Acolytes, from the Greek akolouthes meaning attendant, assist the priest in numerous ways during the liturgy. They carry the Processional Cross, torches and Gospel book during processions; they receive Holy Communion elements of Bread and Wine and the Offertory Plate and assist the priest in preparing the alter for Communion, along with other duties. This ministry is open to youth from age 9 and up and also to adults. Our Acolytes are members of the International Order of St Vincent.
For more information speak with Theresa Cofske our Acolyte Director.
The Liturgy begins and ends with the work done by the Altar Guild. Devoted members prepare all the things necessary for the celebration of the Eucharist or any other sacraments or offices of the church which are listed in the Book of Common Prayer and the Book of Occasional Services. The Altar Guild is responsible for the care of the Sacred Vessels, Linens, Hangings, Candles, Vestments and Torches used for worship as well as the bread and wine. This is a ministry of time and talent and a true privilege to serve God by the decoration and housekeeping of His house.
For Further Information speak with Chris Jeffery our Altar Guild Director.
Music has always been an integral part of the Anglican Communion traditions within Episcopal Church Services. The choir participates in the Opening and Closing Processions and leads the congregation in the singing of the hymns and other liturgical music.They also present Choral Anthems.
For more information speak with Patrick Turley Organist and Choir Master or to any member of the Choir.
Church School Mentors
Our Church School Mentors plan and execute our Church School programs for both our younger and older children. For more information speak with Suzanne Chagnon or Rev Mary.
Under the direction of the Treasurer the counters are responsible for counting and categorizing all monies from the offerings at each service. They also prepare the deposit for the Treasurer. For more information speak with our Treasurer, Jane Sterndale.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers assist the Priest in both the Liturgy of the Word and the administration of THE HOLY COMMUNION. In the absence of an Acolyte or Verger, they assist in the preparation of the Altar. During the Liturgy of the Word they will read the Second Lesson (Epistle) as well as lead the Nicene Creed and the Prayers of the People. During THE HOLY COMMUNION they assist the celebrant by administering the Chalice; as well as other duties the Celebrant may request.
This position requires a License from the Bishop after approval by the Vestry and training by the Priest. For more information speak with Reid Jeffrey SR. The application for License can be obtained from the Diocesan website at Eucharistic-Minister-Application
Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Eucharistic Visitors are licensed by the Bishop, after approval of the Rector and Vestry, to take the Consecrated Elements from a Holy Eucharist celebrated at church to Shut-ins and administer the Communion to them on behalf of the Parish family.
This ministry requires training from the Diocesan assigned officer and also Safe Church training. For more information speak with Rev. Mary. You can obtain the license application from the Diocesan web site at Eucharistic-Visitor-Application
The application and current schedule for Safe Church Training can be obtained from the Diocesan website at Safe Church or from Keith McKenna the Parish Safe Church Officer.
Lectors are responsible for reading the First Lesson in the service. This lesson is always read from the Lectern in the Chancel of the Church.The Psalmist leads the congregation in the recitation of the Psalm. For more information see Suzanne Chagnon.
The Ushers greet everyone as they enter the church and make sure that they have the Service Bulletin and answer any questions visitors may have. They also bring the Communion Elements at the Offertory to be blessed at the altar and receive the offertory plates, to receive offerings from the congregation and then bring them forward.
For more information speak to Suzanne Chagnon or the Ushers on duty on any Sunday.