Ministries Related to Worship
An altar attendant in public worship, a server. At St. John's our acolytes are 5th through 12th graders and serve at the 10 am Sunday service.
The purpose of the Altar Guild is to assist the clergy by providing for furnishings and decorations for all services and by caring for the vestments, linens and vessels used in these services. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month, September through June, at 7 p.m. in the parish hall.
Lay ministers who lead the congregation in offering prayer for the church, the community and for the world, individuals in the congregation. The prayers are collected from the Book of Common Prayer, the “Intercession for Christian Peoples” and extemporaneously while following the form as presented in the BCP. This ministry is open to youth and adults of the congregation who are skilled in public speaking and have been instructed by the Clergy. Please speak with a Clergy member about your interest in becoming an Intercessor.
St. John’s Liturgical servers read the lessons, lead prayers and, when licensed as a Chalice Bearer and/or Eucharistic Visitor by the Bishop, serve the Chalice at the Eucharist.
Lay ministers that present the assigned Scriptures for the day. The responsibility is to proclaim the Word of God by reading from both the Old and New Testament at our church services throughout the year. When serving at the 7:30 service the Lector acts also as the Intercessor. To be a Lector you do not have to be licensed and anyone (youth or adult) that loves reading the Scripture and has a good speaking voice can be a Lector after a short training session led by the Choir Director. Please speak with a Clergy member about your interest in becoming a Lector.
Ushers at St. John's greet parishioners and newcomers as they come into church, hand out bulletins and offer hospitality. Ushers help with seating, directing people to communion and assisting those present as needed.
The Verger Guild at St. John’s is responsible for the physical liturgy, providing a welcome to all and ensuring the congregation’s safety and comfort. The Guild is composed of volunteer servants of the Liturgy that report to the Rector through the Head Verger,
Before the service the Verger will be seen wearing a black cassock and during the service gray chimere over the cassock. The verger is available to assist the congregation. Do not hesitate to ask the verger your questions or for help.
Some of the tasks of the Vergers are: The organization of complex church services, preparation and maintenance of the customaries for all services performed at St. John’s; the overseeing church preparation for the weekly services; and, assisting during special services such as funerals. Upon request the Head Verger provides a church tour explaining the history, structure and art of the church. More information concerning the role of our Verger may be found at www.vergers.org.