There are many opportunities for you to become actively involved in Worship at St. Andrew’s. Consider your special interests and abilities, and, no matter what your age, how you might serve in worship at St. Andrew’s.
Greeters– St. Andrew’s is known for the sense of “welcome” that people receive when they join us for worship. The Greeter ministry plays a key role in sharing this sentiment of welcome because they are the first people newcomers encounter. Greeters help our guests feel comfortable during their experience with us by answering questions, giving directions, distributing bulletins, facilitating in the offertory, and guiding everyone as we partake of Holy Communion.
Altar Guild – The Altar Guild prepares for the sacred worship at each liturgical
celebration by coordinating the linens and implements used at the altar. Membership is open to any member of the congregation. Altar Guild members prepare the linens and vessels used for all liturgical services at the altar, coordinate banners and hangings for each liturgical season, display flower arrangements, and provide continuing care for vestments and linens. Meetings are held throughout the year to discuss and plan for liturgical celebrations. These meetings are an opportunity for status reports on supplies, condition of linens, vestments and altar implements as well as discussion of potential future purchases.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers – Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM’s) are people who receive training and are licensed by the Bishop to assist with our worship in various ways. LEMs assist with formal worship by reading the lessons and assisting with the Holy Eucharist by distributing communion.
Lay Eucharistic Visitors (LEVs) – are people trained to take Communion in a timely manner following a Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, were unable to be present at worship.
Lectors – Lectors proclaim God’s Word and offer prayers at all regularly scheduled worship services and special mid-week services such as Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. Lectors are committed to conveying the wonderful words of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer as meaningfully as possible. Readers attend meetings with the clergy and others to learn how to do this and how to fit smoothly into the services they are part of. There is always something to learn, even for the most experienced readers. Young people grades 4 and up are welcome, as are seniors and all ages in-between.
Acolytes – Acolytes are boys and girls ages 8 to 18 who serve as torch bearers, servers and crucifers during our worship services. This is an especially important learning experience for children. During this time of serving, children begin to understand and develop a personal appreciation for the worship traditions and heritage of our Church.