A wonderful ministry of service, the Altar Guild is responsible for the care and maintenance of the vestments and vessels used during the Eucharist, the arranging of flowers, and the set up and clean up of each service.
The Altar Guild consists of four individual guilds with rotating team leaders -St. Catherine's, St. Elizabeth's, St. Mary's and St. Anne's. Each Guild team leader takes responsibility for planning during the months that her team serves. The Altar Guild Manual was updated in 2014 to reflect changes that have been made in the last few years. A copy of this book is in the sacristy and serves as a guidebook for service.
If you are interested in finding out more about the role of Altar Guilds in the Episcopal Church, see the National Altar Guild. It is a treasure-trove of information and resources.
If you would like to help with preparing the church for worship and want a limited commitment, then this is a wonderfully satisfying way of making your contribution.
If you have a gift for reading scripture, this ministry is for you!
Scheduled on a rotating basis, the Lector reads the Old and New Testament readings, as well as leads the congregation in the Psalm.
If interested in becoming a Lector, please contact the church office.
Chalice Bearers assist in the distribution of Holy Communion. Working with the Priest, they serve the wine to parishioners at the Communion rail.
Chalice Bearers also lead the Prayers of the People during the worship service.
This ministry requires a brief training which will result in securing a license. Chalice Bearers are scheduled on a rotating basis.
The Acolytes serve at the altar during the Eucharist, carrying the cross in procession and providing the clergy with the appropriate vessels while communion is being prepared. Open to all parishioners ages eight years old to adults, this ministry is currently seeking more adults and youth to join and serve at Sunday morning services.
Our greeters have a valuable role in welcoming parishioners and visitors to each service. They provide visitors with a welcome bag and visitor card. Additionally, greeters assist with gathering the offering and leading worshipers to the altar for communion. The greeters’ ministry is one of hospitality and is a great way for a newcomer to become more familiar with the people of the parish.
Vestry of the Day
At each worship service on Sunday, a Vestry member is on hand to make sure the helpers are in place and all goes well during the service. This Vestry member is also responsible for counting and recording the offering after the 10:30 service.