Acolytes participate in the ministry of serving at the altar, assisting the clergy in the worship and sacramental ministry of the church during public worship services.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord… It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23-24)
Altar Guild members serve by preparing the altar and sanctuary for worship.
“Then the altar will be most holy, and whatever touches it will be holy.” (Exodus 29:37)
Chalice bearers assist by serving the cup to those receiving Holy Eucharist on Sunday mornings.
“…after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” (I Corinthians 11:25)
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Lay Eucharistic Ministers take and serve the consecrated elements of the Eucharist to the home-bound and hospitalized who would otherwise be unable to participate in Communion.
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:10)
Musicians serve by providing vocal and instrumental leadership during times of corporate worship through the ensemble Wellspring, by playing the organ or piano, or by being part of the adult or children’s choir for special services.
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn–shout for joy before the LORD, the King. (Psalm 98:4-6)
The Technical Support ministry provides audio/visual support during times of corporate worship.
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” (I Corinthians 2:9)
Ushers serve the members of the congregation during times of corporate worship, including assisting the elderly or handicapped as needed to enter the church.
“But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way. (I Corinthians 14:40)
Layreaders (also called lectors) serve by offering the public reading of Scriptures and the leading of prayers during times of corporate worship.
“You show that you are a letter from Christ… written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts…He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (II Corinthians 3:3,6)