An Acolyte is a lay person who assists in worship by performing such functions as carrying the processional cross or crucifix, lighting and extinguishing candles, holding candles at the reading of the Gospel, and the presentation of 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.
For a current schedule for the Acolytes, please click here.
The Altar Guild is the behind the scenes group that prepares the Altar for each service. Our group consists of fifteen dedicated women divided into four groups, each group serving for one week per month. The duties include preparing the Altar for the Eucharist (setting up the credence table with the wine and water cruets, bread box with wafers, and placing the veiled chalice on the Altar, and changing the Altar colors when the seasons change or for special services.) We also polish all the brass fixtures, trim the candles, change the hymn board, prepare the L.E.V. boxes, and arrange the flowers. This preparation takes about two hours on a Saturday morning. We then have at least one member of the team attend each of the four services during the week for the clean up after the service and setting up for the next service. Clean up involves removing the elements from the Altar, washing the chalices and cruets, putting things away, arranging for the flowers to be taken to shut-ins and then washing and ironing the linens used at the services. In addition to the weekly duties, we assist with setting up for weddings and memorial services. Serving on the Altar Guild is a rewarding experience of service and bonding friendships among the members.
A Coffee Hour is held after the 10 AM service each Sunday. The refreshments for this welcome gathering are provided by various people within the congregation. A signup sheet is available on the table at the back of the church.
The refreshments should not a gourmet repast, but rather a simple offering so everyone can share food and conversation. It provides a wonderful opportunity for members to visit as well as welcome visitors.
We have a coffee pot leader in Lou Gerard with backup by Stu Neblett and Dick Duperly. These generous men will set up the coffee pots, plug them in at the appropriate time and put out all of the condiments, cups, etc. as well as be in charge of their cleanup after the Hospitality Hour.
Juice for the children is provided and is located in the refrigerator. It will need to be put in pitchers and placed (with cups) on the table for the children. Foods provided specifically for the children should be of the "healthy" variety. So, as hosts, when you put food out be sure to place the healthier kid-food near the juice.
We encourage everyone to sign up to host one coffee hour during the year. If you don't feel comfortable doing it by yourself, duos and trios are most welcome to go together to provide refreshments! Just remember, a light presentation is all that is requested. For example, pastries such as cookies, nut breads or cupcakes OR fruits and /or veggies.
After the Coffee Hour is over, the hosts clean up the refreshment tables, put any items to be washed in the dishwasher and wipe down the kitchen. Overall, hosting the Coffee Hour is relatively simple and certainly a pleasure for everyone!
The altar flowers at All Saints' Church are provided through the year by the generosity of church members. A flower chart, posted at the back of the church, offers an opportunity to sign up to fund flower arrangements for the week of one's choosing.
This is a beautiful way to commemorate loved ones, as well as give thanks for certain people close to you or for meaningful events in your life. Altar Guild team members buy the flowers and arrange them each week. After you sign up, we will contact you regarding the amount of your gift (there is a $35 minimum) and your reason for giving.
Greeters arrive at 9:30 AM to greet everyone entering the church, whether they are regular members or newcomers. These goodwill ambassadors welcome everyone, shaking hands, and introducing themselves to visitors. 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 welcoming first impression of All Saints'.
On the first Sunday of each month, teams of two people stand on either end of the Communion rail. Members of the congregation are invited to approach these teams and request a prayer for themselves or another person or organization. If you enjoy extemporaneous prayer or would like to learn how, please join us.
For more information about the Healing Prayer Teams, contact Dick Duperly at email@example.com.
Lectors are those who enjoy reading the liturgical lessons assigned for each service. This valued participation in the act of worship is personally rewarding, and is a special way to contribute to the service.
Currently, on a rotating schedule, 20 lay persons read at the 10 AM Service and four lay persons read at the 8 AM Service. Others read at the 5 PM Saturday Service. We invite you to join this team.
Caregivers of patients recently released from the hospital! Call the church office to request prayer and a freshly prepared meal from the awesome cooks volunteering for Loving Hands for members of our congregation. We will deliver your meal to your home at the time and day you specify but our prayers will continue for the length of your convalescence. Volunteers are always welcome (and not overworked) for Loving Hands; so sign up in the Narthex. Peace and God’s Blessings!
All Saints' prayer team meets monthly and prays daily for the needs and requests of parishioners. Current members are: Kyoko Amero, Liz Benage, Maria Forman, Jennifer Gillespie, Marian Petersen, Margi Rooker and Joyce Steinke. Prayer requests are kept confidential, and can be given to any member of the group.
Requests may also be placed in the little white box in the narthex of the church. Urgent or non-confidential prayer requests maybe given to the Prayer Team until they are printed in the next week's bulletin.
For more information about the Prayer Team, contact Marian Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A small number of seasoned parishioners constitute the Usher Corps, an integral part of the worship team. They are generally required at scheduled services, and at special services such as funerals.
Ushers open and close most of the facilities, assisting greeters, handing out bulletins, calculating attendance, taking up the collection, assisting and directing persons at communion time, aiding persons and assisting anyone who may be ill or distressed.
Responsibilities may vary depending on the service to which ushers are assigned. These assignments are arranged on a four-month schedule. We always need more men and women willing to be part of the Usher Corps. No previous experience necessary.
For more information about the Usher Corps, please contact Lou Gerard at email@example.com.