Involves youth, ages 10 and older, directly in the liturgy. Acolytes traditionally carry the cross and torches in procession, assist at the altar, receive the alms at the Offertory, and assist the clergy in other ways when requested.
CONTACT Phil Harris
Participants prepare the altar for worship, most often during the week on Saturday mornings working in teams. The guild’s duties include care of linens and other church appointments and preparation of candles, and communion vessels.
CONTACT Melody Smallwood
Chalice Bearers and Lay Readers
The diocese must license parishioners who serve these two functions. As chalice bearers they assist the clergy in distributing the elements to the people. As lay readers they assist with reading in particular the lessons and intercessions. They are permitted to lead Morning and Evening Prayer services also.
Youth read the epistle at the 10 o’clock service. (See “for youth.”)
CONTACT Phil Harris
These people represent the congregation members in bringing the bread and wine (elements) forward to the altar rail at the Offertory. Then they simply return to their pews. Bearing the elements is a quick involvement for newcomers.
CONTACT Jim Wallace
Members prepare the flower arrangement that appears on the reredos behind the altar. The skill of flower arranging can be taught. Many flowers are actually grown on the parish grounds.
CONTACT Jeanie Rodgers
***To donate flowers, use the sign up chart on the wall in the narthex to the left as you prepare to exit the main church door, and pick an available Sunday or special service.
Singing and other music making helps to glorify God “in the beauty of holiness.” The 10 o’clock service is sung, while music is offered at other services as well. The choirs listed below are all volunteer organizations; therefore, anyone who would like to praise God in this way is invited to join. Can’t read music? No problem, teaching is available!
CONTACT Lori George
Rehearses regularly on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 o’clock and on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
Rehearses from 5:30 until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings. This group performs throughout the school/church year at the discretion of the director.
Hand Bell Choirs
This choir is open to teens and adults. To join one need not be able to read music, just count. Rehearsal is on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. The choirs perform on Christmas and on other festival days, and occasions.
Chimes are akin to hand bells. Again, there is no need to read music. Chimes can be played by children as young as the fourth grade. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings.
Talented parishioners who desire to share their gifts for music during worship are invited to do so. Just contact the music director.
Two volunteers at the 8 o’clock service and four at the later service serve as ushers, handing out bulletins, receiving the offering and assisting worshippers to the altar rail. Ushers help newcomers who may wish to know where the nursery, Godly Play room, atrium, or restrooms, are located.