The involvement of members in our Lay Ministries expands their faith experience by serving in worship on Sundays and other ways throughout the week. There are several options that allow the use of their talents.
By assisting the priest during Sunday worship, the acolytes serve in an important ministry. Training is offered as needed. Any child from the fourth grade on up can be come an acolyte.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs) assist the Celebrant in administering Holy Communion. A LEM may also serve as a lector/intercessor for some worship services. They receive training and are certified by the Episcopal Diocese.
A Lector "conveys the Word of God in the liturgy". Lectors usually read the first Lesson and may lead the congregation in the spoken psalm appointed for the day.
Music a large part of an Episcopal service. The choir will sing hymns and psalms at appropriate times. Some musical pieces are solos or by the choir only and some are with the congregation singing also.
To serve in God's sanctuary and at God's Altar is a high privilege of this ministry. Members clean, care for and prepare the space, vessels and vestments for worship. All women and men are confirmed in the Episcopal Church are eligible. New members are welcome and will be trained for this ministry that provides a peace and serenity in the doing of the work.
Members of this ministry are trained in the power of prayer to pray for those suffering in body, mind or spirit.
Greeters bring the joy of the Lord to all who enter our doors. They welcome and aid visitors and newcomers, providing assistance when needed. Following the service, they are available to answer questions and to extend our thanksgiving for their presence that day.
Ushers assist in our service by handing out the "Order of Service" bulletin to worshippers as they enter, by gathering the offering, helping to seat people, and assisting congregational movement during Holy Communion. Ushers also assist at weddings and funerals as needed.