Greeters welcome all who come to worship, and can direct newcomers and other visitors as well as answer questions.
Ushers serve fellow parishioners by distributing programs, assisting with seating, gathering the collection and delivering it to the altar, controlling the flow of communicants to the altar rail, compiling a count of attendees and communicants, and closing and locking the church after parishioners depart.
Members of the Altar Guild care for the altar and its appointments and prepare the altar and flower arrangements for Sunday services, weddings, and funerals. During major celebrations at Christmas and Easter, the flower-arranging team also assists with additional decorating of the sanctuary and narthex.
Acolytes are primarily middle-and high-school aged youth who are trained to assist the priest during the service and to lead the processions into and out of church carrying the crosses, torches, and Gospel book.
Chalicists are trained and licensed to administer the consecrated wine during Holy Communion. They also lead the congregation in prayers during the service.
Lay readers deliver the Old and New Testament lessons at Sunday services. Readers can specify the service or services they prefer, and are scheduled usually once every two or three months.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Lay Eucharistic Ministers are trained and licensed by the Bishop to take the consecrated Holy Communion and administer it to parishioners who are homebound or in the hospital. Contact: The Rev. Ann Martens.
The verger—the position originated in the church hundreds of years ago to push chickens, goats, and curious people away from walking clergy—ensures that lights and sound equipment are ready for each service and that acolytes and choir members are ready to process when the organist starts the hymn, and attends to various other minor duties that help the services run smoothly. The Vergers Guild would like to have enough participants to permit a once-a-month rotation to cover the 9 and 11 o’clock services.