A COMMUNITY OF JOYFUL VOLUNTEERS
SERVING IS VOLUNTARY, BUT PEOPLE FIND JOY IN HELPING
On a typical Sunday, 50 or so lay people volunteer to help celebrate our Eucharists and put on the education and hospitality events that go with them. Included are altar servers, greeters, choristers, musicians, readers, teachers and coffee servers. This work is joyfully accomplished because it’s well understood that a liturgical church is a participatory experience. Arms aren’t twisted. People aren’t obligated to help. They want to help.
A lay Assisting Minister offers prayers, helps serve communion and joins with the Pastor and Vicar as the principal leaders of worship; acolytes light candles, carry them in processions, act as crucifer (one who carries the cross) and help serve communion; a sacristan organizes the altar servers, helps serve communion and acts as thurifer (one who carries incense during festival liturgies); lectors read passages from the Bible to the assembly, greeters hand out worship folders and gather an offering and communion ministers take communion to those who cannot be present.
Others sing and play music, arrange flowers, set up the altar, donate and help with flowers, serve coffee and treats, teach Sunday church school and lead discussions.
People of all ages join to help with these tasks. It’s not uncommon to see an acolyte in her 70s serving alongside a teenager, or a mom and dad and two kids serving together as greeters or coffee servers. We are people of differing ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, social status and political outlook. But we are one community in worship, fellowship and service.
Do you want to be
a worship servant?
We could use your help! Contact us to express your interest.
Interested in volunteering?
- Assisting minister
- Communion minister
- Altar guild
- Teach Sunday School
- Lead Adult Forum discussion
Donate flowers or serve coffee and treats.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest.