There are many ways to volunteer during services, from behind the scenes roles like Altar Guild to up-front service like Eucharistic Ministers.
In the Episcopal Church, altar servers are called acolytes, and can be male or female and any age. At St. Peter’s, the acolyte program is open to youth in fifth grade and older. An acolyte is vested in white and can assist in worship by carrying a processional cross, lighting candles, holding the Gospel book, assisting a deacon or priest with the setup and cleanup at the altar, swinging incense or carrying the incense boat, handing the offering plates to ushers, and many other tasks as seen fit by the priest or acolyte director.
Interested in learning more? Contact Tad Murley >
Working under the direction of the rector, the Altar Guild is the quiet, “behind the scenes” ministry performed weekly or anytime there is a liturgical service. Weekly duties include working with other Guild members to prepare the Altar for Eucharist and cleaning the vessels and linens after Sunday services. Performing these duties in a prayerful, committed manner often leads to a greater growth in grace and a deeper understanding of God’s real presence in our lives. Presently, 21 individuals serve on St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Altar Guild on four teams.
Interested in learning more? Contact Edna Brown >
As a Eucharistic Minister, we assist, as directed by the priest, by giving the consecrated wine to those receiving Communion. There is a sense of prayer as we say the words, “The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation,” and offer the chalice. We currently have 40 volunteers. The Bishop licenses Eucharistic Ministers and requires that volunteers be confirmed members of the Episcopal Church. The Rector must also approve and train each volunteer.
Interested in learning more? Contact Mark Cauley >
At the beginning of every service, we hear God’s Word in various Bible readings. We want to reflect God’s glory through our reading. It requires clarity and simplicity–it is not acting. In order to be a Lay Reader for our services, a person must be a confirmed communicant in good standing, attend a training session, and have a love of sharing the Word with their fellow parishioners. Certification is not required in order to be a Lay Reader. We do not vest for any of the services and represent the congregation.
Interested in learning more? Contact Greg Smith >
Ushers serve fellow parishioners and those officiating the church service in whatever capacity that is needed. They ready the church for the service, hand out bulletins, assist in seating, help people get to the Communion rail, welcome guests, count attendance, and close the Sanctuary after the service.
Interested in learning more? Contact Tucker Thompson >