Lay Liturgical Ministries

Services at St. Paul's involve preparation and leadership by many people, both clergy and lay. Lay members are invited to participate in any of the following liturgical ministries. You may contact the leaders of each Ministry

Worship Committee
This group meets with the rector to assist in planning the worship schedule and particulars of each event. The committee is comprised of representatives of the various groups involved with worship: Ushers, Lectors, Lay Eucharistic ministers, Acolytes, Altar Guild, Flower Committee, Organist and Choir Director, Christian Education and others as needed. Contact: Mary Anne Caplinger

Altar Guild
This ministry prepares all the things necessary for services, hangings, candles, vestments, linens, the sacred vessels and bread and wine. This includes the maintenance and polishing vessels and the setting up for worship in the chapel and larger church. Contact: Sharon Greene

Bread Bakers
The 10:30am service uses homemade bread for communion. A number of persons are involved with baking bread for this service. Contact: Sharon Lyall

Flower Ministry
Flowers are used for every worship service, except during Lent. The Flower ministry places standing orders from local florist for most Sundays – however, there are also special services and occasions calling for special orders and arrangements. Signup sheets and envelops for checks are available in the Commons for persons wishing to dedicate flowers. Accommodations can be made for using parishioner’s flowers if coordination with the Flower Committee is made prior to the desired date. Contact: Kathie Smith

Acolytes
Our Acolyte guild has five teams; each acolyte is scheduled for duty two Sundays a month. An acolyte parent leader assists the team with vesting and duty prompts during the service. Acolytes serve as crucifers, servers, and torch-bearers for Sunday services. Contact: Steve Jackson

In 2013 the Guild sponsored a lunch following Sunday worship to raise funds for our delegation to attend the National Acolyte Festival held at the Washington National Cathedral. Our parish sent four acolytes accompanied by three adults.

Chalice Bearers
At number of parishioners are trained and then licensed by the Bishop to assist the clergy at Eucharist by serving the wine. They are scheduled once or twice a month. Contact: Steve Jackson

Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Lay Eucharistic Visitors are trained and then licensed by the bishop to take the consecrated elements to those unable to come to church. Contact: The Rev. Dn. Susan Whittington

Lectors
Lectors read the Old Testament and Epistle lessons and Prayers of the People during our services. At the 10:30am service one person reads the lessons and another reads the prayers of the people. At 8:30am the Lay Eucharistic Minister reads lessons and the prayers. Contact: Steve Jackson

Ushers
Ushers are needed at all services to welcome members and visitors, distribute bulletins, and take up the offering. The 10:30am service usually requires three to four ushers – these folks will serve approximately once every six weeks; Ushers at 8:30am serve individually every five to six weeks. Contact: Bob Skees