ACOLYTES: The acolyte program at St. Paul’s gives middle and high school students the opportunity to become active participants in our worship services. Acolytes assist at each service in many ways such as helping prepare for the Eucharist, leading the procession into church and out into the world, and praying and singing along with the rest of the congregation. Training goes on throughout the year so new acolytes may join anytime. Schedules are coordinated every month. Each acolyte serves approximately twice every four to six weeks. At least one verger is always available every Sunday morning to help the acolytes and organize the procession.
ALTAR GUILD: The Altar Guild prepares the chancel and sanctuary for all Sunday and weekday services, including baptisms, weddings and funerals. It includes care of the Eucharistic vessels and linens, the flowers and the Children’s Chapel. There are several teams that rotate service for a week at a time throughout the year. The Altar Guild welcomes and needs new members, both men and women.
LAY READERS and CHALICE BEARERS: A lay reader is a member of the congregation who assists the minister in the worship service. Lay readers do not robe and usually read the lesson and/or psalm from the lectern. Chalice bearers robe and serve the wine at communion as well as read a lesson from the lectern. Any adult or older youth may be a lector or intercessor. To be a chalice bearer you must be a confirmed Episcopalian. Training is provided to anyone interested in this ministry to help them feel comfortable in their roles.
USHERS: Ushers greet people as they enter the church, and perform simple duties during the service, such as collecting the offering and directing the flow of parishioners to communion. All adults are welcome to serve as ushers. Ushers serve alone at the 8:15am services, in two person teams at the 10:30am service, and in two or four person teams at special services (Easter and Christmas). Ushers will be called to serve one or two Sundays per quarter. Schedules are sent out by the office every quarter.
The Verger ministry at St. Paul’s is a ministry of service. Under the direction of the clergy, vergers assist behind the scenes with the operation and organization of the worship service to allow the clergy more time for pastoral and sacramental responsibilities. Vergers participate in the worship service by organizing the acolytes for the service procession and assisting the clergy at the altar. Though most of the verger’s work is done unobtrusively, he/she provides important support to the clergy and to the congregation during the worship of our Lord.
If you are interested in serving with any of our worship guilds or would like more information, contact the church office at 434/979-6354 or send email by clicking here.