This is an excellent way to learn more about the traditions and liturgy of the Episcopal Church, make new friends and keep up with older ones.
A schedule of people serving in the following worship ministries is published each month in the High Tidings and is posted on the St. Andrew’s website and bulletin boards around the church. Most participants serve about once a month. Volunteers are always welcome. Serving in such ministries can be part of your Stewardship (time, treasures and talents). Please contact the Church Office if you would like to participate in any ministry.
St. Andrew’s is fortunate to have a trained professional choirmaster and organist whose efforts enhance our worship services and add to the fun of our fellowship activities.
The choir is a family of dedicated musicians who love to sing to the Lord and share their gifts of voice and instrumental talent to inspire others to join in song and praise God. The choir is responsible for leading the music at the 10:00a.m. Sunday Eucharist service. The choir presents a choral offering to reflect and enhance the teaching and readings of the day. The choir leads the Communion music during the service. Music helps each of us freely enter into the presence of the Lord.
The choir also sings for all special services such as Maundy Thursday, Ascension Day, St. Andrew’s Day, in addition to Sunday mornings.
Weekly evening choir rehearsals are held on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Rehearsals times are altered during the summer months and resume in September.
LECTORS AND CHALICE BEARERS
We have an outstanding group of committed Lectors and Chalice Bearers. Lectors read the lessons from the Old and New Testament letters. Clergy always reads the Gospel and lead the prayers at services. Chalice bearers deliver the wine to communicants.
Some chalice bearers also take Home Communion to people who are ill or reside in nursing homes. Training is available for these positions.
In addition to adults a new generation of young people has begun serving at the altar; they carry the candles in processions into and out of the service. An acolyte rings the bells to bring special attention to the blessing of the bread and wine during Holy Communion. Adults also serve as acolytes, carrying the cross (crucifer) or delivering incense on very special occasions (thurifer).
St. Andrew’s has been gifted with several different styles of Communion vessels (chalice and paten) –metal, pottery, glass. Many have been given in memory of loved ones. These, with colorful hangings and vestments, enhance our worship.
The Altar Guild is responsible for setting up the altar and keeping things needed for services available and clean. They prepare for both Sunday and special events with Eucharists. Using the church calendar which shows the seasonal colors and Sundays in the church year, they ensure the hangings and vestments are appropriate. They wash the linens each week.
With the help of the Women of the Church (and many other volunteers), the Altar Guild prepares Thanksgiving baskets and decorates the church for Christmas, Easter and other special services. Several times a year they have special cleaning days when the pews and railings are cleaned and polished.
Both men and women serve on the Altar Guild. Kathy Lopez is Head.
The role of a greeter can be summarized in one word: hospitality. The greeter welcomes people as they enter the nave with a handshake or hug, “Good morning” or “We’re glad you’re here.” The greeter helps visitors make name tags and shows them the bulletin.
Ushers assist the congregation and priest. They help people find a seat, count the people in the congregation so the priest knows how many to prepare communion for, collect the offering, and direct the congregation to the altar during communion. Two people from the congregation each week to carry up the Eucharisitic elements (bread and wine).
INTERCESSORY PRAYER LEADERS
During Communion, members of the Order of St. Luke, our healing ministry, are available in the Chapel to pray with anyone who desires it. They are specially trained and, of course, all prayers are confidential.
Please contact the Church Office if you would like to participate in any ministry.