds, who "staff" all 3 of our Sunday services, as well as other special occasions.

Our Acolytes range in age from 10 to 70 and serve as crucifers, torch-bearers, thurifers and other roles to help make our worship experience complete.

Our Ministers of Ceremony are the "Jack and Jill of all trades", filling in as needed in any position at the Altar. They also offer assistance to the priests who lead the services.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild prepares the chancel for all services throughout the year: Sunday Masses, weekday services, funerals, weddings, and special celebrations. On Saturdays, we clean the chancel and sacristy. We also care for the vestments, linens, and communion vessels. Prior to Christmas and Holy Week we work with the Flower Guild to coordinate the cleaning, greening and flowering of the church.


St. Clement's by-the-Sea's ushers play a vital role in welcoming people to all our services and special occasions. In addition to handing out the service bulletins, the ushers offer a smile and warm welcome to members and visitors alike. Our ushers also help find seats, access our resources for the differently-abled, and fulfill other needs for those attending services and other events.

Wedding Coordinator

All prospective couples that wish to be married at St. Clement's by-the-Sea must be members of the parish, or relatives of members of the parish, or are Episcopalians from outside of the parish. You will need to speak with the Rector in order to initiate the wedding preparation process. Couples who are to be married at St. Clement's by-the-Sea will be directed to speak with the Parish Administrator, who will help you select an available date and inform you about wedding fees.

The Parish's Wedding Coordinator will guide you through the many areas of concern, both prior to the wedding and on the day itself. These include providing the support and organization needed to make your wedding a success. The Wedding Coordinator can offer suggestions on florists, photographers and other service details, but we will be pleased to work with any couple’s preferences within the Parish’s guidelines.

The canons of the Church require that each couple preparing for marriage in the Episcopal Church must undergo pre-marital counseling. Clergy cannot marry couples who have not completed pre-marital counseling.

If a member of the couple has been previously married, the canons of the Church require the permission of the Bishop to proceed with wedding plans. This process is primarily to ensure that the previous marriage has achieved appropriate closure, and that all concerns and duties regarding former spouses, the care of children, and personal property have been justly and charitably engaged. You will need to schedule a meeting with your officiating priest in order to initiate this process.

Hispanic Ministry

Padre nuestro que estás en el cielo, santificado sea tu Nombre, venga tu reino, hágase tu voluntad, en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Perdona nuestras ofensas, como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden. No nos dejes caer en tentación y líbranos del mal. Porque tuyo es el reino, tuyo es el poder, y tuya es la gloria,ahora y por siempre.

This parish is blessed with an outreach to members of our neighborhood! Weekly Eucharist is offered on Sunday in Spanish. Once per month the parishioners of this service hold a family potluck dinner following services to promote fellowship.

Annual events include the Celebration for the Virgin of Guadalupe (Mariachis play most of the music!) with a festive reception afterward, as well as Las Posadas and Via Crucis.

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Committee gathers monthly to talk about needs of parishioners, especially shut ins. They work closely with the clergy to ensure the pastoral needs of those in our parish community are met. This includes prayer and visitations with those that cannot be with us on Sunday mornings.

Chalice Bearers
Lay Eucharistic Ministers

As part of each service every Sunday, the Chalice Bearers help share Holy Communion with those in attendance. Their ministry is a visible reminder that this Sacrament is open to all who come to God’s table.

In addition, those who have received specialized training are authorized to bring communion to our home-bound parishioners. This is a wonderful ministry in which the Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) bring part of the service to those who could not be with us.

Chancel Choir

The Choir leads the Sunday morning Eucharist during the year at the 10:00 am service. They also sing for special services throughout the year. The Choir currently rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:15pm until 8:30 pm.

During the summer months, the soloists, dressed casually, help lead the worship on Sunday mornings. The choir welcomes those who wish to sing on a “drop in” basis. The only requirements are an ability to read music (or a willingness to learn to read music) and a desire to share in the leading of the congregation through great music.

Committed to the ministry of St. Clement's by-the-Sea, the Choir welcomes all who are interested in participation, regardless of religious affiliation or faith practice.

Flower Guild

We place flowers behind the altar at St. Clement's by-the-Sea in praise to God, provided each week through gifts made to the flower ministry. It is a wonderful way to commemorate a birthday, an anniversary, or as a memorial or special intention.

If you would like to sponsor a specific Sunday, there is a sign-up sheet in the Parish Hall. The suggested donation is $35 to $50. We purchase the flowers from Downtown Flowers between Billy's and Carbonara's on Del Mar Avenue.

To volunteer to help with the flower ministry, either by taking the flowers after the Sunday Services to a shut-in, or by helping with flower arranging at Christmas, Easter or for any of the Special Holy Days, please contace the church office for additional information.

Friends of Music

This group works to ensure that St. Clement's by-the-Sea continues to be blessed with wonderful music, not only during our worship services, but for special musical events as well. Through fund raising efforts, arranging for receptions after musical events, and always being their to support the good work of our Choir and Bell Choir, Friends of Music has provided hours of entertainment for St. Clement's by-the-Sea and the surrounding community.


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In addition, if you want to know if you're serving this weekend, or if you're interested in reviewing the readings (including the Prayers of the People) for the upcoming or future Sundays, you can find them in the Calendar section of this website or by clicking here.

You can click here to view all online readings for a few months on a site called The Lectionary Page. This link does NOT include the Parish's Prayers of the People, and may NOT be the same as the readings we are doing this Sunday (sometimes we change the readings for special service, such as the Celtic Service or the Service for the Virgin of Guadalupe, for example. If you want to know what we're doing this Sunday, go to the Calendar section of this website or click the blue link in the paragraph above.

Worship Committee and Memorials

This group plans and schedules liturgy, music and participants for each service that we do at St. Clement's by-the-Sea. This includes not only music and liturgy for Sundays, but also special liturgies and music.

Such services include:

Peace Mass in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King
Celtic Mass in honor of St. Patrick
Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis
St. Clement's Day (our Patronal Feast Day)
The Marine Corps Birthday/Veterans Day
Bilingual Celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe

In addition, members of the group coordinate memorial gifts and liturgies for the parish, including the purchase and installation of plaques in the Memorial Garden.

St. Clement's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

202 Avenida Aragon
San Clemente, CA 92672

Phone: (949) 492-3401


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