The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration


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 a member of 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 4-7 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 Monday at 9 a.m. to cut, split and deliver firewood to people in need.
For more information, contact Wes.

Sunday Friendship Dinners
Each Sunday at 4:30, we host 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.  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 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 Wendy Field.   

Cleaning the Church
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 our Jr. Warden, Mike Boff.


Episcopal Church Women:  All women of the Church are already members of this group. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month.  We support outreach ministries and maintain the church gardens.  Talk to Carlann Scherping or the Church Secretary, Harriet Taylors about our TCW (Transfiguration Church Women).
Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach: Donations are always needed and so are volunteers. Drop by the store or contact Hope Wittmer for more information.


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. Choir Practice is at 9:15 on Sunday
Just show up for practice or for more info contact JoAnne Ellingson at 
Altar Guild:  Fr. Wes will train you on setting up the altar.  This is done prior to each service.  You work in teams and rotate weeks. For more information, contact Fr. Wes.
Lector:  We divide the readings between two people for the 10:00 service.  For more information, contact Fr. Wes
Acolytes and Chalice Bearers:  There will be a training for our young people on being an acolyte when there is an interest.  Adult acolytes are also Chalice Bearers.  Please contact Fr. Wes if you are interested in serving in this way.
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. 
The Flowering Bridge: If you haven't visited the Flowering Bridge, don't miss the chance. You will see why volunteers are always needed for watering and planting and tending the beautiful plants. Contact Church Member Saundra Nelson or visit the website for more information on donations and volunteering.

Where are you being called to serve?