Ministers of the Altar
The ministers of the altar prepare the altar and baptismal font for worship, place the communion bread and wine in the chalices in preparation for Holy Communion, and clean the area after each service.
The team is present on Sunday morning to extend a hand in greeting to visitors and members alike. For the visitor, the welcome team will answer questions, share information, make introductions, give tours of the church, supply nametags, and help children feel especially welcomed. Printed information and welcome mugs are also available for newcomers.
A robed acolyte assists at each worship service. The acolyte is responsible for lighting and extinguishing the altar candles, handing offering plates to the ushers, and receiving the gifts after the offering is gathered. The acolyte also assists with serving Holy Communion and may be asked to hold the Bible or candles during processions held on festival Sundays.
The assisting minister serves with the presiding minister in executing the service by leading the congregation in the profession of the creed, praying the prayers of intercession, and assisting in the distribution of Holy Communion, as well as other duties outlined in the worship folder. Like the presiding minister and acolyte, the assisting minister is robed.
Lectors are lay members of the congregation who read the Old and New Testament lessons during worship, as well as leading responsive readings of a Psalm on most Sundays. They also assist with the distribution of Holy Communion.
As Jesus went into the fields, our Eucharistic ministers are sent to our absent sisters and brothers to extend the blessings of Holy Communion with bread and wine from the worship service. Please see one of the pastors if you, or someone you know, is housebound and would like to have a visit from one of our eucharistic ministers.