The St. Paul’s Altar Guild is responsible for preparing all things necessary to celebrate Holy Eucharist and other services in order and beauty, including linens, silver items, candles, and more. Men and women, adults and teens are all welcome to join. The only requirement is a desire to serve and a willingness to learn.
Chalice bearers serve by offering the chalice of wine to those at the altar rail during Holy Communion. Chalicists robe in a white cassock-alb (provided), process in and are seated in the chancel with the clergy. Chalice bearers must be confirmed Episcopalians in good standing, at least 16 years old, and complete a simple training session in order to be licensed by the diocese before serving.
Open to 6th-12th graders, the St. Paul’s Acolyte Ministry gives young people active leadership roles in our Sunday morning worship services. Acolytes lead processions into and out of the service, help prepare for Holy Eucharist, and assist the clergy and verger in many ways. Training is ongoing throughout the year, and Acolytes simply sign up for the Sundays they are available to serve.
The St. Paul’s Ivy Flower Guild is responsible for creating distinctive floral displays for special feast days and other occasions and services as needed.
At St. Paul’s Ivy, lectors are responsible for reading the selections from Holy Scripture during our services. Both youth and adults are invited to join our slate of lectors, and training is available by request.
Ushers provide welcome, guidance, and special assistance as needed to those who attend Sunday and other services at St. Paul’s, Ivy. Ushers greet attendees at the door with a bulletin, assist with seating and other needs during the service, tabulate the total number of attendees, collect the offering and release attendees for communion. Ushers also serve by straightening up the sanctuary following each service. Individuals, couples, and families are all encouraged to join this rewarding ministry guild.
The Verger team at St. Paul’s was established in 2018 and has since played a crucial role in the organization of our Eucharistic services. Vergers lead processions in and out of the chancel, assist the Altar Guild with Sunday morning setup, and provide leadership for Acolytes and Chalicists.
The Audio-Visual Guild provides technical support for the audio/visual system in the Sanctuary and the Parish Hall. Members of the AV Guild will be trained to monitor sound and video equipment to insure optimal levels for voice and visual presentation at Sunday liturgies and parish events. Responsibilities will be shared to allow for flexible and manageable scheduling of guild members. For more information on joining the AV Guild, contact Fr. Rick Lord