"Welcoming all; celebrating God's grace; equipping the saints; serving the world."
An Acolyte is a lay person who performs such functions during worship services as carrying the processional cross or crucifix, lighting and extinguishing candles, holding candles at the reading of the Gospel, and presenting the bread and wine, usually while wearing an alb. Acolytes may be adults or children, but the tradition is that young people get their first experience wearing vestments and assisting the priest at the altar. Training is available and all are welcome.
Healing Prayer Team
Every Sunday at the 10:30 AM service, the Healing Prayer Teams stand adjacent to the Communion rail. Members of the congregation and guests are invited to approach these teams and request an extemporaneous prayer for themselves or another person.
The Altar Guild is the behind-the-scenes group that prepares the Altar for the Eucharist each service. Other duties include polishing all the brass fixtures, trimming the candles, changing the hymn board, preparing the Eucharistic Visitor boxes, and arranging the flowers. This preparation takes about two hours on a Saturday morning. Guild members also clean up after each service and set up for the next. In addition to weekly duties, the Altar Guild helps set up for weddings and funeral services.
Ushers open and close most of the facilities, assist greeters, hand out bulletins, calculate attendance, take up the collection, assist and direct people at communion time, and help anyone who may be ill or distressed. Responsibilities may vary depending on the service to which ushers are assigned.
Lectors and Intercessors
Lectors are members of the congregation who read aloud the day’s scripture passages and prayers of the people during worship services. This valued participation in the act of worship is personally rewarding and a special way to contribute to the service.
The Eucharistic Ministers (EMs) are the licensed members of the congregation who help the clergy service communion at each service. The EMs have all completed Safe Church training, specific EM training, and are licensed by the Office of the Bishop.
Eucharistic Visitors are licensed members of the congregation who take communion to shut-in members of the congregation who are unable to join us in church.
Intercessory Prayer Team
All Saints' Prayer Team meets monthly and prays daily for the needs and requests of parishioners. Prayer requests are kept confidential. Requests may be placed in the little white box in the narthex of the church.
The Greeters are our goodwill ambassadors who welcome everyone entering the church for worship. Newcomers are invited to sign the guest registry and are told about the Sunday School program and child care availability. Greeters extend invitations to the coffee hour after the service. Their friendly smiles provide a warm and welcoming first impression of All Saints'.
Those interested in serving in one of the listed capacities can contact the Church Office for more information.