Worship Ministries

ACOLYTES led by Ralph Roachford

Children and young people ages six and up are invited to serve at the altar as acolytes. The acolyte ministry includes serving as crucifers, torch bearers, thurifers and banner bearers.

Training sessions are held throughout the year.

ALTAR GUILD led by Linda Anderson

This ministry prepares the altar and sanctuary for worship services. Guild members are responsible for the care of the vessels, vestments and supplies that are used in the celebration of the Eucharist. All men and women are urged to consider service on the Altar Guild as an act of love and devotion to our Lord.


CHALICE BEARERS/ADMINISTRATORS

This is a ministry for lay people (both men and women) who feel a special calling to administer the Communion elements at Celebrations of the Holy Eucharist. Individuals are trained by the priest and licensed by the bishop.

Training sessions are held throughout the year.

CHURCH CHOIR

Anyone who can carry a tune and loves to sing is welcome to join the church choir. In addition to participating in Sunday worship, choir members take part in other services throughout the year and perform at the annual Holiday Concert.

LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

These are specially licensed parishioners who, directly following a Celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Sunday or other special occasions, take the Consecrated Elements to members of the parish who are unable to be present at the worship service. In this way home-bound or hospitalized parishioners are included in our congregational life.

The Lay Eucharistic Ministry combines a belief in the church as a community with an awareness of the importance of the Eucharist in the lives of individuals.


LECTORS (LAY READERS) led by Dr. Ricardo Oasin

This ministry is open to all men and women who feel a special calling to read the Scriptures. They may be trained and licensed by the parish on an annual basis. In addition to the Sunday morning worship services, lectors assist at special mid-week services held during the year.


SUNDAY SCHOOL led by Daniel Lamptey

A dedicated group of parishioners and school-age children meet during Sunday mass to learn about God using the traditional Episcopal church curriculum. Children join the mass at communion to receive a blessing. Several times each year the children plan special presentations that are performed during or after the Sunday mass.

The Sunday school kids also join the Acolytes for an annual Youth Sunday celebration in June, to coincide with the end of the public school year.


USHERS, MEETERS & GREETERS led by George Brice

These are parishioners who distribute Sunday bulletins and offer a warm welcome to those entering the building to worship. They make both “regulars” and newcomers feel welcome, introduce newcomers to other parishioners, answer questions, encourage visitors to attend the repast after the service and invite them to return. They also receive the collection and direct the congregation to the altar rail during Communion.