Liturgical Ministries

What is ministry?  Ultimately, ministry is how we connect with one another.  We believe that what we do within each ministry should flow purposefully out of Whose we are and what we value and love.

If you are interested in joining any of our ministries, please contact the Ministries Coordinator at or call the office at 603-924-3202.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild members are responsible for preparing the church sanctuary for the celebration of Holy Eucharist, baptisms, weddings, memorial services/funerals, and other religious observances, such as Lessons and Carols and the yearly Veterans Day service. The Guild cares for the altar linens and vessels used during services, the clergy vestments, and our beautiful altar hangings and assists with the many ways the church is prepared for any service.

 Altar flowers are ordered in accordance with the church season. Parishioners may sponsor altar flowers in memory of, or thanksgiving for loved ones.  After services, the altar flowers are distributed to our parishioners in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted care facilities, or to those who are ill at home. 

Acolytes

The ministry of an acolyte is a serving ministry of the Church that comes from ancient times. From those days until now acolytes have been faithful and conscientious adults and young people who serve Christ at his table. Acolytes light the candles on the altar, lead the procession into the church at the beginning of the service, and assist the clergy in preparing the altar for communion. At the end of the service, the acolytes lead the procession out of the church and extinguish the candles. Children (age 10+) and adults are welcome to serve as acolytes.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers 

Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEM) serve in the faith and belief in the Resurrected Christ as they administer the Consecrated Elements to the people of Christ at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist. A Lay Eucharistic Minister needs to be a confirmed communicant in good standing, at least sixteen years old, approved by the Vestry and be certified by the Bishop. Adults, as well as some of our acolytes may serve as Lay Eucharistic Ministers.

Our LEMs also assist our rector with the services at Summerhill and Rivermead. A special group within this ministry is the Eucharistic Visitor,  a lay person authorized to take the Consecrated Elements in a timely manner following a Celebration of Holy Eucharist to members of the congregation who, by reason of illness or infirmity, are unable to be present at the Celebration.

Lay Readers

The reading of Holy Scripture is an anchor of our liturgy.  Our Church’s lectionary appoints a lesson from the Hebrew Scriptures, a psalm, an epistle from the New Testament and a reading from one of the four Gospels for every Sunday and holy day in the church year.  The Prayers of the People are led by a member of the laity from the midst of the congregation.  These prayers include petitions for the ministry of the Church, including our bishops and parish clergy, concerns of our community, nation and the world and always for those in our parish community who may be sick or in any special need.  Ministries supported by our parish carried out in the wider community are specifically mentioned by name.  Prayers for the departed are also offered often in the context of the “communion of all the saints.”  Opportunity for members of the congregation to share their prayer concerns silently or aloud is always a part of this form of prayer.

Ushers

Members of the Usher Ministry provide support for Sunday services as well as for Festival Days and other special services throughout the year. This ministry is an important touch point from which we extend a warm welcome to our church community for parishioners and visitors alike.  If you would like to meet more parishioners and help with a task that is limited in scope, you are welcome to become a part this important ministry. 

 

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