Youth in grades 6-12 are welcome to become acolytes, providing a ministry of service to the clergy during worship. Acolytes assist in lighting altar candles, carrying the torches and cross, presenting offertory plates to the ushers, assisting with communion preparation and, at special services when incense is used, handling the thurible. Typically, acolytes are scheduled to serve once a month.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs)
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) assist clergy at services. A LEM may be called upon to help the priest prepare the altar for Eucharist, to read the lessons and prayers, and to administer the chalice at communion. These duties may be performed at the scheduled Sunday services, when extra services are scheduled (as during Holy Week or at Christmas) or at memorials. LEMs are usually scheduled for one Sunday service per month. A one-day training session is required for licensing by the diocese.
Lectors read the lessons at services. Both youth and adults are encouraged to participate. Training is provided on an as needed basis. Lectors are not required to robe and may sit in the congregation during services.
The Altar Guild is responsible for preparing the church for the celebration of Holy Eucharist and the observance of other Sacraments. Members prepare vestments, altar linens, flowers, Eucharistic vessels and sacramental supplies. Members of the Altar Guild also coordinate the greening of the church at Christmas and decorating for other special services throughout the year. Three Altar Guild teams alternate responsibility of weekly set-up and clean-up for services. The Altar Guild is open to both men and women.
Ushers serve several key roles during worship services: making sure that elements of the service and the roles of various participants flow smoothly, greeting each worshiper and offering the service bulletin, making sure the sound system and the lights are on, distributing the offertory plates and presenting them to the altar, selecting two people to present the sacraments during the offertory, informing Sunday School when it is time to come to worship, and taking a count of total worshipers and those receiving communion.
Currently ushers are scheduled once a month.