Readers minister to us by reading the lessons appointed for a particular Sunday - usually a lesson from Hebrew Scripture, and a lesson from one of the epistles (letters) in the New Testament. Readers also lead us in a reading from one of the Psalms. Readers can be of any age and there is no license required to read, however, we ask that you read and practice the lessons ahead of time and arrive 10 min before the service. Speak with your team leader if you would like to be included in this ministry.
Intercessors lead us in the prayers of the people. The Prayers of the People as they indicate are the peoples’ prayers and reading them from the midst of the people deepens the symbolism. Intercessors can be any age and there is no license required to offer them, however, we ask that you speak loud and clear enough so that all can hear and respond. Speak with your team leader if you would like to be included in this ministry.
Of all the ministries we focus on, this is the only ministry for which a license is required. “A Eucharistic Minister is a lay person authorized to administer the Consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. A Eucharistic Minister should normally act under the direction of a Deacon, if any, or otherwise, the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.” (Title 3, Canon III.6) These persons are licensed by the Bishop. The license may be renewed by the Bishop after considering the performance of the ministry, continuing education in this area, and endorsement of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight. Speak with your team leader if you would like to be included in this ministry.
The ministry of assisting at the altar can be traced back to the 3rd century. Acolytes traditionally carry torches and light candles at the altar. Crucifers carry the processional cross. However, our crucifers and acolytes serve as assistants - they lead us in worship in carrying the cross and the Gospel book at the reading of the Gospel, but do much more. Although crucifers & acolytes do not necessarily have to be children or youth, having children and youth as part of the liturgical party reminds us that they are as much members of the worshipping community as we are. Speak with your team leader if you would like to be included in this ministry.
Greeters are usually the first people we see as we enter for worship. The ministry of greeting is related to hospitality – ensuring all are welcome. Greeters ensure the space is ready for us, hand out bulletins, help visitors, collect our offering, guide communion, and take attendance. There is a checklist on a clipboard located on the table with the bulletins, as well as, more detailed instructions in a binder on the shelf under the table. Speak with your team leader if you would like to be included in this ministry.
The ministry of the altar guild is one also related to hospitality. The altar guild makes sure our worship space is ready for us each and every Sunday and for special services – ready for us to meet and share a meal with God. This ministry is a behind the scenes ministry and often most of us don’t realize the time, effort and care that goes in to making sure we are ready. Because it is “behind the scenes,” it is possible to do this work on a Friday evening or Saturday. Team members presently do the work of the altar guild, yet there is still a core group that cleans linens and provides support and encouragement to team members who want to learn. This ministry could be done as a family and it is certainly not for women only. Speak with your team leader if you would like to be included in this ministry.
The ministry of host family is part of our call to provide hospitality to others. Host families prepare the kitchen and hall for coffee hour and make sure everything is clean and ready for other groups. Host families work in the kitchen during coffee hour and normally supply coffee and snacks. The procedures list is now posted in the kitchen in case you are unsure about something. Speak with your team leader if you would like to be included in this ministry.
The ministry of Nursery Volunteer is vital to the life of our community. In this ministry, our youngest members get a chance to know other adults in the parish. This ministry also allows parents the choice of bringing their children, our youngest community members, to the sanctuary or taking them to the nursery where there are loving, caring adults to watch over and interact with them. This ministry also allows our teachers with young children the chance to teach Sunday school.
Many of the procedures for the nursery fall under healthy church practices, so each volunteer receives our policies for the protection of children, signs a code of conduct, receives guidelines for appropriate affection, and takes an online Safe Church training course. According to our policies, as well as, for practical reasons, two adults need to be present at all times in the nursery. Therefore, we need at least one adult during worship and one adult during Sunday School to work along with our paid attendant. We hope that you will consider joining others who volunteer for this vital ministry. Speak with your team leader if you would like to be included in this ministry.