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Worship Ministries

Altar Guild


The Altar Guild 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.

Altar Guild Ministry is open to all members. This dedicated group serves behind the scenes as an act of love and devotion to our Lord.


Acolytes/Servers

Holy Apostles’ Acolytes/Servers

Children and young people ages eight 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 as needed.

The Episcopal Church provides the following historical context:
Acolytes are mentioned as a minor order (along with porters, lectors, and exorcists) as early as a letter of Pope Cornelius to Fabius of Antioch in 252. They were also mentioned in Cyprian’s writings. They assisted deacons or subdeacons at the preparation of the table. Later they carried candles in processions. In Rome they carried fragments of the bread consecrated at the papal Mass to other churches. In the late middle ages, when candles began to appear upon altars, they lighted the altar candles.

The Episcopal Church

ALTAR GUILD MEMBERS

BETH READING

ALTAR GUILD DIRECTRESS


Subdeacons, Lectors, Ushers

Subdeacons

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.

The Episcopal Church provides a historical reference: A few Episcopal churches continue to allow a liturgical role for a ``subdeacon`` at the eucharist.

The Episcopal Church

Lectors

The Lectors/Lay Readers 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.

Ushers/Greeters

Ushers/Greeters 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.