Our Ministries at the Altar
This is a list of ministries that you can participate in on Sundays. We welcome new members to all of these activities. Training is always provided to perform the task you are called to do.
Altar Guild & Flower 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. 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.
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 members of the laity from the midst of the congregation.
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.
The ministry of acolytes 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 and adults are welcome to serve as acolytes.
Members of the Usher Ministry provide support for Sunday services 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 to connect those who are new or visiting with us, you are welcome to become a part this important ministry.
The Atonement handbell choir is a low-stakes opportunity for any person to participate in group music-making. We have three octaves of Malmark handbells and offer a wide variety of music for services. The group offers music once each month with extra offerings during the summer months. Anybody is welcome to join the group and it is a great option for those who want to make music but have never done it before. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:00 - 8:00.